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June 3, 2024: Meeting Attendees & Notes

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Yes: 73

No: 47

NameRSVP StatusAssociated AttendeesNote
Catherine Retter Yes Burt Retter
Bonnie Macdonald Yes Tim Macdonald
Cathy Lamothe Yes Gil Lamothe
Trish Simmie Yes Peter Simmie
Pam Henderson Yes Gordon Henderson
Joan Hewitt Yes William Hewitt
Beth MacRae Yes Charles MacRae
Barbara Kinnear Yes William Kinnear
Cornelia (Nelly) Jeffries Yes Dale Jeffries
Penny Rush Yes Ken Powell
Nancy Baines Yes Peter Baines
Lesley Sanderson Yes Tom Sanderson
Wendy Brown Yes Ian Brown
William Kinnear Yes Barbara Kinnear
William Hewitt Yes Joan Hewitt
Tom Sanderson Yes Lesley Sanderson
Tom Leverty Yes Heidi Leverty
Tim Macdonald Yes Bonnie Macdonald
Kathryn O’Connor Yes Paul Potvin
Jane Yeretsian Yes Norair Yeretsian
Francoise White Yes Ted White
Marsha Baillie Yes Aubrey Baillie
Jan Getson Yes Gary Getson
Janet Major Yes Jean-Luc Major
Sally Medland Yes Bob Medland
Lorna McKay Yes Stuart McKay
Ingrid Bahen Yes Ken Bahen
Stuart McKay Yes Lorna McKay
Roxy Cairncross Yes Jim Cairncross
Charlotte Carter Yes Brian Carter
Liz Pelletier Yes Dave Pelletier
Fran Woodrooffe Yes Rob Woodrooffe
Bev Moir Yes Ron Foreman
Heidi Leverty Yes Tom Leverty
Joyce Westlake Yes Brian Westlake
Karen Barnett Yes Bill Barnett
Aubrey Baillie Yes Marsha Baillie
Bob Medland Yes Sally Medland
Brian Westlake Yes Joyce Westlake
Brian Carter Yes Charlotte Carter
Burt Retter Yes Catherine Retter
Charles MacRae Yes Beth MacRae
Dale Jeffries Yes Cornelia (Nelly) Jeffries
Daniel Owen Yes
Dave Pelletier Yes Liz Pelletier
Don Comish Yes Sue Comish
Gary Durno Yes
Gary Getson Yes Jan Getson
Gil Lamothe Yes Cathy Lamothe
Gordon Henderson Yes Pam Henderson
Bob Blair Yes
Bill Barnett Yes Karen Barnett
John Anthony Gardner Yes John Gardner
Jim Matthews Yes
Sara Gardner Yes John Gardner
John Wildman Yes
Ken Bahen Yes Ingrid Bahen
Ken Powell Yes Penny Rush
Mike Innes Yes
Norair Yeretsian Yes Jane Yeretsian
Paul Potvin Yes Kathryn O’Connor
Peter Baines Yes Nancy Baines
Peter Simmie Yes Trish Simmie
Rob Woodrooffe Yes Fran Woodrooffe
Robert Milnes Yes
Sue Comish Yes Don Comish
Ron Foreman Yes Bev Moir
Bev Moir
Ted White Yes Francoise White
francoise white
Ian Mackay Yes Ian, you were RSVPed by Ian Brown after Interac payment received. ** Just RSVP again if you wish to join the tour **
John Gardner Yes Sara Gardner
John Anthony Gardner
John Anthony Gardner Sara Margaret Gardner
Jean-Luc Major Yes Janet Major
No pork, please.
Jim Cairncross Yes Roxy Cairncross
Roxy Cairncross - garlic intolerance
Ian Brown Yes Wendy Brown
Wendy has a allergy to nightshades.

June Bash, Monday, June 3, 2024

Your Junta is pleased to announce that the 2024 June Bash will be returning to the RCYC on the Island on Monday, June 3rd.  We are hoping for as lovely an early summer evening as we enjoyed at the very successful 2023 June Bash.

The event ticket is $125 per person and it includes:
a launch pass to the island;
a veranda reception with hors d’oeuvres from 6 -7;
followed by a fine dinner with wine in the ballroom.

Peter Baines has again arranged for a short tour of the RCYC’s island facilities conducted by RCYC Archivist and Curator, Beverley Darville.


Join fellow Whiffers and guests on Monday, June 3rd.

Please Note: RSVPs for the June Bash are NOT complete
until your Interac pre-payment is received before May 29th 
and you receive a final confirmation notice.

Sorry, but the deadline to RSVP for the June Bash has passed.

You may send an email to RSVP@Whiff-of-Grape.ca to see if any late reservation slots are still available. Please do NOT send a money transfer until directed to do so by the Treasurer.

James Lockyer C.M., “Is Canada’s Bail System Broken?” April 30, 2024

The Whiff is again privileged to hear from the eminent criminal lawyer, James Lockyer. He first spoke to us in April 2010 about “Wrongful Convictions in Canada“ and updated us again at the February 2022 Whiff@Home meeting on “Miscarriages of Justice in Canada“. As our April speaker, he will help us understand the current failings of the Canadian Bail Process, what has been done to try to fix it and discuss what he believes is necessary to protect the innocent and maintain the public’s confidence in the administration of justice. Continue reading James Lockyer C.M., “Is Canada’s Bail System Broken?” April 30, 2024

Phillip Crawley, Retired Publisher Globe and Mail, ‘Changing Times in the Media Business: Winners and Losers’, March 26, 2024

Click here to jump to the RSVP below the speaker’s bio.

