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March 6 edition of the Gazette now available

Queen's Gazette - March 6, 2018
Read the March 6 Gazette online.

The March 6 edition of the Gazette is now available and can be picked up around Queen’s campus.

This latest edition of the Gazette is filled with interesting Queen’s-focused items including:

  • The announcement of the winners of the 10th annual QUIC Photo Contest
  • An article on a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help the Master of Art Conservation program to increase its focus on Indigenous material culture.
  • An interview with Kristy Timmons, who recently arrived at Queen’s as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education.
  • ​Updates on the latest research, awards and achievements of faculty, staff and students.

The next edition of the Gazette will be published March 20, 2018. However, new articles are posted daily at the Gazette Online.

Follow us on Twitter at @queensuGazette.

Anyone looking to get a story, photo or information in the Gazette can contact the paper's editor Andrew Carroll.

Distinguished Service Awards call for nominations

Queen’s faculty, staff, students, and retirees are invited to nominate candidates for a Distinguished Service Award. Inaugurated by the University Council in 1974, this award recognizes individuals who have made the University a better place through their extraordinary contributions.

Recipients will be recognized at the University Council Annual Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.

Guidelines, the updated nomination form, and additional information are available at http://www.queensu.ca/secretariat/university-council/distinguished-service-awards.

Please submit nominations to the University Council Executive Committee, care of the University Secretariat, by Friday, April 27, at 4 pm. 

Please contact the University Secretariat at ucouncil@queensu.ca or 613-533-6095 if you have questions about the Distinguished Service Awards or the nomination process.  

Queen’s marks International Women’s Day

This year’s celebrations and reflections are being marked through art and powerful discussions.

In recognition of International Women’s Day 2018, which is Thursday, March 8, the Queen’s Gazette has gathered reflections from a variety of members of the Queen’s community about what the day means to them.

Jennifer Li (Artsci’17), AMS President

Jennifer Li
Jennifer Li (Artsci'17), AMS President. (Supplied Photo)

"To me, International Women's Day is a time to celebrate the achievements of women and acknowledge ways to achieve gender parity. When I first got involved in student leadership at Queen's, I was very fortunate to have several female mentors and role models. They made it easy to envision myself serving in similar roles and forged a path for me to follow. We know that women doubt themselves more than men, which is why I think it's so important to invite other women to get involved at Queen's and encourage them to stay involved.

Even as AMS President, I have been asked if I am the Vice President because I am the only female on my team, or criticized for exhibiting traits that would be considered essential for a leader if I were male. These types of incidents make it even more intimidating for women to step up but, if given the chance, we are capable of greatness.

If you look around Queen's there are so many strong, inspiring and resilient women. Just imagine what they could accomplish if we continue to commit to helping them achieve their ambitions. Whether it's through advocacy work, a conversation with a friend, or a political campaign, I think we all have a role to play in ensuring that the women around us are supported and treated equally."

International Women's Day Events
● On International Women’s Day, the Isabel is hosting a special panel discussion from 11 am to 2 pm. The panel is a part of VOICES: A Multimedia Exhibition that is part of the Isabel’s Human Rights Festival.

● Also playing at The Isabel on March 8 – The Judge. This documentary “provides a rare insight into Shari’a law, an often-misunderstood legal framework for Muslims, told through the eyes of the first woman judge to be appointed to a religious court in the Middle East.”

● The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is currently hosting a number of gender-centred exhibitions including The Powers of Women: Female Fortitude in European Art, and Log Cabin: A Canadian Quilt which examines traditional gender roles in the creation of domestic space.

● On March 7, the Agnes presented a woman like that, a film about female artist Artemisia Gentileschi, at the Film Screening Room in The Isabel.

● The Queen’s Feminist Legal Scholars annual conference, which was held March 2 and 3, was themed around “(Re)Production: Inequalities of Gender, Racialization, and Class.” Learn more about this year’s conference.

● In the community, The City of Kingston is lighting up City Hall in purple for International Women's Day.

Carole Morrison, Director, Ban Righ Centre

“International Women’s Day is an important day when we publicly acknowledge that much work remains to be done to achieve gender equality in Canada and around the world.

