Barry & Angie Wylie Featured

Barry & Angie Wylie were featured in Neighbours of Glen Abbey in the November 2019 edition under the “Resident Feature.”

The article is appropriately titled “Establishing Connections and Helping Others.”

To read the full article, click on this link.

CCH now accepts digital payment to register

Over the summer, members of the Canadian Club of Halton Board explored ways to; 1) reduce the work effort in managing events, 2) provide greater convenience to register for events, and 3) reduce our banking and related credit card processing fees. We are pleased to say we made good progress in all three areas.

Now you can pay online (or use e-transfers) to register in advance of an event! E-transfers will go directly in to the CCH account rather than to Barry which was our past practice.

Out website has been upgraded to a “secure” site. You’ll note a little lock icon next to our URL name. This means there is an SSL certificate in place that ensures all transactions are encrypted, meaning we can now accept credit card payments via the website. You should always look for the lock on any website if you are entering personal or credit card information.

You will find a link on the speaker’s information page, a blue button “Purchase Tickets”. You can also click on “Tickets” on the main menu. Once you have completed your information, you can indicate if you wish your information to be securely stored, so you don’t need to enter it each time. You will set a password to log in to the secured area for next time.

Treasurer Spence Williams commented “by utilizing technology we are able to provide more convenience to our members and guests. When you purchase your tickets online, you will receive an email confirmation, and we receive a registration confirmation.” You will still be able to pay at the event as in the past, but our goal is to reduce the number of transactions at the event. “The more we can automate our registration process helps reduce the administrative work involved with each event” commented Barry Wylie, President of the Canadian Club of Halton. Making online payments by credit card or e transfers will eliminate standing in line to have your transaction processed the night of the event.

In addition to online purchase of event tickets for members and guests, we have also included the ability to purchase memberships. You will still receive an email from Barry advising your membership is due for renewal, then visit the site to make your payment. You can do a membership renewal and purchase event tickets on the same transaction.

These changes will allow us to be more efficient while reducing banking fees. Keeping expenses to a minimum helps keep membership fees as low as possible.

Season Starts with Co-Author of Empty Planet, Darrell Bricker

The 2019/2020 season of the Canadian Club of Halton (our 34th) starts on Thursday, September 26 with guest speaker Darrell Bricker, Global CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs.

Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson (Globe and Mail Writer at Large), co-authoured Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline, published this past February.

Attached are 3 recent Globe and Mail articles from Darrell and John drawing attention to the impacts of declining birth rates and aging populations around the world that you may find interesting.

A multi-page feature article by Darrell & John titled “The Vanishing” was published in the Globe and Mail on January 24 prior to the release of their book. It can be viewed at:

When the world’s population shrinks, Canada is poised to grow and prosper

The book itself is very readable with the authors clearly stating what they see happening with global populations through to 2050 and beyond, and the consequences to countries that restrict immigration now or in the future.

The book is a real eye-opener!

Enjoy the summer and we hope to see you in September.



Janet Bedford – A Good Friend

To say the announcement of Janet’s sudden passing was a shock would be an understatement. Only days before, Janet was capturing photos at our speaking event and taking time to pen an article for Oakville News and our website.

It didn’t matter which event was happening in Oakville, there was a good chance that Janet would be there, giving of her time, with her camera in hand. For the past decade Janet has been a good friend to the Canadian Club of Halton. The photos you see on this website are hers. The articles capturing the hightlights of our speakers comments in our blog are hers.  As webmaster, I met Janet three years ago when I joined CCH.  She was very excited to know we had created a website and was quick to offer her talent and time to provide photos and a write up of out guest speakers. We had a good sytem going,  Janet would drop a USB key to Barry Wylie who would select the photos and identify those in them, then pass the USB to me. I would load the photos on the site and do the same with the article that usually followed shortly after. On Sunday afternoon she delivered the USB to Barry along with a 15 minute chat, I picked the USB up from Barry Monday morning and Janet emailed her article to Barry Tuesday at noon. Tuesday evening Janet was gone.

We are reminded how fragile is life, and also the impact one person can have in their community. At her visitations Friday evening and Saturday afternoon it was evident there were so many who had the benefit of knowing Janet. Her love of family, her work, her participation with so many community organizations will be her legacy. Her constant smile a memory for all.

