Entries by Russel MacDonald

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – The Cafeteria Conundrum: 8 Ways to Encourage Healthy Eating in Our Schools

Schools are tasked with a difficult and sometimes controversial responsibility: promoting healthy eating. Indeed, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s recent evaluation regarding compliance with its nutritional policy gave our schools low marks in a number of areas. This is not surprising as there is a great deal of inertia to overcome. As […]

La guerre vue à travers l’art

De 1980 à 2000, le conflit entre le Sentier lumineux et l’État péruvien a provoqué la mort ou la disparition de quelque 70 000 personnes, essentiellement des paysans des régions andines éloignées de la capitale, Lima. «Selon les statistiques de la Commission de vérité et de réconciliation, les actes de violence relevaient dans 54 % […]

2017 Nomination Period is Closed

The 2017 nomination period is closed, and 242 nominations were received, from 44 institutions in all 10 provinces. Thank you to all who submitted a nomination. The review process is now underway, and up to 80 candidates will be selected for the 2017 cohort. Successful candidates will be contacted in June/July, and the public announcement […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Counting the Victims of Islamophobia

In recent weeks, political purveyors of “common sense” would have us believe that free speech itself is under threat by M-103, the Liberal parliamentary motion to “condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.” There is a hard line, Conservatives suggest, between free speech and hate speech, and while they denounce the […]

Montreal Meeting

The College’s first members’ meeting of 2017 was held in Montreal, February 20-21. Discussions were held regarding a number of College initiatives, including Canada Wave 150, Voices of the College, the Yellowknife meeting, The Conversation, and other events. The meeting was capped with a discussion with RSC Executive Director Darren Gilmour about the RSC’s forthcoming […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Engaging the Media in Troubled Times

To invite sociologists to engage with the media at this particular moment in history hardly appears propitious. The proliferation of populist nationalisms and religious fundamentalisms around the world is emboldening politicians and celebrities—the line between the two being increasingly blurred in our infotainment era—to openly profess hostility towards or ignorance of expertise of all kinds. […]

Professor Valerie Oosterveld has been selected to lead a United Nations project

College Member and Western University Faculty of Law professor Valerie Oosterveld has been selected to lead a United Nations Women-funded project to learn more on the prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes from the Special Court of Sierra Leone (2002-13), created to address serious crimes committed during the brutal armed conflict in the West African […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: the intersectionality of the Women’s March on January 21, 2017

Seeing the images of women and men around the world marching on January 21st in the collective defense of human rights is uplifting. If only Thomas Jefferson could see, for it was he who wrote in the 1776 American Declaration of Independence that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created […]

Dr. Carrie Bourassa assumes the position of Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health

Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), announced today the appointment of Dr. Carrie Bourassa as incoming Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health. This appointment will take effect on February 1, 2017. Dr. Bourassa is Chair of Northern & Indigenous Health at the Health Sciences North Research […]