My role is to help women to pursue their educational goals so that they can go into every boardroom, operating theatre, university classroom, and community, and make contributions in their chosen fields. I am confident that the participation of women improves and strengthens any organization. The Ban Righ Centre provides very practical support informed by the social and political realities that women face.”

To learn more about the work of the Ban Righ Centre, visit banrighcentre.queensu.ca.

Karen Yeates (Meds'97), Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

“As someone who does research in low income countries into women's reproductive health, cervical cancer screening access, and maternal health, I think the recent focus on women's rights in society – equal pay for equal work, access to reproductive health rights, as well as safe 'harassment-free' workplaces – are positive. I hope that the sea change we are seeing in high income countries will translate into other positive outcomes and priorities for the poorest women in our world.

The work of #MeToo is important, and yet, at the same time there is a woman dying each hour from childbirth in low-income countries due to lack of access to family planning and lack of access to safe delivery. Traditionally, women's health and maternal health has been prioritized by governments to improve the lives of women in low-income countries. Most recently, some major funders of foreign aid, such as the US, are reducing their funding or restricting how it can be used where reproductive health and family planning are concerned, and these decisions are already, in less than one year, having a massive impact on women in the poorest countries of the world.

I have great hopes that this philosophy of one country controlling the reproductive health rights of women in other countries of the world will end, but is unlikely to occur unless other countries, such as Canada and in the European Union, begin to fill that funding 'void' and apply pressure for critical policy change on the strings attached to funding.”


Dr. Yeates discusses a project where smartphones were used to provide mentorship to nurses in Tanzania, thereby improving women's health.

Grace Steed (Con.Ed’19), Logistics Director for Queen’s Female Leadership in Politics (QFLIP)

Grace Steed
Grace Steed (Con.Ed'19). (Supplied Photo)

“To me, International Women’s Day represents an occasion to celebrate the accomplishments of women excelling in a variety of fields which were once closed to them, based on their gender. It is a day to honour the courage and sacrifices of the many way-pavers that came before us, as well as to recognize the work that remains to be done, in order to allow for the contributions of women to be valued in all areas of society.

Within the framework of the Queen’s Female Leadership in Politics’ conference, this occasion serves as a reminder of the importance of empowering women to mobilize and become activists in their own communities, in order to achieve gender parity in the spheres of government and civil service. I look forward to the day that I will be able to celebrate International Women’s Day under a female prime minister!

In my opinion, Malala Yousafzai summarizes the purpose of this day succinctly, saying “I raise up my voice - not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”’

Jan Allen, Director of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Five members of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre team, including Director Jan Allen (second from right), pose in the "Powers of Women" exhibit. (University Communications)
Five members of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre team, including Director Jan Allen (second from right), pose in the "Powers of Women" exhibit. (University Communications)

“International Women’s Day is a moment to take measure of equity for women in our community and around the globe. It’s a time when women’s voices are raised, and – most importantly – raised together. This year, #MeToo’s spectacular and proliferating calling out of systemic sexual misconduct signals women’s refusal to suffer such humiliation and manipulation in silence. Denying impunity to abusers is only one more step toward equity, yet it feels like a thrilling breakthrough. 

Recognizing womens’ achievements is the other side of this occasion. The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, founded by a visionary woman, has a long and distinguished history of championing art by women. We celebrate their creative work and forms of expression, and, at the same time, present exhibitions that speak back to stereotypes and gender binaries. Our three major shows this winter confront these issues in explicit and surprising ways. For me, the informed receptivity of the current generation of students to these issues is truly inspiring.”

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is currently hosting a number of gender-centred exhibitions including The Powers of Women: Female Fortitude in European Art.

Alexandra da Silva (Artsci’20), incoming Rector

Alex da Silva
Alex da Silva (Artsci'20), incoming Rector. (Supplied Photo)

“International Women's Day is about a number of things – recognizing and appreciating the work that has already been done, acknowledging the projects that are ongoing, and identifying where we need to go in the future. Each of these areas holds equal importance, as we cannot expect to justly move forward in the area of gender equality without having first properly acknowledged the work that was done by those who came before us.

