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University of Manitoba
It was all a dream ... Governments, wars, Skating under the
secrets, ethics stars
The Black Hole performs WikiLeaks debate draws crowd New ice rink on campus
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Voters: Lazy? Irresponsible? Uncaring?
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Photo by Mariianne Mays Wiebe
Professors Andrea Rounce and Jared Wesley, department of political studies, are gearing up for a series of forums on democracy.
Scientiﬁc research leaders move forward with new support
BY JANINE HARASYMCHUK researchers to achieve their goal of innovation and Margaret Docker, Faculty of Science, received
For The Bulletin discovery,” said Digvir S. Jayas, vice-president (research) $127,986 towards a molecular genetics facility that will
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced at the U of M. “I wish them all success in their journey dramatically increase the capabilities and consistency
it has awarded $1,332,798 to eight University of to breaking new ground. of molecular genetic analyses. The laboratory is
Manitoba researchers, enabling them to improve our developing genetic technologies for the early detection
knowledge of the world and continue to lead in their and species-specific control of aquatic invasive species
fields. (i.e., with minimal impact to non-target organisms)
“Access to modern, cutting-edge equipment and and studying genetic stock structure in walleye in Lake
facilities is imperative in the 21st century,” said Gilles Winnipeg; commercial fishing for walleye in Manitoba is
Patry, President and CEO of the CFI. “For more than a a valuable industry, generating on average $18 million
decade, the CFI has provided thousands of world-class per year. Molecular genetic research has significant
researchers with the tools they need to do their work. potential to benefit Manitoba’s economic development,
Without the right infrastructure, they quite simply to maintain the high quality of our environment, and to
wouldn’t be in Canada.” thereby sustain and improve the welfare of its citizens.
The contributions were provided under the Leaders Mostafa Fayek and Alfredo Camacho, Clayton
Opportunity Fund, which supports infrastructure at H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and
Canadian institutions to attract and retain leading Resources, received $397,105 to establish a noble-
researchers. The University of Manitoba recipients are Photo by Melni Ghattora gas mass-spectrometry laboratory. This will enhance
Margaret Docker, Mostafa Fayek, Soheila Karimi, Song MP Vic Toews (far left) gets a tour of U of M research facilities understanding of the processes and rates that impact
Liu, Brooke Milne, Afshin Raouf, James Roth and Jane from Scott Kroeker, chemistry (far right). Digvir Jayas, fluid-rock interactions, mechanisms of mass transport,
Waterman. vice-president (research) and Jay Doering, dean, graduate and thermal history of geological systems. This research
“This funding is vital in supporting our accomplished studies, look on. will support energy and mineral resources such as
continued on page 2
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In the News Research, cont’d.
uranium deposits, and alternative energy mining, and gas projects. The technology
Of Charter and Council developments. will push Canadian archeology to the
Winnipeg Free Press Soheila Karimi, Faculty of Medicine, next level, making it competitive with
January 20, 2011 received $159,851 for equipment that other nations using similar approaches.
will enable the integration of a wide Afshin Raouf, Faculty of Medicine
Law professor Bryan Schwartz gave insight into a Charter issue. He says St. range of cutting-edge cellular and and the Manitoba Institute of Cell
Vital Coun. Gord Steeves has raised “a significant constitutional question” by functional strategies in spinal cord and Biology (a joint institute of the U of M
challenging provincial rules that effectively discourage city councillors from stem cell research that will complement and CancerCare Manitoba), received
becoming an MLA. The executive policy committee recently approved Steeves› plan existing infrastructure at the university $156,292 for the establishment of an
to ask the province to rescind rules that require councillors to forfeit their seats if and in Manitoba. The support will integrated lab to study the biology and
they›re nominated by a provincial party. No such rules apply to federal candidates. aid the development of an advanced functions of normal and malignant
Schwartz said the legislation creates a burden that may contravene Section 3 of the regenerative medicine centre that breast stem cells. Understanding how
Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees anyone the right to be qualified focuses on the therapeutic application of breast stem cells are normally regulated
to run for a legislative seat. But there is no clear legal precedence on this point, neural stem cells in pre-clinical models will provide a framework to understand
in the event of an actual charter challenge, Schwartz said. of spinal cord injury. how their inappropriate regulation can
Song Liu, Faculty of Human cause them to become cancer forming
Ecology, received $145,536 to establish cells. Such knowledge will lead to the
a medical textile surface engineering lab development of new therapeutics to
Democracy in Long Plains at the U of M to facilitate the research prevent breast cancer recurrence and
Winnipeg Free Press and development of new generation to diagnose breast cancer at an early
January 15, 2011 of textile materials for medical and premalignant stage.
biomedical applications such as self- James Roth, Faculty of Science,
A recent story noted that in the 2007 provincial election, voter turnout amongst disinfecting protective textiles, dual- received $81,199 for quipment to collect
Long Plain residents stood at just under 21 per cent. Fewer than 100 of 468 functional chronic wound care dressings, and prepare biological samples for
registered voters in the community, 15 kilometers south of the junction of the vascular grafts and ligament prostheses. estimating animal diets. With Canada’s
Trans-Canada and Yellowhead highways, cast a ballot. Long Plain has a total The use of self-disinfecting textiles wildlife facing increasing threats due
population of 3,800, with about 2,000 living on the reserve. Most of the rest can prevent cross infections and will to habitat loss and climate change, the
live in Brandon, Winnipeg and nearby Portage la Prairie. Long Plain wasn’t contribute to disease prevention and ability to reconstruct animal diets and
the only First Nation with a low turnout in the last provincial election. And in reduced hospital-acquired infection. trace the flow of nutrients and energy
analysing provincial voter turnout, political scientist Jared Wesley has found This facility will be unique to the U is crucial for wildlife conservation. This
that constituencies with higher proportions of aboriginal residents tend to of M and will significantly benefit the new infrastructure will complement the
have lower participation rates. “It matters not whether the local race is close; provincial economy by creating new Stable Isotope Facility in the department
if the constituency has a high proportion of aboriginal peoples, it is very likely textile opportunities. of geological sciences.
