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Quirks & Quarks host to talk climate change at upcoming series

Orillia native Bob McDonald and OrilliaMatters columnist David Hawke among five speakers taking part in Third Age Barrie series

An upcoming series of talks hosted by Third Age Barrie will focus on climate change action.

The series, Climate Solutions for a Hopeful Planet, will begin Sept. 19 with Caroline Taylor, whose topic will be Climate 101: A Case for Urgency.

The Sept. 26 talk will feature Orillia native Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks. His talk is titled The Future is Now: Solving the Climate Crisis with Today’s Technologies. He will be introduced by Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips.

David Hawke, an Oro-Medonte-based naturalist and photographer whose outdoors column appears weekly on OrilliaMatters, will speak Oct. 3. His topic will be Nature as Cure, for People and for the Planet.

The series will wrap up Oct. 10 with Margaret Prophet, executive director of the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition, and Andee Pelan, executive director of Living Green Barrie. The topic will be Making Climate Action Local.

The talks will take place in person at Grace United Church and via livestream from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. McDonald’s presentation will only be delivered on Zoom.

Registration can be completed at The cost is $40. The sessions will be recorded and made accessible to ticket holders for a limited time.


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