The Tigray Conflict – David Ross (Ottawa) – October 26, 2021

4:40 PM, October 26th, 2021

 
David Ross has just returned to Canada from northern Ethiopia where he worked from March until September as an access and civil-military coordination officer. Contracted by RedR Australia to the United Nations  Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), David facilitated humanitarian access in Tigray Region, an area severely disrupted by conflict since November 2020. The emergency is vast, complex, and often dangerous. Moreover, the pressures caused by the several hundred thousand people who have flooded into cities and internally displaced person camps, continue to be immense. David  worked alongside many hard-working, innovative and committed humanitarians who made the tour of duty all the more fulfilling.

“Although the work conditions were often beyond challenging, the security situation volatile, access severely constrained, and the politics complex, it was certainly a tremendous experience and I’m very glad that I had the opportunity to contribute. That said, the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia remains enormous, and it is unlikely that the crisis will be resolved anytime soon (indeed, it may well get worse before it gets better).”

David Ross spent 35 years as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the latter years being filled with two tours in Afghanistan and deployed operations planning. Post-retirement he pursued a Master’s degree in disaster and emergency management, which, when combined with his field experience, positioned him well for his Tigray deployment.

Join fellow Whiffers at 4:40 pm, Tuesday, Oct 26th to hear David’s overview and analysis of the Tigrayan conflict and the challenges facing humanitarians working in the region.

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2021.07.05 Summer Communiqué to Members

July 5, 2021 Before we break for the Summer, we wanted to let you know that your Junta is excited about the 2021/22 Campaign and is busy planning for the year ahead. Details are in the Junta’s Summer 2021 Communiqué downloadable from here (PDF-85kb)
Watch for our next Communiqué around the end of August. In the meantime, your Junta wishes you a safe and healthy Summer. We look forward to seeing all of you, virtually, in the Fall. 
 
Mac Borden
Chair of the Toronto Chapter of The Whiff of Grape on behalf of your Junta: 
 
Peter Baines, Ian Brown, Mac Borden, Jim Cairncross, Ron Foreman, Charles MacRae, Stuart McKay, John Paterson and Brian Westlake. 
The Toronto Whiff of Grape

Kamran Khan MD, FRCPC, MPH, Scientist, Founder, CEO at BlueDot Inc. September 28, 2021

4:40 PM, September 28th, 2021
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  Dr. Kamran Khan is an infectious disease physician with training in public health and preventive medicine based at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. After completing his training in infectious diseases, preventive medicine, and public health at Cornell, Columbia, and Harvard, he returned to Toronto just before SARS crippled the city during the 2003 outbreak. Deeply motivated by this event, Dr. Khan has dedicated his career to finding solutions that help the world better prepare for and respond to tomorrow’s infectious disease threats. He is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. His research interests focus on the globalization of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases. Continue reading Kamran Khan MD, FRCPC, MPH, Scientist, Founder, CEO at BlueDot Inc. September 28, 2021

Michael Bryant, Executive Director and General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, October 26, 2021

Growing up on Vancouver Island, the cataclysmic wrongs perpetrated on Indigenous people in my homeland of British Columbia left me determined to work in the field of indigenous rights. Plus my grandfather was a union leader, and local politician, as was my father. From them I learned about how democracy can empower people to either do good works, or abuse their power. From my mom, a teacher, I saw how education forms the ability to think critically — about everything. I’d take those lessons into my own political career, after which I continued fighting for indigenous rights, and began a career as a criminal defence lawyer, often as a public defender, assisting the indigent, Indigenous, and mentally ill. Continue reading Michael Bryant, Executive Director and General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, October 26, 2021

The Importance of Mining to Canada, Donald R. Lindsay, President and CEO, Teck Resources Limited, November 30, 2021

4:40 PM, November 30th, 2021
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  Don R. Lindsay is President and Chief Executive Officer of Teck Resources Limited, one of Canada’s leading mining companies. Lindsay studied mining engineering at Queen’s University (B.Sc., Hons.), and has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He worked underground in Uranium City, Saskatchewan, and was a foreman at the Iron Ore Company of Canada. Continue reading The Importance of Mining to Canada, Donald R. Lindsay, President and CEO, Teck Resources Limited, November 30, 2021

Dr Kevin James, Professor of History, College of Arts, University of Guelph, and Scottish Studies Foundation Chair, January 25, 2022

