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A call to end corporal punishment

Community forum creates document calling for an end to physical punishment by parents.

A new Christian Theological Statement issued last Friday calls on the federal government to repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

The statement was written and issued by a group of scholars, policy makers, Christian church leaders and general public who recently met at Queen’s University in support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Call to Action #6 in regards to physical punishment by parents to correct a child’s behavior.

"Children's health painting"Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada provides a legal defense for the use of physical punishment by parents and people standing in the place of parents.

“Because the TRC’s Call to Action #6 is to repeal the law that allows for the corporal punishment of children, I thought that maybe if we got Indigenous leaders, public health researchers, church leaders, Christian theologians and other stakeholders in the same room, we could address this in a multidimensional way, which would be more powerful than working on it on our own,” says co-organizer Valerie Michaelson (Public Health Sciences and School of Religion). “What happened was remarkable, and every participant embraced the urgency of responding to this call to action. This is by far the most important project I’ve ever been involved in.”

William Morrow (School of Religion) addressed the concern of some Christian groups who see repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code as one that compromises their interpretation of the Bible.

“The history of scriptural interpretation shows that even quite conservative communities have the means for moving past the literal implications of certain biblical passages when the circumstances warrant,” says Dr. Morrow. “The major issue is to convince them of the sizeable dangers that accompany the corporal punishment of children, no matter how mild.”

The result of this was the gathering last week and the creation of the statement which include six recommendations:

  1. We call upon Christian churches to petition our government to ensure the full protection of children, including the repeal of section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada.
  2. We call upon Christian churches to recognize the deep societal wounds that remain as a result of colonialism, and to actively address the on-going, disproportionate physical, spiritual and emotional harm experienced by Indigenous children and youth.
  3. We call upon Christian churches to increase awareness in our communities of the impact of violence, including physical punishment, in homes, families, institutions and communities.
  4. We call upon all Christian churches to endorse the Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth.
  5. We call upon all leaders and educators in Christian communities to be active in the protection of children.
  6. We call upon all Christians to work together in continuing to develop healthy, effective and non-violent approaches to discipline in raising children and youth.

“This statement is a major moment for the churches,” says Right Reverend Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Bishop, Anglican Church of Canada. “Advocating reconciliation and child protection, the statement makes a progressive and positive contribution to both.  In that, it is prophetic and urgent.”

The statement also acknowledged the damage caused to First Nations, Inuit and Metis children by residential schools.

“Corporal punishment was a primary means of control and source of suffering in the Indian Residential Schools,” says Joan Durrant (University of Manitoba). “It was used to silence children, destroy their languages, and enforce their submission to many indignities and acts of violence.  At this forum, a group of Christian leaders, theologians, and other members of Christian communities responded to the TRC’s Call to Action #6 by proclaiming their support for the repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code.”

For more information or to read the paper, visit the website.

Women's cross country team captures OUA title

"Women's cross country team holds up OUA banner"
The Queen's Gaels women's cross country team won the OUA championship in Windsor on Saturday, earning the team their first banner in 13 years. (Supplied photo)

A quick roundup of Queen's Gaels teama and athletes competing over the weekend:


The No. 1 Queen's Gaels women’s cross country team took the OUA championship in Windsor on Saturday, led by a gold medal performance from Branna MacDougall.

The men’s team also put in a strong performance, claiming the bronze medal.

The Gaels dethroned the 13-time reigning champion Guelph Gryphons, finishing with 37 points, 25 points ahead of the silver medalist Toronto Varsity Blues (62). The Gryphons earned the bronze medal with 79 points.  

Second-year runner Branna MacDougall finished first overall in the women's 8km race, becoming the second consecutive Gael to earn OUA MVP honours after Claire Sumner won the title in 2016. MacDougall crossed the finish line in a time of 27:19.5.

