Magnificent Mosses

Event Date: 
Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Simcoe Hall OA 2015
Event Fee: 
$79 plus HST
Event Contact Name: 
Ontario Master Naturalist Program
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Instructors: Tristan Knight, Terrastory Environmental Consulting, and Bob Bowles, Coordinator of the Ontario Master Naturalist Program

Description: There are 548 species of mosses in Ontario, and 239 species have been found in Simcoe County alone! In this session, participants will learn about the life cycle of bryophytes in comparison to that of vascular plants, and discuss the ecological requirements of these understudied species. Participants will learn to effectively use both hand lenses and microscopes to identify mosses, and then discuss the incredible ecological value of these plants. They will also learn about how mosses can be effectively incorporated into home landscaping in ways that are more environmentally friendly than tuft grass lawns. In the field, we will examine many species of mosses and liverworts.

On the Wings of the Winds of Lake Simcoe: Migrating Birds

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Simcoe Hall OA 2015
Event Fee: 
$79 plus HST
Event Contact Name: 
Ontario Master Naturalist Program
Event Contact E-mail: 

Every year in late fall, several interesting bird species are found on the shores of Lake Simcoe between Orillia and Barrie. These include various species of loons, grebes, ducks, geese, and gulls found among a large number of more common species like common loons and Bonaparte gulls. After learning about this range of species in the classroom, participants will explore opportunities to observe rare birds at close range as they follow schools of shiners into shallower waters along the shores. These birds are usually found far out in deep, rough water, making observation difficult, but at this time of year participants will be able to view them in comfort at very close range.

Principal's Homecoming Brunch

Event Date: 
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Event Location: 
Lakehead Orillia Cafeteria
Event Fee: 
Free
Event Contact Name: 
Alumni
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Lakehead University Orillia Principal, Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans, invites you to join him for the Principal's Homecoming Brunch. 

He is looking forward to meeting you and hearing stories of your time on campus and beyond. 

Teaming Up for Whole-Person Care - 2019 Northwestern Ontario Palliative Care Booster

Event Date: 
Friday, October 25, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:15pm
Event Location: 
Delta Hotels by Marriott, Thunder Bay
Event Contact Name: 
Carol Hold
Event Contact E-mail: 

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The Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University and the North West Regional Palliative Care Program, St. Joseph's Care Group, are pleased to present the 2019 Northwestern Ontario Palliative Care Booster.

Teaming Up for Whole-Person Care
Thursday, Oct. 24, 12 to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Delta Hotels by Marriott, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Student rates are available.

Deadline to register: October 18

Join us in welcoming opening keynote speaker Dr. Robert Sauls, Clinical Lead, Health Services Delivery Framework, Ontario Palliative Care Network, and many other regional palliative care champions as we continue to work together to transform the delivery of palliative care in Northwestern Ontario. 

Visit our https://cerah.lakeheadu.ca/palliativecare/ for more information and to register.

Teaming Up for Whole-Person Care - 2019 Northwestern Ontario Palliative Care Booster

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:30pm
Event Location: 
Thunder Bay
Event Contact Name: 
Carol Bold
Event Contact E-mail: 

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The Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health (CERAH), Lakehead University and the North West Regional Palliative Care Program, St. Joseph's Care Group, are pleased to present the 2019 Northwestern Ontario Palliative Care Booster.

Teaming Up for Whole-Person Care
Thursday, Oct. 24, 12 to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Delta Hotels by Marriott, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Student rates are available.

Deadline to register: October 18

Join us in welcoming opening keynote speaker Dr. Robert Sauls, Clinical Lead, Health Services Delivery Framework, Ontario Palliative Care Network, and many other regional palliative care champions as we continue to work together to transform the delivery of palliative care in Northwestern Ontario. 

Visit our https://cerah.lakeheadu.ca/palliativecare/ for more information and to register.