to feature low voter turnout,” he said. Wesley’s findings expand upon other Brooke Milne, Faculty of Arts, J a n e Wa t e r m a n , Fa c u l t y o f
studies which suggest that aboriginal Canadians are among the least engaged received $194,877 for geophysical survey Science, received $69,952 towards
in electoral politics. and digital microscopy equipment that equipment used to create mobile field
will assist in the digital preservation labs and analysis centre which will
of archaeological sites and artifacts in investigate how fertility is influenced
Like the cat that kept coming back Canada’s Arctic and subarctic regions. by environmental factors such as age,
The Winnipeg Sun This equipment will help speed up the social status, resources, and parasites
January 14, 2011 pace of research, saving both time and in wildlife. This equipment will be used
resources, and facilitate environmental to collect live sperm, and behavioural,
Four months after their existence sparked a media firestorm, sexually explicit impact assessments prior to hydro, physiological and morphological data.
pictures of a Winnipeg judge have resurfaced on the Internet. Law professor
David Deutscher said whoever posted the pictures could possibly face contempt
of court charges, if they can be identified. Because the pictures are the subject
of a civil proceeding, not a criminal one, “it would be up to the lawyers to do
the digging, and that could be difficult.”
Your career starts here
U of M competes
Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun, Winnipeg Free Press, The Daily News
(Nanaimo), Postmedia News, Albemi Valley Times
January 20, 2011
Media reported that the University of Manitoba will make a bid for a national
research centre on residential schools that the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission must establish before it wraps up its work. The commission is
gathering a permanent record of the chapter in Canadian history and the research
centre will serve as a public custodian of the stories of abuse. “The University
of Manitoba will be bidding on it. We’ve told the TRC and it’s not a secret,” said
Karen Busby, the director of U of M’s centre on human rights research.
Headlines Photo by Joey Pothe
“She’d like a few words with you,” Winnipeg Free Press, Jan. 13, 2011, story about Students at the 9th annual January Career Fair.
linguistics professor Jila Ghomeshi.
The January Career Fair took place Wednesday, January 19 in University Centre with
over 2,500 students attending. Career Services has been hosting this event for the
“Scholarship winner reaping what she has sown,” Canstar News, Jan. 21, 2011,
past nine years and it has continued to attract employers from a broad range of
story about Laryssa Grenkow, a student who was recently awarded the Manitoba
business sectors who are looking to recruit U of M students for summer, full-time
Canola Growers Association Scholarship.
and part-time positions. This year 65 employers participated, including federal and
provincial government departments, crown corporations, and private businesses.
“Privacy issues crux of math prof's case: judge,” Winnipeg Free Press, Jan. 21,
2011, story updating court case with U of M math prof. Gábor Lukács. >>Go to umanitoba.ca/student/employment for more about Career Services
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Study examines Manitoban prescription practices
BY JACK RACH most common drug people with diabetes start with. Its further suggested that older patients not be given high
For The Bulletin use is increasing which is useful information because doses of any antipsychotic due to possible side effects
In Manitoba, between 1998 and 2007, the average cost the evidence suggests Manitoba doctors are following that may cause them to fall. Despite these cautions,
of a person’s annual prescription medication regimen guidelines. the use of newer antipsychotics is rising—especially
rose from $232 to $525 because of increased costs and However, the report found that the guidelines among Manitobans living in a personal care homes.
prescription rates. What hasn’t been clear until now, for treating asthma are less likely to be followed by Among these patients the prescription of these newer
however, is whether medications have been prescribed physicians. antipsychotics rose from two to 27 per cent, while the
by doctors according to the latest guidelines. A new There are three main types of inhalers for long-term use of older antipsychotics declined.
study by the U of M’s Faculty of Medicine reports that asthma control. A LABA-corticosteroid inhaler combines There was, Raymond said, some good news with
Manitoba doctors are adept at following prescription a long-acting airway-opening drug with a steroid to these types of medications. “The report found high
guidelines. reduce inflammation. The other two are LABA-only and doses of antipsychotic medications were not prescribed
Dr. Colette Raymond is a pharmacist with the WRHA corticosteroid-only. The guidelines for asthma suggest to older patients at high risk of dangerous side effects.”
and lead researcher for the report, released by the a patient use inhaled steroids before taking LABA. But
Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. “Optimal prescribing the study found that fewer and fewer patients are being MCHP is a research unit in the department of
might be the best term to describe what’s evaluated prescribed this ordered regiment; patients are taking Community Health Sciences in the Faculty of
in this study,” says Raymond. “The report examines if LABA without first taking the steroids. Medicine, at the University of Manitoba. Research
the increasing use of a drug is supported by the latest “This is not such good news,” says Raymond. scientists and their collaborators at MCHP study
research, whether or not medications are prescribed “According to guidelines, LABAs without corticosteroids health services, population and public health, and
when the latest information suggests another should should not be used because they may cause serious the social determinants of health using data from the
be tried first, and if the drug recommended most for a side effects in asthma patients. Due to these risks, it is entire population of Manitoba. Most of the research
particular condition is actually the one that is prescribed recommended that asthma should first be treated with is oriented towards answering questions of interest
most often.” a corticosteroid.” to policy makers in Manitoba based on a formal
The results of this study will be useful for Antipsychotics prescription use among seniors association with Manitoba Health and input from
policymakers to determine how medications are being was another area the report looked at. According to other government departments.
prescribed in Manitoba and for whom. the latest guidelines, newer antipsychotic medications
For example, metformin is the most recommended should be avoided in older patients with dementia >>The summary and full report is available at:
drug to treat diabetes and the study found that it’s the because of a link to strokes in these patients. It is mchp-appserv.cpe.umanitoba.ca/deliverablesList.html
Funding biomedical Conversations critical:
imaging, nutraceuticals, TRC series continues
Asian noodles BY MARIIANNE MAYS WIEBE
perspectives on the impacts of residential
schools and colonization on Monday,
BY JANINE HARASYMCHUK supporting organizations, CancerCare Since the establishment of the Centre for January 31.
