OUR NEXT HOTC SPEAKERS SERIES EVENT IS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29 AND WILL FEATURE VICE-ADMIRAL ANGUS TOPSHEE.  CANADA HAS A HUGE ARCTIC LAND MASS AND IS SURROUNDED BY SEAS.  HOW DO WE DEFEND OURSELVES?  HOW DO WE ASSERT OUR SOVEREIGNTY?  JOIN US TO FIND OUT.

Vice-Admiral Angus Topshee
38th Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy
Having joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1990, Vice-Admiral Topshee has held progressive roles across a variety of functions including training the Afghan National Police, NORAD, and command of Canada’s Pacific naval fleet. He took command of the Royal Canadian Navy in 2022.

 

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To illustrate the breadth and depth of subjects covered by our Heart of the City Speakers Series, please see the list below of both the topics and some of the incredible speakers who have participated.

 

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Patrick Breysse, a leading expert in the study of some of the earliest galaxies in the Universe, spoke to us on his work on several new observatories pushing the limits of our abilities to study some of the faintest objects ever studied.

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Rohan Alexander, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information and Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Toronto, and Paolo Granata, Associate Professor, Book and Media Studies Program Coordinator, University of Toronto,  two of Toronto’s leading scholars discuss AI’s opportunities and some of the ethical issues that must be managed.

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Ghizaal Haress spoke about “What is happening in Afghanistan under the Taliban”.

 

 

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Michael Anhorn stepped in for Margaret Eaton for this presentation on Mental Health in Canada

 

 

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Steve Paikin and his new book: Rethinking John Turner’s Legacy on Wednesday, April 19, 2023.

 

 

 

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“Bruce Kidd spoke of his journey in the worlds of politics and sports on January 25, 2023.

 

 

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“Agatha Christie, Archaeology  and Alzheimers” was presented by Dr. Amy Barron from UofT on November 30, 2022

 

 

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The History and Archaeology of Wine was presented by Dr. Stephen Batiuk from UofT on November 2, 2022

 

 

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The video recording of “Presbyterian Mercy Flights” is now available HERE

 

 

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On May, 12, 2022 we welcomed John Burzynski to The Heart of the City Speakers Series as he discussed the “Raise the Arrow Project”.  The video link for this presentation is now available HERE

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On October 27, 2021, our first in-person Heart of the City Speakers Series event since 2019 took place here at St. Andrew’s.  Helena Moncrieff spoke with us about her book “The Fruitful City – Building Community in the Urban Food Forest” 

 

Helena Moncrieff is a writer, professor, former radio journalist, and lifelong city dweller. Her writing has appeared in Best Health magazine, the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and many in-house publications. Her freezer is full of fruit collected from other peoples’ backyards.  The link to “The Fruitful City – Building Community in the Urban Food Forest” may be found HERE

 

 

 

 

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DAVID CROMBIE – Few public figures have known the city better. Three-times elected Toronto’s “Tiny, Perfect Mayor” (1972-79), later an MP and Cabinet minister, Crombie’s influence on City life spans six decades – from his urban reform activism in the Sixties to his struggles today to ensure socially responsible management of the Waterfront, our Greenbelt, and our Post-Covid revival.  The link to his HOTC video, Toronto After COVID  may be found  HERE

PAST EVENTS FEATURED:

On Thursday, December 17, 2020 the Heart of the City Speakers Series presented, Faith, Community and Covid.  To watch the YouTube presentation please click here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEVrNzREunE&t=11s

On November 14, 2019 Sheldon Fernandez discussed “The Problems & Challenges of Ethical AI” 

Ron Deibert discussed “Cyber Insecurity” and how targeted espionage against civil society is a new threat to us all.

Janice Stein spoke about: “Rebordering the World” and how the frontier of global competition is no longer trade or investment but rather technology.

Please note: These ticketed events take place in the Great Hall of St. Andrew’s and after the talks we offer a chance to share a glass of wine, enjoy some refreshments and to speak with the guests and fellow participants – so please plan to join us.