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Exchange of ideas

Queen’s student, professor head to the United States for research opportunities.

A Queen’s law professor and a cultural studies doctoral candidate are heading south of the border to participate in a research exchange. Heading north to Canada from the United States are a political studies PhD candidate and a business professor. The swap is part of the Fulbright Canada Exchange Program.

Queen’s PhD candidate Taylor Currie (Cultural Studies) has been selected to participate in the research exchange of a lifetime as she heads to the University of Maryland as part of the exchange. Ms. Currie is studying the past public relations campaigns of Dupont and how they impacted the American public.

Participating in the Fulbright exchange are, from left: Allan Manson, Taylor Currie, Josh Tupler and Jay Liebowitz.

“I really want to immerse myself in the American academic culture,” says Ms. Currie. “Earning a Fulbright is a dream come true because of how close I will be located to the National Archives of America, which is vital to my research. I’ll also have access to the Hagley Museum and Library, a business archive containing all of Dupont’s files.”

Ms. Currie’s mentor while at the University of Maryland is Professor David Sicilia.

Meanwhile, Dartmouth College’s PhD candidate Josh Tupler is heading to Queen’s to study in the Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP) and will conduct research with CIDP director Stefanie von Hlatky.

The focus of Mr. Tupler’s work at Queen’s will be Canada’s and NATO’s decision to use military force in the post-Cold War era. He chose the centre because of its focus on military policy. He also has a relationship with former director of the CIDP David Haglund (Political Studies).

“I was drawn to Fulbright because the programs focus on developing cross-cultural connections, and I was drawn to Queen’s and the CIPD in particular because of the centre’s focus on military policy,” says Mr. Tupler. “I am excited to work with the three colonels who are serving as visiting defense fellows, and help develop the relationship between the CIDP and the Royal Military College of Canada.”

Two professors will also be completing an exchange under the Fulbright Canada program. Emeritus Professor Allan Manson (Law) will participate in an exchange to the University of California to research Nunavut’s unique single-level trial court system.

Heading to Canada is Jay Liebowitz (Harrisburg University of Science and Technology). Dr. Liebowitz will collaborate   with Queen’s professors Yolande Chan and Jay Handelman (School of Business) during the summer 2017 as the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Business.  Their research will focus on the use of intuition for IT innovation.

Fulbright Canada encourages and promotes bi-national collaborative research on topics that reflect the broad range of contemporary issues relevant to Canada, the United States, and the relationship between the two countries. Fulbright Canada provides the opportunity for outstanding Canadian students to pursue graduate study and/or research in the United States.

For more information on the Fulbright Canada exchange program visit the website.

Considering culture in criminal courts

Priscilla Ferrazzi examines criminal court programs for people with mental illness in Nunavut.

Queen’s University researcher Priscilla Ferrazzi (Rehab Science ‘15) says Inuit culture is a key consideration when planning criminal court programs for people with mental illness in Nunavut. Rehabilitation-oriented criminal court programs to reduce the number of people with mental illness caught in the criminal justice system exist in many North American cities and elsewhere but not in the mainly Inuit Canadian Arctic territory of Nunavut. 

Dr. Ferrazzi’s study explored whether the therapeutic aims of these resource-intensive, mainly urban court programs could be achieved in criminal courts in Nunavut’s resource constrained, culturally distinct and geographically remote communities.

Interviews conducted in the North revealed the best ways to improve court responses to people with mental illness in   Nunavut align well with the principles behind the court programs in the south. However, Dr. Ferrazzi adds, Inuit culture holds the key to understanding how these principles and their objectives should be interpreted in Arctic communities.

Priscilla Ferrazzi is working to improve mental health programs for people in Arctic communities.

The study involved interviews with more than 50 lawyers, judges, police, elders, community workers, nurses, psychiatrists and others across three communities to hear their views about what’s possible.

