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Peter Mansbridge headlines Algonquin College Virtual Speaker Series


Posted on Thursday September 9, 2021

PEMBROKE - For more than three decades, Peter Mansbridge was the face of the CBC as its Chief Correspondent and anchor of The National, the network’s nightly news program. His career at CBC News spanned 50 years, putting Mansbridge on the frontline of some of the biggest news events in Canadian history.

Mansbridge will headline Algonquin College’s Virtual Speaker Series this fall when he hosts a question and answer session on November 23 at 7 p.m. Guests will be able to submit questions online in a rare opportunity to listen to one of Canada’s leading journalists who has won dozens of awards and received Canada’s highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada in 2008.

His former colleague and long-time host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, Bob McDonald will also be appearing at the Virtual Speaker Series on October 4 when he will present on COVID-19 and its impact on climate change. McDonald has hosted his science program since 1992, a program that draws a weekly audience of more than 800,000 listeners.

The fall speaker series will kick off on September 14 with Ry Moran, the founding Director of Canada’s National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Moran, who worked closely with Commission Chair Murray Sinclair, facilitated the gathering of nearly 7,000 video and audio-recorded statements of former residential school students and millions of pages of archival records. His presentation is entitled: Canada’s Residential Schools Tragedy.

On September 23, the speaker series will feature a murder mystery as author and historian Charlotte Gray presents Murdered Midas, the story of the unsolved killing of Sir Harry Oakes, a millionaire who made his fortune in Canada’s northern mines but was brutally killed in the Bahamas in 1943.

All of the virtual presentations are being made available free to seniors 60 years of age and older. Tickets for the general public are $20 plus tax. Registration is now available for the Charlotte Gray and Ry Moran presentations at:

Tickets for the Bob McDonald presentation are also now available and for Peter Mansbridge, tickets will be available on October 1. For more information, contact the Pembroke Campus at 613-735-4700.