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Relax, Dammit – A KWF Fundraiser with Timothy Caulfield

April 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Grab your plates, pour a glass of wine, and get ready to Relax, Dammit!
with health policy expert Timothy Caulfield.

Join Timothy and interviewer Ben Charland for a fascinating and insightful exploration of the daily choices we make, and why many of the things we believe to be healthier, safer, or just better, simply aren’t. 

“Caulfield masterfully, and humorously… provides much needed sanity in a world of claims run amok.” —Daniel Levitin, author of Successful Aging and The Organized Mind

With solid grounding in current and reliable scientific findings, Timothy will help show you how to stress less about the little things, and relax a lot more.  

Friday, April 9
7:00 – 8:00 pm EDT
Includes Q&A

On Friday, April 9, you will receive an email with a private link to the livestream, as well as instructions on how to watch the event. 

Order a copy of Timothy’s book! Books are available for sale at the official bookseller of Kingston WritersFestNovel Idea Books. Order online or in-store at 156 Princess Street. 

– Food menu  –  

Course 1- Salad Is Healthy…Right??

Union Salad- Warm Kale and Caramelized Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, Parmesan, Almonds, Balsamic Vinaigrette, More Cheese…

Course 2- I Think It’s Time To Relax…

Roasted Salmon- (In one study, adults who ate Atlantic salmon three times per week for five months reported less anxiety than those who ate chicken, pork or beef. Moreover, they had improved anxiety-related symptoms, such as heart rate and heart rate variability!)

-Turmeric Rice, Sauteed Spring Vegetables, Citrus/Herb Vinaigrette.

Course 3- Tomorrow’s Problem

Coffee Cake with Toffee Sauce- made from scratch in house. Best served warm, and preferably with a fork, but it’s okay to get messy. Worry about it tomorrow 😉

Optional Wine Add-on 
Your choice of a bottle of:
Red – 2018 Angel’s Gate Gamay Noir
White – 2018 Rive driote rive gauche Cotes du Rhone Blanc.

Dinner will be prepared by Union Kingston, and is available for pick up o on the event date. The meal is pre-cooked. Just heat it up and enjoy! You will be contacted with your pick up time the week of the event. 

*Dinners must be ordered by 12 pm on Monday, April 5. Numbers are limited, so buy early to avoid disappointment. 

If you have any dietary restrictions please include these in the comments at the time of your ticket purchase. 

Tickets to the event without dinner will still be available after the cutoff. 

– Pricing –
Includes HST and all service charges. 

Full Experience $125 
Includes a bottle of red or white wine, dinner, a link to the virtual event, AND a charitable tax receipt for $50 

Dinner and Talk $100 
Includes dinner, a link to the virtual event, AND a charitable tax receipt for $40 

Event Only for Out of Towners $50
Includes a link to the event, AND a charitable tax receipt for $25 

– About the author –

Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of science, and health policy issues has allowed him to publish over 350 academic articles. He has won numerous academic and writing awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Trudeau Foundation, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He contributes frequently for the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness, and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science ClashTimothy also has a strong social media presence and is the host and co-producer of the documentary TV series, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death. 

– About the moderator –

Ben Charland is a writer, podcaster and creative consultant. Ben’s work is informed by the many hats he’s worn over the years: playwright, theatre director, artistic director, tour guide, actor, political hack, traveler, teacher, government worker, blogger, speechwriter, manager and (yes) traffic coordinator for a paper shredding company. He’s lived in four continents and has been lucky to visit over 50 countries, but the common thread for Ben is unrelenting curiosity. 

Ben hosts the weekly podcast What On Earth is Going On?, which covers wide and varied topics with guests such as poet and biographer Rosemary Sullivan, fantasy author Guy Gavriel Kay, Canadian actor Aurora Browne, and many more. 

While Ben has been involved with Kingston WritersFest since 2018, he and his wife, Shelaine, now live in Whitehorse, Yukon, where he is helping to build a new society for writers and readers called Yukon Words. 


April 9, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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