Lindy Mechefske Charms Audience

The Canadian Club of Halton dinner on September 21, 2017 featured Lindy Mechefske, a free-lance food columnist with the Kingston Whig-Standard and a writer for a variety of Canadian magazines and literary journals. Lindy has written two successful books, A Taste of Wintergreen and her most recent Sir John’s Table: The Culinary Life and Times of Canada’s First Prime Minister. Burlington-based Different Drummer Books was on hand with Lindy’s books for sale and signing. Lindy is currently working on her next food-related book.

Lindy spent her early years in Yorkshire in northern England before moving to Canada, eventually settling in Kingston, Ontario. She has a science degree from the University of Waterloo and spent a number of years as a scientific copy editor.

Lindy and her family had the good fortune to move into an 1840’s home in Kingston, previously owned and lived in by Sir John A Macdonald and his family. Lindy claims she can feel his presence to this day. Her stories about the life, food and career of Sir John A compelled the audience to learn more about this colourful, engaging political figure.

Sir John A. was 4 years old when he gave his first speech, standing on the kitchen table in the middle of a party. Honest and charming, he continued to be a colourful figure throughout his life. His salary was $8,000 per year as prime minister while the average salary in those days was in the $2,000-$3,000 range. Lindy’s book is full of interesting details about the life and times of the era and includes many recipes popular at the time. A great book to read to explore our Canadian heritage!

Lindy has two daughters, Laura, a military doctor in Kingston who is getting married at the end of September, and Elly, who recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Queen’s and much to her Mom’s relief already has a job in her field! Lola is their big, beautiful, reasonably-behaved, white Goldendoodle.

Lindy loves hiking, especially long-distance. She has walked the Tour Mont Blanc through France, Italy, and Switzerland; the Camino de Santiago in Spain last Fall; and great stretches of other trails including the Bruce Trail and the Appalachian Trail.

She is also interested in transgender issues and has written many articles on this topic.

Her passion is food, reducing food waste, access to food, food security, and of course, cooking.

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Canadian Club of Halton presented: Dr. Linda Penn from Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Dr. Penn has received several awards including the New Investigator Award from the Terry Fox Foundation, the Woman-of-Action Award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund, and the Award of Distinction from the Leukemia Research Fund.

The Canadian Club of Halton hosted their final dinner of the season at the Oakville Conference Centre last week. Guest speaker, Dr. Linda Penn, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, focuses on the molecular basis of cancer and the development and application of novel anti-cancer therapeutics. She feels that, “These are revolutionary and exciting times in Cancer Research”. Dr. Penn walked the mostly lay audience through her cancer research story and outlined her plan for “Understanding Cancer and Personalized Medicine”.

Dr. Linda Penn, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Mary Saunders and CCH President, Barry Wylie;

Dr. Penn has received several awards including the New Investigator Award from the Terry Fox Foundation, the Woman-of-Action Award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund, and the Award of Distinction from the Leukemia Research Fund. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Oncology and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Linkoping University in Sweden.

Dr. Penn explained that “normal cells in the body are highly controlled, whereas tumour cells are out of control. The more out of control the cells are, the more aggressive the tumour is.” New research has shown that inhibitors, such as Gleevec, block tumour cell growth at the molecular level allowing diagnosis and treatment that works!” This is wonderful news for many suffering from the ravages of cancer.

Jeanne Crockett, Angela Lukowski, Mark Lukowski, Kriss Bush with Linda and Spence Williams

Her important and innovative research is changing the lives of many Cancer patients helping them to live a full life far beyond original expectations. In 1996 she started her own laboratory at Princess Margaret and from 2005-2010 was Division Head of Cancer Genomics & Proteomics, and served on the Research Executive Committee from 2009-2012. Years of basic research focused on understanding the molecular differences between normal and tumour cells have yielded new insights into how and why cancers develop.
This knowledge is having a profound impact on cancer diagnosis and treatment. By identifying the mutations causing specific cancers, a more precise diagnosis can be made and a treatment strategy prescribed that targets an individual’s cancer.

Lesley Harchnitz, Mary Jane Tuthill, Barrie Haywood, Brian Grose, Ann Grose, Michael Glynne

According to Dr. Penn, “This new paradigm of ‘personalized medicine’ is already impacting cancer patient outcome and survival.”
In keeping with Canada’s 150th Birthday Celebrations, the Canadian Club of Halton will kick off their 32nd season on September 21, 2017 with guest speaker Lindy Mechefske, an Award-Winning Author, Food Columnist for the Kingston Whig-Standard, Food Blogger, and Cook talking about her recent book Sir John’s Table: The Culinary Life & Times of Canada’s First Prime Minister.

