The Evolution of Canada’s National Park System

Friday, 31 January 2020

Speaker: Gerry Lee

Lecture title: Then, Then and Now: The Evolution of Canada’s National Park System

Lecture Summary

From its inception in 1885, Canada’s National Park System has taken many turns on the path to maturity, turns that have altered its purpose, its size and its politics. Prior to the 1930 Natural Resource Acts [ which gave provinces control over their natural resources], National Parks could only be created on federally-owned lands. Also prior to 1930, federal parks were more often referred to as Dominion Parks, Forest Parks, or simply Parks. It took the passage of the National Parks Act, also in 1930, to officially coin the term “National” and state the purpose for which they were created. Politics, at either the federal or provincial level, have played a significant role in the final selection of new park areas, but new methodologies developed in the 60s have added more objectivity to the process, replacing the Park descriptor “outstanding” with “representative”. Being a part of this evolutionary process was both professionally and personally exciting and rewarding, not the least of which was the field work part. Some field anecdotes will be shared re the life of a new park planner.

Bio: Gerry Lee

Gerry LeeGerry Lee graduated from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) 1964-1968 with a Masters in Forestry, minor in Wildlife Management.  He joined Parks Canada in 1965 as a new park planner, doing boundary and resource studies for Gros Morne (Nfld), Nahanni (NWT) and Kluane (Yukon) plus co-authored Park Systems Planning Manual and initiated a National Wild River Study, forerunner of the Heritage Rivers Program.  Gerry joined the Lands Directorate in 1974 as Chief, Federal Land Services, then moved to his final position as Chief, Habitat Conservation, Canadian Wildlife Service.  Retired in 1996, he served on the Wildlife Habitat Canada Board and Ontario’s Fish and Wildlife Heritage Commission as well as Michigan’s School of Natural Resources Board of Governors (2 terms).  Currently, he spends about four days/week year-round at his forest property on Indian Creek, Pakenham Twp., managing a wildlife-focused woodland.

Electron Microscopy: A Small Talk

Friday, 28 February 2020

Speaker: Jeff Fraser

Lecture title: Electron Microscopy: A Small Talk

Lecture Summary

In this talk I will explore a short history of Electron Microscopy, (EM) the various types of Electron Microscopes, examples of peripheral instruments important to electron microscopy and most importantly the impact that this discipline has had on my life as I fell into a world that I had no knowledge of.

I will speak briefly on Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Focused Ion Beam Microscopy (FIB) but the main emphasis of the talk will be my area of expertise, Scanning Electron Microscopy. (SEM). I will explain the physics of how they work, advances in the field EM and how they are utilized on a daily basis in manufacturing and academic research.

A picture (or in this case, a micrograph) is worth a thousand words. So  talk will have many thousands of words in the form of images from different scientific disciplines and everyday life.

Bio: Jeff Fraser

Jeff FraserJeff fraser graduated from Fanshawe College with a three year diploma in “Science Laboratory Technology”. Majored in Microbiology and Biochemistry.

Work experience included 2 years with 3M Canada as a quality-control supervisor, 9 years with Fiberglas Canada in the Physical and Advanced Research department where I first used a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and 26 years with the National Research Council in various portfolios performing Electron Microscopy analysis for scientific staff and outside contracts. Retired in August 2015 but still work at NRC under contract

What makes a city age-friendly?

Friday, 25 October 2019

Speaker: Louise Plouffe

Lecture title: What makes a city age-friendly?

Lecture Summary

Major global trends in this century include the aging of the population and urbanization.  However, most cities and towns are built to accommodate a working age-population and their families, with little thought of the growing numbers of increasingly older persons with a wide spectrum of physical and cognitive abilities. In 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) undertook to identify the key features that make a city ‘age-friendly’ and to mobilize municipal governments, older persons and community groups to change their cities and towns in that direction. Starting with consultations in 33 cities in 22 countries, the age-friendly city concept has since evolved into a world-wide network.  In Canada alone, over 1000 communities in all 10 provinces have joined  the movement, including Mississippi Mills.  In this presentation, you will learn from the WHO project leader how the ‘age-friendly’ idea became a global tipping point in urban planning.

Bio: Louise Plouffe

Louise PlouffeLouise Plouffe (Ph.D., Psychology) has extensive experience in leading policy research and analysis on health and social dimensions of aging within Canada and internationally, notably with the Government of Canada, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Longevity Centre (ILC) Brazil and ILC Canada.  She developed the conceptual framework and led the consultations which launched the global WHO Age Friendly Cities initiative.  Louise has contributed to the expansion and evaluation of Age Friendly Cities within Canada, and most recently, was actively engaged locally in the implementation of Age Friendly Ottawa.  She has published and presented widely on age-friendly communities and cities in Canada and internationally. Louise has received the Contributions to Gerontology Award from the Canadian Association on Gerontology as well as a Knowledge Translation Award from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

We have seen the media and it is US!

Friday, 29 November 2019

Speakers: Edith Cody-Rice and Brent Eades

Lecture title: We have seen the media and it is US!

Lecture Summary

Why do news organizations report news the way they do? It is because that is what we will read, listen to, watch or pay for. This lecture will start with a short history and explanation of the Millstone, Mississippi Mills’ online community newspaper and will move to a modest proposal for the survival of community newspapers. Discussion with then turn to media today, including a short primer on the principles of international and national public broadcasting and the difference between broadcasting and newspapers.