For The Bulletin Manitoba (CCMB) & IMRIS. Current Human Rights (CHRR) at the University Janice Ristock, U of M associate
The Natural Sciences and Engineering indications are that MWT can be useful of Manitoba, several university events vice-president (research), Albert
Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for breast cancer imaging, bone imaging, have been arranged to support the McLeod, independent researcher,
will be funding three University of and the detection of ischemic tissues. work of the Truth and Reconciliation and Lisa Passante, master of Social
Manitoba research projects over a three- • Martin Scanlon, Faculty of Commission (TRC), beginning with Work candidate, present “Aboriginal
year period. A total of $1,391,166 was Agricultural and Food Sciences, will the conference that took place at the LGBTTQ Peoples’ Migration, Mobility
awarded under the Strategic Project receive $524,710 to examine the university this past summer. and Health: Understanding the Context
Grants (SPG) Program. The program’s fundamental mechanical properties The conference “Prairie Perspectives of Colonization and Residential Schools”
goal is to increase research and training that control texture in the commercial on Indian Residential Schools, Truth and while David Milward, Law, U of M, speaks
in targeted areas that could strongly production of Asian noodles using Reconciliation” was organized by the on the topic “Addressing the Problem of
enhance Canada’s economy, society Canadian wheat. The team includes CHRR and held on June 17 as part of the Aboriginal Over-incarceration Through
and or environment within the next ten Dave Hatcher at the federal Grain TRC’s first official national event. Restorative Justice.”
years. Research Laboratory in Winnipeg To continue the conversation beyond On Monday, February 7, Marlene
The University of Manitoba awards and John Page of the University of
the intitial conference, the CHRR and Atleo, Education, U of M, presents
were part of the announcement made Manitoba department of physics. They
Kiera Ladner, CRC in Indigenous Politics “Aboriginal Learning for Survivance:
recently by the Honourable Gary will use the knowledge gained from the
and Governance, planned a bi-weekly Reclaiming the Promise” along with
Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and mechanical characterization of Asian
Technology), and Stephen Woodworth, noodles to optimize the texture of seminar series during the 2010-2011 Fiona McDonald, political studies, who
Member of Parliament for Kitchener fiber-enriched noodles, supporting the academic year: the Critical Conversations speaks on the question, “Are Child
Centre. sales of Canadian wheat in a growing series on Indian Residential Schools, Welfare Agencies the ‘New’ Indian
“Supporting science and research product sector of the Asian market — the Truth and Reconciliation. Residential Schools?”
is critical to Canada’s future economic functional foods market. Most of the speakers in the series are Brenda Gunn, Law, U of M, and
growth,” said Minister Goodyear. “This • Peter Zahradka, Faculty of U of M researchers whose work touches Penelope Andrews, Law, City University
investment will bring together 100 teams Medicine, principal investigator and in some way on Indian Residential of New York round off the series
of some of the world’s top researchers team leader, Canadian Centre for Agri- Schools or Truth and Reconciliation on March 7 with presentations on
to work with industry on promising new food Research in Health and Medicine related issues. “Achieving Reconciliation Through
projects that will help strengthen our at St. Boniface Hospital – Research, The series is supported by the the UN Declaration on the Rights of
economy, create jobs and bring other will receive $575,456 to identify and Aboriginal Students’ Centre, Arthur V. Indigenous Peoples” and “The Role of
benefits for communities.” characterize the molecule in pulse Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice, the International Law in South Africa’s TRC:
“I congratulate the three teams. crops that has been shown to decrease Institute for the Humanities, RESOLVE, Some Comparative Lessons for Canada,”
Their research programs will add to arterial stiffness. This molecule will Faculty of Law Distinguished Visitors respectively.
and expand upon existing knowledge then be available for incorporation into Program and the Centre for Creative The spring schedule will offer
in areas that will have direct impact novel enriched or fortified functional Writing and Oral Culture. related discussions and additional
on local and national economies,” said food products, or utilized in its purified Seminars are open to the university presentations may be added.
Digvir Jayas, vice-president (research) form as a nutraceutical. The team, led community and the larger community, The Centre for Human Rights
at the U of M. “I congratulate all of the by Zahradka, includes Carla Taylor and and its winter schedule kicked off in Research Initiative (CHRR) brings
research teams.” Michel Aliani, Faculty of Human Ecology. mid-January. Seminar topics are listed in together people and organizations,
The researchers whose projects Their research findings can potentially
advance with suggested readings so that both within and outside the University
received new funding include: lead to the development of products for
community and audience members can of Manitoba, to work to enhance
• J o e L o Ve t r i , F a c u l t y o f human consumption that will enhance
participate in the discussion. interdisciplinary and collaborative
Engineering, will receive $291,000 the commercial value of pulse crops
to enhance the spatial resolution of due to strong market interest in the In collaboration with the Faculty research capacities, create richer training
state-of-the-art Microwave Tomography underlying therapeutic applications. of Law Distinguished Visitor Series, the opportunities for students, and facilitate
(MWT) systems for biomedical imaging. series brought in Jennifer Llewellyn, Law, the fusion of research driven knowledge,
MWT is a relatively new process that NSERC is a federal agency that supports Dalhousie University, to present on the public policy and intellectual debate.
uses microwave measurements to some 30,000 university students and topic of “Reconciling the work of the TRC” CHRR has received seed money to create
create a quantitative image of the postdoctoral fellows in their advanced on January 27. Llewellyn’s presentation the CHRR infrastructure, support the
bulk-electrical material properties of studies. NSERC promotes discovery by considers what a relational approach CHRR planning process, and to begin
biological tissues within a body. The funding more than 12,000 professors might offer in term of understanding and some programming for the initial two-
research team, which includes Lotfollah every year and fosters innovation by assessing the mandate and the work of year period.
