Algonquin College
Speaker Series Presents…

Steve Paikin, TVO Host & Journalist

Steve Paikin: Ontario politics and the founding of the College System

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Campus
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door

Steve Paikin is arguably the most informed journalist when it comes to Ontario politics. The long-time host of TVO’s popular public affairs program, “The Agenda,” has had his finger on the pulse of everything that happens at Queens Park for more than two decades. After writing several successful books about Ontario’s political leaders, Paikin has now released “Bill Davis-Nation Builder, and Not so Bland After All.” Davis was a long-time Premier of the province and among his many notable accomplishments is the establishment of Ontario’s Community College system. Paikin is highly engaging and considered one of the best interviewers of our time.


Tricia Logan, Algonquin College Speaker SeriesTricia Logan: Revising and Re-imagining Canada’s History; Reconciliation and Canada’s 150

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Festival Hall in Pembroke
Please note: This is a free event

Canada and Canadians have been asked to take action and embrace reconciliation. Following the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and acknowledging the 94 Calls to Action, we are all being asked to reconsider and re-imagine how we see our relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canada. In 2017, we attempt to celebrate Canada at 150 while also acknowledging that we are celebrating a new version of Canada.

Residential Schools in Canada and colonial relationships with Indigenous peoples aided the creation of Canada as a nation-state. Canada’s history has an abundance of blind-spots that missed the history of residential schools or critically under-emphasized the role the schools played in shaping Canada. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation shares the responsibility with governments, organizations and all Canadians in confronting new histories and new ways to think about Canada or celebrate Canada. This presentation will discuss the legacy of residential schools in Canada, the inclusion and exclusion of the schools in Canadian history and what it means to approach a new version of Canada and revised Canadian histories.

Tricia Logan is the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Tricia is originally from Kakabeka Falls, Ontario. Recently, Tricia completed her PhD entitled ‘Indian Residential Schools, Settler Colonialism and Their Narratives in Canadian History’ in History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She also has a MA and BA both in Native Studies from the University of Manitoba. In 2000, Tricia started working with the Aboriginal Healing Foundation at the Southwest Region Manitoba Métis Federation and has worked with the AHF, Legacy of Hope Foundation and National Aboriginal Health Organization research on various projects from 2000 to 2014. As part of her work with Métis communities, Tricia took part in a Michif language revitalization project. Tricia’s research interests and writing originate from her work with Survivors of residential school and involvement with language revitalization. Most recently, Tricia worked at Irish in Britain as an Archivist/Researcher on an oral history project entitled ‘Irish Voices’ with Irish diaspora communities living in Britain.


Sean Conway, Algonquin College Speakers SeriesSean Conway: The Character and Colour of the Ottawa Valley Political Tradition

Date: Monday, May 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Waterfront Campus
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door

“The politics of the Ottawa Valley represented true contact sport in the nineteenth century. The Lumber Kings of the Valley with names like White, Dunlop and McLachlin drove the politics of that era and it was a rare thing between the mid-1850s and the end of the Great War in 1918 not to have a lumberman or timber merchant on the ballot for federal and provincial elections.  And as we shall see in this lecture, election campaigns of that era were not for the faint-of-heart. Much of the colour of Ottawa Valley electoral campaigns derives from that time.  Vast sums of money were spent, rules were stretched and heads were cracked open by very zealous partisans.  An important by-product of this activity was a very lively and muscular campaign oratory.  Valley politicians gained national renown for their powerful and rambunctious speaking styles.  As the nineteenth-century gave way to the twentieth, the issues changed but the fire and brimstone remained hot.  The creation of Camp Petawawa in the early days of the twentieth century, the establishment of a national nuclear research centre at Chalk River during the Second World War, the ‘ electrification ‘ of the rural Valley, brought forth a new generation of tribunes with names like McCann, Cotnam, Dempsey and Maloney.  And there was always a strong independent streak in our MPs and MPPs. “ Toeing the party line”  was not always a hallmark of our local parliamentary representatives. 

Having spent 28 years in Ontario’s Legislative Assembly and now long retired from active politics,   Sean Conway will explore these themes of colour and independence,  of  Valley speech-making,  of how local political battles sometimes led to unexpectedly important results, of how the Scots, Irish, French, German and Polish communities affected often very close races, races that sometimes turned on the very sensitive issues of language and religion.   A great Canadian historian once said that history is the record of the encounter between of character and circumstance.  Come to this special event being sponsored by Algonquin College and meet some fascinating characters and the remarkable circumstances in which they found themselves politically.


Merilyn Simonds, Algonquin College Speaker SeriesMerilyn Simonds: Stories from Canada’s Most Notorious and Historic Prison

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Waterfront Campus
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door

In 1987, Merilyn Simonds discovered a cache of letters in her attic, written to a 17-year-old girl in the village of Portsmouth from a convict in Kingston Penitentiary—a young man from Renfrew, Ontario, who was part of a gang of petty thieves who terrorized the Ottawa Valley in the early years of the last century. Intrigued by the clandestine relationship of Phyllis Halliday and Josie Cleroux and by the forbidden world of Canada’s oldest and most notorious prison, Simonds spent the next 8 years researching and writing the story that became The Convict Lover, an international bestseller and inspiration for two Canadian stage plays. Join Merilyn Simonds on the 30th anniversary of the discovery of this unique correspondence for an inside look at Kingston Penitentiary in the year leading up to Canada’s first prison riot.

Merilyn Simonds, Algonquin College Speaker SeriesMerilyn Simonds is the author of 17 books, including the novel The Holding, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and the Canadian creative nonfiction classic, The Convict Lover, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Her work is anthologized and published internationally in eight countries. Her most recent fiction is The Paradise Project, a collection of flash stories hand-printed on a 19th-century press with endpapers made in part from plants in her garden. The experience of producing the collection in both a digital and book-arts edition is the subject of her latest work, Gutenberg’s Fingerprint: Paper, Pixels, and the Lasting Impression of Books.