Close behind MacDougall were fellow first-team All-Stars Amy Stephenson in fourth in 27:43.3 and Claire Sumner in fifth  in 27:46.1. Molly Steer was named a second-team All-Star finishing 10th in a time of 28:35.2 and Taylor Sills rounded out the Queen's scorers in 17th in a time of 29:16.9.

The Gaels men earned the bronze medal with 85 points behind Guelph (41) and McMaster (50). Eric Wynands finished fourth in a time of 30:45.3 taking first-team All-Star honours while teammate Mark Schmidt took the final second-team All-Star spot finishing 14th in a time of 31:06.4.


The Queen's Gaels lost a nail-biting OUA quarterfinal matchup 12-9 to the No. 6 McMaster Marauders on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Hamilton, bringing their season to an end.

Struggling with the tough conditions, both teams struggled early on offence.

Eventually, the Marauders put the game’s first points on the board as Dan Petermann hauled in a 24-yard pass from Jackson White to make it 7-0 for the home side.

The Marauders used the run game to control the clock and keep the field position in their favour throughout the first half. McMaster running back Jordan Lyons rushed 39 times for 319 yards in the game to set a career-high mark.

After a field goal and a Queen's safety, McMaster went into the half ahead of Queen's 12-0.

Queen's picked up their pace in the second half starting on the opening possession. Quarterback Nate Hobbs found Matteo Del Brocco and Jake Puskus rushed for a big gain putting the Gaels in field goal position. Nick Liberatore connected from 27 yards to put Queen's on the board.

The defence kept Queen's in it as they continued to make big plays. With McMaster pushing for more points, Jason Shamatutu snagged an interception in the Gaels endzone to keep the Marauders from extending their lead.

Late in the third quarter after a Marauder fumble on a punt return, the Gaels were able to tack on another three as Liberatore hit from 30-yards out.

After a 33-yard reception by Chris Osei-Kusi to end the third quarter, the Gaels set up another Liberatore field goal, this time from 33-yards out to get within three.

Each team traded missed field goals, but the Gaels controlled the possession game in the final frame.

Queen's was able to get to the McMaster 39-yard line after Osei-Kusi picked up a big first down on a third and five with an 11-yard reception.

On the next play, a Hobbs pass was intercepted by the Marauders and brought to mid-field.

Queen's had one final shot on a Hail Mary attempt, but it was incomplete, and the Marauders held on for the win.


The Queen's Gaels defeated the No. 10 Ottawa Gee-Gees 5-4 in penalty kicks in their quarterfinal playoff match Saturday at Richardson Stadium. 

The teams ended regulation and two overtime halves tied 1-1, pushing the match to penalties.

The Gee-Gees were first on the board after 22 minutes with a free kick just outside the 18-yard box.

However the Gaels struck back in the 39th minute as Laura Callender found the back of the net from a similar distance.

Queen’s kept up the pressure throughout the second half but were unable to find the breakthrough.

In the shoot-out the Gaels were perfect with Callender, Kyra Steer, Jamie Foot, Taylor Green and Jenny Wolever converting before the final Ottawa kicker put her shot over the bar.

The Gaels now advance to the OUA Final Four along with Western, Guelph and UOIT.


The Queen's Gaels (4-0-0-1) held on to take a 3-1 decision over the No. 7 Guelph Gryphons (1-0-3-0) on Saturday.

 Stephanie Pascal was outstanding in net for the Gaels, picking up 29 saves in the victory while Addi Halladay scored an empty netter with 12 seconds remaining to seal the deal.

The Gaels opened the scoring early as Katrina Manoukarakis potted her OUA leading fourth goal of the season. Micaela Smith scored her first goal of the season to extend the Gaels lead to 2-0 later in the first.

On Sunday, the Gaels defeated the York Lions (0-0-4-1) by a score of 4-1. Bryce Desa led the way with her first two goals of the season, with others going to Addi Halladay and Jessica Wakefield.


The Queen's Gaels (3-0-3) lost both of their games in overtime on the weekend at home.

On Saturday the Gaels lost 4-3 to the Concordia Stingers (4-1-1). Ryan Bloom opened the scoring for Queen’s and Slater Doggett added a pair of goals.

