Dear Members of the Community, Chers collègues,
First, let me thank you, from all over the world, who participated to our Virtual High Table last Friday. Thank you to Alumni Robert Drysdale, Ray Buncic, Rosemary Marchant, from Toronto, Peter Stoicheff and Kathryn Warden from Saskatoon, David Morton, and Mecky Kaapanda-Girnus from the U.K., Divas Kapur from New Delhi and Junichi Miyazawa from Tokyo, who also provided us with a wonderful set of screen shots here [Emily to insert inline images in Mailchimp]. We congratulated David Landaverde for 25 years of service and Jennie Mendieta for 20. We celebrated the retirement of Peter Lewis with homage from his friends Ian Webb and John Fraser, and we met some new Junior Fellows, Adan Moran-McDonald, Natalie Dullerud, Karan Malhotra and Maeve Palmer. Thank you to Emily Mockler, Elena Ferranti, Abra Rissi and Matthew Glandfield for pulling all of this together. A real team effort.
Join us today for the book launch of The Roots and the Trees. It is a testimony of the very Canadian experience of immigration from East Africa. I will be in conversation with author Nizar Sultan, Dr. Azim Nanji and Niyosha Keyzad. It is a wonderful and thoughtful book. Please click here to attend the livestream at 5pm EDT today.
Do not miss The Massey Dialogues – If No Seat, Then Stand on Wednesday, October 28 from 4-5PM EDT with Senior Fellow Bob Rae, Quadrangle Society Member Steve Paikin, Kathryn White and Junior Fellow Keshna Sood. Watch the livestream here.
Next week brings a wealth of programming:
On Monday, November 2nd from 5-6PM EDT Massey College Book Club will meet to explore and discuss Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard. The Honourable Mr. Justice Michael Tulloch and Alumna Hadiya Roderique will discuss this critically acclaimed work. Junior Fellow, and Book Club committee member Alexander Sarra-Davis will moderate and facilitate questions from the audience. Watch and participate live here.
Join us for Music Club on Tuesday, November 3rd at 7:45pm EDT. Author and Music Industry insider Dalton Higgins will explore hip hop music and culture. Click here for the livestream.
The Massey Dialogues on the future of cities and housing in on Wednesday, November 4th from 4-5pm EDT. Click here to watch the livestream.
Massey is Missing COPP 26 Virtual Conference:
I want to thank Senior Fellows Dianne Saxe and Rosemary McCarney for organizing this upcoming conference on our responsibility toward Climate Change. COP26, the annual global gathering of climate experts and governments, was scheduled to be held from November 9th to 20th 2020. As the fifth such meeting since the critically important 2015 Paris Agreement, COP 26 is to be pivotal in assessing progress and in strengthening commitments to slow global heating while it is still possible to preserve a stable climate. Due to the pandemic, the official COP26 has been postponed until November 2021, and much attention has been diverted from climate action to COVID 19. But the climate crisis is still gaining speed, and the window for preserving a stable climate is closing. What can be done to lay the groundwork for a successful COP26 next year?
As part of Massey’s mandate to contribute wisely to the public good, we are putting on a virtual climate conference from November 9th to 19th 2020 to build strategic momentum towards a powerful Canadian role at COP26 in 2021. More information to come soon, but in the meantime, save the dates!
A note from Massey Grand Rounds:
Interested in Massey Grand Rounds, Massey’s premiere forum for discussions in the health and biomedical sciences? We would love to hear from you on this brief Google Form where you may join our mailing list and let us know the speakers and events you would like to see this year: https://forms.gle/QkGRFTRijswMuUt36.
Lastly, I am very happy to let you know that Senior Fellow and Alumna Kim Stanton has been named as one of three commissioners of the public inquiry to the April shootings in Nova Scotia. We know that she will bring to the job her extraordinary human rights expertise.
Wishing you all a good week,