Today's meetings featured 2 video presentations and one (semi) official welcome into the club of a new (transferred) member.

Big thanks to the host team: this week-the Captain was Warren Philp, ably assisted by Kevin Holloway and Bob Tomlinson.And to David Legge for scribing.

Kevin Holloway introduced a successful O Canada video. President Rod Morrison chaired the meeting. There were 45 people on line for the meeting.

A. Featured speaker the Honourable  Past(25th) Premier of Ontario and MPP  for Don Valley West: Kathleen Wynne
Suitably introduced (and thanked) by fellow traveller Rotarian Brian Walmark,  Kathleen Wynne very comfortably spoke on:

1) Her Journey in Politics: coming from a background in publicly funded education (her passion), she outlined her beginnings ("not the odds on favourite") all the way to the premier's chair. 
Her close association with First Nation education and welfare stood her in good stead. The Basic Income Pilot,  Cap and Trade, modernization of Labour laws and increasing minimum wage are highlights of her career ( 'everything I have done was worth it").

2) Where are we now (in Ontario and Canada): This discussion centered on the importance of collaboration with other parties, especially given the current pandemic process, and how it is mandatory to learn the corrective lessons from it. She specifically hopes for improved policy development for Long Term Care institutions as well as stronger recognition and re-emphasis of long standing strong institutions.

Kathleen handled about 7 inputted questions from her Rotary audience: all relevant. Highlighted responses were on: climate change repercussions and opportunities, the basic income issue, mitigating personal vitriol/partisanship, how did it feel in the premier's chair?, how does the Liberal Party move forward?

The club is very much indebted to Kathleen for her participation. She was invited back. And thanks to Brian Walmark for making this happen.

B. Instalment #2: Discussion with Dr. Stewart Kennedy-Covid 19 

Dr. Stew Kennedy, Incident Manager for Covid-19 at TBRHSC, kindly returned for a more in-depth discussion on the science  and epidemiology of pandemics, with Rotarian Past-President David Legge. This chat as well as last week's opener is being posted on the club Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/PARotary  Today he reviewed topics such as the immune response and challenges with vaccine development given the world wide dissemination of a highly contagious and novel viral pathogen, the conundrum of testing..how it is done et al.

C. Welcome to the Club- Albert Brulé:
The club is pleased to have Albert, CEO of Thunder Bay United Way, join us. His long career in the charitable sector has taken him around Canada and 3 previous Rotary clubs as well (Grande Prairie, AB, Calgary, AB and London, ON). He is back in familiar Thunder Bay and we will enjoy his fellowship and service. Welcome back Albert!

Business Highlights:
1. President Rod 
welcomed Fort William President Stephen Margarit, with news from his club. Also President-elect and former Assistant DG Sandy Lychowyd (Lakehead Club), former PA Rotarian Treasurer Frank Zanatta, and others.
 
Big thanks to David Legge for scribing our meetings!