Bio: Edith Cody-Rice

Edith Cody-RiceEdith Cody-Rice is the publisher of the local online newspaper the Millstone and was a media lawyer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 29 years. Specializing in journalism law, she spent her career helping journalists get their stories to air and avoiding reputationally damaging and costly defamation lawsuits. She assisted in crafting stories and appeared many times in court to battle publication bans and to defend journalists against libel  allegations and efforts to reveal their sources. She still is involved in journalism through the Millstone and as a director of the Michener Awards Foundation. The Michener Foundation awards the most prestigious Canadian award for investigative journalism which is presented by the Governor General each year.

Edith is also very involved in literature and ran literary luncheons at the National Arts Centre for 19 years, was a director and chair of the Writers’ Trust, and a founder of the Ottawa Valley Book Festival as well as a director of the Ottawa International Writers’ Festival

Bio: Brent Eades

Brent EadesBrent Eades has worked in corporate communications since 1985, when he joined the Prime Minister’s Office as a writer. He was later an aide to the federal minister of finance. He began building websites in 1995, and since 1998 has worked in communications at the Bank of Canada. He is also the publisher of the Almonte.com website. Brent joined the Millstone in 2012 and is now its editor-in-chief. He is on the board of the Michener Awards Foundation, which presents Canada’s most prestigious journalism prize.

The Last Tsar of Russia

Friday, 27 March 2020

Speaker: Paul Marland

Lecture title: The last Tsar of Russia

Lecture Summary

At about 1 a.m. on July 17, 1918, in a fortified mansion in the town of Ekaterinburg, in the Ural Mountains, the Romanovs—ex-tsar Nicholas II, ex-tsarina Alexandra, their five children, and their four remaining servants —were awoken by their Bolshevik captors and told they must dress and gather their belongings for a swift nocturnal departure. They gathered in the cellar, and waited patiently, until, suddenly, 11 or 12 heavily armed men filed ominously into the room.

What happened next—the slaughter of the family and servants—was one of the seminal events of the 20th century. How had such a family come to such a fate? Were their deaths in some way deserved, or were they murdered by History?

Bio: Paul Marland

Pauk MarlandAfter graduating from Carleton, Paul Marland entered High School Teaching, temporarily he thought.  He remained for 36 years, seduced by the many minds of the people whom he met.

Dr Norman Bethune: Medical and Political Revolutionary

Friday, 24 April 2020

Speaker: Ross Lambert

Lecture title: Dr Norman Bethune: Medical and Political Revolutionary

Lecture Summary

Bethune’s story is known by many Canadians but by no means all.  He is, however, known and revered by one billion Chinese.  A significant chapter of his life was the Spanish Civil War where he served as a doctor for the Republicans and pioneered several significant medical battlefield techniques.  This presentation focuses on this part of his life but provide contexts about what occurred in his life pre- and post-Spain.  The outline is as follows:

  • Family life, the Muskokas. Bethune’s family and the part of Ontario he grew up in including the era.
  • Education and early professional career. His medical training and early work as a doctor specialising in tuberculous in the United States and in Montreal.  Included in this is his increasing interest and commitment to international communism.
  • His calling to Spain.  Military actions he was part of.  His pioneering use of several medical procedures at the front including blood transfusions and x-ray equipment.  The end of the war and his return to Montreal.
  • Efforts in China.  Results in China.  Death in China.  Significance to the Chinese.
  • Bethune today. Where does he stand today in China, Canada and Spain.

Bio: Ross Lambert

Ross LambertRoss is a retired Naval Officer who has lived and worked in a variety of locations and settings including Kingston, Victoria, Halifax, Toronto, Ottawa and London, England.    He is a graduate of the Royal Military College (hBA) and York University (MA), as well as the British Joint Command and Staff College.  His career included a number of different staff positions in various national and NATO headquarters and two tours on staff at the Royal Military College.  He also had numerous postings at sea, the last one as captain of HMCS IROQUOIS.

Ross and his wife of 43 years, Joanne, are originally from the Barrie area of Ontario.  They now live on a 75 acre hobby farm near Elgin, Ontario, where he cuts firewood, makes maple syrup and raises a few cattle.  They are heavily engaged in community and church events, often involving some type of music. Since retirement Ross has also become involved with the local Masonic Lodge.  He is the father of four and the grandfather of five.  He is also increasingly seen as the maintenance man for the farm and several summer cottages.

Ross and Joanne have travelled extensively and still typically spend several months each year out of country.  Ross is a serious student of Canadian, American and European history and has a passion for 19thcentury English literature.

Finding Your Funny

Friday, 27 September 2019

Speaker: Rachelle Elie

Lecture title: Finding Your Funny

Lecture Summary

A whimsical tour with personal anecdotes of the life of a professional comedian and clown. Where do jokes come from? How do the people who make us laugh for a living create their material? How do they learn their art and craft? What do they learn from practising their profession? And how does its practice affect their lives?

Slides:

Find your funny

Bio: Rachelle Elie

Rachelle Elie

Rachelle has written and performed five one woman shows and was nominated for Best BreakOut Artist with the Canadian Comedy Awards in 2018. She has been a supporting act for legendary Comedians Mike McDonald and Tommy Chong. She won an Outstanding Comedy Award with the Ottawa Fringe and recently performed her one woman show S#!t I’m In Love With You Again at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was one of Mervyn Stutter’s Pick Of The Fringe at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017. Her show was also invited to be a part of the Off-Broadway Encore Series in New York. She has participated in the First Air Arctic Comedy Festival in Iqaluit, HubCap Comedy Festival in New Brunswick and returns in May to the Women In Comedy Festival in Boston. She was also nominated for a Just For Laughs Comedy Award and performed in JFL 42 last year.