Robbie Burns Dinner, Scottish Dress Encouraged The Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph is the oldest – and the leading – academic unit in North America for research, graduate training, and teaching on Scottish history and Scottish culture. It is thanks to the steadfast and generous support of the Scottish Studies Foundation that the Scottish Studies Centre in the College of Arts at Guelph continues to build a distinguished reputation as a global centre of research. The Centre’s pre-eminence is exemplified by the externally endowed Scottish Studies Foundation Chair, the establishment of which in 2004 was a signal achievement in the advancement of Scottish scholarship. Continue reading Dr Kevin James, Professor of History, College of Arts, University of Guelph, and Scottish Studies Foundation Chair, January 25, 2022

October 26, 2021 – Who’s Attending

Yes: 63

No: 24

NameRSVP Status
Robert Adams Yes
Jon Allen Yes
Ken Bahen Yes
Peter Baines Yes
Robin Barstow Yes
Henry Borden Yes
Ian Brown Yes
Jim Cairncross Yes
David Cameron Yes
Brian Carter Yes
Michael Charles Yes
Andrew Clark Yes
Graeme Clark Yes
Roger Clarkson Yes
Don Comish Yes
Douglas Davis Yes
George Denier Yes
Tom Fischer Yes
Ronald Foreman Yes
Gary Getson Yes
David Glue Yes
Peter Goring Yes
Eugene Harrigan Yes
George Hayhurst Yes
William Hewitt Yes
Robert Hyland Yes
Tim Kennish Yes
William Kinnear Yes
Harry Knight Yes
Clifford Lax Yes
Tom Leverty Yes
Charles MacRAE Yes
Jean-Luc Major Yes
Stuart McKay Yes
Bill McNaughton Yes
Douglas McWhirter Yes
Doug Mills Yes
Robert Milnes Yes
Steven Moorhead Yes
Germán Morales Yes
Bob Morrison Yes
John Paterson, Sr. Yes
Dave Pelletier Yes
Paul Potvin Yes
Ken Powell Yes
Burt Retter Yes
Tom Sanderson Yes
Peter Seybold Yes
Peter Simmie Yes
Peter Sisam Yes
Albert Steenburgh Yes
Gordon Tamblyn Yes
David G. Temple Yes
David Warren Yes
Paul Warrington Yes
Lee Watchorn Yes
Jack Way Yes
Brian Westlake Yes
Richard White Yes
Ted White Yes
Rob Woodrooffe Yes
Norair Yeretsian Yes
z-No Response z-RSVP Management Yes
Bill Barnett No
Bob Blair No
Bill Boughner No
Peter Brieger No
Hank Bulmash No
Michael Butler No
Gary Durno No
Warren Finlay No
Bill Fleury No
John Fraser No
Blake Goldring No
Norman Hardie No
Robert Hutcheson No
Don Johnson No
Trevor Jones No
Mike Mackey No
David Murray No
Chris Portner No
Christopher Ricketts No
Ashok Sajnani No
Keith Sjogren No
Dan Sullivan No
Chris Twigge-Molecey No
Garnet Watchorn No
Aubrey Baillie No Response
Mark Benadiba No Response
Vipin Bery No Response
Bob Clapp No Response
Bev Collombin No Response
Ross Cullingworth No Response
Gordon Currie No Response
Phil Dawson No Response
Rod de Courcy Ireland No Response
Ian Dejardin No Response
Robert Deluce No Response
Chris Dobson No Response
Peter Douglas No Response
Ian Farquharson No Response
Paul Fisher No Response
Jock Fleming No Response
John Gardner No Response
Gary German No Response
Speaker's Guest No Response
John Hackett No Response
Naeem Hasan No Response
Peter Hatcher No Response
Harold Hetherington No Response
Jim Hilborn No Response
Tom Jamieson No Response
Gord Kaiser No Response
Sarwar Kashmeri No Response
Charles Kennedy No Response
Kamran Khan No Response
Robin Labatt No Response
Bill Langlois No Response
John Lee No Response
David Lewis No Response
Andrew Loblaw No Response
Phil MacDonnell No Response
Bart MacDougall No Response
Walter McCormick No Response
John McKenna No Response
Hugh McLelland No Response
Anthony Miller No Response
Mike Miller No Response
Michael Morgan No Response
Don Morrison No Response
Matey Nekov de la Camp No Response
Derek Newton No Response
Lawton Osler No Response
Darcy Rector No Response
Michael Robinson No Response
Peter Russell No Response
Edward Seagram No Response
Brian Sheedy No Response
Ian Smart No Response
Ted Southey No Response
Next Speaker No Response
Michael Thompson No Response
Bob Topp No Response
Paul Torrie No Response
Lake Trevelyan No Response
Christopher Turney No Response
Michael Verbora No Response
Rudi Vezer No Response
John Wildman No Response
Michael Willson No Response