Dr. Linda Penn, PhD, Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Speaker at CCH and honoured Head Table Guests

Reservations for the dinner can be made by e-mail (barrywylie1@gmail.com), by telephone (905-827-6302), or by mail (cheques payable to Canadian Club of Halton, 283 River Side Drive, Oakville, L6K 3N3).
The not-for-profit, volunteer-driven, Canadian Club of Halton has been hosting guest dinner speakers on a wide range of subjects since 1986. Guests and other non-members are always welcome.

 

 

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The Hon. Hugh Segal, OC, OOnt Speaks at Canadian Club of Halton

Mr. Segal was eloquent, witty and extremely knowledgeable as he sketched an insider’s view of Canada’s Global Future with remarks titled “Understanding the Mix Between Global Security & Economic Opportunity World-Wide”.

The Hon. Hugh Segal, OC, OOnt, Master of Massey College, past member of the Senate of Canada, was the guest speaker at a well-attended Canadian Club of Halton dinner on March 23, 2017. Mr. Segal was eloquent, witty and extremely knowledgeable as he sketched an insider’s view of Canada’s Global Future with remarks titled “Understanding the Mix Between Global Security & Economic Opportunity World-Wide”.

Mr. Segal has worked with top officials of the Canadian Government, both Conservative and Liberal, for much of his working life. His daughter Jacqueline, a graduate of U of T with an Honours BA in Political Science and Master of Arts, Global Media from American University of Paris, is following closely in his footsteps. After graduation she worked for the Jimmy Carter Presidential Centre democracy program in Atlanta, overseeing elections in the Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea and Tunisia and she is now assisting the Ontario Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada with their communications.

The Hon. Hugh Segal, OC, with Head Table Guests - Spreaking at Canadian Club of Halton

The Hon. Hugh Segal, OC, with Head Table Guests – Spoke at Canadian Club of Halton. Photo Credit: Janet Bedford

Hugh Segal was politically inspired by a visit by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker to his Montreal High School in the early 1960’s. A graduate in Canadian History from the University of Ottawa, he was an aide to federal Progressive Conservative Leader of the Opposition Robert Stanfield in the early 1970’s while still a university student. At age 21, he was an unsuccessful candidate in Ottawa Centre for the Canadian House of Commons in the 1972 general election and again in 1974.

Segal was a senior aide to Ontario Progressive Conservative Premier Bill Davis in the 1970’s and 1980’s and was named Deputy Minister at age 29. He was Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney from 1992 to 1993.

The Hon. Hugh Segal, OC, Discusses his Book "Two Freedoms" Spreaking at Canadian Club of Halton

The Hon. Hugh Segal, OC, discussed his Book “Two Freedoms” Speaking at Canadian Club of Halton. Photo Credit: Janet Bedford

Segal finished second to Joe Clark after the first ballot of the 1998 Progressive Conservative leadership election, but chose to withdraw and support Clark (the eventual winner) in the second ballot runoff vote. Segal was summoned to the Senate of Canada in 2005 by the Governor General on the recommendation of Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin.

His work in the Senate included chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Anti-Terrorism. He became the fifth Master of Massey College in December 2013 and is also a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Hugh Segal’s remarks included thoughts and arguments from his latest book “Two Freedoms: Canada’s Global Future”. Burlington’s Different Drummer Books participated in the evening offering the book for sale with Hugh graciously signing all copies.

Segal does not envy the “thirteen souls” currently running for the Conservative Party nor does he feel, based on history, that countries act fast enough to save peace and order. In his book, he stresses “the need for commitment to freedom from want and freedom from fear” in North America and abroad. In his book and in his remarks, he outlined “the ramifications of allowing these two freedoms to die or diminish”.

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Dr. Julia Upton MD: “Food Allergy: Why, and What Can Be Done?”

 

Keynote Speaker at Canadian Club of Halton in Oakville: Dr Julia Upton MD with Husband and Father: Part of Julia’s Fan Club!

Dr. Julia Upton MD was the recent guest speaker at a Canadian Club of Halton dinner where she discussed the latest understanding of why food allergies have become so common. Her topic: “Food Allergy: Why, and What Can Be Done?

Passionate about food allergies, Dr. Upton is currently enrolled in a Masters Program in epidemiology at the TH Chan School of Public Health at Harvard. She is a Staff Physician in Clinical Immunology & Allergy at SickKids Hospital and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Allergy & Immunology at the University of Toronto. She is also Chair of the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Section of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Immunology.