In the future, I hope we can take a more intersectional approach to feminism. We need to really acknowledge that feminism has been predominantly focused on the middle-class white woman and push to work on the gaps which exist as the result of that.

It means really working to understand why the accomplishments of women like Dr. Donna May Kimmaliardjuk are so spectacularly important, considering struggles which are specific to the transgender female community, and advocating for feminism to represent the equity which it is meant to be founded on.”


The theme for this year's International Women's Day in Canada is #MyFeminism. For more information on the day, please visit the federal government's website.

The theme for International Women's Day is #PressforProgress. Learn more at internationalwomensday.com.


Additionally, Athletics and Recreation has launched a new campaign to support female varsity student-athletes. Visit gogaelsgo.com/womenintricolour to learn more.

Pursuing a dream at the Paralympics

James Sawchuk is headed to Pyeongchang as an athletic therapist for the Canadian men’s sledge hockey team.

James Sawchuk, athletic therapist
James Sawchuk received a jersey and bronze medal as the athletic therapist for the men’s hockey team at the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He is now headed to the Pyeonchang Paralympics with the men’s sledge hockey team. (University Communications)

For James Sawchuk it has been a hectic few weeks since he found out that he is going to the Pyeongchang Paralympics.

An athletic therapist with Queen’s Athletics and Recreation, Mr. Sawchuk will be supporting Canada’s sledge hockey team in their pursuit of a gold medal.

While he completed the paperwork in the fall and was added to the team’s long list, he only found out on Jan. 17 that he was going to South Korea. The Paralympics are being held March 9-18.

Since then it has been a rush to get everything in order.

“When they phoned I was absolutely surprised because I really felt that when I did the long list stuff, it was probably exactly that, a long shot, especially a month out from the Olympics,” says the Mallorytown resident. “So those two weeks of organizing, scheduling and all the things I needed to get into place, it felt overwhelming. Not only looking at the things that need to be done in the two weeks prior to leaving for Pyeongchang but even towards the end of March and having everything sorted out for that.” 

Fortunately, he has the full support of Athletics and Recreation to pursue this dream opportunity.

“They were very keen to support this experience,” he says. “The biggest sort of hurdle is that it is playoffs season for several Gaels teams. The question was how are we going to manage all that? So we sat down and came up with a schedule that was going to let me to go and still have the coverage and support that we have here.”

With all the groundwork complete, Mr. Sawchuk then traveled with the team to Buffalo where they faced off with their rivals from the United States in a Paralympics warmup. Finally, the magnitude of what lay ahead started to sink in. 

“I think when it really hit was when the Canadian Paralympic Committee officially announced the team and the staff (after the camp on Sunday, Feb. 11),” he says. “We woke up, had our gear fitting, got the gear that afternoon. That’s when it was ‘Wow, okay. This is happening in two weeks. I am hopping on a plane and flying to Korea.’”

At the Paralympics Mr. Sawchuk will be working to make sure the players are in game shape, helping them with any injuries or aches picked up in a physically-demanding sport. 

“The whole purpose of me being there is to support the players to allow them to take the last four years of work and preparation and be able to put it all out there and be on the ice and participate to the absolute best of their ability,” he says. “Yes, there are obviously things I want to achieve as well but in the end I’m going to Pyeongchang for those players who have been busting it for four years to make sure they live out their Olympic experience.”

This won’t be Mr. Sawchuk’s first international work. At the Winter Univesiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan, he was the athletic therapist for the Canadian men’s hockey team led by Queen’s Gaels head coach Brett Gibson and held the same position for the men’s volleyball team at the 2007 Universiade in Bangkok, Thailand.

Paralympic hockey starts on Friday, March 9. Canada is competing in Group A with Italy, Norway and Sweden.

Making undergraduate orientation more inclusive

The Undergraduate Orientation Review Working Group has submitted 20 recommendations to foster diversity and inclusivity.

