Join us for

HTAL’s  5 Engaging, Energizing and Educational virtual lectures from the comfort of home.

When: Wednesdays – February 1, 8, 15, 22 and March 1

Time: 10 AM

Cost: $50.00 for all 5 webinars (including the recordings)

Program: 50 minute lecture followed by a question and answer opportunity. Note – Recordings of the lectures will be provided automatically for all paid subscribers through a password protected link that will be sent by email after the “live” Zoom. Recordings will be available for 2 weeks after each lecture.

  • Feb. 1 – Coping with Chronic Pain
  • Feb. 8 – Coping with Anxiety
  • Feb. 15 – The Filmmaking Scene in the Hammer
  • Feb. 22 – Out of this World: Perspectives and Stories from an Astrophysicist
  • Mar. 1 – Container Gardening

Registration closes Friday January 20, 5PM.

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Dr. Norm Buckley

Dr. Norm Buckley

February 1, 2023 – 10AM

Dr. Norm Buckley

Pain, resulting from injury or illness, has a beneficial function in preventing further injury and motivating protective actions to support recovery. However, pain may persist beyond the state of recovery and stops having a protective function – it can become a problem in and of itself.

This is often described as the negative pain cycle, leading to worsening function, deteriorating quality of life and perhaps even mood or personality change.

Chronic pain as a disease can be usefully described as a ‘Bio Psycho Social’ problem in which elements not only of physiology must be considered but also psychological and social factors affecting health.

In this talk Dr. Buckley will discuss some of the background to the biopsychosocial model of pain as well as non-pharmacological pain care which includes pain education, behavioural and physical strategies.

A faculty member of McMaster University since 1988, Dr. Norm Buckley has served three terms as Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesia, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. In 2010, Dr. Buckley established and continues as the director of the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre.  He is scientific director of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care.

His clinical work is focused on chronic pain management at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic.

Dr. Randi McCabe

Dr. Randi McCabe

February 8th, 2023 – 10AM

Dr. Randi McCabe

Anxiety is a universal emotion that we all experience but, for 1 in 4 people, anxiety can be significantly debilitating. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based psychological treatment that is a first-line treatment for individuals with anxiety disorders.

In this webinar, Dr. Randi McCabe discusses CBT and how it is used to target anxiety symptoms, as well as available resources, including self-help and therapist-assisted treatment. Learn about the nature of anxiety and its disorders and how to determine when the experience of anxiety warrants intervention.

Dr. Randi McCabe is a Professor and Academic Head of the Anxiety Division in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. She is a clinical psychologist and Director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic (ATRC) at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton with over 20 years of experience in the field as a clinician, education, and researcher. Dr. McCabe is a passionate advocate of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

She has written nine books to disseminate CBT to consumers and practitioners on a global level. As Co-Chair of the Anxiety Disorders and OCD Quality Standards Advisory Committee for Health Quality Ontario, Dr. McCabe was responsible for overseeing the development of quality care standards rolled out to the province.

In recognition of her contributions to the field, Dr. McCabe was awarded Fellow status in the Canadian Psychological Association (2016), the Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (2017), and the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (2018). She also received the Excellence in Hospital and Healthcare Psychology Award from the Canadian Psychological Association (2021).

Nathan Fleet

Nathan Fleet

February 15th, 2023 – 10AM

Nathan Fleet

Nathan will speak on the progress and excitement of the Hamilton film scene from the perspective of someone who lives it. From where Hamilton was, to where it is now in the filmmaking landscape, what industries have moved to the city, and what the economic impact is of all these productions that choose Hamilton as their location.

Nathan Fleet is a Canadian producer, director and composer who has been working in film and television for over 20 years.

He has a diploma in music from Mohawk Collage and has directed the Hamilton Film Festival for 17 years. He also started a film school at the new Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre.

Blake Ledger

Blake Ledger

February 22nd, 2023 – 10AM

Blake Ledger

The William J. McCallion Planetarium, located on campus at McMaster University, is the host of weekly public shows with topics such as the history of telescopes, new observations from the modern telescope behemoths JWST and ALMA, solar and lunar eclipses, the Solar System, and black holes. As the manager of the McCallion Planetarium, Blake has the privilege of sharing stories and perspectives with a variety of audiences about the importance of astronomy and our place in the Universe. In this presentation, he will share a history of the McCallion Planetarium, connecting current and historical discoveries in astronomy with beautiful visual images of space.

Blake Ledger is a PhD candidate in astronomy at McMaster University working with Dr. Christine Wilson and her research group. He has been a student at McMaster since September 2019, and before graduate school completed an Hon. BSc at the University of Calgary.

Blake’s research work involves studying the properties of nearby galaxies using telescope observations from the prestigious Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA). He has also completed two certificates in Teaching & Learning with the MacPherson Institute at McMaster. Blake is the current Chair of the Graduate Student Committee for the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA GSC) and manages the McCallion Planetarium at McMaster.

Away from academia, Blake enjoys hiking, spending time outdoors with his partner and his dog, and playing in recreational soccer leagues.

Paul Zammit

Paul Zammit

March 1st, 2023 – 10AM

Paul Zammit

Just as outdoor spaces change throughout the year, Paul believes seasonal transformations should also be reflected in dramatic arrangements in our gardens and on our patios and balconies.

Join Paul for an energetic presentation where he will discuss how to select your container and then demonstrate the steps to successfully create an eye catching and lasting planter. He will also highlight many of his choice plants, container combinations and planter accents just in time for this growing season.

Paul will also discuss how your plant choices can help save water and support pollinators.

Paul Zammit, is a graduate of the University of Guelph and is a professor of Horticulture at Niagara College.  Prior to joining the faculty, Paul held the position of the Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Gardens for 10 years. He is a passionate and energetic gardener and lover of nature who has been delivering presentations across Canada, throughout the US and internationally in countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Bermuda and South Africa for over 30 years.

Paul is also an avid photographer.  For the past seven years, Paul has been providing gardening advice on the CBC Here and Now radio program.  Recently he has taken over for Ed Lawrence on CBC’s Ontario Today program each Monday. In 2017, Garden Making magazine selected Paul and his wife as two of Canada’s top 20 people shaping gardens across Canada. Paul has been the recipient of a number of awards including the 2019 and the 2021 Garden Communicator of the Year award from Landscape Ontario