Calendar

Sep
19
Tue
Wine Tasting @ St Jax Montréal
Sep 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed with a glass of wine.

This event promises to be a basic training course in how to taste wines and enjoy them.

Among the many different topics that will be covered is the role of human intervention in wine-making. As we become more and more conscious of what we eat, perhaps we should also be more conscious of what we drink!

We will be comparing “industrial wines” with “non interventionist” wines.

Mr. Cercone will talk about the use of pesticides in the vineyard, the use of sulfites in preserving wines, etc.

Light refreshments will be served following the presentation.

Jonathan Cercone has been working in the restaurant business for the past 12 years, all of them at the Taverne in Westmount Square where he became a partner last September.

That was the occupation that paid the bills through his political science degree and after a year and half of law school, he decided to make the restaurant business his career.

He is a self-taught sommelier and has been in charge of the wine program at the restaurant for five years.

Sep
26
Tue
Murder and Multicide: A Primer @ St Jax Montréal
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm

Professor Shtull will discuss the nature and extent of murder and multicide including spree, mass and serial killing. Insight will be provided into the definitions, motives and general characteristics of these crimes; as well as the use of murder as entertainment in our popular culture.

Penny R. Shtull, Ph.D. is a professor of Criminal Justice and the former Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts in the School of Justice Studies at Norwich University in Vermont. In addition to publications in police, criminological and psychological journals and texts, Dr.Shtull has consulted for various organizations and state agencies including the Police Foundation (Washington, D.C.), the New York City Police Department, the Criminal Justice Research Center (N.Y.), the Vermont Center for Justice Research, the Burlington Police Department (VT), the Vermont Department of Corrections, the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council and the Vermont Children’s Alliance and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program.

Dr. Shtull serves on the board of directors of the Crime Research Group and is a member of the Atypical Homicide Research Group. She is a Past President of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences and has served on the National Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Board in various capacities.

Professor Shtull has taught a course on murder for the past 20 years and is a sought after expert on violent crime. In addition to teaching, consulting and research, Penny often appears in the news media, international radio and has been featured as the expert/criminologist on the A&E true crime documentary The Killer Speaks. Her most current publications address violence and campus public safety and criminal behavioral profiling.

Oct
10
Tue
SPVM—On the Beat @ St Jax Montréal
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm

Our guest speakers have 20-plus years of experience with the SPVM (Montreal Police) and they have both been on foot patrol since 2007.

They will be discussing police work in general as well as sharing their experiences on the beat over the years… shocking as well as amusing.

Both Officer Bruno Delli Colli and Officer Éric Charbonneau have more than twenty years of experience with the SPVM (Montreal Police) and they have both been on foot patrol for the last ten years.

Because of the nature of their work, we are not permitted to disclosure of any personal information concerning our guest speakers.

Oct
24
Tue
Bytes to Bites: Food Safety Investigations in the Cyber-Era @ McGill Faculty Club
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm

Dr. Blais will describe how food safety investigators respond to microbiological food contamination events.

He will emphasize the role of leading edge techniques in helping to rapidly identify implicated food products for their timely removal from the market-place in order to minimize public exposure to microbial hazards.

A native of Montreal, Dr. Burton Blais completed his graduate studies in biochemistry at Carleton University. He began his public service career in 1991, serving first as a Biologist in the National Laboratory for Enteric Pathogens (Health Canada), then as a Research Scientist in the Food Laboratory (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) and currently as Head of Research and Development (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) in Ottawa. His research interests include the development of analytical capacity supporting regulatory food safety programs, with a particular emphasis on the detection and characterization of food-borne bacterial pathogens. Dr. Blais is Adjunct Professor of Biology,Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.
Nov
7
Tue
Natural Chemicals Delay Aging @ St Jax Montréal
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm

There is a body of evidence that supports the notion that biological processes underlying the aging of baker’s yeast are very similar to those that occur within human cells. Since yeast cells age very quickly, the effects of different age-delaying interventions can be seen within a few weeks.

Professor Titorenko will discuss how studies of aging in yeast have led to discoveries of natural chemical compounds that delay yeast aging and may lead to compounds that delay aging in humans.

Dr. Vladimir Titorenko is Professor and Concordia University Research Chair (Genomics, Cell Biology and Aging) in the Department of Biology. His work is aimed at understanding mechanisms that underlie biological aging and death in baker’s yeast and human cells.

He has discovered many natural chemical compounds and plant extracts that delay cellular aging. Some of these plant extracts delay aging in baker’s yeast to a significantly greater extent than any of the presently known age-delaying chemical compounds. One of these extracts is the most potent age delaying pharmacological intervention yet described.

Professor Titorenko received his PhD degree in Moscow and he is the author and co-author of many scholarly papers.

Mar
6
Tue
Measuring Public Opinion in a Turbulent World @ St Jax Montréal
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm

The surprising victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 Election in the United States, combined with the no-less surprising Brexit referendum results, have generated many negative comments regarding the accuracy of political polling and polling companies’ ability to accurately measure public mood in a rapidly changing world.

Sébastien Dallaire, Vice President at Ipsos, Canada’s leading public opinion research firm, will provide an in-depth look at the present and future of political polling, demonstrating that despite the challenges faced by the polling industry, scientific polls based on random samples remain the most accurate way of measuring public opinion and voting intentions.

Through his 20 years of experience teaching and conducting public opinion research, Sébastien Dallaire has become one of Canada’s most respected polling specialists.