Shafai, Faculty of Engineering, will encouraging more than 1,500 Canadian the Indian Residential Schools Truth and For more information on the series and
investigate the feasibility of MWT for companies to participate and invest in Reconciliation Commission. suggested readings, visit:
specialized biomedical applications postsecondary research projects. The series continues with >>http://chrr.info/
and transferring the technology to their
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The ethics of WikiLeaks and other questions
BY MARIIANNE MAYS WIEBE The Pentagon Papers, officially titled “United
The Bulletin States-Vietnam Relations, 1945–1967: A Study
When a large, lively crowd showed for the U of M Prepared by the Department of Defense” were a
debate-event “Heroism or terrorism: The ethics of top-secret United States Department of Defence
WikiLeaks” on Friday, January 21, event organizer Arthur history of the United States’ political-military
Schafer confessed to being pleasantly surprised by the involvement in Vietnam.
substantial turnout. The wiki and its founder Julian Rosner reminded his audience that in the
Assange have become hot topics of discussion due to final outcome of the case New York Times Co. v.
the nature of WikiLeaks’ releases. United States (403 U.S. 713), Justice Black’s US
Presented by U of M’s Centre for Professional and Supreme Court decision upheld freedom of the
Applied Ethics, the vigourous debate was moderated press. Rosner contended that “as the watchdog
by Schafer, a professor of philosophy who is also the [of government or the state], the press cannot be
centre’s director. Cecil Rosner, head of CBC-TV argued subservient [to it].”
pro-Wikileaks, while James (Jim) Fergusson, made the However, according to John T. Correll’s article
case for the anti-Wikileaks argument. Fergusson is on the case in the February 2007 issue of Air
director for the Centre for Defence and Security Studies Force Magazine, the Supreme Court decision did
and a professor in the department of political studies not void the Espionage Act or give the press unlimited
at the University of Manitoba. freedom to publish classified documents, and Ellsberg
Public awareness of and controversy surrounding was not acquitted of violating the Espionage Act; he
WikiLeaks has grown substantially with the publication was freed due to irregularities in the prosecution’s case.
of more than 76,900 secret documents about the war The Pentagon Papers are still classified documents.
in Afghanistan and more recently, the publication of US Arguing on the anti-WikiLeaks side, Jim Fergusson
state department diplomatic cables. keyed in on the problems with individuals overriding
WikiLeaks states that its “primary interest is in government by “self-defining the right” to decide what
exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former should be unclassified and distributed to the wider
Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, public, and the sheer volume and, he contended, the
but we also expect to be of assistance to people of unfiltered nature of the WikiLeaks content.
all regions who wish to reveal unethical behaviour in Though Fergusson acknowledged that “government
Photos by Mariianne Mays Wiebe
their governments and corporations.” Though it was obsession with secrecy” could be a problem, often the
originally launched as a user-editable wiki, the site has “overclassification” is justified, he said, in military issues Top: U of M’s James Fergusson, Cecil Rosner of CBC and
moved towards a more traditional publication model where lives are at stake. “We give our government
Arthur Schafer prepare for the WikiLeaks ethics debate.
Below: Students and faculty gather at the event.
and no longer accepts user comments or edits. the legal right to make the decision to bring force,”
WikiLeaks publishes submissions of private, secret, and thus, in these cases, the “heroism” commonly
and classified media from anonymous news sources attributed to such whistleblowing can become more
and news leaks; it is an international, non-profit like “terrorism” — or treason, he said, with the of WikiLeaks” is one of several events and lectures
organization. Launched in 2006, WikiLeaks was listed in violation of an oath taken in military service. The other organized by the Centre for Professional and Applied
December, 2010 by the New York City Daily News as first difficulty, he said, is that too often media discounts any Ethics throughout the academic year.
among websites “that could totally change the news.” contextual analysis and tends instead toward “tabloid According to Schafer, the discipline of applied ethics
Rosner, arguing the pro-WikiLeaks side, opened sensationalism” without “proper due diligence.” has come to prominence as a field of study only in the
the debate by setting WikiLeaks in the context of Rebuttals were centred on media and journalistic last fifty years or so.
whistleblowing, and how whistleblowers’ information is ethics and responsibility versus government “Whether in biomedicine, business or the
quashed and whistleblowers themselves are discredited accountability and transparency, and after the floor was environment, questions raised by scholars and citizens
by the organizations on which they are informing. opened for questioning, many students and faculty in are frequently ethical questions: about right and wrong,
Drawing a comparison to Daniel Ellsberg in leaking the audience raised points for and directed questions justice and injustice, fair distribution of benefits and
the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times, which to both Fergusson and Rosner. A considerable number burdens. These have serious implications for how we
made them front page news in 1971, Rosner suggested of audience members stayed behind after the debate live our lives, as individual citizens, as members of a
that WikiLeaks, with its preponderance of Iraq War ended to further discuss the issue with the presenters. particular community, and as human beings who share
documents, was a similar case. The debate “Heroism or terrorism: The ethics many common aspirations and fears,” Schafer said.
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Briefs The age of democracy deﬁcit
Trends in education and technology
BY MARIIANNE MAYS WIEBE we found out just recently, some may — are and to connect citizens with
at U of M and beyond ...