Students meet during orientation week activities. (Photo by Garrett Elliott)
Students meet during orientation week activities. (Photo by Garrett Elliott)

After six months of consultations and discussions, the Undergraduate Orientation Review Working Group (UORWG) has submitted a number of recommendations designed to ensure Undergraduate Orientation Week is more welcoming and inclusive for all members of the Queen’s community.

“The university will be working to address these important recommendations over the coming year and a half, and I want to thank the working group for their efforts to make orientation week more inclusive,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf. “As an alumnus, I know the importance of both preserving our traditions and updating them to ensure future students are able to fully participate. Our campus is at its best when everyone is engaged, respected, and feels safe – and creating that environment starts with events like undergraduate orientation.”

The UORWG was formed in August 2017 in response to the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI) final report. The PICRDI report called on the university to make diversity training available to student leaders, and to examine the policy and content of Undergraduate Orientation Week from a diversity and inclusivity lens.

The Undergraduate Orientation Review Working Group, chaired by Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) Teri Shearer, was mandated to examine all aspects of Queen’s direct-entry undergraduate student orientation experience, including university orientation and the student society orientation activities. The 20 recommendations in this new report were created by a cross-university working group of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, who received input from the community through public consultations.

Orientation leaders warm up and prepare to welcome new students to campus for the first time. (Photo by Lars Hagberg)
Orientation leaders warm up and prepare to welcome new students to campus for the first time. (Photo by Lars Hagberg)

The recommendations, which have been submitted to the Principal, consider not only how student leaders are trained, but also how the university communicates about orientation, ensuring all events are inclusive and aligned with the goals of Undergraduate Orientation Week, and making tools available so students can report incidents of racism, discrimination, or accessibility barriers.

In responding to this report, the university and student societies will also look at how to make Undergraduate Orientation Week more affordable for students, clarify the related oversight and policies, review the content of various orientation chants and cheers, and ensure orientation prepares students to be respectful members of the broader Kingston community.

“We are pleased with the level of engagement and dialogue there has been around the review of Undergraduate Orientation,” says Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion). “These recommendations are aimed at strengthening the student transition experience by ensuring that it respects and reflects the diversity of the student population, is welcoming and accessible for all students, and fosters, for all members of the incoming class, a sense of belonging at Queen’s.”

The aim is to have a number of the recommendations completed in time for Fall Undergraduate Orientation 2019. To review the full list of recommendations and the final report, visit the Undergraduate Orientation Review Working Group’s website.

UCARE holds first public meeting

Much of the conversation at the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE) public meeting revolved around the university’s progress on two key reports.

What is UCARE?
● A council formed in September 2017 to promote and support the efforts of the university to foster a more diverse and inclusive campus community.
● UCARE comprises faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The group meets three times per year.
● Forming UCARE was a recommendation of the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI) final report.
● In February, Stephanie Simpson (Artsci’95, Ed’97, MEd’11) and Mona Rahman (Sc’93, PhD’01) were named UCARE’s first co-chairs.
● For more information on UCARE, visit the council’s webpage.

Dozens of community members gathered in Robert Sutherland Hall on Monday, March 5 to learn about Queen's University’s progress in promoting diversity and inclusivity on campus, to discuss new initiatives, and to identify priorities for the months ahead.

The University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE) meeting included updates on two diversity-related reports, an informational presentation on the Aboriginal Council of Queen’s University, and open discussion of the vision and mission for a new centre currently under consideration.

The council received a presentation from Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) about progress made in addressing the recommendations of the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI) final report, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) task force final report.

Her updates noted some significant success stories and new initiatives within the Queen’s community. Of note, Dr. Shearer called attention to the recent Ester Margaret Harrison Estate Gift which will support bursaries for Black, racialized, and first generation students – supports recommended in the PICRDI report. Dr. Shearer’s report also noted the support given to, and the success of, Black History Month at Queen’s, as well as a recent ‘open office hour’ discussion event she held in Ban Righ Hall.

On the subject of reconciliation efforts, Dr. Shearer announced that an implementation group was being formed to help ensure that the TRC task force final report recommendations were fulfilled. She also reported on the work that was underway to renovate Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, and efforts by the Faculty of Arts and Science to find other Indigenous student space on campus.

Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) provides an update on the university’s progress on two key diversity reports. (University Communications)
Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) provides an update on the university’s progress on two key diversity reports. (University Communications)

In a verbal update, Dr. Shearer mentioned that the final report from the Undergraduate Orientation Review Working Group was recently delivered to Principal Daniel Woolf. This report, which makes several recommendations aimed at making undergraduate orientation week more inclusive, will be shared publicly with the Queen’s community in the near future.

In response to this update, a question was raised around further inclusivity training for orientation leaders as well as staff and faculty. Dr. Shearer, along with Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean (Student Affairs), mentioned training that is being co-developed by the Equity and Human Rights Offices and Student Affairs. It will be delivered to this year’s orientation leaders.

Dr. Shearer also noted that the university has been briefing the Board of Trustees on key diversity metrics related to students, faculty, and staff, and these numbers will inform the creation of the university’s next strategic framework.

Lastly, she announced the creation of an Inclusive Community newsletter. This new resource will be used to share stories, and help demonstrate how Queen’s is meeting its diversity commitments. The newsletter will also promote related events, and increase communication around diversity and inclusivity on campus.

Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) provides an update on the university’s progress on two key diversity reports. (University Communications)
Council Co-Chairs Stephanie Simpson and Mona Rahman lead the discussion at the UCARE meeting. (University Communications)

The bulk of the meeting was spent discussing the proposed Alfie Pierce Centre for Racial Equity and Social Justice, a new centre that was mentioned in the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI) final report.

Dr. Shearer has been working to identify space for this centre on campus and conduct consultations with the community. A university-owned and currently unoccupied house on Albert Street has been identified as a possible location. The house is currently undergoing a feasibility study to assess how it could best be adapted into the Alfie Pierce Centre.

The discussion was opened to members of the public, and it began with lively discussions about the proposed name and location. The deputy provost noted the Alfie Pierce name is not final and there are still more discussions to come on the centre and its overall vision.

The students present stressed the need for a space for racialized students, and expressed their hope to see progress on the centre in time for the fall.

The next UCARE meeting, an internal planning meeting, will be held in April.

Investing in innovative ideas

Teams of Queen’s and St. Lawrence College students will be receiving internships and other supports to implement their city-building ideas.

Mayor Bryan Paterson (MA’01, PhD’07) poses with Gurraj Ahluwalia, Nick Kuhl, Anna Geladi, and Mac Fitzgerald, members of a winning team from the Master of Planning program. The team pitched a winter cycling network that includes a pilot project for a two-way bike lane along Johnson Street. (Supplied Photo)
Mayor Bryan Paterson (MA’01, PhD’07) poses with Gurraj Ahluwalia, Nick Kuhl, Anna Geladi, and Mac Fitzgerald, members of a winning team from the Master of Planning program. The team pitched a winter cycling network that includes a pilot project for a two-way bike lane along Johnson Street. (Supplied Photo)

The City of Kingston will be investing in projects to potentially make it easier to get around town, and make it easier to find out what’s going on.

On Friday, the winners of the first Mayor’s Innovation Challenge were announced. This new competition was designed to garner innovative ideas which could address local challenges. Postsecondary students from across Kingston were invited to submit proposals and pitch before a panel of judges for the chance to win support for their ideas.  

“We saw wonderfully creative and innovative ideas come forward through this inaugural Mayor’s Innovation Challenge and I am looking forward to seeing the winning ideas come to life through the internships awarded,” says Mayor Bryan Paterson (MA’01, PhD’07). “We have so much talent in our community and I am proud this challenge has allowed us to showcase and harness this talent to address challenges we face while supporting and launching the careers of youth in Kingston.” 

A team of four Master of Planning students took away the top prize through their proposal for a pilot project to develop a multi-seasonal cycling network. The student team, including Anna Geladi, Nick Kuhl, Mac Fitzgerald and Gurraj Ahluwalia, will receive internships with the City, a $10,000 budget and support from City staff to help implement their project.

