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2021 Fall Programming Listing Information

Information & registration – 613-937-1525

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Registration opens 4 October 2021

You can print the registration form to record your choices by printing this pdf found here.

You can also register without the form if you wish by simply calling the office (613) 937-1525, or you can send us message here.

Please note that due to the current Covid19 safety regulations, we cannot accept cash payments for registrations at this time.

**Note: You do not have to be a member to take a course.

Please note that all information, material and advice provided and any views expressed by Encore course presenter(s) during Encore sessions are solely and exclusively those of the course presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Encore Education Centre.4

Table of Contents

01 - HOT TOPICS

For many years, Hot Topics has offered an opportunity to present and discuss ideas and events of interest. Join us and bring your ideas and concerns to the discussion. Not a formal debate with winners and losers; but a moderated open discussion between members of our community. Subjects are chosen by the members. Registrations are limited in order to guarantee every member an opportunity to speak on every topic. New ideas and voices are welcome.

Instructor:

Dave Holford, Elaine Kennedy

Tuesdays, 2:30 to 4:30 pm, Oct. 12 to Nov. 30

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $80 ( 8 sessions )

02 - WRITE IT NOW-MY LIFE STORY

A course for ordinary people who wish to write their life stories as a gift to their children and grandchildren. Our aim is not to correct spelling and grammar. We merely want writers to tell and write their stories if they so wish. Join us for a ride and share in a wonderful journey of writing. The group is there to encourage and facilitate writing in a friendly atmosphere.

Instructor:

Mary Thibeault

Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 am, Oct. 13 to Dec. 1

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $80 ( 8 sessions )

03 - LESSER-KNOWN WARS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

While most people are familiar with the two great wars of the past century, many additional conflicts took place during this time. Focus will be upon these lesser-known combats with emphasis on how and why they each started and the influence they had upon future wars. Some of the topics covered will include; the confrontation in Ethiopia that pushed Mussolini into Hitler’s arms, the hostilities in Spain and their impact on the Second World War. We will also look at how the two great wars have a direct connection to the smaller wars in between, and examine the evolution of weapons over this period.

Instructor:

Michel Billette

Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 am, Oct. 19 to Nov. 30

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $75 ( 7 sessions )

04 - THE 1918 INFLUENZA PANDEMIC ** UPDATE ** SECOND COURSE ADDED IN NOV

The influenza pandemic of 1918, the deadliest in human history, infected at least 500 million people — about one-third of the world’s population at the time — and killed an estimated 50 million of its victims, including some 675,000 Americans and 50,000 Canadians. While it claimed three times as many lives as were lost in the First World War, it has been overshadowed by that struggle and known as “the forgotten pandemic”. Certainly coverage of the pandemic was suppressed for fear it would demoralize the Great War effort. What can we learn about its causes, its spread, and the worldwide efforts to control this deadly virus that might aid in the present struggle with the Covid-19 pandemic?

Instructor:

Murray Barkley

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1:00 to 3:00 pm ** Second Course Added ** Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

05 - YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

Are you concerned with the amount of garbage you put out each week? Would you like to reduce your carbon footprint (or wonder what is a carbon footprint)? Come to a discussion of ideas to help us be better inhabitants of this our finite planet.

Instructor:

Elaine Kennedy

Thursday, Oct. 21, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

06 - TWENTIETH CENTURY ART AND WHY IT HAS VALUE

The 20th signalled a radical departure from art as image and representation to art as abstraction and conceptualization. Our workshop will display and analyze pivotal pieces by Marcel Duchamps, Kazimir Malevich, El Lissitzky and Picasso. We will begin by examining their early work within the framework of the Austrian School of subjective value theory and conclude with the appropriation art of Richard Prince and Andy Warhol, possibly touching on the recent NFT art of Damien Hirst’s “Currency,” should time permit. Be prepared for dazzling images, high prices and copious context.

Instructor:

David G. Anderson

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

07 - BRITISH HOME CHILDREN

During the years 1869 to 1939, in the aftermath of the Industrial Revolution, more than 100,000 youngsters, aged from 4 years to 14 years, were sent from Britain to Canada to work as farm labourers or domestics. These youngsters were known as the British Home Children. Their stories will be revealed by John and Jan Milnes, co-authors of two books that follow 3 boys and 3 girls, all British Home Children, as they leave their homeland to settle in Canada.