The Canadian Club of Halton has made a donation to the McMaster Children’s Foundation in Janet’s memory.

Below are some of the responses received by Barry Wylie after he sent a note out to our membership and others in the community.

We will truly miss her smiling face and enthusiastic encouragement to get up from the table so she could capture our presence in a photo

Janet was a lovely person who brought joy and a fierce spirit to the world

Such an upbeat lady

She struck me as a very happy and engaging lady

She was such a vibrant lovely person

Janet’s gentle nature and smiling face

We always chatted when we saw one another – she was so positive and had a smile on her face every night

She was a spirited woman and will be very much missed

She was a memorable and kind person

I am going to miss her and her hugs greatly – she always made me smile

We met back in 2006 when I started to work in Oakville and I attended many of her art exhibits, talked to her at the Chamber events and got even closer over the Canadian Club dinners the last few years

She was such a positive, wonderful person

She was a good friend – I have known her for many, many years – she loved taking pics at all the Chamber events and thoroughly enjoyed talking to people

I will miss her big smile and generous heart

I always appreciated Janet’s upbeat attitude especially the first time I attended the Canadian Club – she was so welcoming and friendly

Janet used to come to our yoga class too – she was a lovely lady

She was such a lovely lady – your pic from last week sums it all up – that’s who she was

She never showed her stress, just her joy in taking photos for others

Such a humane, intelligent, and outrageously generous and warm-hearted soul

She was a kind and compassionate lady

She brought the community together through her camera lens

Clearly Janet touched many on her earthly journey. I’m sure she is adjusting her camera settings to account for the light in heaven as she watches over us.

Janet you will be missed.


Dr. Terry Bennett on Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Canadian Club of Halton hosted Dr. Terry Bennett MD as guest speaker at their latest dinner meeting at the Oakville Conference Centre. Her subject, “Learning from Children and Families Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)”, is a timely one. ASD is a high profile mental health and development issue affecting thousands of children, adolescents and adults and their families in Ontario and across Canada.

Co-Director of the McMaster Autism Research Team and a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist with the Offord Centre for Child Studies, Dr. Bennett provided her audience with a basic understanding of ASD – its causes, how it’s treated and why it seems to be on the rise. ASD refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. Autism’s most obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age although in some cases as early as 18 months. The prevalence of autism in Canadian children is now estimated to be 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls.

Dr. Bennett commented “When you have met one child with autism, you have met one child with autism”. No two are the same. “45% are affected by an intellectual disability, 65% have language impairments, 79% have motor skill differences or delays, 50-70% have emotional and behavioral challenges and 50-80% have sleep disorders and other medical challenges”.

Dr. Bennett’s clinical and research interests focus on developmental psychiatry – understanding risk and protective factors for optimal child mental health and development, as well as how prevention and timely intervention programs can
help children, youth and families. She believes that autistic children can achieve enriched mental health and the the blessing of advanced development and functioning when they engage the help of social supports, coping and
psychological resources.

 The autistic child wants to be thought of as someone who feels “I am different, not less”. This summed up Dr. Bennett’s talk for me. “Look at my strengths, my personal bests, and my surprises.” Focus on strength. Reduce disability. Talk to dimensions and growth.

 MacArt, the McMaster Autism Research Team, is advancing autism care through meaningful research, promoting early intervention, celebrating differences and tailoring a family centered approach to ASD children – in fact, to children of all ages.

More information can be found at and the Offord Centre for Child Studies

Article by Janet Bedford

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Peter Hohenadel – My 12-Minute Walk to the Country

Peter Hohenadel has faith in Canada’s agricultural system.

He is an agriculture graduate of the University of Guelph with a long career working with farmers and the companies that provide products and services to them. For the past five years Peter was the Director, Agriculture and Food, at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. He was the featured guest speaker at the latest Canadian Club of Halton dinner at the Oakville Conference Centre. His presentation “My 12-Minute Walk to the Country: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Agriculture and Food” drew on his experiences with “The Royal” and dispelled many negative opinions about the food we produce and consume but raised some concerns about the struggle to attract the younger generation to the many opportunities in the industry.

Born and raised in the city and currently residing in downtown Toronto, just a 12-minute walk to the Exhibition Place fairgrounds, Peter is now working as a consultant in food and agriculture. He has also been an active member on the Board of AgScape, the voice of agriculture in the classroom for Ontario ( located in Milton. He is currently assisting AgScape as its Interim Executive Director.

