October 15-29, 2017
“Walking with our Sisters”, a touring art show honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women, will be in Toronto October 15-29 at the Aboriginal Education Centre, 90 Croatia St. (Dufferin Subway).
A very large number of moccasin vamps beaded by volunteers “with a prayer for every bead” will be displayed in a religious design on the floor. Visitors will leave their shoes at the door before walking around area where at times there will be ceremonies.
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For UWCNY members only.
Kenneth Greenberg, author of Walking Home: the Life and Lessons of a City Builder
Multiple award-winning urban designer and architect Kenneth Greenberg gave us a double treat: a historic review of the paradigm shifts in city design and a progress report on the fabulous Bentway project under the Gardiner Expressway, of which he is the mastermind.
Ken pinpointed the genesis of suburbs to the 1939 New York World’s Fair where General Motors’s World of Tomorrow exhibit promoted the car. “People could drive anywhere – to home, work and shopping.” Unfortunately there were unintended consequences with respect to architecture, health, diversity of the population, and the freedom allotted to children.
Ken realized that downtown Toronto needed shared and diverse public spaces. In 2011 he sketched a plan for the terrain under the Gardiner Expressway; the Bentway will eventually have trails, performances, exhibits, children’s activities and more.
September 25, 2017 7:00 pm TOPIC: City Building: A New Convergence
We are living through one of the most remarkable transformations in urban history as 21st century cities worldwide are redefining themselves. Recent concerns about energy scarcity and global warming, has made us see cities with fresh eyes and a growing understanding that they can provide us with an unparalleled measure of sustainability. Mr. Greenberg’s current major project is as urban design lead and client rep for PROJECT: UNDER THE GARDINER in Toronto
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Our Walk a Mile in her Shoes team
University Women’s Club of North York members participated in the Walk a Mile in her Shoes Campaign on May 31, 2017 and raised over $2000. A great cause.
RECAP Countering Exploitative Images of Children
Alyssa Blais spoke about hypersexualized images of young girls. This problem is worsening due to the increasingly widespread dissemination of sexual images on the Internet and social media. The unfortunate result is that girls are programmed to feel that their appearance is not good enough. The discussion after the speech concluded that it is primarily a family responsibility although schools can help too.
Last year’s President and Vice President were proud to accept a 2016 CFUW New Member Award on behalf of our club. UWCNY was recognized for achieving a 13 per cent increase in new members in 2015/2016.