Phillip Crawley was born in Northumberland, England and graduated in English Language and Literature from  Manchester University. He has held a variety of senior executive positions with some of the world’s leading media companies in Europe, Asia and New Zealand. Before arriving in Canada in 1998, he was the Managing Director of The New Zealand Herald newspaper owned by Tony O’Reilly’s Independent Newspapers Group of Dublin. From 1988 to 1997 he worked for Rupert Murdoch, first as Editor of The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong (1988-1993) then as Managing Director of The Times Supplements in London (1993-1997). He worked for Conrad Black as Northern Editor, The Daily Telegraph, London in 1987-88. From 1979 to 1987 he was Editor of The Journal, Newcastle upon Tyne. Prior to 1979, Crawley worked in various editorial roles for Thomson Regional Newspapers. Continue reading Phillip Crawley, Retired Publisher Globe and Mail, ‘Changing Times in the Media Business: Winners and Losers’, March 26, 2024

Jon Allen, Israel-Palestine: Oct. 7: How Did It Happen and Where Do We Go from Here? February 27, 2024

Jon last spoke to the Whiff at the January 2021 Whiff@Home meeting, when he talked about Values vs. Interests in Canadian foreign policy. Now, as a Whiff member, we are fortunate to have him share his deep insight of the issues behind the past and current relationships between Israelis and Palestinians at the institutional, professional, and grassroots levels. As the Chair of Project Rozana Canada, a not-for profit that has been building bridges between Palestinians and Israelis for over a decade, primarily via the health sector, Jon is eminently qualified to elucidate us on this humanitarian crisis. Continue reading Jon Allen, Israel-Palestine: Oct. 7: How Did It Happen and Where Do We Go from Here? February 27, 2024

Terry Fallis, Beloved and Bestselling Author, January 30, 2024

Terry was back for his 4th talk at the Whiff!  (Nov 2019, Nov 2015 & Mar 2009) He introduced his latest novel  … A New Season A novel unlike any of his other 8, it’s a thoughtful exploration of aging, loss, family, friendship, and love, all with Terry’s trademark humour and heart. “Terry Fallis writes just about the tidiest romantic comedic novels you can find on earth, let alone in Canada.” The Globe and Mail Continue reading Terry Fallis, Beloved and Bestselling Author, January 30, 2024

Steve Paikin, October 31, 2023, Author of John Turner: An Intimate Biography of Canada’s 17th Prime Minister

Author of John Turner: An Intimate Biography of Canada’s 17th Prime Minister “One of the most glamorous and successful politicians in Canadian history” In this masterful and engaging biography, acclaimed journalist Steve Paikin brings to life John Turner (1929-2020), one of the most glamorous and successful politicians in Canadian history. Born in England and raised in B.C., Turner was a champion sprinter – setting the Canadian record in the 100-yard dash when he ran 9.8 seconds at a meet in 1947 – and a Rhodes Scholar who captured the national imagination as an escort for Princess Margaret on her 1959 Canadian tour. Continue reading Steve Paikin, October 31, 2023, Author of John Turner: An Intimate Biography of Canada’s 17th Prime Minister

Iain Dobson, The Impact of Remote Work on Cities, September 26, 2023

Iain Dobson is an internationally recognized expert on city development, urban mobility and transit systems. He advocates for fact-based planning decisions. He currently publishes a bi-monthly report on how many office employees are back in the office. His talk will examine the lasting effects of the COVID pandemic, the new debate about work-from-home and the financial impact it is having on city centres. Since 2000, when Iain retired from a successful 25-year career in commercial real estate development, he has focused on bringing the principles of evidence-based value planning in the private and public sectors to development and investment decisions. He co-founded the Strategic Regional Research Alliance, a research body which partners with all levels of government and the private sector to provide a better understanding of the components and complexities of making informed infrastructure investment decisions. He also co-founded The Value Planning Group and the Real Estate Search Corporation, which satisfies the ever-growing need for comprehensive, reliable, accurate independently collected data. Continue reading Iain Dobson, The Impact of Remote Work on Cities, September 26, 2023

June Bash, Monday, June 5, 2023

Finally, after a three-year Covid hiatus, your Junta is pleased to invite you and a guest to the 2023 June Bash on Monday, June 5th.  We are returning to the RCYC on the Island and hoping for a lovely early summer evening of celebration. Each event ticket @ $125 per person includes a launch pass to the Island, a reception, hors d’oeuvres, and a fine dinner, including wine. The reception will begin at 6:00 pm. For those wishing to take part in a short tour of the RCYC’s Island facilities, Peter Baines has arranged a walkabout at 5:30pm to be conducted by RCYC Curator and Archivist Beverley Darville.
The evening was a great success with 77 attendees on a lovely early summer evening. Canapes & drinks on the upstairs verandah after a great tour of the RCYC buildings and  historical memorabilia. (The Whiff made a donation on behalf of members to the RCYC’s Archive Acquisition Fund in appreciation for the tours.) A lovely dinner in the Ballroom with introductions of  first time guests and a tribute to the outgoing Junta, was capped off with a great sunset view of the city. A special pamphlet was prepared and distributed on the tables. A copy of it can be downloaded from here