On Friday the Gaels fell 3-2 in overtime to the No. 5 ranked McGill Redmen (6-1-0). Jaden Lindo and Darcy Greenaway scored for Queen’s.


The Queen's Gaels (1-0) women's basketball team opened their season on Friday at the ARC, taking down Lakehead (0-1) 77-61.

Coming into the season with a lot of momentum after a successful 2016-17 campaign, the Gaels team hope to replicate the success of last year, where they went undefeated in the regular season and finished fourth in the USPORTS championship.

After a slow start the Gaels gained momentum and finished the opening quarter trialing 19-18. But the Gaels heated up in the second to finish the half 48-33.

Queen’s kept the lead the rest of the way with Marianne leading the way with 21 points and Andrea Priamo adding 15, with nine rebounds.


The Queen's Gaels (1-0) opened their season beating the Lakehead Thunderwolves (0-1) 95-68 at the ARC on Friday.

The home side started off hot with St. Lawrence College transfer Jaz Bains opening the scoring with a pull-up three-pointer. The Gaels ended the quarter with a 26-13 lead.

The Gaels kept up the pressure and entered the final quarter leading 68-47. Bains led the scoring with 18 points, along with eight assists and eight rebounds. Tanner Graham and Mike Shoveller added 16 points each.

Spooky stories from a 500-year old castle

  • One of the first documented stories claiming that the castle was haunted, from a Utah newspaper in 1930. The castle's new American owners reportedly "scoffed at ghosts" and "adored haunted rooms". (Supplied Photo)
    One of the first documented stories claiming that the castle was haunted, from a Utah newspaper in 1930. The castle's new American owners reportedly "scoffed at ghosts" and "adored haunted rooms". (Supplied Photo)
  • This ghost-spotter begins their letter with, "Dear Doug, This is not a joke!" Students, faculty, and staff documented their encounters with ghosts for Doug Littlejohn through the 90s and early 2000s. (University Communications)
    This ghost-spotter begins their letter with, "Dear Doug, This is not a joke!" Students, faculty, and staff documented their encounters with ghosts for Doug Littlejohn through the 90s and early 2000s. (University Communications)
  • A mysterious lady figure in black, seen on the right. "Everyone at the wedding is adamant she was not there, and not one of the guests" says BISC Librarian Sarah Butler. (Supplied Photo)
    A mysterious lady figure in black, seen on the right. "Everyone at the wedding is adamant she was not there, and not one of the guests" says BISC Librarian Sarah Butler. (Supplied Photo)
  • Ten-year old Anne Cynthia Kneale saw what she thought was her mother. After realizing the woman she saw was not her mother, she penned this note and created a sketch of what she saw. (Supplied Photo)
    Ten-year old Anne Cynthia Kneale saw what she thought was her mother. After realizing the woman she saw was not her mother, she penned this note and created a sketch of what she saw. (Supplied Photo)
  • This photo, snapped by an early morning cleaner, raises the question...who or what is that by the piano on the stairs? (Supplied Photo)
    This photo, snapped by an early morning cleaner, raises the question...who or what is that by the piano on the stairs? (Supplied Photo)

Items have moved without explanation.

There have been mysterious sightings of people who then vanish without a trace.

Students, faculty, and staff have reported hoofbeats, drums playing, calls for help, and even singing – sometimes in French.

Is Herstmonceux Castle haunted? It’s a question that has surfaced now and again, particularly around this time of year.

“I have seen and felt things in certain part of the castle so, yes, I do believe the BISC to be haunted,” says Andy Dalli, who has worked at the BISC as a security officer for the past 16 years and has captured a few ghostly figures on his digital camera. “I think I am lucky to work here and I believe the spirits are silent allies in my job.”

The castle was donated to Queen’s in the 1990s by the Bader family, and it was around this time that Doug Littlejohn, a former tour operator at the castle, began collecting ghost stories. He asked residents and visitors to write out their spooky encounters on pieces of paper which he saved in the castle’s archives. Though Mr. Littlejohn has since passed on, and stories are no longer being formally collected, the legends persist.