In addition to his regular appearances on national and provincial media outlets as a polling analyst and commentator, he has been involved in designing, conducting and analyzing hundreds of research projects for prestigious Canadian clients in the private and public sectors.

His private sector career in political polling started during his PhD studies in Political Science at the University of Toronto, when he joined pollster Allan Gregg’s team at The Strategic Counsel.

In 2010, Mr. Dallaire moved back to his hometown of Montreal where he led the public affairs team at Léger for more than 5 years before joining Ipsos, Canada largest public opinion research firm, as Vice President in 2016.

Mar
27
Tue
Doctors Without Borders—Behind the Scenes of Humanitarian Action @ John Simms Community Centre
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency medical aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters or by exclusion from health care in more than 60 countries around the world.

Every year MSF sends about 3,000 doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators and other professionals to work alongside over 25,000 locally hired staff. In 2016 this included 343 Canadians from many different professional backgrounds.

Drawing on our guest speaker’s own experiences and those of colleagues, this illustrated talk will go behind the scenes to examine how these organizations face the practical challenges of delivering aid where it is most needed.

A question period will follow.

Nick Annejohn is a Former Field Logistician with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

He worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and the Central African Republic where he applied his engineering background to the task of delivering humanitarian medical assistance. 

Apr
24
Tue
A Democratic Deliberation on Sleeping Pills – Why Sex and Gender Matter @ John Simms Community Centre
Apr 24 @ 7:00 pm

Making an informed choice is a right that everyone has prior to initiating drug therapy. In order to prevent and reduce reliance on medications, patients should be informed about the sex and gender-related factors that lead to persistent prescriptions and be made aware of non-drug approaches in managing sleep and anxiety. This presentation will explain how historical, social and medical influences have shaped the way sleeping pills have evolved as a form of chemical coping. After reviewing the evidence-based harms associated with sleeping pills, the audience will be asked to weigh in on potential policy changes that could be implemented to reduce the overuse of these medications in Canada.

Dr. Cara Tannenbaum is the Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

She is a practicing physician and Professor in the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Université de Montréal, where she holds the Chair in Pharmacology, Health and Aging. She has a productive program of research focusing on sex and gender differences and patient education all in the area of drug safety.

She currently leads the Canadian Deprescribing Network and is the recipient of several prestigious awards. Her work on that subject has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail and on national television.

May
29
Tue
Old Age Ain’t for Sissies: How to Live to 120! @ McGill Department of Family Medicine
May 29 @ 7:00 pm

The McGill University Department of Family Medicine and the St. James Literary Society are pleased to present the Dr. Hirsh Rosenfeld Annual Distinguished Lecture in Family Medicine.

Of interest to the general public as well as to health-care professionals, this Distinguished Lecture Series in Family Medicine was inaugurated in 1990 and was made possible by an endowment by the late Dr. Hirsh Rosenfeld, a Montreal family physician. He was a staunch supporter of a number of educational activities and this lecture series is another example of his generosity.

Refreshments will be served.

This talk will explore the fascinating biology of aging and why this is so challenging in our present day and age. Dr. Clarfield will explain why we get old (usually), but, more importantly, why and how we cannot last forever despite the advances in modern day medicine. He will also give some basic advice on how we can increase the likelihood of living and enjoying a relatively healthy and happy old age.

Dr. A. Mark Clarfield was raised and educated in Toronto, receiving his MD from the University of Toronto in 1975. He went on to specialize first in Family Medicine, then Community Medicine and Public Health and, finally, in Geriatrics.

In the late seventies, he moved to Montreal where he was with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University from 1978-1992. During that period, Dr. Clarfield was Chief of Geriatrics at the Sir Mortimer B. Davis – Jewish General Hospital, as well as head of the McGill University Division of Geriatric Medicine. He was the Assistant Dean of Students at the Faculty from 1989-1992 and reached the rank of Professor. He presently maintains an adjunct status at McGill University.

In 1992, he moved to Israel. From 1994-2001, he was Head of the Division of Geriatrics at the Ministry of Health in Jerusalem, after which he was appointed Head of Geriatrics at the Soroka Hospital, a 1,100 bed acute care institution and the Sidonie Hecht Professor of Geriatrics at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-sheva, where he now works. In 2009, he was appointed head of BGU’s Medical School for International Health.

Dr. Clarfield’s research interests include Alzheimer disease and the related dementias, the organization of health care services, medical history and ethics. In addition, he publishes medical humour, book reviews, and miscellaneous articles in various newspapers, including occasional pieces in the Montreal Gazette. Dr. Clarfield is married with 3 children. He enjoys several hobbies, including performing folk music with his band, “The Unstrung Heroes”.

 

Jun
2
Sat
Close More Churches? @ St Jax Montréal
Jun 2 @ 2:00 pm

Are we watching the bitter end of the Western Church model, including its colonial steeples and linguistic apartheid? Or, are we poised for what might become the greatest reformation and revival of the church, ever?

Reverend Graham Singh, the new pastor at St Jax Montréal will explore these questions as he examines the Montreal case study in light of a wider radical shift in the way church buildings open to their local communities.

Following the presentation, sandwiches, scones, pastry, tea and coffee will be served.

Rev. Graham Singh is the Rector of St Jax Montréal (the new bilingual identity of the Church of St James the Apostle)

Educated at the London School of Economics, the University of Western Ontario and Cambridge University,  Singh is specially trained in the re-opening of closed historic churches.

He is married to Céline from Paris, France and they have three young children.