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Photo Group

Photo Group December 3, 2021

The next photo group meeting will be a Zoom meeting on Friday, December 3, at 3pm. You can join for a general chat at 2.30.

The theme is “Serenity and/or Frenzy.” New photos, or photos from your catalog, are welcome, and you can submit photos on other themes. Please send up to 3 photos, plus (if you wish) a “before” version of one of your photos before processing, to me at Please number your photos if you would like me to show them in a particular order.
You can send them as email attachments, zip files, or downloads from an online site. If you include them in the body of an email, you should avoid letting your software reduce the size of the photos to any resolution less than about 1000 x 800 pixels (within reason, bigger is generally better!).

If you would like to join, please contact Richard Spencer for the zoom-link at 

Friday, 3 December 2021 - 3:00pm
Zoom online by request
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Photo Group

COVID walks in the neighbourhood: a photographic journey

Covid walks in the neighbourhood: a photographic journey

Presenter: Paul Steinbok, Prof. Emeritus, Dept. of Surgery

With the restrictions imposed by Covid, walking in the neighbourhood was one of the pleasures that all of us could enjoy. During my walks, I became more aware than ever of the beauty of nature and perceived details that normally I might have ignored. I observed more closely changes in the environment around me with the seasons, the weather and the light. It was uplifting to see how so many responded to Covid with messages of thanks and hope and with resourcefulness.

As we started a second year of Covid, I became more intrigued with patterns, shadows and reflections, especially on the pavement that I had been traversing repeatedly. This further stimulated my curiosity, imagination and ultimately my photographic creativity.

My hope is that this photographic presentation will not only be enjoyable but will enhance the appreciation of the richness and variety that abound in our neighbourhoods, if we take the time to look more closely.

Link to register for Zoom-meeting

Wednesday, 1 December 2021 - 4:00pm
Zoom link in text
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

European Association of Professors Emeriti | First Digital Educational Seminar

European Association of Professors Emeriti presents:

Committee on Prevention and Health Promotion

  • The clinical application of research in organ transplantation
  • The increase of life expectancy
  • Building health promotion. Psychosocial context
  • Epidemiology and prevention of CVD: past, present and future
  • Covid-19 and smoking

It is common knowledge that a healthy life is a requisite for every human achievement. Our committee has been formed towards preventing disease and promoting health in Europe and all over the world. Professors Emeriti have a great responsibility towards helping all individuals achieve a longer and healthier life, thus preserving and promulgating their capital of knowledge and of age.

Confirmation of Participation by email at:

Preliminary Program

9:00am PST

Welcome by Natale Gaspare DeSanto President of EAPE (University of Campania, Naples)

9:05am PST

Sir Magdi Yacoub, (Imperial College London & Aswan Heart Centre) Chairman Salutation
The clinical application of research in organ transplantation

9:20am PST

Dennis V. Cokkinos (University of Athens)
The goals of the committee of Prevention and Health Promotion
The increase of life expectancy 

9:35am PST

George Christodoulou (University of Athens)
Building Health Promotion. Psychosocial context

9:50am PST

Guy De Backer (University of Ghent)
Epidemiology and prevention of CVD: past, present and future

10:05am PST

Panagiotis Behrakis (University of Athens)
Salutation from the Institute of Public Health of the American College of Greece
Covid-19 and smoking.

10:20am PST

Questions and Answers

Confirmation of Participation by email at:

Wednesday, 1 December 2021 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Zoom meeting
Confirmation of Participation by email at:
Zoom, BC V6T 1Z2

Wade Davis presentation "Magdalena: River of Dreams - A Story of Colombia"

Wade Davis, a renowned anthropologist, will captivate you with an evening of eloquent stories & stunning photographs from his latest book.

This event is in support of fundraising for the University of British Columbia Faculty Women’s Club Childcare Bursary for UBC students. The Bursary will assist student parents facing financial hardship from the high cost of paid childcare while undertaking a university education.

Professor Wade Davis is one of the most articulate and influential western advocates for the world’s indigenous cultures. He has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity” (TED Talks).

Wade Davis is the author of twenty two books, including Magdalena: River of Dreams, One River, The Wayfinders, and Into the Silence, which won the 2021 Samuel Johnson Prize, the top award for literary nonfiction in the English Language. A Harvard graduate with innumerable awards and accomplishments, he was the Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 1999 to 2013 and is currently a UBC Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk. In 2016, he was made a member of The Order of Canada. In 2018, he became an Honorary Citizen of Colombia.

This event will follow the Covid-19 restrictions from the Government of BC and UBC.

Link to Eventbrite to buy Tickets

Monday, 29 November 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Frederic Wood Theatre
6354 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Film Group Nov 25, 2021

Series Thirteen – Systemic Racism

The films can be screened via the streaming sites listed with each film

Zoom discussions of each film will take place on: Thursdays: Sept 30, Oct 28 and Nov 25 at 4pm

Hosted by John LeBlanc

Series Thirteen: As a result of the US Civil Rights Movement of the 60s, the reality of racism in North America could no longer be ignored, but early attempts to come to terms with racism, such as in the 60s and 70s Sidney Poitier films, narrowly defined it as the product of deranged individuals.  The recent Black Lives Matter protests, locating racism within society’s structures and institutions, such as the police, have forced us to confront the racism in the very nature of our cultures and national identity.  These three films invite us to examine how the very founding of our nations and their ongoing development is grounded in racism, requiring a major self-confrontation and transformation in order to move beyond the paralysis that racism fosters.  I Am Not Your Negro has the victims of racism explain its nature.  Double Happiness and Beans provide a Canadian context (Asian-Canadian and Indigenous-Canadian, respectively) for the damaging impact of racism.     

Nov 25 – Beans (2021) – directed by Tracey Deer fictionalizes the director’s personal experience as a 12 year old during the 1990 Kanehsatake / Kahnawake crisis, a defining moment in Canada’s relationship with its Indigenous peoples.  This crisis, developing out of the ongoing appropriation of Indigenous land in the Montreal / St Lawrence River region and resulting blockade revealed the racist nature at the heart of the Canadian settler project and its governing institutions.  Deer’s return to this pivotal moment assists us in dealing with Canada’s past and moving forward into a more inclusive Canadian future.  This film is playing at VanCity Theatre Sept 10-16: info at  Streaming options TBA.  Suggested additional viewing: Alanis Obomsawin’s four documentary films dealing with the crisis: 1)Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, 2)Rocks at Whiskey Trench, 3)My Name is Kahentiiosta, and 4)Spudwrench: Kahnawake Man.  All four can be streamed through the UBC Library Catalogue.  

To join the group, please email john.leblanc @

Thursday, 25 November 2021 - 4:00pm
2008 Lower Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
RV in campground

Travel Group November 25, 2021

Enjoying nature and scenery travelling in an RV

Presented by Beverley Green (Professor Emerita Botany)

Beverley Green will talk about the advantages (and a few disadvantages) of camping in a recreational vehicle (RV), with some photos and stories from past trips to California, New Mexico, Alaska and the Okanagan. This mode of travel offers many seniors the chance to enjoy nature up close while having a few essential comforts and more flexibility than staying in a fixed accommodation.

If you are currently not on the email list of the EC travel interest group and wish to receive our mailings, please contact Paul Steinbok at

A zoom link will be sent out 2 days before each meeting.

Thursday, 25 November 2021 - 3:00pm
Online Zoom Meeting
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2