By his count, five ghosts call the castle home: Grace Naylor, known as the Grey Lady, who was the daughter of an 18th century owner of the castle and passed away on site; Bethia Hare, also the daughter of an 18th century owner, who has been seen in a long white dress leading a deer on a leash; Roger de Tournay, a 13th century soldier who rides a ghostly horse around campus; Thomas Fiennes, who was hung in 1541 in a nearby town; and a boy known only as “The Headless Drummer”. Other sightings have included a horse and a blonde rider, a clergyman, a woodcutter, a woman wearing a long dress with a bonnet and occasionally appearing with a baby, and a woman who hangs around the driveway. Reports of the castle being haunted go back to at least the 18th century.

While the sightings are harder to explain, the ‘ghost sounds’ may not be. Shelley Katz, a Musician in Residence at the BISC, believes the ‘sad, moaning voices’ coming from the ballroom on dark and stormy nights may actually be caused by the building itself. “The ballroom is constructed in an unusual fashion that has some particularly resonant low frequencies,” Dr. Katz says. “If the room has no chairs at all, and if one is standing in a particular location, a stamp in the room will resonate and ring like a bell. On dark stormy nights, if some of the windows are left open, the wind blowing past the windows will ‘play' the room like a flute, producing wailing and moaning sounds, at very low frequencies.”

Minor pranks, frights, and inconveniences aside, over the years it seems that the ghosts and the regularly changing inhabitants of the castle have learned to co-exist.

“In seminar six, I would unlock it, go out and get the cleaning things, and go back, and by the time I got back it would be locked again…the only way I could get in was to knock on the door and say “Come on Grace, I have to get in!”,” reported Aideene, one of the hospitality staff, of a shift in 1996. “I have never had any trouble after that.”

Most at the BISC aren’t bothered by the long-standing myths – and the stories can even be a source of amusement. “On one occasion, I took my students to the crypt where they read aloud passages of the novel The Castle of Otranto,” recalls Professor Peter Lowe, who teaches English and who, along with Professor Shannon Smith, devised the crypt visit for students in ENGL100. “During the reading, there was a distinct knocking from the coffin located in the crypt which spooked faculty and students alike. It turned out to be the Operations Director Sandy Montgomery who had used the occasion to play his own trick on the students by lying in the coffin and knocking repeatedly upon it. To say it added atmosphere to the experience would be an understatement.”

The Bader International Study Centre, located at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England, offers a dynamic educational experience, combining a historic campus centered around a 15th-century castle with small class sizes and Queen’s world-class faculty and programs. The BISC was founded in 1993 thanks to a generous donation by Queen’s alumni Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader. Learn more about the BISC at www.queensu.ca/bisc

Queen’s United Way campaign tops $200,000

The Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee has set a fundraising goal of $320,000 for this year’s campaign in support of United Way of Kingston, Frontenac Lennox and Addington.

United Way ThermometerTo date, the campaign has reached $203,419, or 63.6 per cent of its goal.

Queen’s community members can back the United Way through payroll deduction, a one-time gift, credit card, cheque or cash. To make a donation online through the United Way’s ePledge system, simply go to queensu.ca/unitedway. Please note that if you donated last year and selected the auto-renewal action, no further action is required unless you would like to change your donation. 

More information on the campaign and the role of the Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee is available in this Gazette article.

Queen’s Industrial Relations Centre celebrating 80 years

Queen's University Industrial Relations Centre (IRC) is celebrating 80 years of offering transformative professional programs.

The IRC currently offers one- to five-day professional development programs in the area of labour relations, human resources and organizational development.

