University of Guelph
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A U of G student, currently the mayor of his town, can now add Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholar to his list of accomplishments.
Jamie Snook is one of only 15 people in Canada to receive the prestigious scholarship, which is awarded for academic excellence and civic engagement in social sciences and humanities.
“It was both unexpected and very exciting to receive this news,” said the public health PhD student, who is one of four U of G students to receive the award since the program began.
“The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is a remarkable group of scholars, fellows, and mentors, and to have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, this group is a privilege and an honour.”
Snook will be studying the relationship between public health and Indigenous co-management of fish and wildlife resources.
An Inuk from Labrador, Snook is mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and executive director of the Torngat Wildlife, Plants and Fisheries Secretariat.
The organization provides public policy, research, and administrative support to the boards that make recommendations on the management of wildlife, plants, and fisheries in the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area of Nunatsiavut.
“Growing up in Labrador and being connected to the lands and waters of this region, I understand the importance of the environment and how it relates to health for people in Labrador,” said Snook, who will conduct his studies in Labrador.
“It has been increasingly clear to me that the way we are governed, and the way decisions are made about access to fish, wildlife, and plants, affects our health through multiple pathways.”
He will be working with U of G population medicine professor Sherilee Harper, who uses ecosystem approaches to health research to examine Indigenous health outcomes.
“Jamie has entered his PhD program with over a decade of applied research experience examining Indigenous people and their natural environment, which exemplifies his sincere interest in and dedication to discovery,” said Harper, who has coordinated research with Inuit in Nunatsiavut and Nunavut.
“He will make important contributions that will advance our understanding of Indigenous peoples’ relationship with the natural environment. Jamie is an unparalleled leader and a motivator, dedicated to serving Inuit populations.”
The scholarship will allow him to conduct research in Nunatsiavut, as well as share his findings and learn from colleagues and officials working in fisheries, wildlife conservation, and public health.
“This scholarship will help me expand awareness about the importance of Indigenous co-management structures, and their role in governance, health and reconciliation,” said Snook.
“U of G has an internationally-renowned reputation in health and epidemiology, and I was attracted to the high-calibre training environment. It also has a strong dedication to supporting Indigenous students, and I have been impressed by their focus on recruiting and retaining Indigenous students. I really think U of G is demonstrating leadership in this area.”
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A University of Guelph Alumni Association advancement manager has received a provincial award for his efforts to end sexual violence and harassment against women.
Chris Moulton was announced July 4 as a recipient of the provincial Draw-The-Line Post-Secondary Sexual Violence Prevention Award for summer 2017.
The awards are presented by White Ribbon, a group dedicated to ending violence against women and girls while promoting gender equity and healthy relationships, and the Ontario Ministry of the Status of Women.
Moulton was recognized for his work with Guelph’s Men Against Violence Against Women (MAVAW). Along with the U of G Department of Athletics, he arranged a White Ribbon event including a guest speaker at a Gryphon basketball game.
Moulton said the entire MAVAW group, including Prof. Joe Tindale, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, and student Emerson Lacroix deserve credit for the group’s work.
“It’s important for men to take a stand,” he said.
“Men are the primary perpetrators of violence against women, so it’s our job to help change the culture. A lot of these programs are led by females, and our group’s thought was that a group of men talking to other men would be a way of addressing challenges.”
Moulton has spent 10 years coaching sports teams, and has worked with female students who were victims of violence. That experience led him to look for a way to make a difference.
“I would also frequently sit down with parents and young female student athletes and tell them that U of G is a safe campus, something I believe to be true,” he said.
“I have a duty to contribute to ensuring that continues to be the case. Also, I am the father of two little girls and quite simply I want them to grow up in a society where they are safe.”
Established in 1991, White Ribbon encourages men to pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. White Ribbon now exists in more than 60 countries.
Think of the sunny heroine of Anne of Green Gables and you might not think of dark times. But readers of the complete journals of author Lucy Maud Montgomery will learn of the real-life struggles endured by one of Canada’s most famous writers.
Personal, professional and financial challenges faced by Montgomery are detailed in her 10 legal-sized, handwritten journals, housed in U of G’s McLaughlin Library archives.
Professors emeritae Mary Rubio and Elizabeth Waterston published these journals as much-abridged selected volumes between 1985 and 2004. They were so popular that the complete journals are now being published, with all of Montgomery’s own photographs included.
Two of the full Ontario volumes have just been published, in time for Canada 150 celebrations.
Born in Prince Edward Island, Montgomery lived the second half of her life in Ontario — first in Leaskdale and later in Norval — with her Presbyterian minister husband. She was active in church and community life, and served on the executive of the newly formed Canadian Authors’ Association.
The complete journals show Montgomery in a way few might expect, given the optimistic and hopeful tone of Anne, said Rubio, who has spent decades researching the famous author and published an award-winning biography, Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings.