The Bulletin not realize that they are eligible to vote.” experts in various public venues such
Citizen alert. Jared Wesley and Andrea Sometimes people don’t know how as restaurants, coffeehouses, bookstores
Rounce are coming to a venue near you accessible voting is. Whereas they may and shopping malls.
US colleges failing to keep up to find out what you think about politics. believe that they don’t have enough time Contributors, say Wesley and
with growth of mobile web: Hand- No, they won’t ask you who you’re to vote, there were, for example, in the Rounce, will be drawn from across
held devices are fast becoming the voting for, or how you perceive the views previous election eight advance polls, the Canadian academic, political and
primary way many people access of one party or another. They don’t some of which took place on weekends. journalistic communities. Special efforts
the Web. One study found half of even want to know what you think the will be made to incorporate the views
all US college students used mobile burning political issues are, or should of Manitoba-based scholars, political
devices to access the Internet every be; they’re not interested in the debates scientists from throughout Canada with
day last year, compared to 10 per that typically fill radio airwaves and take expertise in parties and elections, and
cent of students in 2008. But many up major column space in newspapers. local political insiders with experience
post-secondary institutions treat They want to get to the core of in campaigning.
their mobile website like low-stakes things: to uncover some of the basic
Part of the aim of the informational
experiments. Schools that have barriers that keep average citizens from
forums, say Wesley and Rounce, is to
put some effort into mobile have civic or political engagement.
identify the contexts in which voter
taken one of three paths: buying To that end, the two professors
of political studies at the University of attitudes are formed, and to understand
applications from educational-
Manitoba are working with the Manitoba the history of how people’s attitudes
software company Blackboard Inc.;
Institute for Policy Research to host a have developed. In advance of each
using an open-source platform
series of public forums called the U2011 café, speakers will be invited to submit
created by MIT; or building the
Café Series. a short op-ed which may be published
- The Chronicle of Higher Education The monthly cafés will be held by the Winnipeg Free Press as part of its
throughout the province, beginning in “Democracy Project.”
One-quarter of PSE students are Winnipeg and touring through various Each forum will be recorded and
depressed, study finds: A new cities, towns and regions in the nine archived online, and the project website
Canada-US study has found that months leading up to the October 4, Mythbusters Wesley and Rounce: ‘Not all will be developed to publicize the
one in 4 students who showed up at 2011 election. research requires lab coats.’ findings of the study to the general
campus health clinics had symptoms The goal of the forums is not to public. A summary volume entitled
of clinical depression, and one in increase voter turnout, say the café Understanding 2011 is scheduled for
10 had recently thought of suicide. organizers, but rather, to decrease the Voter turnout in the 2003 provincial publication through the Canadian Plains
Experts suggest the reasons behind number of people who claim a lack election ebbed at 54.3 percent, Research Centre Press in 2012-2013.
a growing number of students of information as their reason not to recovering to just 56.8 per cent in 2007. Neither Wesley nor Rounce has any
needing care for sometimes-serious engage with politics. And perhaps, in Surveys indicate that many non- political affiliation. They emphasize that
mental health issues may include the meantime, to disprove some of the voters feel alienated from the political their objective is not to raise the level of
the pressures of a society that no long-running myths about why people system, or have other priorities on debate during the election.
longer guarantees success to young don’t vote. election day. Among the disaffected, “That is the job of political parties and
university graduates, and youth There are a lot of theories about what approximately six in ten report being too journalists. Our goal is to raise the level of
being simply less equipped to cope keeps people from voting. Charges of ill-informed about the political process awareness and knowledge about politics
with life’s challenges. Another factor laziness or irresponsibility are frequently to cast a meaningful ballot and the political process,” they say.
is that PSE institutions are taking in levied as possible reasons, say, that young For someone like Wesley, whose The first U2011 café will be held
students with disabilities and mental
people don’t vote. But such indictments research program focuses on civic at McNally Robinson booksellers in
health problems who in the past
are often more condescension than engagement, voter turnout and political Winnipeg on February 8, 2011. It’s titled,
would not have been admitted. The
reality, and there’s no evidence to back culture, these issues are pertinent. But it’s “Understanding Manitoba Politics and
researchers recommend that campus
them up. not just his research interests driving him. Elections.”
health clinics ask all their patients a
few questions to determine whether
There are often more complex He and his colleague Rounce started Other such events, some dealing
they might be seriously depressed, reasons and circumstances for a thinking about whether there was with women in politics, some dealing
“so we can help them before it gets prevailing attitude within a certain something the university could provide in North-end politics, some dealing in
really out of hand.” demographic, Wesley and Rounce say. for the larger community, something campaign strategies and opinion polls,
- National Post Reading a recent provincial survey that might address a need that obviously will be held in various locations around
on voter turnout, for example, Wesley wasn’t being met. “We thought about Winnipeg and in cities such as Brandon
Fr o m A c a d e m i c a ’ s To p Te n
noticed that often people don’t vote what we could do in terms of public and Minnedosa. The events are free and
newsletter, Academica Group
because they feel they don’t have enough education to overcome that one barrier open to the public.
information to cast a meaningful ballot. [of a lack of information] to people’s
This can mean a multitude of things, civic engagement.” >>See: www.umanitoba.ca/outreach/
he says. “People may feel that they don’t They came up with the idea of a u2011/cafe_calendar.html
know enough about the parties or what series of public forums to take place
they stand for on different issues. Or as where the people — the potential voters
Welcome to the future. Discuss
BY MARIIANNE MAYS WIEBE order to provide a better understanding Arts, the department of political studies, handled entirely by grad students, from
The Bulletin for what the future may look like, and Arts student body Council, Faculty of fundraising to contacting speakers,
The 27th annual Political Studies what its implications are for Canada’s Graduate Studies and the Graduate arranging travel and accommodations,
Students Conference will take place place in the world, and for Canadian Students’ Association. to chairing sessions,” he says.
at the University of Manitoba in early defence and security. Past notable speakers include the late Annual conference themes are
February with a focus on “The Future of Conference organizer Paul Marion Susan Strange, a British academic who chosen in advance in consultation with
America as a Global Power.” notes that one thing that sets the conference was long considered the most influential faculty, he says. According to MacLean,
Arguments concerning the end of apart is its interdisciplinary nature. figure in British international studies, the lengthier presentation times allow
American global hegemony, the decline “Its research fellows are drawn from the Lester B. Pearson Professorial Fellow for the kind of in-depth discussion that is
of America’s global power, and the rise economics, English, history, political in International Relations at Oxford rare. Individual sessions run a half-hour
of new global competitors are not new. studies and sociology working on University, S. Neil MacFarlane, and and include time for questions.
