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Stocking up – on food, and student life

At Bearance’s grocery store, shoppers and staff are in the perfect spot to observe Queen's interactions.

Michael Greenwood seems to get a kick out of the glimpses he gets into the lives of students at Queen’s. As owner of Bearance’s, a grocery store nestled conveniently between west and main campuses, he is at the perfect vantage point for observing university life.

“It can be quite hilarious, students running into their professors in the store. Their principal (Daniel Woolf) shops here. They love to chat him up,” says Mr. Greenwood, who’s owned the store for 28 years.

Owner Michael Greenwood poses with an old photo of himself and the Bearance brothers when they passed over ownership of the store.

Asked if there’s any one student shopper that stands out for him, he says he remembers an international student, from Taiwan, who came in frequently to buy meat from the custom butcher shop.

“He was a master’s student, I think, and always wore a suit. He was so happy to discover Bearance’s – he was a foodie, a fellow of means, too,” says Mr. Greenwood, smiling. “He’d come in, knowing exactly what he wanted. And he was very polite. Our female employees always wanted to visit with him.”

A community hub, Bearance’s has been pleasing both the foodie and non-foodie crowds in the neighbourhood for almost 100 years. Before Mr. Greenwood bought the store, which was established in 1918, it was owned by the Bearance family – first by Elwood Bearance, and later by his sons Ron and Elmer. Prior to the Bearances’ ownership, the store was called Bannister’s, opened in 1890.

There are several reminders of Bearance’s long history in the store. A receipt from 1938 hangs framed on a wall near the produce section, and photos of Mr. Greenwood with the Bearance brothers are visible behind one of the cash counters. Mr. Greenwood is also keen to point out a hole (now covered) in the back of the store, where big blocks of ice from Lake Ontario were once inserted to keep the meat in the butcher shop cold.

“In the early 1900s, there used to be an ice hut around the counter – blocks of ice were stored there year-round, covered in straw in the warmer months, and delivered to the store,” explains Mr. Greenwood.

An old receipt details transactions at Bearance's in 1938.

While modern technology has meant many changes in the store since then, Mr. Greenwood still tries to keep with the store’s traditional values of good food and good service. He strives to offer as many local products as possible, along with a great meat selection, and he’ll custom-order products for clients whenever possible. But, he says, the store’s best asset is its people.

“I don’t do it alone. I have a great staff,” he says, pointing to one of his longest-serving employees, Bibiana, who’s been there 27 years.

And Queen’s students are also key to the store’s daily functioning. Mr. Greenwood has hired dozens of students over the years and is very happy for their part-time help, along with the word-of-mouth advertising they provide, letting their friends know about the shop.

“Students are an important part of our fabric,” says Mr. Greenwood. “If they come in once, chances are they’ll come in again. They love when they ‘discover’ Bearance’s.”

Bearance's is open Monday-Saturday, 9 am – 6 pm.

'The perfect writing retreat'

[Dissertation on the Lake]
Graduate students can work on their dissertations in a more natural setting next week at Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre. (University Communications)

Graduate students looking to get a boost as they work on their dissertations will be returning to Elbow Lake for a five-day writing retreat next week.

Dissertation on the Lake offers participants the opportunity to get out of the city and away from the distractions of daily life to write in a more tranquil setting. 

The event, offered by the School of Graduate Studies, is being held Aug. 24-28 at the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre, located about 30 minutes north of Kingston.

“It’s inspiring to look around the grounds at Elbow Lake and see grad students everywhere – on the dock, under the trees, in the sun, at picnic tables – who are all so focused, so intent on the singular task of working on their dissertations. Everyone is quiet, and yet the silence is punctuated by energy, much like the woods themselves, simultaneously peaceful and full of life,” says Andrea Phillipson, a PhD candidate in Kinesiology and Health Studies, who attended the first event last year. “This work can be incredibly isolating, but when we are all striving together at the same time, the effort feels somehow shared.”

The grad students will stay in the centre’s cabins and there are two writing sessions each morning and afternoon. While writing remains the primary activity, there also is ample opportunity for relaxation including swimming, canoeing and hiking.

“Finding an extended period of time to write is a luxury - add to the mix the freedom from other responsibilities and the beauty of Elbow Lake and surroundings and you have the makings of the perfect writing retreat” says Brenda Brouwer, the Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. “Dissertation on the Lake is a wonderful opportunity for our graduate students to kick-start, restart or regain writing momentum as well as enjoy the outdoors; it’s a great balance”.   

For more information about Dissertation on the Lake visit the website of the School of Graduate studies.

Bronze bust added to Fleming exhibition

[Alvan Bregman and Sir Sandford Fleming]
Alvan Bregman, curator, W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library, is excited about the recent addition of a bronze bust to the ehibition marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir Sandford Fleming. (University Communications)

A bronze bust of Sir Sandford Fleming may be a late arrival to the exhibition at Queen’s University marking the centenary of his death but it is a welcome addition nonetheless.