“In practical terms, this means anyone planning to set up a criminal court program for people with mental illness in Nunavut must make sure their plans are culturally responsive,” says Dr. Ferrazzi, who conducted the study while at Queen’s and is now on faculty  at the University of Alberta. “Any effort to simply replicate the programs of the south, or even to apply their principles as they are, will achieve the same result as trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.”

Criminal court mental health programs do three things: first, they identify people with mental illness eligible for the programs; second, they impose rehabilitation-focused treatment regimens rather than prosecution or jail; and third, they work collaboratively with community mental health service providers and others.

“But what if Inuit and Western ideas about what it means to be mentally ill are fundamentally different?” says Dr. Ferrazzi. “What if the concept of mental health rehabilitation diverges in important ways between these two cultures? And what if approaches to collaboration are not entirely aligned? These are questions raised by this research.”

“Anyone who is thinking about ways to improve how courts deal with mental illness in a territory that is 85 per cent Inuit needs to understand that the fundamental principles behind these initiatives look different in the North.”

As a follow up to her research, Dr. Ferrazzi is leading a large, two-year, collaborative research project funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and The Law Foundation of Ontario to examine the ideas she uncovered more closely. The project will explore how young Inuit men view the concept of “rehabilitation” in the criminal law context.

Dr. Ferrazzi completed this research under the supervision of Terry Krupa (School of Rehabilitation Therapy).  Financial support for this project was facilitated with the help of the late Dr. Stan Corbett (Law).  The project also benefited from the support of Diane Davies (Office of Research Services).

The research was published in Social Science and Medicine.

5 things to ease the onQ transition

Queen’s new learning management system, onQ, is now fully implemented across campus. IT Services (ITS) and the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offer numerous supports and encourage instructors to take advantage of the drop-in sessions, workshops, and mobile help unit.

Selina Idlas, onQ Educational Support in the CTL, Margaret Hickling, Solutions Specialist in ITS, and Jacey Carnegie, onQ Transition Lead in ITS, are members of the support team available to help faculty members adjust to the new learning management system.
  1. The new onQ Support website has been developed to support students, instructors, TAs, and support staff in their use of onQ. The site features step-by-step instructions, FAQs, and videos on creating and using onQ courses, as well as links to training workshops and various methods of support.
  1. 24/7 help is available: The university is running a pilot of the End User Support (EUS) feature. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by email, chat, or phone. The EUS is operated by staff familiar with all functionality within the D2L or Desire2Learn “Brightspace” platform on which onQ is built. Full details on the support website
  1. Daily drop-ins – now through Sept. 23: The daily drop-ins are held in B205, Mackintosh-Corry Hall (main floor, across from cafeteria) from 10-11 am. Staff are available to answer your onQ questions. These sessions provide you with one-on-one support.
  1. Weekly workshops: These 1.5-hour training sessions cover the basics of setting up a course in onQ and give you the necessary tools to get started in the system.
  1. The Mobile Unit in the Faculty of Arts and Science: This team of students is available to work one-on-one with Arts and Science instructors in their own offices to assist with various administrative tasks within their onQ courses. The students can help with tasks such as: formatting content, setting up the Grade Book, creating Discussions/Topics, uploading videos and files, creating Groups, posting News Items, and creating Rubrics. For more information on the new onQ Mobile Unit, visit the onQ Support website.

September is here and classes have started. Be sure to sign up for onQ Training or stop by a drop-in for help with your onQ course.



Flags lowered for David Bonham

Flags on campus have been lowered for Professor David Bonham who passed away at home on Sunday, Sept. 11.

[David Bonham]
David Bonham, a former professor and administrator at Queen's University, died Sunday, Sept. 11 at home. (University Communications) 

Professor Bonham was cross-appointed to the Faculty of Law and the School of Business during his 30 years at the university and also served as Vice-Principal (Finance) from 1971-77 and then Vice-Principal (Resources) from 1984-88.

After his retirement from the university, he became a founding member of the Retirees’ Association of Queen’s and was chair of its Pension Committee.

