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News From CALL Mid‑November 2020


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Next Tuesday: Health and Wellness Speaker Series

A Slice of Happiness

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 pm.
Online by Zoom

Presenters from the Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network (CFPCN) will provide information about the Happiness Basics Program, a free workshop available from CFPCN.

This Zoom event is limited to 100 participants. You must be a CALL member to register.

Register: Health and Wellness event

Next Wednesday: Conversation and a Reading with Madeleine King

A Conversation With Madeline King

You may remember Madeleine King from her years as a Calgary Alderman, or as a community activist. Whatever your memories, you’re in for a surprise when you read Madeleine’s recent memoir! It’s called Expulsion because as a teenager in Switzerland she was expelled from boarding school. That’s just one of the many intimate stories recounted in this lively and fascinating book.

Join us for an hour of conversation and a reading as we learn more about this multi-talented Calgarian.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
10:00 – 11:00 am.

Register: Madeleine King event

Must be a CALL member to register.

Not So Common Law Interest Group Online Event November 23: Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)

By Mary Lou Kerr

Note: This Interest Group has now opened its Zoom talks to 100 CALL members. Registration required for each session. Information on the Not So Common Law Interest Group page.

‘Not So Common Law’, facilitated by Jim Conway, has been a very successful Interest Group since its inception in Sept. 2017. The members of this Interest Group have been enjoying ‘Not So Common Law’ via Zoom since last May.

Prior to the pandemic, the group met monthly for an educational presentation followed by a discussion, questions & answers. All meetings were held at cSPACE.

Until ‘Not So Common Law’ can return to in-person meetings, Jim has kindly agreed to make his program available to the entire CALL membership. The October presentation “Civil Rights – Canadian Law on the Subject of Racism and Discrimination” was enjoyed by approximately 75 CALL participants. Among the points discussed was that hate speech is illegal in Canada – but in contrast, is protected in the United States under the First Amendment to its constitution. Protections for freedom of expression in Canada are afforded under the Canadian Human Rights Act and our Charter of Rights but restrictions are imposed on hate speech, obscenity and defamation.

Jim chooses legal issues and law cases that are based on current issues and the interests of the participants. While subject to change, the following topics, among others, will be discussed in the upcoming months:

  • ‘You Can’t Fight City Hall’.  Actually You Can.
  • What you don’t know about being a tenant or being a landlord.
  • Upcoming changes to the law regarding Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID).

Medical Assistance in Dying Government of Canada web bannerConsider joining the next talk by Jim on Monday, November 23 at 1 PM. The presentation will be on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), how the law has evolved, and proposed changes in Bill C‑7. CALL members must register for each session.

A CALL Interest Group Collaboration

A Winter's Song cover

A Winter’s Song

A children's picture book, written by Terry Lende and illustrated by Maria Seiler‑Huizing is a great Christmas gift for children ages 3 to 8. This limited edition is sold exclusively on the CALL web site.

December's CALL Café will include a reading by Terry Lende.

Pre-order available.

Only $15.00. Shipping and handling charges extra if required.
All profits will be donated to CALL.

Save the DateDecember CALL Café

Monday, December 14, 2020
1:00 pm
online by Zoom

  • presentations and entertainment from some of our interest groups
  • a reading of A Winter’s Song by Terry Lende
  • update on CALL activities

SAVE THE DATE: December 14, 1 pm

More information and registration details to come

Rethinking Latin American Studies from the South

The Latin American Research Centre, a centre which had partnered with CALL in presenting the Latin American Issues Speaker Series, closed in the spring. However, those of you who participated in the speaker series will be glad to know interest in the topic has not ended. With the support of the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, a network of scholars has now established Rethinking Latin American Studies from the South (RLASS). According to their website, their goal is "to build new frameworks … [which], will facilitate knowledge mobilization, exchange and collaboration across cultures, languages, and disciplines to address common problems with sensitivity to local knowledge in Latin America and the Caribbean." Every month RLASS hosts an online forum, and in February 2021, they will host their first annual symposium. CALL members are welcome to participate in the RLASS events. Registration for their December 11th presentation "Navigating Action-Research Partnerships for Accountability: Lessons from Practice to Theory" is now open. To register for their online events and/or to join their mailing list, contact rlass@ucalgary.ca or go to their website: http://ucalgary.ca/rlass.

Interest Groups With Room

Pandemic restrictions remain, November weather arrives, American election madness ends. Now what?

Check out the CALL website list of Interest Groups with room for new members.

Your CALL Newsletter

The CALL Newsletter is our way to communicate what is going on in our community. Usually we communicate to members about upcoming events, however, since all CALL gatherings are postponed for an undetermined period of time, we decided to use the newsletters as a way to ‘peek behind the curtain of CALL’, to give some general information about CALL groups and members.

You are invited to send your ideas and suggestions for future issues to newsletter@calgarylifelonglearners.ca. Let us know what your Interest Groups are doing and your strategies for coping with this situation in which the whole world finds itself. We reserve the right to edit for length and clarity; not every submission will necessarily be published.

Meanwhile, be well, stay well in every sense of the word.

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