Canadian Club Halton Member, Frank Vismeg with President Barry Wylie

“More than one in 15 Canadian children, or two kids in every classroom across the country, report having at least one food allergy.” Most allergies, it appears, are caused by very few foods: peanuts, milk, eggs, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat and sesame. Allergies to these foods have been on the rise since the 1990’s and can be life threatening.

When a person has an allergy and comes in contact with a peanut, for example, their immune system overreacts to the allergen by producing antibodies called IgE’s (Immunoglobulin E).


Keynote Speaker Canadian Club Halton: Dr Julia Upton MD. Food Allergy: Why, and What Can Be Done?”

These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction. IgE-mediated food reactions can cause severe allergy anaphylaxis that if left untreated can be life-threatening. EpiPens and antihistamines help in the control of many food allergy episodes.

Dr. Upton touched on the complex issues surrounding allergies such as the inaccuracy of testing procedures, the elimination of parasites in much of the developed world, living in cities instead of farms, and the timing of the introduction of solid foods to infants as all influencing the rate of allergic disease.

We are fortunate to have doctors such as Dr. Upton who have the passion and expertise to help unscramble this complex world of allergies. For more information visit www.foodallergycanada.ca .

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Marc-André Bernier; The Discovery of the Franklin Expedition’s Royal Navy Ships

Marc-André Bernier, guest speaker at the sold-out Canadian Club of Halton dinner on January 26, 2017 considers himself a lucky man. As a member of the Parks Canada Underwater Archaeology Team since 1990 (26 years) and the Manager of the team for the past 8 years, he and his team played an integral role in the recent discoveries of the Franklin Expedition’s Royal Navy ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, in Canada’s Arctic.

Marc-André Bernier; The Discovery of the Franklin Expedition’s Royal Navy Ships with Barry Wylie & Webmaster Clayton Shold

Marc-André Bernier; The Discovery of the Franklin Expedition’s Royal Navy Ships with Barry Wylie & Clayton Shold

Sir John Franklin and his two ships, with a total compliment of 134 officers and men, set out in 1845 from England hoping to find the Northwest Passage across Canada’s Arctic. During the three years that the expedition was expected to last, both the ships and their crews vanished and since then many search expeditions have attempted to locate the missing ships. It is believed that the crew, stranded amid the arctic ice flows around Victoria Island in Nunavut, eventually abandoned the ships and set out on foot to find civilization, perishing in the attempt.

The HMS Erebus was discovered in September 2014 and the HMS Terror in 2016. These search expeditions brought together the Government of Canada as well as public, private and non-profit organizations. The use of state-of-the-art technology, Inuit knowledge and oral testimony made these historic discoveries possible.

Marc-André Bernier; Sunk Amid the Ice Flows; The Discovery of the Franklin Expedition’s Royal Navy Ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

It was interesting to hear Marc-André Bernier recount his experience – one of “countless, fruitless hours staring at a computer screen” of underwater images. As onlookers it is easy for us to make this appear glamorous – to him and the team there was boredom … lots of it … “until the day of the discovery of these ships, together with the knowledge that they were very intact.”

Marc-André Bernier was one of the first people to see and dive on the HMS Erebus after its discovery in 2014. Since then he has participated in subsequent return archaeological expeditions to the Erebus, and most recently the examination of the newly discovered wreck of HMS Terror this past September.

Plans are in place for 10 museums across Canada to soon have displays featuring HMS Erebus and HMS Terror.

To discover fascinating historical information on the Franklin Expedition, visit: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/culture/franklin/hist.aspx.

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David Goldbloom speaks about Mental Health at Canadian Club Dinner

“In any given year, one in five Canadians will experience some form of diagnosable mental illness”, according to Dr. David Goldbloom MD, one of Canada’s leading psychiatrists and an articulate spokesperson for the field of mental health. Guest speaker at the Canadian Club of Halton dinner on November 17, 2016 the focus of the evening was on his book How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist.

(l to r)Mark & Angela Lukowski, Tanya & Tim Corkum, Wendy Burton, David Goldbloom, Mayor Rob Burton, Barry & Angie Wylie, Susan McArthur, David Posen

(l to r) Mark & Angela Lukowski, Tanya & Tim Corkum, Wendy Burton, David Goldbloom, Mayor Rob Burton, Barry & Angie Wylie, Susan McArthur, David Posen

Dr. Goldbloom talked about why he wrote the book, how he wrote it, and the larger themes and personal stories that the book reflects. The goal of the book, co-authored with Dr. Pier Bryden MD, is to reduce public fear of psychiatrists by showing what it is that they really do, the conditions they treat, the resources they deploy and the setting in which they work. The book quickly became a bestseller in Canada after its release in February 2016.

