May 17, Spring Meeting and Presetation

Harry Crowe Room  Atkinson College 109

Coffee & Conversation: 10:30 am

General Membership Meeting: 11:00 am to Noon

Lunch: Noon to 1 pm (catered)

Presentation: 1 to 3 pm (open to all)

The Biodiversity of Bees with Laurence Packer

Professor of Biology, York University


Laurence Packer is a Professor of Biology at York University where he has worked since 1988.  He teaches Entomology and Biodiversity courses.  His research is on bees.  He and his students have published over 200 research papers on various topics including sociobiology, conservation, genetics, phylogenetics, biogeography and taxonomy, mostly of bees.  His book “Keeping the bees” was published by HarperCollins and “Bees: a close-up look at pollinators around the world” with Sam Droege was published by Voyageur Press. He and his team have described over 100 new species of bees.  The collection that he has started at York University now includes several hundred thousand specimens with examples from well over 100 countries and hundreds of new species awaiting description.  He has been a member of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Evaluation Group for Ecology and Evolution (twice).  His research has been funded by the latter organization as well as National Geographic, Genome Canada, the Weston Foundation, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and by private donations

Annual General Meeting November 2, 2018

The venue for the AGM is the Renaissance Room (001) in Vanier: See map on Sidebar

The date is November 2, at 11:00, lunch at 12:00, speaker at 1:00

Agenda ARFL AGM November 2 2018

Report of President Fall 2018

Our Speaker:


The Lecture: “Migration in an Age of Reconciliation”

Amar Bhatia joined Osgoode’s full-time faculty on July 1, 2014 after serving as a Catalyst Fellow and Visiting Professor at Osgoode for the 2013-14 academic year. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and postcolonial literature (Queen’s; Sussex) and received an LLB from Osgoode in 2005.

He articled and worked in union-side labour and employment law in Toronto before returning to graduate school. He subsequently obtained an LLM from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he received the Howland Prize for most outstanding performance in the program. He was awarded a SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship to pursue his SJD at U of T, and is currently in the final stage of his candidacy. His dissertation looks at issues of status and authority of migrant workers and Indigenous peoples under Canadian immigration law, Aboriginal law, treaty relations, and Indigenous legal traditions.



e Annual General Meeting of ARFL will be held Friday, November 10, 2017 in the Harry Crowe Room at Atkinson.  The meeting will commence at 11:00 am, with coffee and tea being served beginning at 10:30.  In addition to reports from Executive officers, members will be asked to elect members of the Executive for 2017-18.  As has been customary, the meeting will be followed by lunch and a guest speaker. We hope to see you all there!!!

Our Speaker this year is Keren Rice, University of Toronto speaking on:


The Importance of Indigenous Languages   ARFL Speaker Information for November 10, 2017 Also reproduced below in part from our Newsletter.

Gots’udi ní̜dé Dene xedə́ t’áodéʔa: Indigenous Language Resilience in Canada



In December 2015, the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was released, containing 94 Calls to Action, some of which involve language. In this talk, I start with the Calls for Action, and then review what happened in the decades leading to these calls, focusing on government, Indigenous institutions, and local community initiatives.  I discuss what it takes to effect change, and speculate on what the future might look like.


Keren Rice is a University Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. She is currently Chair of the Department of Linguistics and served the past two years as Interim Director of the Centre for Indigenous Studies, and she was founding director of the latter.

Keren Rice’s theoretical work is in the areas of phonology and morphology. She is concerned with variation in phonology, asking questions about markedness, contrast, and the role of universal substantive features in phonology. She has long been involved in research with speakers of Dene languages in the Sahtú region of the Northwest Territories of Canada, and she has contributed to the understanding of these languages. She has been involved in work on language revitalization, and has written on fieldwork and the ethics of fieldwork.



General Meeting May 5, 2017

The General Meeting will take place on Friday, May 5th,  2017 in the Founders Senior Common Room (305 Founders College).

  • Coffee at 10:30 am
  • Meeting begins at 11:00 am
  • Lunch at 12:00 pm
  • Speaker at 1:00 pm (See below for background on our speaker and his topic)

 May 5, 2017, Agenda ARFL General Meeting

Prof. Malcolm Thurlby:

The lecture will be on the architectural patronage of John Medley, Bishop of Fredericton NB, 1845-92. Attention is paid to his passion for the close study of English medieval churches and the use of these sources in the design of the churches in his diocese.

Prof. Malcolm Thurlby

He has a PhD in the History of Art from the University of East Anglia (1976).

Thurlby specializes in Medieval Art and Architecture. He taught at Queen’s University, Concordia University and the University of Winnipeg before coming to York in 1984. He is the author of four books and over 150 articles on Medieval Art and Architecture throughout Europe, and on Canadian architecture. On the latter, 16 articles are on churches in Hamilton, Ontario, and vicinity for the website Raise the Hammer; they aim at raising awareness of heritage buildings in a much wider forum than in academic journals.