EVENTS and OWN ACTIVITIES
Housing announcement for all OWN members:
UNIVERSAL DESIGN HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES
The OWN housing committee thanks two companies for listening to our call for improved accessibility in housing. These announcements come as a result of several years of negotiations.
Options for Homes:
OWN’s sister organization, Unitarian Commons, has been offered 30 units of universal design co-housing in each of 2 new Toronto developments by Options for Homes.
Front St & Cherry St. (sharing the site with a new long term care facility),
and Sherbourne & Carlton (opposite Allen Gardens).
Both buildings will be completed in about 4 years.
If you would like to buy a universal design condo unit at one of these sites, please send an email, stating your preferred location, to email@example.com
More detailed information will be available later in the fall and you will then be invited to a sales meeting.
Daniels Corp. has agreed to include universal design suites in their new DuEast condo in eastern Regent Park.
Daniels has initiated a program that aims to improve the barrier-free suites so they can truly be liveable for someone using a mobility device. The following improvements will be made to the typical Barrier Free suites at no additional cost to anyone who requests it (in designated Barrier Free suites only):
– Power door operator (PDO) rough-in for entry into the suite
– All doors within suite will offer a minimum 860 mm clear
– All doors will have the required 600/300 mm latch side clearance
– Roll out balcony
– Roll out shower
– Accessible roll-under sink in accessible washroom
– Option to opt for alternate accessible kitchen with lowered counters and
DuEast is scheduled to be offered for sale in October 2017 and more information will become available closer to the sale date. You can visit Daniels website www.danielsdueast.com and register your interest.*
*Note: Please be sure to add a comment, on any line of the registration form, stressing that you want a universal design unit.
Daniels also have another condo with accessible unit options launching this August in Mississauga. You can find information on that at http://danielscitycentre.com/
Book launch for Velma Demerson’s
Nazis in Canada: A Satirical Novel Based on Actual Characters
Wednesday July 26, 2017, 7 – 9 pm
Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto
Co-hosted by Jan Wong, author and journalist, and Winnie Ng, labour and women’s rights activist.
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At the age of 96, this is Velma Demerson’s second book and debut novel. Nazis in Canada is a spell-binding and horrifying tale about Edna Guest, the real-life army lieutenant who later became a physician at Toronto’s Mercer Reformatory for Women in the 1920s. Dr. Guest was a member of the Canadian Social Hygiene Council and a fervent advocate for the sterilization of “the unfit”.
Velma Demerson bases her novel on her actual experiences in the Mercer. In 1939, she was nineteen and having breakfast with her Chinese lover in Chinatown when the police, on orders from her father, burst in to arrest her. Her first book, Incorrigible, chronicles her imprisonment under the Ontario Female Refuges Act and her fifty-year struggle to seek justice for herself and other “incorrigible” women.
Under the 1919 Ontario act, the provincial government had the power to arrest and institutionalize women between the ages of sixteen and thirty-five for so-called promiscuity, pregnancy out of wedlock and public drunkenness. In Ontario, thousands of women were arrested. The act was not repealed until 1964.
While incarcerated, these women were subjected to experimental drugs and invasive sexual procedures, without their consent, in reformatories, prisons and mental institutions. In her new novel, Velma Demerson describes how Dr. Guest, with hundreds of women at her disposal, attempted to enter the scientific domain of male researchers.
Don’t miss this moment in history when Velma Demerson launches her novel, Nazis in Canada.
2017 marks OWN’s 30th Anniversary!
On the eve of our 30th Anniversary we take great pride in OWN’s unique voice for mid-life and older women. We look back with satisfaction on an amazing journey while looking forward to supporting women’s greater representation on power and decision making bodies at all levels of government. Please continue to support us in our vital work together by:
- Renewing your membership at only $50 per year
- Helping to sponsor our 30th Anniversary event with a donation
- Making a donation to Anam Cara, which honours women who have made a difference in the lives of others
- Considering a donation to the Joan Campbell Housing Fund
OWN Membership Committee
Haya Fernandez is doing research at the University of Waterloo, looking at older adults with epilepsy. She is looking for people to participate. If interested, please see the flyer for more on this project and for contact information.
Social Planning Toronto – invites you to join in a series of discussions.
Questionnaire: Creating an Age-Friendly Toronto
Announcing an exciting change!
Mark Your Calendars for October 26, 2017!
