While I was in a mall parking lot one day, I noticed a McGill University bumper sticker on another car. This prompted me to scrawl a hurried note (“Hi! I went to McGill, too! We should be friends! Find me on Facebook!”) and tuck it under her windshield wiper. This led to a series of amusing coffee dates with one Canadian resident of Illinois. (Since several Canadians have asked me, “Isn’t Illinois in Chicago?” I’ll go ahead and clarify that—despite occasional inclinations to the contrary—Chicago is in fact in Illinois.)
My mom has a McGill University bumper sticker on her car. Rather than encouraging coffee dates, it has elicited several blank stares from her Chicago area acquaintances, most of whom are a bit unclear on the concept of Canada (to say nothing of my field as a Canadian Studies major!).
Once she explains the notion of Montreal, people usually . . . → Read More: Fighting Ignorance, one bumper sticker at a time
Topping off last month’s National Poetry Month, Emily Carr University of Art + Design Associate Professor Rita Wong‘s book “forage” has been selected as the winner of Canada Reads Poetry competition for 2011.
The Canada Reads Poetry competition—hosted by the CBC and the National Post—took place over three weeks and included the works of five poets. Each work was defended by a panelist online and then put to a public vote.
Wong, an Associate Professor in Critical and Cultural Studies, had her work defensed by Sonnet L’Abbe in the competition. Speaking of the win, L’Abbe said “when I chose forage as the poetry book Canada should read, I thought I was going out on a limb, recommending a young writer’s book, so experimental in style and so vocal about its environmentalism. But since the Canada Reads Poetry contest began, people have written to tell me how much they love . . . → Read More: Emily Carr professor’s book forage wins Canada Reads Poetry 2011
Andrew Dadson's "Black Bush" (Credit: Emily Carr University)
Emily Carr University of Art + Design student Andrew Dadson has been selected to receive The Brink Award for 2011 from the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington.
The biennial award is given in recognition of an artist on “the brink” of their promising career in art. Recipients of the award receive a $12,500 monetary prize and a solo exhibition of their work. Additionally, one of Dadson’s pieces will be acquired as part of the gallery’s permanent collection.
Dr. Ian McKay (Credit: Queen's University)
Queen’s University History Professor Dr. Ian McKay’s book “In the Province of History: The making of the public past in twentieth-century Nova Scotia” has been awarded the International Council for Canadian Studies’ (ICCS) Pierre Savard Award. The award honours outstanding scholarly monographs on a Canadian topic.
McKay’s book, which was co-authored by University of Chicago PhD candidate Robin Bates, provides an in-depth look how the province of Nova Scotia selectively uses its history to promote tourism. The book examines what people have come to recognize as symbols of Nova Scotia and the actual historical significance of those symbols.
In response to the award, Dr. McKay says “It’s such a nice development. It’s a very local book, but it’s received all this attention from all over the world. It’s very nice to have a global audience and to attach our local interests to . . . → Read More: Nova Scotian Nostalgia: Queen’s Professor’s Book Wins International Award
M. Jerry McHale, Q.C. (Credit: University of Victoria)
The University of Victoria has appointed distinguished lawyer M. Jerry McHale, Q.C. as the Lam Chair in Law and Public Policy.
McHale will serve a two-year term—beginning in July—in the position and will serve to provide his expertise in the area of dispute resolution to students and researchers at the university.
“We are pleased to announce this joint appointment,” says dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Development, Mary Ellen Purkis. “Mr. McHale’s experience as a practitioner and policy expert will be a valued addition to our program and the broader social justice interests within our faculty.”
Distinguished Lawyer Named Lam Chair At UVic [University of Victoria]
Pouria Ghods, a Carleton University alumnus, has been recognized with the 2011 Student Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 2011 Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI) Gala. Ghods received the award in recognition for his spinoff from Carleton University-Giatec Scientific Inc. [Carleton University] University of Alberta alum Jane Ash Poitras has been recognized as a Lieutenant Governor’s Alberta Distinguished Artist. Poitras received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from U of A and is now an acclaimed visual artist. [University of Alberta]
A new, one-of-a-kind, study — by researchers at the University of New Brunswick — suggests that war has distinct negative effects on youths from military families.
The study, lead by University of New Brunswick researcher Deborah Harrison, delves into the minds of adolescents attending Oromocto High School. The small town of Oromocto, N.B. was chosen for its close proximity to the Canadian Forces Base of Gagetown—which is one of the largest military training facilities in Canada.
Dr. Harrison and her team discovered that students from military families were not only more susceptible physiological stress, but were also more inclined to take on the emotional burden that the remaining parent was feeling.
“We found that family life was almost always negatively affected by an injured parent’s symptoms of anger and depression,” said Dr. Harrison. Students also “reported feeling very isolated,” with the results showing that “adolescent girls in particular . . . → Read More: Think of the children: Unrealized repercussions on adolescents of military families
Designer Sabrina Breitenmoser (right). (Photo Credit: University of the Fraser Valley)
University of the Fraser Valley fashion student Sabrina Breitenmoser designed herself a spot in Montréal Fashion Week—and came away as one of Canada’s top five Breakthrough Designers.
Breitenmoser competed among 25 finalists in Canada’s Breakthrough Designers competition hosted by textile company Télio. After completing the challenge to create a design with the theme of ‘The Great Canadian North’ for the market of a high-end retail company, Breitenmoser was named a top five finalist and won a $1000 scholarship.
“To have one of our students be a finalist and win a scholarship speaks to the talent of our students as well the quality of education provided by UFV’s fashion design department,” said UFV’s Fashion Design department head Deanna Devitt. “The Télio competition provides students the opportunity to use their creative and technical design skills. . . . → Read More: Student Special: UFV Fashionista Breaks Out in Montréal Competition
As a daily partaker in the toils of public transit, I can attest that transit—while often an excellent economical and environmental choice—isn’t always “pretty.” For those in the Metro Vancouver area, however, taking the bus could be more visually interesting in the future—thanks to a new collaboration between the TransLink bus system and the Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Mark Illing's Tangential Obsfuscation (Credit: Emily Carr University)
The upcoming “Art in Transit” pilot program will showcase the work of 18 talented visual artists affiliated with Emily Carr University on the more than 700 interior advertising areas on the city’s buses and SkyTrain public transportation systems. Featured artists include Mark Illing, Samantha Boschmann and Taylor Sutthery—biographies and statments from all of the featured artists can be found on the Emily Carr website.
The 31 selected pieces were chosen based on artistic excellence an suitability for transit by . . . → Read More: Travelling with Style: Emily Carr University Student Art to Adorn Vancouver Transit
Extra! Extra! Breaking news: the new Master of Journalism program offered jointly from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University has now been officially approved by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC).
This MPHEC approval officially completes the developmental stage of this 10-month program, which can now begin with its first cohort of graduate students in June.
The MJ degree involves a 10-month program specializing in multimedia digital reporting, investigative and entrepreneurial journalism. Students—who generally will have either prior practical experience or a Bachelor’s degree in journalism—are able to choose between two streams: investigative reporting and new ventures.
Want to give the program a go? Applications will be accepted until March 15.
King’s Master of Journalism Approved by MPHEC [University of King's College]