“The four of us came together to take on the Mayor’s Challenge because of our shared passion for active transportation,” says Mr. Fitzgerald. “It is both exciting and validating to have won the competition, knowing how much work we put into our proposal and that our ideas resonated with the judges and the City. We are all looking forward to seeing some of our suggestions come to fruition this summer and eager to become even more involved with active transportation planning in Kingston through our internship.”

Two proposals, each focused on enhancing local attractions and learning opportunities for youth through event applications, tied to win the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) internship sponsored by the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC). During the pitches, it became clear that there were strong synergies and complementary strengths between the two groups, and the judging panel encouraged them to merge and join the QICSI program as a team of four.

These teams, consisting of Queen’s students Skyler McArthur-O’Blenes (Artsci’19) and William Medeiros (Sc’18) and St. Lawrence College students Mark Mathieu and Brandon Crausen, will receive $7,000 stipends per team member for the summer and $4,000 in seed capital for their ideas.

“I'm incredibly excited to have the opportunity and the resources to realize an idea that just a few months ago was nothing more than brainstorming over paper plates of pad thai,” says Mr. Medeiros. “I'm incredibly appreciative to the judges for recognizing the synergy between the original teams and proposing a merger. I think we'll do great work together.”

James McLellan, Academic Director for the DDQIC, was one of the judges and says there was a palpable dynamic of excitement and sense of purpose in council chambers during the pitches.

“I’m very pleased and excited to be working with the City of Kingston on these social innovation projects,” says James McLellan, Academic Director for the DDQIC. “As a “townie” myself, I am impressed and grateful for the commitment that Mayor Patterson has shown to advancing innovation and entrepreneurship in the Kingston region, and I’m excited to see the close collaboration with the City of Kingston growing.”

The Mayor’s Innovation Challenge was made possible through partnership and collaboration with Bell Canada, Queen’s Centre for Advanced Computing, the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre, the Queen’s Centre for Social Impact, Royal Military College, and St. Lawrence College.

Widening the margins of public policy

The Policy Speakers Series featured Marlene Brant Castellano on her experiences advocating for the rights of Indigenous peoples.

Marlene Brant Castellano shares her experience advocating for the rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada with the Queen's community.
Marlene Brant Castellano is the co-chair of the Queen’s Aboriginal Council and a well-respected scholar who provided leadership in the emergence of Indigenous Studies as an academic discipline. (Photo: University Communications)

The latest Policy Speakers Series lecture focused on an important conversation for Canada: How do servants of the public good listen to and account for the marginalized in society?

Marlene Brant Castellano, Professor Emerita and former Chair of Indigenous Studies at Trent University, delivered a lecture that highlighted her experience with the long history of institutional suppression of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, and the role that universities can play in bringing marginalized voices to the forefront of public policy.

“How do we reach out across an apparent cultural divide? How do we learn to trust those who would wish to be allies?” asks Dr. Castellano at the beginning of her lecture. “The visceral responses to threat is fight or flight, but there is also a third possibility: strategic engagement.”

Dr. Castellano is the co-chair of the Queen’s Aboriginal Council and a well-respected scholar who provided leadership in the emergence of Indigenous Studies as an academic discipline. As Co-Director of Research with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) from 1992 to 1996, she laid the groundwork for ethical research of Indigenous people. The overarching mandate of RCAP was to investigate the relationship of Indigenous peoples, the Canadian government, and Canadian society as a whole, and to propose specific solutions to problems faced by Indigenous communities.

“The principals of a renewed relationship, articulated in the final volume of RCAP, were very deliberately framed to connect with values espoused by Aboriginal peoples, and by Canadians: mutual recognition, mutual respect, sharing, and mutual responsibility,” says Dr. Castellano. “The RCAP body of work was a beautiful example of carefully researched, thoughtfully argued, values-sensitive advocacy for acknowledging the presence and dignity of Aboriginal peoples in the Canadian federation.”

