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    AVAILABLE EXPERTS – Commenting on the 2015 holiday season (Part one in a series)

    Tuesday, December 15, 2015

    This week, a number of Queen's University experts will be available to comment on topics relating to the holiday season. Topics will cover a wide range of topics, including resolutions, gift giving, and maintaining emotional and physical health during the holidays.

    Today, two Queen's University experts are available to comment on holiday technology trends and challenges faced by separated families during the holidays.

    Keith McWhirter (Associate Director, Information Technology Services) is able to comment on holiday technology trends for 2015.

    “Mobile is still the key driver of innovation,” says Mr. McWhirter. “Touchscreen laptops, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro are  growing in popularity with their ability to replace laptops and even some people’s desktops.”

    Nick Bala (Law) is available to comment on issues associated with custody, access and parenting arrangements at this time of year. With the holiday season approaching lawyers, mediators, counselors and judges see a flood of separating and divorced parents attempting to settle a range of issues related to parenting over the holidays.

    According to Professor Bala, the parents in front of a judge are often those who have the most difficulty cooperating; questions may be asked whether they are thinking more about their children or themselves? What steps should separated parents take to deal with issues around the holidays, to increase their children's happiness and reduce stress on themselves?   Children’s often wish most for peace between their parents; are their voices being heard?  In some cases, domestic violence may be a concern; are children being adequately protected?

    To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Chris Armes (613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or chris.armes@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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