Charlotte & Jim Warren

A Birthday Celebration for Charlotte & Jim Warren at Canadian Club Halton

When asked for a show of hands, it was clear that almost everyone in the room had encountered some form of mental illness either personally themselves or with a family member or a friend. The stigma is real. The vision endures. In the past, people experiencing mental health issues were isolated from the general population, often being sent to “lunatic asylums” or “hospitals for the insane’ outside the borders of a community.

Dr. Goldbloom is happy in his role as a Psychiatrist. He has succeeded in making changes, both in the way that society looks at people who are mentally ill and for the individuals that he sees in his practice. Since 2003 Dr. Goldbloom has been the Senior Medical Advisor at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.

Barry Wylie thanking Dr. David Goldbloom

Canadian Club Director, Barry Wylie Presents Dr. David Goldbloom with a Thank You – and a cheque for the charity of his choice.

In addition to the many educational and professional awards that he has received over the years, David is a Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the American Psychiatric Association. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and, in 2014, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. He served as Vice-Chair and then Chair of the Board of the Mental Health Commission of Canada from 2007 to 2015. In addition to his professional activities, Dr. Goldbloom is past Chair of the Board of Governors of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada.

 

 

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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.

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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.”

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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.

Protecting the Eastern Wolves

Linda Rutledge presented with a gift from CCH President Barry Wylie

1-dsc_1307Linda Rutledge, PhD, was the guest speaker at a dinner presented by the Canadian Club of Halton on September 22 to an audience of 120.  Linda is a Research Associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University.

Her talk “Fossils to Genomes: Protecting The Eastern Wolves of Algonquin Park” chronicled the history of wolves in Algonquin Park and explored the critical requirements for their future.

1-dsc_1345Linda says, “I live in Lakefield Ontario with my husband Dave, who is a family doctor, and our children Liam and Emma (both were born in Prince George, British Columbia where we lived for 10 years before returning to southern Ontario so that I could do my PhD), and our dog Django, a rescued Malamute/Retriever cross. I am indebted to them for all the support and sacrifices they have made over the years that allow me to be passionate about wildlife research.”

Wolves play a critical role in maintaining a healthy environment. As a top predator, they have the potential to increase biodiversity and restore natural regulation to the troubled ecosystems of eastern North America.1-dsc_1343

Algonquin Provincial Park is home to one of the most threatened wolf populations in the world. The Eastern Wolf has battled centuries of targeted eradication efforts, resulting in a restricted range (centralized in Algonquin Park) with fewer than 1,000 animals remaining.

Linked to the diminishing wolf population is the increasing deer density. Ideally there should be 4-7 deer per sq. km. but today there are 34-38 deer per sq. km.  Unfortunately, deer eat everything, including trilliums, ultimately impacting the food system for predators like foxes, coyotes, wolves, hawks, etc. Eastern Wolves eat deer but there are not enough wolves to maintain the natural balance.1-dsc_1353

Linda’s research uses genetics to non-invasively track Eastern Wolves across the landscape in an effort to resolve more complete patterns of distribution and hybridization to help inform endangered species policy. She tracks these animals by examining feces, called scat, often collected for her by friends and family.

According to Linda, “We cross-country ski a lot in the winter at the Kawartha Nordic Ski Club – a really great group of people (I have members stop me on the ski trails to tell me where the wolf/coyote scat is each day). And the trail groomer is a friend who carries Ziploc bags and Sharpies in the grooming machine so that he can collect freshly deposited scat for me for my Eastern Wolf Survey research project.”1-dsc_1339

Unfortunately, human-caused mortality and hybridization with Eastern Coyotes remain the Eastern Wolves’ primary threats of extinction. However, Linda feels the trend of interbreeding is good and should be left to happen naturally rather than being considered by some as a dilution of the “pure” breed.

Photogrpaher Helen Grose with her father Brian Grose

Helen Grose with father Brian Grose next to donated photograph

Professional photographer Helen Grose deserves special mention for the framed photograph of an Eastern Wolf that she took in Algonquin Park and donated to the Canadian Club of Halton for a raffle on the evening of the dinner. At Linda Rutledge’s request, the $290 in proceeds from the raffle together with a thank you donation of $500 from the Canadian Club of Halton will be donated to The Friends of Killarney Park who have been “incredibly supportive in my research program”.

 

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