However, now appears to be an ideal defense and security issues, as well as Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger. “The future of America as a global
time to discuss America’s future. retired government or Canadian Forces This year’s keynote is Sam Brock, power” takes place February 2 to 4, 2011
In the wake of enormous global members. The conference continues Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs, in the Great Hall in University College,
shifts and uncertain economic conditions to attract leading political figures, US Embassy to Canada. Other keynote University of Manitoba.The conference is
for the United States of America, US scholars, and academics from Canada, speakers from Canada’s Department of open to both the university community
president Barack Obama in the recent the USA, and abroad,” he says. National Defence will discuss the future and the wider public.
State of the Union address spoke of Sponsors of the annual event include of America and the implications this will
winning the future, advising Americans J.W Dafoe Foundation, Centre for Defence
. have on Canada. For more see: >> www.umanitoba.ca/
that, “Success is not a function of fame and Security Studies, Department of George MacLean, professor and faculties/arts/departments/political_
or PR, but of hard work and discipline.” National Defense, Canadian International head of the political studies department, studies/studentconference.html
The U of M conference seeks to Council – Winnipeg Branch, University of adds that the student conference has the
evaluate the debate over America’s global Manitoba Students’ Union (Pepsi Fund), distinction of being the longest-running
power by looking at its core elements in University College, office of the Dean of in Western Canada. “The conference is
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‘Zinger’ celebrates Brown and Gold
Bison hockey teams throw fundraiser Learn from an award-winning poet
BY CHRIS ZUK Bison women’s hockey head coach
For The Bulletin Jon Rempel states, “I am very pleased to
The University of Manitoba Bisons men’s continue the growth of this successful
and women’s hockey programs will hold joint event into an annual fundraising
their annual joint fundraiser dinner on effort. ‘Zinger’ has been an integral
Monday, February 7, 2011. The special figure in Manitoba hockey throughout
event will be staged at the CanadInns Fort the years and this will be a great night
Garry (1824 Pembina) with special guest and opportunity for people to support
speaker Craig Heisinger in attendance. both Bison hockey programs and the
Manitoba Moose Yearling Foundation.”
The special fundraiser event will
celebrate and support the Bison
women’s and men’s hockey programs
Photo by Susan Rich
of the past and present. The evening
Méira Cook reads at the welcome event. Seated, Warren Cariou,
will start with cocktails at 6 p.m., then
CCWOC director and associate professor of English.
dinner at 7 p.m., followed by the guest
speaker. The night will include door
prizes and a silent auction. Méira Cook, Winter 2011 Writer-in-Residence, leads a poetry workshop
Proceeds from the evening go to beginning Wednesday, January 26, and running each Wednesday through
Photo by Chris Zuk
support student athletic scholarships February 16. Participants will meet in the English department’s Haney
Bison women’s hockey team in action. Reading Room, 627 Fletcher Argue, to workshop and craft poems. To sign
and general program needs of the
up, email email@example.com or phone 480-1065.
Bison women’s and men’s hockey
Méira Cook was born in Johannesburg where she worked as a
Heisinger is no stranger to Manitoba programs with a portion of the proceeds
freelance arts and culture correspondent before moving to Winnipeg.
hockey over the years. The Winnipeg directed to the Manitoba Moose Yearling
Her poetry collections include Slovenly Love (Brick 2003), and A Walker
native is the senior vice-president of True Foundation. in the City (forthcoming with Brick in Fall 2011). She has published a
North Sports & Entertainment, and the Single Tickets are $125 with a book of literary criticism, Writing Lovers: Reading Canadian Love Poetry
general manager of the Manitoba Moose. tax receipt for the donation portion By Women (McGill-Queen’s UP), and edited and introduced a selection
In 2008/09, Heisinger was named the of ticket. Corporate Tables are $1000 of Don McKay’s poetry entitled Field Marks: The Poetry of Don McKay.
winner of the James C. Hendy Memorial (Table of eight with a tax receipt for Her poetry won first place in the CBC Literary Awards in 2007, has been
Award as the outstanding executive in donation portion of ticket). Donations published in The Best Canadian Poetry of 2008, and was featured in
the American Hockey League. He has an directed to scholarship will be matched Winnipeg Transit’s Poetry in Motion program. She has been the poetry
impressive history of work both in the by the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary editor of Prairie Fire magazine and has taught creative writing classes at
local and national hockey scenes. Initiative. the U of M.