Professor Bonham was also well known within the Kingston community and from 1978 to 2009 was a partner, then counsel, with Cunningham Swan Carty Little and Bonham. He also devoted much time to charitable and volunteer organizations including as Chair of the Anna and Edward C. Churchill Foundation, Vice-Chair of Hospice Kingston, sat on the Board of Directors of University Hospitals Kingston Foundation, and the Board of Hotel Dieu Hospital.

Professor Bonham received both the Padre Laverty and the John Orr awards from Queen’s and most recently received the Distinguished Service Award in 2015.

Visitation will be held at James Reid Funeral Home on John Counter Boulevard, between 2 and 4 p.m. and 7 and 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16. His funeral will be held at St. George's Cathedral in Kingston at 11 am Saturday, Sept.  17.

More information is available online

Leading the way in business law

[Mohamed Khimji]
Mohamed Khimji is the inaugural holder of the David Allgood Professorship in Business Law. The professorship was created thanks to a $1.5-million campaign led by the Faculty of Law. (Supplied Photo)

Professor Mohamed Khimji is about to make Queen’s Law history in more ways than one. Following the school’s $1.5-million campaign to create its first privately-funded professorship, he is the inaugural holder of the David Allgood Professorship in Business Law. The appointment gives him the principal role in designing, developing and leading Queen’s business law program to new levels of national prominence.  

Q: What do you want to accomplish as the first Allgood Professor?

Mohamed Khimji: The professorship will fund a number of initiatives on both the teaching and research sides, designed to ensure that Queen’s offers the most promising route to expertise for future generations of Canada’s leading business lawyers and scholars. Ultimately, I foresee a centre for corporate and commercial law studies that will coordinate all of the business law activity at the school. What I’m really excited about is the opportunity to implement these ideas with the help of the Queen’s Law community, including alumni.

Q: How will the centre contribute to the school’s research profile?

MK: The centre would produce high-level research in business law – research that addresses and has an impact on contemporary policy issues. Business law is very important because business is very important in society; it is what generates wealth. If we are to have any hope of ending world poverty, then society needs to generate more wealth. That’s where business comes in, and with it business law. The law is very, very important because it sets the rules and incentives. The legal rules we choose address such fundamental issues as whose wealth matters, how wealth is shared, and so on. Everybody has an interest in these debates, so continuing research will be in demand.

Q: What course offerings in business law do you plan?

MK: Though Queen’s already has a very strong core business law curriculum, I’d like to elevate it. What’s different about legal practice today compared to, say, 50 years ago is that lawyers now tend to specialize quite early in their careers, so it’s very important for the law school to provide specialization options. A key objective for a modern business law curriculum is to give students not just the traditional legal skills but also the relevant technical skills – in this case accounting and finance – to facilitate their long-term success. Business law can be daunting, especially to students who haven’t come here from a business background; there is lots of jargon. In collaboration with the Smith School of Business and our alumni, I’d like to create new transaction-based courses that provide more interdisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities for our students.

Q: What role would students have in the centre you propose?

MK: I’d like student organizations such as the Corporate Law and Investment Club to be very involved. The centre would also facilitate student participation in business law research and showcasing the scholarly work of our JD and graduate students.  

Q: Do you see alumni playing a role in the centre?   

MK: Yes indeed. I’d like to involve alumni more in education in general. I find that students who don’t have a business background are fascinated by business legal practice, but they don’t really know what it is. Grads’ stories are inspirational to students – probably more so than mine – so I’d like to create a speaker series with alumni coming in and talking about what they do, giving students a better sense of their career options.

Q: Any thoughts about engaging the wider community in topical discussions?

MK: Yes – in a variety of ways all of which designed to promote more dialogue between various communities including academics, practitioners, public officials, students and alumni. For example, I’d like the law school to host panel discussions with members from all of these communities discussing current topics in business law.  

Q: What would you like to say to supporters of the Allgood Professorship?

