Canadian Club of Halton Hosts Speaker Bob Rae

Bob Rae & Maureen Tilson-Dyment

Canadian Club of Halton Dinner Speaker – Bob Rae – & Maureen Tilson-Dyment

The Canadian Club of Halton hosted former parliamentarian Bob Rae as the dinner speaker for an audience of over 170 members and guests, Thursday, October 20, 2016. Mr. Rae’s remarks were titled “Mending Hearts, Mending Treaties”.

Bob Rae is a senior partner at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP who works with First Nations across Canada as legal counsel, advisor, negotiator, and arbitrator. Bob was elected eleven times to the House of Commons and the Ontario Legislature between 1978 and 2013. He served as Ontario’s 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995 and Interim Federal Leader and foreign affairs critic for the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011- 2013. In 2011 he was chosen by his colleagues as Parliamentarian of the Year.

Head Table

Head Table, Canadian Club of Halton Dinner. Speaker – Bob Rae – “Mending Hearts, Mending Treaties”

Bob resigned from Parliament in 2013 to return to legal practice and, in particular, to use his legal, political and strategic skills to assist First Nations communities.

Bob & Arlene Rae

Bob Rae and his wife, Arlene Perly Rae

Bob reminded his audience that, while celebrating Canada’s 150th year as a country, we have great challenges ahead in working with First Nations people and communities. “Canadians have to recognize that our country’s history did not begin with Champlain, the Loyalists, or Wolfe and Montcalm, but rather when the first people crossed the Bering Strait and arrived in North America 15,000 years ago at the end of the ice age.” It is difficult to imagine that explorers could come from Europe, “plant a flag” on the land and then own all of the rights to it.

“The problem today”, says Bob Rae,” is that we have made some serious blunders concerning First Nations and Aboriginal people”. However, “today… we are all here. We are all here together. We are all here to stay!” He went on to say that the best thing we can do for the Prime Minister and other officials of our government is to let them do what is required for the betterment of our country and to support their decisions.

“We are the world in one country. It is a part of who we are. It is a beautiful land, great and magnificent. We are lucky to have this as our home.”

Article and photos courtesy of Janet Bedford.

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Discovery of HMS Erebus & HMS Terror – Jan 26, 2017

A Parks Canada Underwater Archaeologist speaks on The Sir John Franklin Expedition.

Erebus and Terror

In 1845, explorer Sir John Franklin set sail from England with two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, in search of a Northwest Passage across what is now Canada’s Arctic. The ships and crews vanished, prompting massive searches ever since.

A breakthrough was made in September 2014 when an expedition led by Parks Canada discovered the wreck of HMS Erebus. Then during Parks Canada’s recent 2016 Mission, HMS Terror was discovered.

Visit the Parks Canada website for more information on the vessels.

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Dr. David Goldbloom speaks -Nov 17

Dr. David GoldbloomDr. David Goldbloom, OC, MD, FRCPC – Senior Medical Advisor, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto,

Author of How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist.

In any given year, one in five Canadians will experience some form of diagnosable mental illness.

David Goldbloom is one of Canada’s leading psychiatrists and an articulate spokesperson for the field of mental health. His book How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist quickly became a bestseller in Canada after its release in February 2016.

David will talk about why he wrote it, how he wrote it, and the larger themes and personal stories that the book reflects.