The piece was originally unveiled in 1907 during convocation and was created by Hamilton MacCarthy, a prominent sculptor of the day. The bust had been commissioned to mark Fleming’s 80th birthday.

From the curls of his beard to the medals that adorn his chest, the bust clearly captures the grandeur of the man who served as chancellor of Queen’s from 1880 to his death in 1915.

The bust was created, after students raised the tidy sum of $700, as a “graceful commemoration of his eminent service” and was installed in Grant Hall.

Already well-known for his work on standard time, the Canadian Pacific Railroad as well as surveying and mapping large swathes of the nascent nation, Fleming also was warmly regarded by the students at the university, as was detailed in an account of the unveiling printed in the Queen’s Journal.

“As years pass Chancellor Fleming becomes more deeply endeared to the students and members of the governing bodies. His memory will long be kept fresh at Queen’s. But it is well that there should be about the halls some object to remind the students of the future of the wonderful man who did so much for Queen’s, for Canada and the whole British Empire,” the passage reads.

However, over the years the bust was removed from Grant Hall and was not included in the register of the university’s holdings.

It was brought to the attention of Alvan Bregman, curator, W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library, by reference assistant Pam Manders and services coordinator Kim Bell who found it tucked away in a corner of Fleming Hall.

It is now on the register and is on recurring loan at Douglas Library.

“We think he’s great,” says Dr. Bregman. “It’s a great piece by one of the leading Canadian sculptors of monumental sculptures. And it’s large. It’s quite a splendid piece.”

The exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of Fleming’s death features a multitude of items from collections at Queen’s. It continues through to the end of August. The W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library is located on the third floor of the Douglas Library.

Deputy Provost stepping down

Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Alan Harrison announced today that Laeeque Daneshmend will be stepping down from his position as Deputy Provost, effective Dec. 31, 2015. He will return to his faculty position as a professor in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining, in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Laeeque Daneshmend will be stepping down from his position as Deputy Provost, effective Dec. 31, 2015.

“From the first day he began as Deputy Provost, Laeeque has played an important and influential role in the Provost’s Office,” says Alan Harrison.  “He will be sorely missed.”

As a result of Dr. Daneshmend’s departure from the role, and for the purpose of continuity over the upcoming academic year, oversight of Campus Planning and Development will transfer back to the Office of Planning and Budgeting starting Sept. 1, and will report to Megan Sheppard, Associate Vice-Principal (Planning and Budgeting). Ms. Sheppard will also assume the role of chair of the Campus Planning Advisory Committee.

Details regarding other arrangements for the oversight of the Deputy Provost portfolio will be made available prior to Dr. Daneshmend’s departure.

Power shutdown planned for parts of Stirling Hall

A planned power shutdown will affect the 400 and 500 levels in Stirling Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 18 between 7:30 am and 4 pm while contractors install a new circuit breaker and feeder for the research laboratory in Room 158.

Please note:

  • There will be no power available for all electrical systems and lighting in the rooms on the 400 and 500 levels.
  • The fire alarm system and emergency/exit lighting will not be affected.
  • There will be no impact to the electrical service to other levels in the building and elevators will remain in operation.
  • Occupants on the 400 and 500 levels should power down computers and equipment before leaving for the day on Monday, August 17.

Any questions or concerns regarding this shutdown should be directed to Fixit by phone at extension 77301 or by e-mail.

Roadwork construction update: August 17-21

A summary of roadwork activities for the week of Aug.17. 

  • Crews on Stuart Street between George Street and Lower University Avenue are currently working on asphalt removal. This removal will progress as far as the entrance/exit to KGH on Stuart Street. In the coming days crews will be working in front of the entrance/exit; access will be maintained at all times, but vehicles can expect minor delays during the work.
  • As a result of the asphalt work on Stuart Street, there will be brief periods of time (between 30 minutes to one hour) where the underground tunnel connecting KGH and the parking lot beneath Nixon Field will experience delays. The contractor will have staff at both entrances to the tunnel to stop pedestrians while work happens overhead. Users of the tunnel can expect minor delays during this work and are advised to use alternate means if possible.
  • The intersection of Arch Street and Stuart Street is expected to be fully opened to traffic by Friday, Aug. 14. Access to George Street from westbound Stuart Street is expected to re-open early the week of Aug. 17.
  • As crews are completing asphalt removal on Stuart Street, sidewalks and curbs will be formed and poured.
  • A friendly reminder to staff and visitors of KGH that the contractor is closing parking spaces on Stuart Street as they progress with the asphalt removal. Please do not park in any space marked with barrels or cones; vehicles parked in these spaces will be towed.

Two stairways in Ellis Hall closed temporarily

Two central stairways in Ellis Hall will be closed to due to construction from Aug. 14-18:

· Stair 012 from basement to first floor
· Stair 213 from second to third floor 

Signs will be posted to direct building users to alternate stairways while this work is completed.

