Photo by Robert Scott, a member of the Digital Photography Interest Group
CALL memberships renewed and new memberships are valid until August 31, 2022. Membership is required for participation in all Interest Groups and Study Programs, and for participation in events on Zoom. You can renew online or by mail. You can check your membership status at any time by logging in at the Login Icon and going to View Profile.
At its meeting on August 16 the CALL Board had a discussion about mandatory vaccination to attend CALL in-person meetings. This is an important issue and one that many organizations are seriously considering. The decision in this matter depends on many things including the specific circumstances of these organizations. After much discussion, the Board decided to develop a guideline to give our members clear direction as to our expectations. We hope this will be useful to those groups considering transitioning to in-person meetings and will help our members make informed decisions about attending CALL in-person events.
In preparing this guideline we have done our best to consider all aspects of the decision and assure you that the Board will closely monitor the situation to respond if circumstances change.
After months of virtual CALL meetings, members are looking forward to meeting face-to-face. However, we recognize that there remains a level of uncertainty about the best way to minimize the risk of infection for ourselves and others.
The following guidelines which apply to all CALL groups have been developed by the CALL Board.
Each venue potentially available for CALL gatherings follows AHS requirements. In addition, venues may choose to impose further COVID safety measures which CALL members are required to follow.
We will continue to offer many CALL events on-line using Zoom technology and are investigating other technologies to offer members the choice of how to attend (in-person or at home).
These Guidelines will remain in place until further notice. The CALL Board will continue to monitor and respond to changing circumstances as necessary.
Check the CALL website for details of the following events. Registration is required for all these events. You must be a member to register. Join or renew your membership now and watch for email announcements for programs and events.
For Zoom events, please register at least a couple of hours before an event to ensure the registration confirmation email with the event link arrives in your inbox in time.
Wednesday, September 15, 7:30 online via Zoom
Trekking in New Zealand
Presenter: Tony Campos
Join us on Wednesday, September 15 at 7:30 as Tony Campos takes us along on a month long visit to New Zealand trekking its scenic trails and enjoying the natural beauty of this small but mighty country. Tony spent a month there in March/April of 2013 and to this day, wishes he had allotted a longer time to explore.
For more information and to register, go to the Treks and Travels page.
Wednesday September 29, 7:00pm, online via Zoom
Presenter: Professor Trevor Tombe
Equalization and federal transfers are always a hot topic, especially in Alberta. Canadians have debated, sometimes fiercely, the pros and cons of these programs since Confederation. But with Albertans facing a referendum on removing the principle of Equalization from the Constitution this October, the importance of understanding the program has never been higher. Where did it come from? Why is it in the Constitution? How does it work? And is it fair to Albertans? In this talk, Professor Trevor Tombe will shed light on these and other important questions to ensure you're well informed before voting in the municipal election this fall.
Trevor Tombe is a Professor of Economics at the University of Calgary and a Research Fellow at The School of Public Policy. His research, which focuses on economic and fiscal integration, internal trade, and fiscal federalism, has been published in top economics journals, such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Monetary Economics, and the Canadian Journal of Economics. He also serves as Graduate Program Director in the Department of Economics, is on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Economics and is Co-Director of Finances of the Nation. In addition to his academic research and professional service, he is deeply committed to promoting the public understanding of economics through policy publications and active media engagement.
Register now for Equalization 101: What Do You Know and What Do You Need to Know?
By Adrienne Kertzer
One important aspect of CALL programming is that it allows people with similar interests to come together to discuss and learn from each other. CALL has reviewed a request that we develop a new programming model which would encourage individuals to connect and learn from each other. We will be testing out this new model as CALL a Buddy.
If you have an idea for a topic, issue or interest and would like to connect with another CALL member to discuss, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post your name and idea on the CALL website: CALL a Buddy. This will allow CALL members to indicate their interest in connecting with you by emailing email@example.com. Once we put you in touch with your buddy, how, when and why you meet is up to you. With over 900 members we are sure there are lots of interesting ideas out there. All you need to embark on a new learning journey is a method to connect. Let CALL a Buddy be that method.
New and ongoing Interest Groups and Study Programs are active after the summer, so check the Interest Groups and Study Programs listings and follow your passions. Many groups are accepting new members. You must be a CALL member to join a group.