Urban Access to Traditional Food: Understanding Wild Game

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Ka-Na-Chi-Hih, Thunder Bay (Robinson Superior Treaty Area)
Event Contact Name: 
Charles Levkoe
Event Contact E-mail: 

The Indigenous Food Circle is hosting a full day gathering on Oct. 29 at Ka-Na-Chi-Hih in Thunder Bay. The event will bring people together to: Share knowledge on the current regulations surrounding wild game access; Discuss barriers, opportunities for organizations to collaborate around the cultural importance of wild game in community and institutional settings; and, Determine actions and next steps.
 
We will be joined by Kathy Loon from the Meno Ya Win Health Centre in Sioux Lookout as our guest speaker to share the initial creation of the Miichim Program and their partnerships, benefits and challenges it has provided. As well, Hayley LaPalme from Nourish to discuss food in a health care setting, and celebrity chef Rich Francis who is the owner and operator of Seventh Fire Hospitality Group. Sustain Ontario will be webcasting this event to anyone interested across the province and country. 

Register here for in-person or virtual tickets: https://sites.grenadine.co/sites/meatyourmatch/en/accesstowildgame.

“The Alt-Right’s Threat to Democracy (and What We Can Do to Counter it)” with Dr. Tanner Mirrlees

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am
Event Location: 
St. Paul's Centre, 62 Peter St. N. Orillia
Event Fee: 
$59 plus HST
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Linda Rodenburg
Event Contact Phone: 
705-330-4008 ext. 2632
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

In just one month after Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential win, there were more than 1,000 hate crime incidents in North America. In 2018, right wing extremists linked to the “alt-right” killed at least 40 people. This talk considers how democracy is threatened by the rise of the “alt-right,” and probes how the Internet and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube may be used to both empower and challenge this hate group’s influence. What is the alt-right and what can we do to secure ourselves against and counter the alt-right’s threat to democracy?

Dr. Tanner Mirrlees is an Associate Professor in the Communication and Digital Media Studies program at Ontario Tech University, the vice president of the Canadian Communication Association (CCA), and a steering committee member for The Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism. He is the author of EdTech Inc.: Selling, Automating, and Globalizing Higher Education in the Digital Age (2019), Hearts and Mines: The US Empire’s Culture Industry (2016), and Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization (2013).

“The Struggle for Canadian Democracy: The Politics of Voting System Reform Today” with Dr. Dennis Pilon

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am
Event Location: 
St. Paul's Centre, 62 Peter St. N. Orillia
Event Fee: 
$59 plus HST
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Linda Rodenburg
Event Contact Phone: 
705-330-4008 ext. 2632
Event Contact E-mail: 
Event Contact Web: 

There is a very real and serious struggle going on today in Canada to either further or limit our democracy. The efforts to change our voting system over the past two decades offer a window into this struggle, helping us to identify who is on what side and what they are trying to accomplish. By reviewing these efforts to change the voting system provincially in BC, Ontario, PEI, and Quebec, as well as at the federal level, we can better understand what the current struggle is all about, how to effectively engage with it, and how to assess why the voting system itself has become a key battleground.

Dr. Dennis Pilon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at York University. He is Canada’s leading expert on the issue of voting system reform and the author of two books on the topic, The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada’s Electoral Systems (2007) and Wrestling with Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in the Twentieth Century West (2013), as well as 15 book chapters and academic journal articles.

“Why do Democracies Fail? Lessons from Interwar Germany” with Dr. Valerie Hébert

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am
Event Location: 
St. Paul's Centre, 62 Peter St. N. Orillia
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Linda Rodenburg
Event Contact Phone: 
705-330-4008 ext. 2632
Event Contact E-mail: 

Drawing on the history of Germany’s transition from democratic republic to fascist dictatorship, this lecture will explore democracy’s inherent fragility. Only thirteen years after the founding of the liberal, progressive, forward-looking Weimar Republic, over half of German voters cast their ballots for non-democratic parties. How do we explain why people would willingly eliminate the system that protected their civil rights and political freedoms? And what does that history mean for us today?

Dr. Valerie Hébert is Associate Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies at Lakehead University in Orillia. She teaches the history of modern Europe, Nazi Germany, Genocide, and on the photography of human rights violations and international conflict. She has published on the Nuremberg Trials, Rwanda’s Gacaca Tribunals, the evolution of human rights law, and she is currently preparing a book on Holocaust photographs.

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