But for nearly 20 years, the RCAP report was largely inaccessible due to poor archival practices, expensive digital copy charges, and a lack of interest by the then Minister of Indian Affairs to share the report findings. Recently, the enormous information legacy that RCAP had sought to preserve came back to public view with a new life by Library and Archives Canada, following the release of the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. It is now considered the first resource to build on to create a policy framework to recognize and implement Indigenous rights.

Dr. Castellano and Emma Esselink, the Masters of Public Administration student host for the event, delve deeper into the topic with a Q&A after the lecture.
Dr. Castellano and Emma Esselink, the Master of Public Administration student host for the event, delve deeper into the topic with a Q&A after the lecture. (Photo: University Communications)

“For the past 50 years, my work has been advocacy – giving voice on issues in forums where Indigenous peoples have no audible voice,” says Dr. Castellano. “My great reward is having strangers approach me with thanks for what I’ve written and spoken about, saying that they knew it, but couldn’t speak on it as I did. Having knowledge is a sacred gift. Sharing it is a sacred responsibility. When truth is uncovered and given breath, carried by your wind spirit, it touches and transforms peoples’ agency – the capacity to make things happen in their own lives and environment.”

The winter lecture series continues until the end of March. The next lecture is ‘Considering Canada’s Renewed Relationship With Indigenous Peoples Through the Rights-based Lens of Inuit Self-determination’ on Tuesday, March 6, presented by Natan Obed, President of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, as part of the 2018 Tom Courchene Distinguished Speaker Series.

For more information about the rest of the winter term lineup, see the Policy Speakers Series website.

Deputy Provost launches inclusivity newsletter

Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) Teri Shearer is launching a monthly email newsletter in support of an inclusive living and learning environment at Queen’s. 

Want to be in the know about major announcements, events, and activities related to diversity and inclusivity at Queen’s? Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion) Teri Shearer is launching a monthly email newsletter in support of an inclusive living and learning environment at Queen’s. 

In March's debut issue, get caught up on:

To subscribe to this new resource, please email phillip.gaudreau@queensu.ca

New electric vehicle charging stations will support sustainability at Queen’s

Over 60 electric vehicle charging stations are coming to main campus and the Isabel thanks to generous donations and partnerships.

An expansive installation of electric vehicle charging stations will be available for students, staff, and faculty on main campus and at the Isabel this summer to support sustainable transportation.

Over 60 new electric vehicle charging stations will be deployed across campus. This deployment builds on the two existing electric vehicle charging stations located in front of the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. (Photo: Physical Plant Services)
Over 60 new electric vehicle charging stations will be deployed across campus. This deployment builds on the two existing electric vehicle charging stations located in front of the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. (Photo: Physical Plant Services) 

Once complete, there will be 64 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations in total on campus. The current project will provide 62 EV charging stations and was developed and funded via the Tesla Destination Charging Program.

There are two existing charging stations in front of the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies building that were made possible by funding through philanthropic donations by Fraser Horn (Sci’89) and Hospitality Services on behalf of Coca-Cola.

The 62 new EV charging stations will be deployed across seven locations on main campus and the Isabel and will have charging options available for all makes and models of vehicles. Currently, using the new charging stations will not cost permit holders an additional fee.

“Greenhouse gas reduction is a priority for Queen’s, and providing electric vehicle charging stations across campus will help pave the way for more sustainable transportation options within our community. We are grateful to the Tesla Destination Charging Program which has enabled this project to support sustainability at Queen’s,” says Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration).

The installation of the charging stations at both surface-level and underground parking spots will begin at the end of February. Construction will last roughly four months.

“With this infrastructure in place, Queen’s can accommodate electric vehicles on campus by providing drivers with the chance to charge their vehicles at work or when visiting,” says Donna Stover, Parking Manager with Physical Plant Services.

Charging stations in the underground parking garages are available to underground parking pass holders, and surface charging stations will be available to permit and day pass holders. Email to parking permit holders will provide more detail and updates on the project, and additional signage will be posted at charging station locations to indicate the type of vehicles that can use the parking spots.

You can find the locations of installed charging stations on the Queen’s Sustainability Map and keep up with the electric vehicle charging station initiative and other sustainable transportation methods on the Queen’s Sustainability portal.


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