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 2017 Spring Schedule for Sunday Meeting Events

Note: Our 2017 Fall Schedule of talks will be available soon.


All welcome!

2017 Spring Schedule for VSHA Sunday Speakers

All talks 10:00 AM, Cedar Hill Rec Centre, Finlayson & Cedar Hill Road

January 15   Thinking Like a Watershed: the Future of Water Law and Policy in BC             Dr. Oliver Brandes, POLIS, UVic

Legislation for water sustainability is one thing.  Viewing a watershed as an integrated whole, including its inhabitants, gives a whole new perspective.

January 29     Annual General Meeting

February 12     Celebration of Charles Darwin’s 208th birthday   Robert Light/Barrie Webster, VSHA

Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle at the age of 22-27 was an adventure that was second to none.  In spite of hardship, he came of age, and developed his capacity for independent thinking based on scientific observation.

February 26     Advance Care Planning Bob Hope & Harry Lewis, Hillside Srs Health Centre

What kind of health and personal care would you want if you were unable to speak for yourself?  Do you have a Substitute Decision Maker?  Have you written down your wishes, and talked with healthcare providers and financial or legal professionals?

March 12     Critical Thinking, Stereotypes, & Bias         Dr. Audrey Yap, Philosophy, UVic

Humanists rely on critical thinking to sort out what is real and what is not.

March 26     Indigenous Rights & Prior Consent & the 94 recommendations of the Truth      and Reconciliation Commission             Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Law, UVic

The rights of our First Nations peoples are now understood through our recognition of the effects of colonialism, pasts efforts to erase their culture, and the abuses through the stewardship of residential schools by the main stream churches?  How does this affect Canada’s rush to develop its resource base?

April 9               Gut-Brain Communication             Dr. Ed Ishiguro, Emeritus, UVic

Did you know that your digestive system and your brain have an intimate relationship with each other?

April 23       Environmental Health and Children       Dr. Glenys Webster, Health Sciences, SFU

Development of the embryo, the infant, and the young child are all vulnerable to many environmental factors.  And it’s much more delicate than we used to think.

May 7       Earthquakes       Speaker TBA

July 2 Summer Solstice Party, pot luck lunch, 11:30-1:00 pm, Victoria Shakespeare by the Sea