"Stephanie Noel leads the celebration of the Industrial Relations Centre's 80th birthday"
Stephanie Noel, Business Development Manager, and her colleagues at the Industrial Relations Centre (IRC), recently celebrated the centre's 80th birthday. (Supplied photo)

“The IRC has a long history of presenting well-respected and well-attended programs and conferences to help people retrain and upgrade their knowledge and skills to adapt to the changing world of work,” says Stephanie Noel, Business Development Manager at the IRC.

Queen's University introduced the study of Industrial Relations on Oct. 12, 1937, when the university formed the Industrial Relations Section. It was the first department of its kind in the country, a true pioneer. In the ensuing years, Queen's professors, researchers, students and staff contributed more to the understanding and development of industrial relations in Canada than any other institution.

In 1960, the Queen’s Industrial Relations Section was renamed the IRC.  The IRC went on to spur the creation of the School of Industrial Relations, and two academic programs, a Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) and a Professional Master of Industrial Relations (PMIR), which now run separately from the IRC.

Through the years, the IRC helped shape public policy through its research and publications program, which informed debate on key issues and surveyed developments and trends in the industrial relations field.

Queen’s IRC is a leading provider of premium professional development programs in labour relations, human resources and organization development.

“Our programs are designed for busy practitioners, delivered by subject matter experts, and grounded in adult learning principles,” says Ms. Noel. “Courses offer a mix of lecture and hands-on opportunities to practice new skills, and include tools, templates, strategies, case studies and simulations.”

For further information, please visit the website.

Faculty invited to confirm participation in fall convocation

Queen’s faculty members have until Tuesday, Nov. 7 to reserve regalia to participate in the academic processions during this fall’s convocation ceremonies.

“The significance of convocation cannot be overstated,” says Brent Cameron, Convocation and Communications Administrator, Office of the University Registrar. “It is an opportunity to honour all the hard work, dedication and sacrifice over the years that has led to this achievement. For so many, this has been a goal that predates their time with us. The presence of those who helped our graduates get to this moment only adds to its significance.”

Fall convocation includes six ceremonies held from Tuesday, Nov. 14 to Thursday, Nov. 16. Faculty members who are Queen's graduates can confirm their participation in one or more of the academic processions and reserve regalia by filling out an online form. Members of the academic procession who are not Queen’s graduates must make their own arrangements for hoods; however, they may reserve a black gown and confirm their participation online.

Faculty members can pick up their regalia 30 minutes prior to each ceremony in Room 209, Kingston Hall. Those not requiring regalia can still confirm their attendance in the period leading up to the ceremonies after the Nov. 7 deadline for booking regalia.

For more information about convocation, including the department and faculty breakdown for the six ceremonies, visit the University Registrar website.

For more information, or if there is difficulty submitting the form, please contact Mr. Cameron by email or call ext. 74050.

Queen’s Reads explores Canadian identity

With more than 4,000 free copies of this year’s Queen’s Reads book, The Break, distributed to students, and discussion groups underway, the university’s common reading program is preparing to hold its first campus-wide event: a panel on what it means to be Canadian.

The campus community is invited to gather on Wednesday, Nov.  8 at 6:30 pm in Wallace Hall in the John Deutsch University Centre to ask questions and hear from students, staff and faculty members from a breadth of faculties and schools, as they talk about being Canadian in light of Canada 150.

The panelists are:

  • Lee Airton (Professor, Education)
  • Thomas Dymond (Med’20)
  • Audrey Kobayashi (Professor, Geography and Planning)
  • Robert Lovelace (Professor, Global Development Studies)
  • Barrington Walker (Professor, History)
  • Lauren Winkler (ArtSci’17, JD’20)

“We are so fortunate to have such a distinguished group of Queen’s community members participating in Queen’s Reads,” says Kevin Collins, Coordinator, Student Development in the Student Experience Office. “The panel will share their diverse perspectives on what it means to be a Canadian, to discuss intersectionality in relation to identity, and to investigate why Canada 150 celebrations can be problematic and how we can work together to better incorporate reconciliation into our daily lives.”