Instructor:

John and Jan Milnes

Friday, Oct. 22, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

08 - MY LIFE IN JAPAN

This lecture will reveal the interesting facets of living in Japan as a Westerner. The discovery of Japanese hospitality and service, the importance of consideration for others in everyday life, the strange love of insects and the ingrained level of honesty will charm you. Vignettes of actual situations in my life will endear you to this fascinating culture and sometimes reveal some unpleasant realities.

Instructor:

Irene Waller

Friday, Oct. 22, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

09 - SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO AND JULIET

An enlivened appreciation of William Shakespeare’s classic tragicomedy Romeo and Juliet, one of his most frequently performed plays. Emphasis will be on the setting, the theatrics involved and highlights on some of the language used will also be included.

Instructor:

Gerald Lauzon, retired English and Drama teacher.

Mondays, 9:30 to 11:30 am, Oct. 25 & Nov. 1

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

10 - TAP INTO THE HEALER WITHIN

We all have the capability to lessen and resolve issues and manage stress and pain. Learn new techniques and practice tried and true ways to bring ease and relaxation into our lives. Opening ourselves up to the mind/body connection allows us to acknowledge the opportunity for change and to live a more enhanced life.

Instructor:

Heather Lindquist 

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

11 - CORNWALL ARTS & CULTURE CENTRE:

This session will provide a look at where we’re coming from and where we’re going. It has been a long journey on a winding road but a home at 159 Pitt Street is in sight. At this address, and with the right programming, the arts centre will be the anchor of a revitalized downtown.

Instructor:

Elaine MacDonald, Katie Burke

Thursday, Oct. 28, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

12 - RESILIENT AGING; HOW PILATES CAN HELP

Join Shannon Marion, Registered Physiotherapist and Meghan Cafferky, Therapeutic Pilates Instructor for an informative session. Learn about how Pilates can improve balance, strength, flexibility and functionality. Come and discover how the current science and research promotes Pilates in an aging population. Pilates can help you move through life by supporting your daily tasks as well as the physical activities you love. Do you want to make aging about learning something new and doing novel things with your body? Join us for this collaborative session.

Instructor:

Shannon Marion & Meghan Cafferky

Friday, Oct. 29, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

13 - EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: THE WAY OF SAINT JAMES

The Camino de Santiago, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a network of pilgrimage routes converging on the shrine of Saint James the Greater in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, in northwestern Spain. The Camino Francés was traditionally the main route of this most important Christian pilgrimage during the Middle Ages. Thousands over the centuries have followed it as a path for spiritual growth, as penance, or to earn a plenary indulgence. By the 1980s pilgrims had dwindled to a few hundred per year, but in the last generation its resurgent popularity has attracted well over 300,000 annually.

Instructor:

Murray Barkley

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

14 - PROBATION AND PAROLE-THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

After providing information on his experience in criminal justice, speaker Terry McDonald will cover the basics of the criminal justice system in Canada with focus on the difference between adults and youth, and the court process for an accused individual. Attention will then shift to the organization of criminal justice in Ontario, the sentencing options for courts, an explanation of probation, and sentencing of offenders to jail. We will then look at the differences between provincial and federal jail systems, followed by how parole works plus some common myths and changes over the years. Your questions will be welcome

Instructor:

Terry McDonald

Thursday, Nov. 4, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

15 - SPAIN’S COSTA DEL SOL -WHAT TO DO AND SEE DURING AN EXTENDED STAY

This session will familiarize prospective travelers with a general sense of what life is like here and what to expect at different times of the year. Recommendations will be tailored to lifestyle preferences of the individual. Car or public transport? Hotel room, B&B or apartment? Mostly bars and beaches, or quiet mountain retreats? Sight seeing or thrill seeking? We will deal mostly with what is available from Malaga to Fuengirola, the western and most touristy part of the Costa del Sol but we will also talk about excursions to Gibraltar, Marbella, Mijas, Ronda, Cordoba, Sevilla and Morocco

Instructor:

Ivan Lavoie

Friday, Nov. 5, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

16 - WE’RE NOT AS RATIONAL AS WE THINK WE ARE!

A fun look at the many ways our thinking is distorted and how we delude ourselves to protect our self-image. Over the years, psychologists have used the scientific method to better understand how humans think. They’ve discovered that we all have cognitive biases and we use mental shortcuts to solve problems but these shortcuts often lead us astray. And sometimes we change our beliefs to align with our previous behavior rather than admit we were wrong. All in all, we’re far from being rational creatures but maybe knowing more about these fallacies of thought will keep us from falling prey to these misguided ways of thinking in the future.

