Entries by Russel MacDonald

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Acid attacks are on the rise and toxic masculinity is the cause

Lucia Annibali, victim of an acid attack in Italy, walks in Rome earlier this year. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) Dr. Bipasha Baruah, Western University and Aisha Siddika, Western University A spate of acid attacks has earned London the dubious recent distinction of being called “the acid capital of Britain.” There have been more than 100 acid […]

Notes from Happy Valley-Goose Bay: The College goes north

“It’s attitude not latitude that counts” -saying that reaffirms a Northern identity From June 19-21, 2017 five members of the College of New scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada participated in a Labrador Learning Tour organized by College member Ashlee Cunsolo, Director of the Labrador Institute of Memorial University: Cynthia Milton […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – How wildfires could radically change forests — and your life

Wildfires may grow more frequent and intense in North America amid climate change, like the Fort McMurray blazes in 2016, which were among the worst in Canadian history. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward) Merritt Turetsky, University of Guelph A lonely bird call breaks my concentration and I glance upward. Where glacier-topped mountains should be filling the […]

Reem Bahdi to receive Guthrie Award

The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that the 2017 Guthrie Award will be presented to Reem Bahdi. The Guthrie Award is the Foundation’s signature award to recognize exceptional access to justice champions. Professor Bahdi is an author, researcher, and human rights expert, with particular expertise in the human rights of Arabs and […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Fundamental Research and Applied Research: A continuum or a divide?

Labels are common and convenient in today’s society. For example, within the academic world, there are those who engage in “fundamental research” and those who engage in “applied research”. In reality, those forms of research are not two discrete labels or entities, but rather a continuum. It is (or should be) entirely appropriate and perhaps […]

Concrete Change Begins with Empathy, but It Doesn’t End there

According to the panelists at a Congress session called “On Indigenous lands: Empathy and social justice,” the formation and findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada constitute just the first and very incomplete step in addressing the injustices that plague Canada both past and present. For Professor Joanna Quinn (Western University), reconciliation is […]

College Presidential Nominations

The College is pleased to announce the opening of the period during which nominations will be sought for the next President of the College of New Scholars. This person will become the President-Elect at the upcoming Celebration of Excellence (formerly AGM) in Winnipeg this November. They will then begin their two-year term as President at the […]

Goose Bay, Labrador

As one of the objectives of the College is to get to learn about and borrow from diverse modes of knowledge production and dissemination across the country, and the different challenges facing Canadian communities today, the College intends to hold one meeting per year in smaller and harder to access regions.We have been invited by […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – More border resources for migrants is not a solution

Desperate asylum seekers are crossing the Canadian border, and did so in the dead of winter. This has precipitated an emotionally charged, political debate. Simplistic solutions abound, notably loud calls to deploy more resources at Canada’s land border. But there are serious limits to what throwing money at the border can accomplish. Migrants have been […]

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 […]