MK: That would be ‘thank you.’ You’ve created an opportunity for me that I’m very grateful for and excited about. Queen’s is already one of Canada’s best law schools. I look forward to working with all of you to make it even better. 

Mohamed Khimji joined Queen's Law on July 1. Previously, he held the Stephen Dattels Chair in Corporate Finance Law at Western and has also been a faculty member at Dalhousie. He began his career practising corporate law with Torys LLP in Toronto after graduating with an LLB from the University of Bristol. He also holds an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

This article was first published on the Faculty of Law's website.

An opportunity to serve

Queen’s Law Professor Grégoire Webber takes on new role advising Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

Queen’s University Professor Grégoire Webber has traded his office in Macdonald Hall for one on Parliament Hill.

Dr. Webber has been appointed as the Legal Affairs Advisor to the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Dr. Webber will take a leave of absence to join the minister’s office, effective Aug. 1.

Queen's University law professor Grégoire Webber has accepted a position as Legal Affairs Advisor to the Minister of Justice.

“It is a special privilege to have been offered this opportunity,” says Dr. Webber. “I hope to be able to make a contribution.”

In his new role, Dr. Webber will offer his perspective and insight to assist the work of the minister on a wide range of issues – each of which will have a long-lasting impact on Canadian society. Dr. Webber will advise Minister Wilson-Raybould – Canada’s third female and first Indigenous Minister of Justice – as she carries out her duties to provide legal advice to cabinet and ensure government bills adhere to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Less than one year into the government’s mandate, the ministry has been tasked with passing assisted dying legislation, reforming Canada’s criminal justice system and legalizing marijuana. Many complex issues with broad-reaching legal implications remain, including a review of how Indigenous Canadians are impacted by the justice system and the inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls.

Dr. Webber's new position dovetails well with his current work as Canada Research Chair in Public Law and Philosophy of Law, while harkening back to his pre-academic career as a senior policy advisor with the Privy Council Office.

“Grégoire will be sorely missed during his absence, but we’re pleased to be able to provide him leave for this opportunity,” says Queen’s Law Dean Bill Flanagan. “During his tenure at the law school to date, he has provided a wealth of energy and ideas, including the co-founding of our new cross-disciplinary program in legal philosophy. His selection for this role with the minister is an acknowledgement of the quality of our faculty at Queen’s Law, and his experiences there will ultimately benefit the school upon his return.”


Dahan to bring expertise to Queen's Law

The Queen’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace (CLCW) continues to grow, with the appointment of an expert on labour law and competitiveness in North America and Europe.

[Samuel Dahan]
When he arrives in July 2017, Samuel Dahan will be working with the Queen’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace (CLCW). (Supplied Photo) 

Samuel Dahan is an adjunct faculty member at Cornell University, affiliated with Harvard Law’s Program on Negotiation, and a Référendaire at the Court of Justice of the European Union. He will be joining Queen’s Law in July 2017.

“Professor Dahan’s appointment will bring added strength to the centre and enhance our teaching and research capacity in the areas of mediation and arbitration, monetary and financial law, and international economic negotiations,” says Dean Bill Flanagan.

Working with the CLCW, Dahan aims to develop a mediation and arbitration clinic and a software platform for negotiation analysis. These initiatives are aimed at improving the lawyering and dispute resolution skills of participants.

Kevin Banks (Law), CLCW director, describes the appointment as one that will complement the expertise of Queen’s researchers already associated with the centre.

“Professor Dahan is very well-positioned to make a unique, timely and important contribution, advancing the research leadership and expertise of the CLCW while forging connections with universities and institutions such as the European Commission,” he says.

A Queen’s National Scholar, Dahan holds a PhD in Law from the University of Cambridge, graduate degrees from the University of Paris 1 Sorbonne and the University of Brussels, and an LLB from the University of Nice. In 2015-2016, he was an Emile Noël Fellow at the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice at NYU Law. He has been an advisor to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Financial Affairs, has consulted for the European Commission, the OECD, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and private corporations, and clerked for the Conseil d’Etat (French Administrative Supreme Court). In addition, he has taught law and negotiation at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cornell Law School, the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), ESSEC Business School and Ecole Normale Supérieure.