LEAF’s Annual Persons Day Event in Toronto will be held in the evening this year. This will be an evening you won’t want to miss.
Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: The Arcadian Court
401 Bay Street, 8th Floor
Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4
This event is LEAF’s largest and most important event of the year! The funds raised are dedicated to strengthening our mission as advocates for women and girls across Canada through litigation, law reform and public education.
Stay tuned for more details!
Seniors’ Film Fridays at TIFF
The Bell TIFF Lightbox hosts Seniors’ Film Fridays. For anyone interested, you can make inquiries about upcoming films by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The list of films is available here: http://www.tiff.net/films-and-talks/
All Screenings run at 11am.
Their Philanthropy & Membership department is producing their fall report which will emphasize the role of women in film. They reached out to Alexis Haradyn specifically with a desire to profile an attendee from the Senior’s Film Friday programme. Naturally, since we are an advocacy group for senior women in Ontario, she thought of our group members right away! Do you happen to have an interest in being included in the report? Contact Alexis Haradyn at 416-599-8433 x2181
The TIFF 2017 Winter Action Report, featuring OWN, is live on the web! Click on the link below:
From Alexis Haradyn:
I want to extend a most sincere thanks to all of you for your interest and participation in our inaugural year of Seniors’ Film Friday at TIFF!
It was such a pleasure to welcome you and your groups to experience film and conversation in a meaningful way. We hope to be able to continue this programme and should have updates in the coming weeks.
As for me, I will be enjoying a summer abroad in Europe, and will be moving on from TIFF. It was my pleasure to serve you and I sincerely hope you will continue to enjoy this and other programmes at TIFF in the future!
If you have any questions, please continue to direct them to this email address.
With thanks and very best wishes,
Free Concerts: Click this link for information on free concerts.
Check Events at the Native Women’s Resource Center here:
Ontario Health Coalition News and Events:
Canadian Voice of Women for Peace:
Church of the Redeemer:
OWN Special Interest Groups Meetings
Please click on the link for more info on each.
Social Link: First Saturday of every month, at the OWN office, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. (Suspended for March and April 2017).
La Vie en Rose French group: Fourth Thursday of every month, at the OWN office, 1:30 pm.
Book Discussion Groups: Two are held at branches of the Toronto Public Library, and one at the OWN office; groups meet once a month. Each group decides on format, book selection and time of meeting.
In My Own Voice: The writers’ group meets every first Tuesday of the month from 2 to 4 pm at the OWN office.
A HEALTHY NEW YEAR: these programmes are put on by Toronto Public Health
supported by: torontopubliclibrary.ca
St. Lawrence Branch, 171 Front Street East
Workshops for Low Income Retirement - At various library branches, see the flyer for more information, location, dates and time of the workshop.
The workshop is geared to 55 – 64 years old individuals, but will benefit anyone who will rely mainly upon income security programs in their senior years. There are 9 workshops taking place in Toronto Public Library branches in Spring 2017. The goal of this workshop is to provide low-income attendees, in plain language, with a complete picture of benefits available to them, explain how these benefits interact, and outline best strategies for long term retirement planning on a very limited income. John Stapleton, Metcalf Foundation Fellow and social policy expert, is the presenter.
The impact of the series cannot be overstated. Mainstream financial advice is in most cases, inappropriate and detrimental to low-income earners. For example, advising a low-income person to save within an RRSP, can be very bad advice as it reduces their Guaranteed Income Supplement. Simply put, this information is not readily available elsewhere, and fills a real need.
Events at Toronto’s First Post Office
Toronto’s first post office has all kinds of events coming up. Check the link below to see upcoming activities: http://www.townofyork.com/events.html
Seniors on the Road – TVO
On August 15th, TVO presented a talk on Seniors on the Road. Canada’s aging population means a greater number of senior drivers, resulting in road safety concerns. Brenda Vrkljan encounters age and the ability to drive as a lead researcher for Candrive, a hub for information on older drivers. The Agenda in the Summer welcomes Vrkljan to discuss finding the balance between public safety and keeping seniors mobile.
Anyone interested can view it here, it is about 30 min long:
Electronics Waste Drop-off
Non-profit Free Geek Toronto wants your laptops, desktops and other electronic waste (no more than 5 years old) to refurbish and resell at affordable prices. Their mission is to promote social and economic justice by reducing e-waste and increasing access to technology. www.freegeektoronto.org