Bison men’s hockey head coach For tickets or to make a donation
Mike Sirant says, “We are very happy please go to the Manitoba Bisons
and pleased that ‘Zinger’ was able to website and fax back the registration
find time in his busy schedule to be a form (PDF) to 360-6128, Attention: The Rudy Falk Clinician Scientist Award
part of this special day and assist both Tannis Corfield or e-mail your form to:
The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Manitoba invites applications from individuals as
Bison hockey programs. This continues firstname.lastname@example.org candidates for the Rudy Falk Clinician Scientist Award, to take effect between July 1, 2011 -
our run of great speakers we have had December 31, 2011. The intent of the award is to foster the development of clinician scientists
at this event and we look forward to a >> gobisons.ca in Canada who are committed both to their patients and basic investigation.
great evening.” The Award was established in memory of Rudy Falk and two of his patients, John F. Bassett
and Bruce Beauchamp, to commemorate his contributions to medical research and to his
patients. Rudy Falk was an oncologist and scientist with a lengthy list of achievements and
awards during his distinguished career. He was a skilled surgeon, winning the Lister Prize
for his surgical skills, and a committed and compassionate doctor to his patients. He was a
dedicated scientist and was honoured as a Career Investigator with the Medical Research
Council of Canada. He was a gold medalist at the University of Manitoba, first director of
the Goldie Rotman oncology unit at Toronto General Hospital, professor at the University of
Toronto, and director of the Falk Oncology Center.
The Award will contribute to the salary and benefits of the person duly appointed as the
Clinician Scientist, support the scholarly activities of the incumbent, and support any other
activities that are consistent with the Basset, Beauchamp, Falk Clinician-Scientist Fund.
The recipient of the Award shall be known as the “Rudy Falk Clinician-Scientist” and shall so
identify himself or herself in all correspondence, communications or publications where a
title is used.
To be eligible for consideration applicants for the Award must be in the first three (3) years of
their appointment as an Assistant Professor in their University. The criteria for selection shall
include demonstrated academic and clinical excellence; scientific and clinical merit of the
program of research proposed by the candidate; and the candidate’s likely competitiveness
in seeking extramural funding. Candidates whose qualities reflect those identified with Dr.
Rudy Falk, combining compassion for their patients with the highest standards of scientific
enquiry, will be preferred.
The Award is given for a period of three years. It may not be held concurrently with another
personal career award and is not renewable. The Award consists of a contribution to the
awardee’s salary of $70,000 (plus benefits) per annum during the three year term. Successful
candidates are expected to devote at least 75% of time to research. Physician applicants
must be registerable with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba. The recipient
will receive a contingent appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor.
The University of Manitoba encourages applications from qualified woman and men,
including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All
qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent
residents will be given priority.
Applicants shall use the Faculty of Medicine Research Module, which can be found at:
http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/medicine/research/other_funding.html. The original,
plus 5 copies of the application, with three supporting letters including one from the
appropriate University of Manitoba Department or Section Head, must be submitted no
later than March 15, 2011 to:
Dr. Brian Postl, Dean, Faculty of Medicine
University of Manitoba
260-727 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3P5
Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba).
101-7 Strachan Bay S.E
Medicine Hat AB T1B 4Y2 One university.
tel. (403) 548-7000 fax (403) 548-7111 Many futures. Faculty
toll-free 1-888-607-6453 of Medicine
January 27, 2011 The Bulletin Page 7
Ruled by the dreamer’s consciousness
Long-time professor in the department of musical score.
English, film and theatre, Chris Johnson, Johnson comments that “The Black
and graduate student Tim Bandfield are Hole Theatre Company has assembled a
directing one of the most demanding and brilliant student cast, that has worked hard
complex shows at StrindbergFest 2011, to design and supervise the building of the
Manitoba Theatre Centre’s annual festival of puppet cast — and the puppet and scenic
plays that highlights the work of a different effects are truly spectacular, in a Black
playwright each year. Hole, inexpensive, rely-on-inventiveness
A Dream Play is by August Strindberg, kind of way. U of M student Graham Izaak
a Swedish playwright, novelist, and wrote and recorded the original score.”
essayist. He wrote over 60 plays and more Johnson and Bandfield will also
than 30 works of fiction, autobiography, participate in “Searching for Strindberg: A
history, cultural analysis and politics. Directors’ Panel” on Sunday, January 30, at
The script is the evocative adaptation 12:00 p.m. at the Tom Hendry Warehouse
that Caryl Churchill wrote for the National Theatre.
Theatre of Great Britain in 2005. According Other participants are Hope McIntrye
to the director, this is only the second and Benjamin Wiebe, who is directing the
production of the Churchill version to Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre’s production
appear in Canada. of Miss Julie, and Brenda McLean, a U of M
Characters in the play appear, Intro to Theatre instructor, directing and
disappear, re-appear, morph and fly. acting in the Theatre Incarnate production
Events merge and transform. Like of Dionysus is Getting Impatient.
Strindberg, the company wanted to A Dream Play opened on January 21
recreate in the theatre an experience of and runs through to the 29 at 7:00 p.m.,
vivid dreaming and nightmare, and it with 2:00 p.m. matinees on Saturday and
achieves this with puppets, human actors, Sunday, January 30. To reserve seats, call
mutant hybrids (half human, half puppet), 474-6880, or e-mail to email@example.com.
imagistic magic, dance and an original Tickets also available at the door.
The author has in this dream play sought to imitate the disjointed yet seemingly
logical shape of a dream. Everything can happen, everything is possible and probable.
Time and space do not exist; the imagination spins, weaving new patterns on a flimsy
basis of reality: a mixture of memories, experiences, free associations, absurdities and
improvisations. The characters split, double, multiply, evaporate, condense, dissolve
and merge. But one consciousness rules them all: the dreamer’s; for him there are no
secrets, no inconsistencies, no scruples and no laws. He does not judge or acquit, he
merely relates; and, because a dream is usually painful rather than pleasant, a tone of
melancholy and compassion for all living creatures permeates the rambling narrative.
Sleep, the liberator, often feels like torture, but when the torment is at its worst, Photo by Dennis Smith
the moment of awakening comes and reconciles the sufferer with reality, which,
regardless of how painful it might be, is at this very moment a joy compared to the The Black Hole Theatre’s production of A Dream Play by August Strindberg is
agonies of dreaming. - August Strindberg part of MTC’s StrindbergFest.