Any questions or concerns regarding this project work should be directed to Fixit by phone at extension 77301 or by e-mail.

Landscaping work at Union-Division parking lot

A landscaping crew will be working along the south and east sides of the parking lot located at the corner of Division Street and Union Street beginning on Monday, Aug. 17.

Please note:

  • There may be intermittent noise disruptions while this work is completed.
  • There will be minimal impact to the permit holders who regularly park in this lot.
  • All landscaping and stone work is expected to be completed by Friday, Aug. 28.

Any questions or concerns regarding this planned work should be directed to Fixit by phone at extension 77301 or by e-mail.

Neuroscience Outreach Program gives back to the community

Graduate students often want to bring their research to the broader community. The Neuroscience Outreach Program at Queen’s University enables students to do exactly that.

[Neuroscience Outreach Program]
A group of young students 'dissect brains' with the Neuroscience Outreach program as part of Brain Awareness Day. (University Communications)

The student-run volunteer organisation allows students from a variety of disciplines to bring their expertise to several different programs. These include lectures for seniors and the general public as well as short educational programs for kids. Participating students work together in a team, providing an opportunity to get to know their colleagues at Queen’s. They also extend their knowledge and expertise by translating scientific research to diverse groups in a meaningful way.

Catherine Normandeau, a PhD candidate in neuroscience, co-ordinates the Brain Badge program and trains volunteers. The Brain Badge is a pilot program which allows participating students to visit scout groups in Kingston and other local communities. Each session is adapted to the kids in the group and can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. During the session, student volunteers first teach kids about the brain’s function. Kids are then able to participate in a hands-on activity smashing cauliflowers.

Ultimately, the program teaches kids about the importance of brain safety and wearing a helmet. Ms. Normandeau particularly enjoys interacting with the kids and finds their input highly stimulating and recognizes the importance of fostering a strong connection between Queen’s and the local community.

Another PhD candidate in neuroscience, Ashley Parr is on the executive team for public lectures and has been speaking to seniors groups for the past four years. She does this in order to spread awareness about degenerative diseases and strokes and to teach the public about brain plasticity and encourage adult learning.

Like other students in the program, she also helps out during one-off activities such as Brain Awareness Day and the SEEDS enrichment course. Brain Awareness Day is a one-day event where about 160 Grade 5 students learn about the brain through hands-on activities. The SEEDS enrichment course gives about 30 Grade 7 and 8 students the opportunity to learn more intensively about neuroscience over the course of a couple of days.

Ms. Parr says she hopes the programs will promote the sciences and encourage kids to think about pursuing careers in science. She enjoys seeing both adults and kids getting excited about science.

By taking part in the Neuroscience Outreach Program, students help the community in a number of ways. The programs for kids both teach about brain safety and encourage those kids who are interested in science. The programs for adults build awareness of degenerative cognitive diseases and help reduce stigma. With students like Ms. Parr and Ms. Normandeau at the helm, the Neuroscience Outreach Program will no doubt continue to thrive into the future.

This article was first published on the website of the School of Graduate Studies.

Lawyer joins Queen’s Prison Law Clinic

After years of serving clients at a range of Ontario institutions, the Queen’s Prison Law Clinic (QPLC) has proven to be a rewarding – and challenging – place to work.

[Moiz Baig]
Moiz Baig, right, meets with David Lepofsky, chair of the AODA Alliance. (Supplied Photo)

A recent addition to the QPLC team, lawyer Moiz Baig comes from a background of private practice with people’s rights foremost on his mind.

“While I was in private practice, I exclusively served clients with disabilities regarding legal battles they had with government decision makers, insurance companies, and private individuals,” he says. “Some of my clients had been involuntarily detained at psychiatric facilities, limiting their freedom in a manner very similar to imprisonment. People with disabilities have also historically been excluded from many aspects of society – and people sent to prison are by definition excluded from society. So some issues and the ways to advocate for their legal rights are similar, even though the legal framework and decision makers are different.”

One of the draws of clinic work was the opportunity to work in an experiential learning environment – for Mr. Baig, another way to give back.

“Having been a clinic student during law school and a summer student at another specialty legal clinic, I know the challenges and rewards of experiential learning,” he says. “In many instances, no one else is on the side of the clients we serve at the Queen’s Law Clinics, so I would like to instill in students the value of the work we do here, and try to inspire them to use their experience with the clinic as a springboard for a career in social justice.”

Among Mr. Baig’s springboards into public justice has been meeting David Lepofsky, Volunteer Chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Alliance at Queen’s Park.

“He’s a lawyer with the provincial government and an inspiring public speaker,” Mr. Baig says. “Mr. Lepofsky is the reason why public transit vehicles in Ontario must have an audio announcement of the next stop, so that people with impaired vision know when to exit.

“I hope to bring about meaningful change, the way he has, for people who have been excluded from society.”

This article was first published on the website for the Faculty of Law at Queen's University.

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