The Break, by Winnipeg author Katherena Vermette, tells an intergenerational story of a Metis family as they navigate the effects of trauma. It was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, shortlisted for CBC’s Canada Reads 2017, and is the recipient of the 2017 Amazon First Novel award. 

Free copies of the novel will be available for all Queen’s students at the panel event. Everyone is encouraged to attend, even if you haven’t read the book.

This term’s discussion groups, which focus on the first half of the book and include a bookmark-making activity are being held on Monday, Nov. 13, Wednesday, Nov. 22 and Tuesday, Dec. 5.  Registration is available online.

Learn more about Queen’s Reads and all of the program activities planned this term and throughout academic year, including a campus visit by Ms. Vermette in March.

The Break explores important messages related to identity, diversity, Indigenous culture, intergenerational trauma, sexual violence and resilience. If support is needed at any time to help readers navigate these topics, there are resources available for students, as well as for faculty and staff.

Advisory Selection Committee for the next Vice-Principal (Advancement)

Principal Daniel Woolf has convened, and will chair, a committee to advise him on the appointment of a new Vice-Principal (Advancement). Tom Harris’ term will end on June 30, 2018.

The committee members are:

  • Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor (Chair)
  • Sue Bates, QUAA President
  • Janet Dancey, Professor, Department of Oncology
  • Kevin Deluzio, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Marcia Finlayson, Professor and Vice-Dean, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Michael Fraser, Vice-Principal (University Relations)
  • Liz Gorman, Associate Director, Alumni and Student Engagement
  • Adam Grotsky, SGPS President
  • Jeannette Hepburn, Executive Director, Development & Alumni Relations
  • Jennifer Li, AMS President
  • Rebecca Luce-Kapler, Dean, Faculty of Education
  • Kathleen Macmillan, Trustee Emerita
  • Patty McHenry, Principal Gifts Officer, Office of Advancement
  • Stephanie Simpson, Director, Human Rights Office (equity representative)
  • Dan Tisch, Board of Trustees
  • Rosie LaLande, Executive Assistant, Office of the Principal (Recording Secretary)

Time to Thrive

Events are being held around campus throughout Thrive Week to remind the Queen's community about the importance of self-care.

Thrive Week hot chocolate
On Monday, Oct. 30, Human Resources staff will once again be handing out hot chocolate and apples at the intersection of University Avenue and Union Street to help kick off Thrive Week (Oct. 30 to Nov. 3). (University Communications)

Stress is pretty much unavoidable but how you handle it can make all the difference.

To help guide the Queen’s community along a healthy path, Human Resources (HR) is offering a week of wellness to remind staff, faculty, and students about the importance of self-care.

Thrive Week logoThrive Week, which takes place Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, will feature a number of events that focus on building positive mental health among members of the Queen’s community. The organizers draw on a number of resources from both Queen’s and the Kingston community to offer programming.

Thrive Week is about reaching out to all of the members of the Queen’s community and getting them to think more about the skills and resources they require to ‘thrive’ throughout the year.  

Thrive focuses on offering a variety of key events each day that align with the Thrive pillars: nutrition, physical fitness, sleep, stress, and stigma. The goal of this initiative is to increase education and communication on the topic of positive mental health and what it means to the Queen’s Community.

Some events that will be featured include:

  • Kick-off Event– Free hot chocolate and apples
  • ‘Take a Paws’ with the Therapy Dogs of Canada
  • Haunted Walk of Kingston
  • Free Massages

Following the kick-off event (Oct. 30, 8-10 am), where free hot chocolate and apples will be handed out at the corner of University Avenue and Union Street, there is a wide range of events including, yoga, colouring workshops, healthy sleep habits and more.

Visit the Thrive website for a full list of events. You can also like Thrive Week on Facebook.

Oct. 31 meeting of Senate to be held on West Campus

Queen’s University would like to remind senators, observers, visitors and guests that the Tuesday, Oct. 31 meeting of Senate will be held at West Campus, Duncan McArthur Hall, Room 342. 

The meeting will begin at the usual time, 3:30 p.m.


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