“I’ve worked in agriculture all my career”, Peter says, “studied it in school and visited hundreds of farms across Canada. Like many of us in agriculture, we wish the urban public would take a science-based view of modern farming. It is an indisputable fact that Canada has some of the safest food on the planet. Many urbanites I encounter, however, seem to prefer an emotion-based perspective on food, which is that if it seems icky, it must be unsafe. An independent research study some years ago found that when presented with the concept of feeding silage to cattle – chopped plant material stored in a silo where it ferments to improve palatability and nutrient release – a number of urban respondents said they would not eat meat or dairy products from animals that had been fed such a gross diet.”

Other topics covered in Peter’s remarks and in the subsequent question & answer period included the science and safety of genetically modified foods (for resistance to pathogens and herbicides and for better nutrient profiles), organics, the cost of farmland and farming equipment, industry standards, transportation of food animals, the risks of monoculture, food waste, perfect looking fruits and vegetables vs “seconds”, and flavour vs the demand for year-round availability of fresh foods.

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Travis Steffens – Lemurs, Forests, and People

A snowy early winter evening on November 15 welcomed Canadian Club of Halton dinner guests to a fascinating and educational presentation on the island nation of Madagascar situated off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. The guest speaker was Travis Steffens, the Founder and Executive Director of Planet Madagascar, a Canadian not-for-profit conservation education & community development organization that is working to protect Madagascar’s biodiversity while improving the lives of the people who live there. With a BSc in Primatology and a Masters in Anthropology both from the University of Calgary, and a PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology from the University of Toronto, Travis, and his team, are interested in understanding how primates respond to habitat loss and fragmentation, and in applying research results that include the participation of the residents of local communities. Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world, roughly the size of Alberta, with a population of 26 million, 2/3 of whom live on less than $1 US per day. Millions of years ago the separation of Madagascar from the landmasses of Africa, India, Australia and Antarctica resulted in its now being home to an abundance of plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth, especially lemurs which are primates and of which there are over 100 species, almost all classified as rare, vulnerable, or endangered. With his presentation titled “Lemurs, Forests and People: Building Sustainable Forest Communities in Madagascar”, Travis informed the audience about Planet Madagascar’s efforts to educate and train the local residents about the importance of responsible fire management and prevention, forest restoration, conservation of lemurs, conservation education programs for children and adults, and a women’s cooperative focused on sustainable agroforestry and forest restoration and eventually projects that will include sanitation, women’s health and education. More information about Planet Madagascar can be found at View photos from event. Maple_Leaf_Twitter

Blair Roblin – Our Aging World

Dr. Blair Roblin was the guest speaker at the October 18 Canadian Club of Halton dinner where he shared his thoughts about the biggest social phenomenon to hit the 21st century – the aging of our society. He discussed how this will soon impact all facets of our lives including health care, employment, consumer marketing and technology.

Dr. Roblin holds a PhD in health policy & gerontology from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in disability studies from York University, as well as a law degree, an MBA and a Chartered Business Valuator designation. As a consultant to business, his insights have been drawn from over 30 years of investment banking experience, advising boards and management teams on growth strategies, mergers, acquisitions and capital markets.

“Health care is the largest single expense for most governments, and seniors’ care is the biggest component” Dr. Roblin says. As a researcher in health care services for seniors, he spoke at length about the growing demand for long-term care beds and for home care alternatives, the lengthening waiting lists and the disparity in the funding of home care services compared to long-term care facilities. He admitted that his vision of alternative housing through a program he dubbed as “Home Sweet Home” where like-minded seniors live together in a private home helping one another, staying fit, encouraging a healthy life style and giving seniors continuing ways to contribute will not work under Ontario’s current regulations.

“The economic implications of aging extend all the way from pension plans to consumer markets. As the role of the older worker expands, management teams and HR departments strive to reconfigure the workplace while the law tries to keep up” Dr. Roblin says.

Ageism, discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, portrays seniors as feeble, senile, bad drivers, depressed, disabled, constipated and lonely. However, seniors today are feeling much younger and “are more focused on creative activity and individual rights and they even look quite different from seniors of the past.”

