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August 26th - Rosemary Bender, Former Assistant Chief Statistician,
Methodology, Analytical Studies and Statistical Infrastructure.

Mark Twain wrote, "Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: 'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics'"

Statistics Canada or StatCan has long had a reputation as one of the foremost statistics organizations in the world, going back to its days as the Dominion Bureau of Statistics.

Rarely a week goes by without a reference in the media on the lines of "With material from Statistics Canada" or "Statistics Canada reports" or "...", touching many aspects of our daily lives.

The election call severely limits the ability of Deputy Ministers (including the Chief Statistician) to speak in public, so our originally scheduled speaker, Wayne Smith, had to withdraw. We are fortunate that Rosemary Bender waa willing to take his place at very short notice.

We asked Rosemary to complete the sentence, "As well as the census, we ..."

It should be fascinating!


September 23rd - Dr. Irene Makaryk - Shakespeare in Canada

Irene (Irena) Makaryk is Professor of English, cross-appointed to Theatre, at the University of Ottawa. She is the author and or editor of 14 books, as well as numerous articles. She is currently also the Project Coordinator of Shakespeare 400, an unprecedented four-month celebration of Shakespeare that will take place in 2016.

The year 2016 will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), the most translated and performed playwright in the world. In Canada, Shakespeare has played an important role in our cultural history since the 18th century. This presentation explores some of that history and the various ways in which Shakespeare has contributed to our national identity.

We have asked Dr. Makaryk to include a description of Shakespeare 400 with particular emphasis on activities in which we will be able to participate or to attend.

Take a look at the Shakespeare 400 web site.



We are a 'Combined' Club. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month (except December - 2nd Wednesday). Meetings begin at 10:00 with a few minutes of announcements and then a speaker. Members start to arrive about 9:30 for coffee, cookies and chat (tea, Tim-bits and talk).

Meetings are at:

Gloucester Presbyterian Church
91 Pike Street

Pike Street runs north from Hunt Club just west of Conroy. The church is at the corner of Lorry Greenberg and Pike. Parking lot entrances are off Pike.

PROBUS' Vital Purpose …

... to stimulate thought, interest and participation in activities at a time in life when it is easy to become complacent and self-centred.

Guests and Visitors from other Clubs are welcome.

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