Dahan will not only add to the Queen’s Law’s capacity to deliver first-rate teaching in core labour and employment law subjects and courses in comparative labour and employment law. Additionally, Dahan will provide experience in negotiation and alternative dispute resolution – a field that is “more vital than ever to the practice of labour and employment law,” Professor Banks claims.

“Queen’s felt like a perfect fit for me right away for several reasons. I had heard of the law school’s reputation before my visit and I was immediately impressed with both the faculty and the students,” Dahan explains. “My discussions with members of the Queen’s faculty felt very natural, as if I were already at home, and the CLCW is a perfect base from which to undertake cutting-edge research in labour law, financial regulation and alternative dispute resolution.”

Current issue of For the Record

For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, PhD examination and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

The next issue of For the Record will be published Thursday, Aug. 18. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Aug. 16. For the Record is published bi-weekly throughout the academic year and monthly during the summer.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Communications Officer Wanda Praamsma


Faculty of Health Sciences

Alexander H. (Sandy) Boag – Head, Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine

Dean Richard Reznick is pleased to announce that Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), has appointed Alexander H. (Sandy) Boag as Head, Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. This appointment is for a five-year period beginning June 15, 2016.

A graduate of Queen’s in Chemical Engineering, Dr. Boag did a Master's of Applied Science at University of Toronto. He then attended medical school at Queen’s, and a residency in anatomic pathology, also at Queen’s.

Dr. Boag then joined the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine as a faculty member in 1993. He served as service chief for anatomical pathology from 2001 to 2013. Dr. Boag is an active member Cancer Care Ontario, currently serving as pathology lead for the southeast region. He has served as clinical director of the Cytology lab at Kingston General Hospital since 2008.

An active and respected member of his department, Dr. Boag has held numerous committee roles, displaying a penchant for change and improvement. He currently sits on the Departmental Practice Plan Steering Committee, and holds the position of vice-chair of the SEAMO Finance Committee, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine.

Dr. Boag has been active at all levels of education and training, having served on the residency training committee in pathology, and being a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Anatomical Pathology Examination Board. A pulmonary and urologic pathologist, Dr. Boag’s scholarly work has focused on prostate and lung cancer. As an active member of several research teams, Dr. Boag has been involved in multiple funded research initiatives and scholarly publications.

Other appointments in the Faculty of Health Sciences:

Muhammad Khan, Associate Professor, Psychiatry – May 1, 2016

Tracie Pennimpede, Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences – May 1, 2016

Amir Elmekkawi, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics – May 1, 2016

Colleen M. Davison, Assistant Professor, Public Health Services – June 1, 2016

Stacy Ridi, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine – June 1, 2016

Christopher Booth, Associate Professor, Oncology – July 1, 2016

Danielle Rumbolt, Assistant Professor, Diagnostic Radiology – July1, 2016

Wiley Chung, Assistant Professor, Surgery, General Surgery – July 1, 2016

Jeff Yach, Assistant Professor, Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery – July 1, 2016

Genevieve Digby, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine – July 1, 2016

Cynthia Pruss, Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences – July 1, 2016

Glenio Mizubuti, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine – July 1, 2016

Anupam Sehgal, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics – July 1, 2016

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

New appointments:

Nicolas Hudon, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering – July 1, 2016

Amir Fam, Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies) – July 1, 2016

Brian Frank, Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) – July 1, 2016

Human Resources

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Queen’s to adopt new academic tool

After extensive consultation and discussions among a variety of groups, Queen’s University has decided to acquire a campus-wide licence for Turnitin, an academic tool that will support student learning and faculty development.

