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September 24th, Jim Bruce
The State of the Great Lakes

Jim Bruce served on several Boards of the International Joint Commission and for eight years as an Assistant Deputy Minister at Environment Canada. From 1986-89, he was Director of Technical Cooperation and Acting Deputy Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization. He assisted in the establishment of the Nobel prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Jim was also, for a long time, a resident of Alta Vista. Interest in his talk is keen as he is exceptionally equipped to up-date us on change in the weather patterns and water quality of the Great Lakes and our local environment.


October 22nd, Robin Rousham
Impacts of the Great Gar on Canada

By our October meeting, 100 years ago, the Great War was a few weeks old and Canada had been drawn into it automatically by reason of its membership in the British Empire. 30,000 Canadians had been recruited, equipped and organized for the first troop ship convoy that left our shores on October 3, 1914 bound for England.

On board those ships were men who worried that the war would be over before they had a chance to fight. Those recruits and that worry may seem naive to us now. But let us remember that generals and politicians in more than one country believed in August 1914 that the war might be "over by Christmas".

The next four years generated unprecedented strains within Canada as the scale and horror of the war soared beyond all expectations. Political decisions on the extent of Canadian participation were made (in Canada) under pressures that threatened the social stability, political structure and economic future of the Dominion. And Canada was transformed by those pressures.

Our speaker, Robin Rousham, will recall for us of some of the political, social and economic impacts of the Great War on our country - as perceived by scholars and specialists. And he intends to invite input from audience members.

November 26th, David Newland
Canada's Wild East

David Newland of Adventure Canada will explore with us the lure and the lore of Newfoundland and Labrador as seen by ship.

Adventure Canada was founded in 1987 to take travellers to Canada's "blank spaces" - those areas whose remoteness alone makes them special.

David is the creative director and is a writer, photographer, host and musician. David plays and hosts many folk festivals, and anchors annual tributes to Johnny Cash and Gordon Lightfoot. A veteran writer and editor with Discovery Channel, CBC and, He helped Macleans earn two Canadian Online Publishing awards and has received a writing grant from the Ontario Arts Council to work on a novel.


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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