Montgomery first wrote of the fictional red-headed Anne Shirley in 1908. Anne became the central character in numerous best-selling sequels, as well as in a number of movies and television series, including the 2017 CBC series.
“The tone in her early journals was happier despite occasional bouts of depression,” said Rubio.
“She always appeared cheerful in her public life, but she was a very complicated woman. After she married and moved to Ontario in 1911, she faced new challenges. Her husband developed severe mental health issues, as did her first son later on.”
In addition to these personal problems, Montgomery waged an extended lawsuit against her American publisher. She won the case after a decade of litigation, only to lose her settlement in the stock market crash of 1929. Her journals cover those events.
Rubio is working with the Heritage Foundation of Halton Hills (HFHH), which has purchased the Presbyterian manse in Norval where Montgomery lived for nine years; the foundation plans to establish a museum.
Eileen Foley, a U of G landscape architecture graduate, designed the large public L. M. Montgomery Garden in Norval.
“We’ve had a lot of support from all areas of U of G, including senior administration,” said HFHH member Laura Rees.
“There are so many elements of her life to be examined for the museum by different departments of the University of Guelph. Having senior leadership involved has been great. We have a lot of work to do to get the L. M. Montgomery Museum and Literary Centre open in two years.”
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Prof. Keith Warriner, Food Science, was interviewed by Global News July 2 to discuss ways to avoid food poisoning in the summer. Warriner gave advice on how to avoid common summer issues, such as undercooking meat on the barbecue or leaving side dishes out in the sun too long. He gave tips on keeping food cold as long as possible and making sure to cook all meats thoroughly. Warriner studies food safety, bacteria in foods and pathogens.
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A University of Guelph professor, poet and novelist has been named a Member of the Order of Canada.
Prof. Dionne Brand, School of English and Theatre Studies, was among 99 Canadians named to the Order by Governor General David Johnston June 30. Brand was recognized for her contributions to Canadian literature and poetry, and for promoting awareness of gender studies and intercultural relations.
July 1 marks 50 years since the creation of the Order of Canada, which is one of the country’s highest civilian honours. Nearly 7,000 people have been named to the Order.
“I am delighted to recognize these new recipients of the Order of Canada on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Confederation,” said Johnston.
“The individuals on today’s list, just like those appointed half a century ago, are truly inspiring as they have helped to build the smarter, more caring nation that we, as Canadians, are all so proud to call home. Let us celebrate these remarkable individuals today and every day.”
Brand has received the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Trillium Prize for Literature, the Pat Lowther Award for Poetry, the Harbourfront Writers’ Prize and the Toronto Book Award.
She grew up in Trinidad and came to Canada at age 17. Her writing often explores gender, race, sexuality, injustice and feminism.
In a statement to the Globe and Mail, Brand said she was honoured to be appointed to the Order of Canada.
Referring in her statement to “unknown and unheralded Black Canadians,” she wrote: “I want to highlight here that glowing genealogy: from Marie Joseph Angélique who, in her escape from enslavement, set fire to the city of Montreal in 1734; to the young girl in 1772 whose name was Thursday and who fled from slavery in Nova Scotia; to the young men today in Toronto, whose names are written on cards and held in the police files of the city, apprehended for being human; to all of the people who wake up each day living in spite of racism and who, with conscience, protest on the streets calling for simply living; to all who every day do the groundwork to make Black life meaningful.
“All these beautiful lives are the reason I write. They make me wake up each morning asking: What poetry must I make to requite their being? What world must I imagine? What words must I write today?”
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The University of Guelph has created two new internal awards to recognize research excellence and innovation.
The inaugural recipients of U of G’s Research Excellence Awards and Research Leadership Chairs were announced this week.
Created by the Office of Research and the Office of the Provost, the awards will be made annually.
“The awards recognize both researchers who are embarking on stellar careers and those whose research successes already set them apart from their colleagues in their disciplines globally,” said Malcolm Campbell, vice-president (research).
Research Excellence awards are a one-time, $5,000 award. Early career faculty who are one to two years post-tenure are eligible.
Research Leader Chairs are for well-established faculty who have demonstrated research excellence. The $15,000 awards are for three years, with a possible extension to five years.
“The recipients in this first round represent the diversity, depth, and breadth of our researchersacross campus,” said Charlotte Yates, provost and vice-president (academic).
Award winners will be presenting their work to U of G and the wider Guelph community through special research events.
Each of U of G’s seven colleges will be eligible for one Research Excellence Award recipient and up to two Research Leader Chairs.
Recipients are nominated and selected by their respective colleges. Awards are based on scholarly output, research-related knowledge mobilization, research-derived innovation, and training of highly qualified personnel.
The inaugural awardees are:
Research Excellence Awards
Research Leader Chairs
Additional recipients will be announced later this year.