“I am pleased that Queen’s is joining other Ontario institutions that have benefitted from Turnitin,” says Jill Scott, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning). “The software, available for the fall 2016 term, will provide numerous learning opportunities for both faculty and students.” While the tool is sometimes understood as plagiarism detection software, Dr. Scott says Queen’s will promote it as a formative and developmental opportunity. “Turnitin will help students gain a deeper understanding of academic citation practices while safeguarding academic integrity.”

“Turnitin will enable Queen’s to adopt an educational approach by encouraging students to check for potential issues before submitting their assignments,” says Peter Wolf, Associate Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning). “In this way, students can learn about ways to ensure they are submitting original work. Over time, supports will be developed for faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students on using Turnitin as an educational tool.”

Representatives from the Office of the Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), IT Services and the Queen’s University Faculty Association evaluated the software and recommended its adoption across the university. Ten Ontario universities, including the University of Toronto, McMaster, Western and Ryerson, currently hold a licence for Turnitin. Smith School of Business and the School of Kinesiology, Queen’s Economics Department and the Department of Psychology have been using Turnitin under an opt-in arrangement.

“We saw the opportunity to take Turnitin from an opt-in service that only a few on campus were using to a full, campus-wide application. This is another way ITS is looking to improve and bolster the best experience possible for our Queen’s community,” says Bo Wandschneider, Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice-Principal (Information Technology Services).

Finding acceptance

Ronald McCallum and his wife Mary share a laugh before he receives an honorary degree during Friday's convocation ceremony for Queen's Law. (Photo by Bernard Clark) 

As he enters the elevator of Kingston Hall a few minutes before he is to receive an honorary degree, Ronald McCallum, a respected labour law expert from Australia, former dean of the University of Sydney School of Law and chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, asks a question: “Do they still use the bagpipes during the ceremony?”

After receiving an answer in the affirmative he is literally bouncing with excitement.

He honestly loves Queen's University.

There’s a good reason. Coming here changed his life.

Back in 1971 McCallum had earned a pair of bachelor degrees yet was unable to find a law school in Australia that would accept him as a graduate student. It wasn't a case of his marks not being good enough. In fact, he was exceptional.

Undaunted, McCallum would turn his search abroad. 

What he found was Queen's.

What he found was a law school that would accept a blind student.

It was the start that he needed.

“In 1971 I received a letter from the late Bernie Adell and he said that Queen’s would welcome me and he thought I could find enough readers,” he says.

Back then, the books he needed had to be read onto tape and McCallum could then listen to all kinds of legal literature. He did find readers – scores of them. Many were fellow law students. Others were from across Queen’s. Catherine Carter, the wife of his labour law professor Don Carter, would read to him while her toddler was asleep, McCallum recalls with a smile.

And then there were his “boys.” During the summer of 1973 the other students returned home. McCallum would have to look elsewhere for volunteer readers. What he got was a group of inmates from Collins Bay Penitentiary. They were happy to help out. They had plenty of time they told him.

Upon earning his Master of Laws, McCallum returned home where he would become a law lecturer at his alma mater Monash University and would eventually become the first blind person to be appointed to a full professorship in any subject at an Australian university.

“At Queen’s I grew up,” he says. “I learned the tools of the trade of academia – teaching and writing – and I think it gave me the confidence, having been successful at Queen’s, to go on and try other things. I taught law in Australia for 40 years. I became dean of Sydney Law School. I wouldn’t have become dean, I wouldn’t have become an academic, had I not done this graduate work at Queen’s. It gave me a foothold on the academic ladder.”

But there would be more heights to reach in his amazing career.

Being dean helped propel him to the United Nations where he could help others with disabilities around the world. He has stood up for those who all too often have no voice.

The position, he says, has also been an opportunity to continue to learn, seeing how different people from around the world think, and not just about disabilities.

As he received his honorary degree on Friday from the one university that gave him a chance, McCallum called on the graduating Queen’s Law students to make the most of the time they have, to take chances, to seize opportunities as he did.

“We only pass this way once,” he says. “It’s not a rehearsal. Leave this world better off than when you started.” 


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