This series of three talks for CALL members will be presented by James MacTavish, Senior Advisor, Investment Education, Alberta Securities Commission on the following Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:30pm. NOTE: Each session requires a separate registration.
Current Session: From September 23 - November 11 in-person at cSpace and online.
During these trying COVID times, CALL is fortunate to have an Interest Group devoted to "Finding Peace and Joy Within". The Group, which meets Thursday evenings, explores the ideas behind ancient spiritualist/meditation practices, and the modern understandings about how and why they work on both your inner and outer world. The group is led by Barry Ronellenfitch, who has over 45 years of experience with Yogic practices, and over 1,000 hours of formal training on meditation.
For more information and to register, go to the Finding Peace and Joy Within page.
The Program Committee has been exploring ways in which CALL could contribute to efforts to reconcile with Canada’s Indigenous people. In this issue of the newsletter, we would like to highlight current programming in this area.
There is clearly a great deal of interest among our members for programs in this key area. We would like to expand programming and create more opportunities for learning in this area and have recently established a Program Committee working group. Stay tuned for future newsletter items announcing the results of its work – new and innovative programs to increase of our awareness and understanding of the history, issues, and experiences of Canada’s Indigenous people.
If you have ideas or can facilitate an interest or study group related to Indigenous awareness, we’d be happy to hear from you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mondays, 1:30-3:30pm, beginning October 18 on Zoom
We are very excited to announce that nationally-renowned Professor Emeritus of History, Dr. Alvin Finkel, will be giving an upcoming speaker series based on his most recent book, Compassion: A Global History of Social Policy. There will be seven sessions beginning Monday, October 18th, 1:30-3:30pm. This will be a chance to explore why different attitudes to social policy exist across the world.
Registration information and details will appear shortly on CALL Interest Group listing under the Social Sciences & Philosophy/Religion Interest Area. For more details see the Compassion page.
Diana Bloom, who has served in many roles for CALL, has volunteered to co-ordinate the Current Issues area. Adrienne Kertzer who has been in that position will become chair of Special Programs, replacing Mary Lou Kerr who is another CALL member who has served in many positions. Kudos and thanks to all CALL volunteers who contribute many hours to keep CALL wheels turning behind the scenes.
Are you looking for something interesting to do while waiting for CALL events? Wasn’t it wonderful that most of our activities were able to pivot to using Zoom as a solution to keep our interest groups active? CALL is looking for volunteers to help with support in the Zoom Help Team. It helps if technology does not scare you. Ideally you would be comfortable with running Zoom sessions, but do not worry if you have not done so. We will train you with all the skills you need. If you are less technical, we still have other roles that you can fulfil. One of the side benefits of this volunteer role is to make a new group of friends in CALL.
If this is of interest to you, send an email to email@example.com.
Figure drawing is a basic skill for artists at all levels. The Sketch Club is asking for one or two volunteers to sit/stand for us at cSpace in September and October. No experience necessary and no skills beyond being able to sit still for up to 10 minutes at a time in front a group of people staring intently at you. Silly hats or interesting costumes welcome, as long as they are comfortable for the duration of the sitting. We expect fully-clothed models.
We will be meeting September 7 and 21, and October 5. CALL's COVID guidelines for in-person meetings will be in place. Sketching begins at 10, so we'd like everyone to be there by 9:45 to begin on time, and we finish at noon. If you're available and interested in sitting for us on any or all of those days, please contact the Vounteer Coordinator.
Remember the before times when members of the AV Committee scurried around setting up AudioVisual Equipment at CALL Events?
Most of those adventurous souls moved over to the ZoomHelp Team to ensure a successful 17 months and counting of Zooming while we waited for life to return to normal.
Now the AudioVisual Committee needs volunteers to fill AV roles as we plan in-person meetings for the future.
Please Help: We need people with a basic understanding of AV technology and/or an inquisitive nature and a thirst to learn, so please volunteer. It is also very helpful to have willings hands with a small amount of training providing support before, during and after the meeting, so we would like to hear from you as well.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your information. We look forward to hearing from you.
The CALL Newsletter is our way to communicate what is going on in our community. It's a way to highlight events of interest, ‘peek behind the curtain of CALL’ and to give some general information about CALL groups and members.
You are invited to send your ideas and suggestions for future issues to email@example.com. We reserve the right to edit submissions and to determine when submissions will be published.
Meanwhile, be well, stay well in every sense of the word.
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