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 Probus Club of Ottawa Alta Vista

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July 22nd - In-house Speakers and In-house Picnic

Stop Press - Joan Evans has joined the roster.

We have made some late changes to the roster.

John Wright goes on a Great Train Journey from Frankfurt to Copenhagen, 500 km on the map but 1700 km if you take the long way `round.
2015 is the 800th Anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. Clause 40 is, “To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice.” Robin Rousham will tell us more.
Joan Evans will tell us about her trip to Antarctica - with photos!
Keith Walker will delve into the mystery of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH470.
Lenore Porter, being unpredictable, will either talk Turkey or talk turkey.


August 26th - Wayne Smith, Canada's Chief Statistician.

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. Wayne Smith is the latest in a the line of distinguished statisticians to hold the title "Chief Statistician of Canada". A native of Chilliwack, BC, Wayne has spent most of his life in Ottawa, receiving his BA and Masters degrees from Carleton.

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.

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

It should be fascinating.


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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