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Ted Barris – Dam Busters

Ted Barris, award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster, held his audience of 135 people spellbound at the September 20 Canadian Club of Halton dinner, the first dinner in its 33rd season. Ted’s recently published book – Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany – was the subject of his delightful and informative talk. It recounts the dramatic story of the May 16, 1943 high-risk Allied Bomber Command mission to fly 19 Lancaster bombers with 133 airmen into the industrial heartland of the Third Reich to destroy power dams on the Ruhr River. The raiders breached two dams and severely damaged a third. Eleven of the Lancasters made it back as did 16 of the 30 RCAF airmen who participated.

The book clearly highlights the role that Canada’s young men played in bringing an end to the Second World War. Often these well-trained and dedicated airmen did not receive the recognition they deserved, according to Ted.

For more than 40 years Ted’s writing has regularly appeared in the Globe and Mail and the National Post, as well as in magazines as diverse as Legion, Air Force, esprit de corps, Quill and Quire, and Zoomer. He has also worked as host and contributor for most CBC Radio network programs, and on TV Ontario. This year, after 18 years of teaching, he retired as a full-time professor of journalism and broadcasting at Toronto’s Centennial College.

Ted is the author of 19 bestselling non-fiction books, including a series on wartime Canada. The Great Escape: A Canadian Story won a 2014 Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award.

Dam Busters is a fascinating accounting of one of the most important attacks of World War II, hastening its end. It is a story about talented, intelligent and determined Canadian heroes, usually in their late teens and early 20’s, who placed country above their own personal safety. The book is a compelling read and Ted Barris brought it to life with his dynamic presentation style and detailed knowledge along with a few video clips and numerous slides.

Excerpted from the book’s forward by Peter Mansbridge: “He was young – still in his teens – a little bit nervous but overall very excited by the moment. He peered out the mid-upper gunner’s turret at a vast expanse of water… It was loud, very loud inside the Lancaster….”

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Marrying the Art of Winemaking with the Business of Wine

Award-winning winemaker, Craig McDonald, was the guest speaker at the latest dinner presented by the Canadian Club of Halton on April 19 at the Oakville Conference Centre. The evening included a delicious dinner, followed by the opportunity to hear Craig’s entertaining personal story that started in Red Cliffs, Australia, his progression as a young winemaker with vintages in  Oregon, Australia, New Zealand and Niagara, recognition as Ontario Winemaker of the Year in 2008 at Creekside Winery in Vineland and again in 2016 at Trius Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Two years ago he was named Vice President, Winemaking for Andrew Peller Limited.

While retaining Senior Winemaker responsibilities at Trius, Craig now oversees winemaking activities at all wineries in the Peller family – Peller, Thirty Bench, Trius and Wayne Gretzky in Ontario and Black Hills, Calona, Grey Monk, Red Rooster, Sandhill and Tinhorn Creek in BC.

His extensive experience in the wine industry has enabled him to help create and advise in the making of many of the wines, whiskies and visitor experiences that appeal to all age groups.

Craig highlighted the dramatic results of “Marrying the Art of Winemaking with the Business of Wine”, particularly in the Niagara region, by telling us that Peller Estates Winery is #1 in all of North America with the largest number of visitors annually, followed by Trius Winery in 2nd place, Mondavi in California in 3rd place and Wayne Gretzky Winery & Distillery in 4th place (after being open for just one year).

Joining Craig at the dinner’s head table were Jim & Charlotte Warren. Jim is the founder of Stoney Ridge Winery in the Niagara region and was its award-winning winemaker. He also created and taught the winemaking program at Niagara College for a number of years and continues to consult in the grape and fruit wine industry. His wife Charlotte was the anchor on the retail side of the winery.

Also at the head table was Diane Beaulieu, Executive Director, Halton Women’s Place, to accept a $500 donation cheque from the Canadian Club of Halton. A donation of $500 is made at each of the year’s 7 dinners to an organization chosen by that evening’s speaker.

In place of the normal Canadian Club of Halton thank you gift of Niagara wines to the speaker, Carol and Damian Goriup, owners of Florence Meats in Oakville, donated a sizable gift of some of their signature meat products. Celebrating 40 years in Oakville, Florence Meats was recognized as Mid-Size Business of the Year at this year’s Oakville Awards for Business Excellence.

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