Instructor:

Louise Jarrold

Friday, Nov. 5, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

17 - ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM

In this session, Daniel Livermore looks at the phenomenon of Islamic Fundamentalism and assesses how best to deal with this issue as a foreign policy issue. He will then look at the extremist variations of Islamic Fundamentalism, and examine some of the Canadian cases that have made headlines since the events of 9/11. He will look at the US War on Terror as a reaction gone wrong, a case of using the wrong tools against the wrong adversary. The presentation will be an attempt to blend the requirements of foreign policy with the needs of domestic policy, while asking a fundamental question: why did the War on Terror go so horribly wrong?

Instructor:

Daniel Livermore

Wednesday, Nov.10, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

18 - EDUCATION & SOCIETY IN CRISIS

“Education and Society in Crisis” by John E. Milnes sets out to expose the weaknesses in the modern education platform with emphasis on the way in which it wrongly treats the children it is supposed to be helping. The book describes a looming disaster under the guise of the technological revolution moving into place, ready to totally upset society yet again. The author then provides his recommendations suggesting that all politicians give up self-created roles, turning their minds to the problems they have not seen coming. The book contains a thoughtful, well argued, genesis to public-funded education systems

Instructor:

John E. Milnes

Friday, Nov. 12, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

19 - MANKIND’S EVOLVING UNDERSTANDING OF GOD

Mackie Robertson is a retired farmer, amateur historian, wood worker, and a 30 year lay minister with the United Church of Canada. A member of Toastmasters International, he speaks often on historical subjects, has conducted over 2,000 church services in more than 100 different churches. This particular presentation will offer his personal ideas on mankind’s evolving understanding of God, and that (God to man) relationship we see changing over more than 10,000 years. There will be time allowed for participation of all who wish to discuss their own ideas.

Instructor:

Mackie Robertson

Thursday, Nov. 18, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

20 - THE DOUBLE LIFE OF LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY

A careful consideration and insight into the valiant struggles of the famous Canadian writer, author of Anne of Green Gables, perhaps the best known work nationally and internationally amongst her extensive literary production. Owner of a vivid imagination and passionate nature, complex and contradictory, knowledgeable and endowed with a clear intelligence, at times she was thought to be difficult, simply because of her determination to follow her own path. Added to those personal traits she had to deal with some unusual and difficult circumstances in her life. She was a woman born well ahead of her time.

Instructor:

Pilar Barkley

Friday Nov. 19, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

21 - LIFE AFTER LIVING

This presentation looks at evidence from Near Death Experiences (NDEs) compiled by the NDE Research Foundation as well as the remarkable story of neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander in his best-selling book “Proof of Heaven”. David Rawnsley, the Quantum Messenger, shows how this evidence is supported by Quantum Science if one follows the Goswami Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics where consciousness and not matter form the fundamental building blocks of our reality.

Instructor:

David Rawnsley

Thursday, Nov. 25, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

22 - ANATOMY OF AN AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT

It has been said that every time there is an aircraft accident, aviation becomes safer. Tremendous resources are poured into the investigation of these events. The dissection of an accident to uncover the cause(s) be it from human error, design and manufacturer defects, maintenance failures or inclement weather is essential for the advancement of aviation safety. Join Duncan MacPhee as he takes us through an examination of several aircraft accidents that will illustrate the investigative process.

Instructor:

Duncan MacPhee

Friday, Nov. 26, 9:30 to 11:30 am

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

23 - FUN WITH DAVE

An exploration of the many, and strange, things people – and other animals – will do for the sheer FUN of it; along with some serious things that did not work out quite as hoped for. All presented in short videos, pictures, documents and stories with the aim to provide a, hopefully, interesting and entertaining end to the week.

Instructor:

Dave Holford

Friday, Dec. 3, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Encore Education Centre, 146 Chevrier Ave., Room 122

Cost: $20

UPDATE**

Important update, repeat of Oct. 20 session coming soon:

1918 Influenza Pandemic- Murray Barkley

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Click here for course description

 

COVID 19 SAFETY MEASURES

 

In accordance with the recent Ontario Provincial Covid 19 Public Health and workplace safety measure regulation, persons accessing the Encore facility will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide proof of vaccination along with photo ID. People may provide a negative rapid antigen COVID 19 test from no more than 48 hours before accessing the facility as an alternative to proof of vaccination.

 

Masks and social distancing restrictions will apply.

 

Bring a mask and your own water,

there will be no refreshments in the classroom.

 

We will have a medical grade air purifier in the classroom.