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Discussion West January 5, 2021 from 1:15 - 3pm

  • Tuesday, January 05, 2021
  • Tuesday, December 07, 2021
  • 12 sessions
  • Tuesday, January 05, 2021, 1:15 PM 3:00 PM (EST)
  • Tuesday, February 02, 2021, 1:15 PM 3:00 PM (EST)
  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021, 1:15 PM 3:00 PM (EST)
  • Tuesday, April 06, 2021, 1:15 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, May 04, 2021, 1:15 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, June 01, 2021, 1:15 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, July 06, 2021, 1:15 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, August 03, 2021, 1:15 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, September 07, 2021, 1:15 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, October 05, 2021, 1:15 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, November 02, 2021, 1:15 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Tuesday, December 07, 2021, 1:15 PM 3:00 PM (EST)
  • Virtual via Zoom
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Discussions West - Tuesday, January 5th from 1:15 - 3:00pm

This meeting is open to all group members.

This is an online virtual meeting via Zoom. To join in, you would need a device with fast internet connection, a camera, and a microphone (such as a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone). Please note that a Zoom password and video link will be sent to all registered participants a few days before the event. 

For further information and to suggest topics for discussion, contact the convenor.

Topics - Discussion West – Tuesday, January 5, 2021 (Virtual meeting with Zoom)

  • 1.       Welcome to 2021!  What does January mean to you?  Do you make New Year’s resolutions?  For many Canadians, January is typically when they fly south for a sun vacation. For others it’s getting out in the snow – cross country skiing, tobogganing with the kids or hitting the ski hills.  What is your fondest winter memory?
  • 2.       What will humans look like in future? Two studies presented at a recent Biology of Genomes meeting show how our genomes have changed over centuries or decades, charting how since Roman times the British have evolved to be taller and fairer, and how just in the last generation the effect of a gene that favors cigarette smoking has dwindled in some groups.
  • Short video: Humans in 1000 years.
  •  If you don’t want to read the entire article, just scroll down to see the photos that compare today with future human faces. 

  • 3.       Identity politics: helpful or harmful? Over the past few years, various groups seeking recognition and/or freedom from oppression have been featured prominently in the media. The term ‘identity politics’ has been coined to refer to their demands for equality, inclusion, or special treatment. The number of such groups has multiplied to the point where people have begun to question whether they promote unity or division – and whether our society is benefitting from their recognition. How do you view identity politics: is it justice for all or divide and conquer?

Watch The Economist video (2:40) “Are Identity Politics Dangerous?”

  • 4.       Do you have any concerns about the vaccine rollout?  Although a significant number (40%) of Canadians believe a vaccine isn’t necessary, most (77% do plan to get it when it’s available to them; about 18% who do not plan to get the jab, and the rest undecided. (per Sept 2020 Angus Reid).  Some of the reasons for vaccine “hesitancy” are due to reported allergic reactions or other health related concerns.  A CBC report found that some health workers who have been assigned home-based jobs, fear they will be put back on the front lines if they get the vaccine.  Others are concerned that if they do not get vaccinated, they will not be allowed to travel.

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