April 5, 2008 – Stories Under the Stars

Supersized stargazing, scintillating stories and scrumptious snacks — it’s all happening at the University of Toronto’s David Dunlap Observatory (DDO) on Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. The DDO is a 189-acre astronomical observatory site in Richmond Hill that houses the country’s largest telescope — and it might soon close. This may be your last chance to see it.

Join the Toronto chapter of THE Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) and members of the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) for an up-close look at the DDO and the astronomy work that goes on there. Canadian astronomer Dr. Ian Shelton, who discovered a supernova, will share the DDO’s history and illuminate the various constellations and celestial features that light up the night sky. If weather permits, we’ll do some naked-eye stargazing. We’ll also witness how their mammoth telescope operates, and maybe get a peek at the heavens.

During the event, you’ll meet fellow journalists and hear author Nate Hendley read from his compelling book The Black Donnelleys: The Outrageous Tale of Canada’s Deadliest Feud. Warm dress is recommended for possible outdoor stargazing.

Location: 123 Hillsview Drive in Richmond Hill, just north of Toronto.

Parking is free (For directions, call 905-884-9562 ext. 232 or visit

Date: Saturday, April 5
Time: 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $10

Event limited to 30 participants, so your early RSVP is strongly recommended.

RSVP to either of the following:
Saul Chernos (sej.toronto AT sympatico.ca) Sharon Aschaiek (sharon AT summitmediagroup.com)