Campus as a Community
Generosity brings people together and helps build community. It benefits the giver and the receiver. It funds infrastructure and helps
enrich our society.
Students like Chris Klassen benefit from the generosity of faculty and staff who support world class teaching and research through their
efforts on the job, and also through their charitable giving to the University of Manitoba.
Today Chris sits down with Jane Watkinson to learn why she supports the U of M with charitable gifts.
A Conversation with a Dean
Chris, a third-year me-
student, is also a student Chris Klassen: What has been the most rewarding thing about being a faculty member at the University?
fundraiser at the U of M’s
call centre. “I truly believe Jane Watkinson: Working in the Bison Sport and Active Living area because I haven’t done that before! It’s
in the cause. I get to see different because we get to serve the community and the campus whereas before I was more in a research and
firsthand what donations grad student supervisor role.
to the U of M do for us.”
CK: Your last gift was to the Active Living Fund. Why did you Jane Watkinson, PhD
choose this fund?
After 33 years at the
JW: I am truly concerned about the physical and mental health of young people and our job is to provide space University of Alberta,
and programs to help students become healthy. I chose this fund because we’re on the verge of building a new Jane brings her talents
building which I feel will help ALL students at the U of M. Whether they come in to shoot hoops, take part in wall to the role of Dean of the
climbing, play squash or work out, it will have a positive impact on their mental and physical health. Physical Faculty of Kinesiology and
activity has been shown to increase one’s quality of life and it’s a very powerful mechanism to achieve personal Recreation Management. “I
health! feel it is my responsibility
to give to areas that reflect
my own personal values.”
CK: There are so many things you can support in Winnipeg or internationally, why choose the U of M?
JW: I do support a few different charities, especially those for vulnerable people, but I specifically give to the U of M because it’s related to what I
value in my personal life and my professional life. I am convinced it is a great investment.
Join your colleagues in supporting your university.
Visit umanitoba.ca/giving to find out where your donation can make a difference.
FNL-Jan 27 Campus as a Community ad-v3.indd 1 19/01/2011 4:03:18 PM
Page 8 The Bulletin January 27, 2011
With a Co-Worker
Coffee 10 or 20 questions with Rene Pambrun
The Bulletin plays
Coffee or tea? Coffee, double, double. And in the evening, herbal tea, no
Comes with a free smile. Rene Pambrun remembers saying to his wife when his
children were young, “I’ll see you in 20 years.” With his three sons now grown, he
and his wife are experiencing a bit of empty nest syndrome. But as someone who is
known as “the guy who can fix anything,” he still keeps pretty busy. This also comes
in handy at his day job as service coordinator at the electrical shop in physical plant,
which requires everything from hands-on skills and trouble-shooting to pricing
to project management and reports. In fact, according to Pambrun, the one thing
that characterizes his work is diversity. When he started at the university in 1990 he
thought he might not find it challenging enough. “Little did I know,” he laughs. “One
might get the feeling you have to be part wizard to fill the requirements.”
He came to realize that the wide range of activities meant that he “could share
some of the knowledge I had, but I also learned a lot because the many different
systems at the university.” What was very new to him was what he calls “the public
relations part of the job. When you come onto campus you come to accept that it is an
important part of your position here, to communicate with people, to respect them
and to be friendly with them. You really are working in a community, in all senses.” Photo by Mariianne Mays Wiebe
- Mariianne Mays Wiebe Rene Pambrun, service coordinator, electrical shop.
An unusual experience you’ve What do you appreciate or Your motto is: An old cliché: Name a word you really like, You are always thrilled to
had: Leaving my company out admire in another person? “Anything worth doing should and why. Common sense. spend any free time doing:
on the beach in the Cayman Honesty. be done right.” Maybe it has gone out the Travelling, by vehicle, camping,
Islands while swimming out a window nowadays, but it’s fishing, holidays. I’m not fond
half mile to a reef and snorkelling
for approximately four hours. Motto: ‘Anything worth doing should still my favourite word or
expression. In my heart I believe
The beauty and wonder of the
fish was something I had never be done right.’ most people still have it. Anything else you’d like
people to know about Rene
experienced. I lost track of time, Recent good book you have Pambrun? I’m a down to earth,
and my company were minutes Dinner with friends: Cooking What do you value in a read: Reading is something I no fuss kind of individual with
away from calling in the rescue at home or out at a restaurant? friend? A friend is one who, do when nothing needs fixing, strong family values. My wife
team. Somehow I was certain I Well, in short, my wife is the best may not always agree, but so I dedicate very little time and family are the focus and
let everyone know I was going cook in the world, never a dull unconditionally understands to this activity, but when the center of my life.
out snorkelling for a while. meal. Surprises are endless. and respects your feelings. opportunity arises, a biography
When going out for a meal or informational book like Name one thing that not too
Good memories of your I tend to stick to dishes I’m Your childhood hero. That’s an Reader’s Digest is my choice. many people may know about
childhood? Too many to list. familiar with, unlike my wife easy one: my father. This man you. I’m actually a fairly shy and
I’m from a large family by who is quite adventurous. A was the example of love, honesty, Something that is highly reserved individual even if I do
today’s standards, five brothers nice glass of wine is not out of gentleness, common sense and underrated. My co-workers’ not portray this image. I make
and two sisters, but this led to the question. a person I had the utmost commitment to helping each up for my reserved personality
so many good times. Snowball respect for. When problems or other. It just continually goes by organizing and being as
fights, road hockey, as well as Place you’d like to visit: I look issues arose, he always gave his on without much notice, but prepared as possible for my
personal protection at school. forward to spending time in the undivided attention and resolve is an integral part of day-to-day public and personal meetings
Southern US, Texas, Florida. to any of my concerns. success and happiness. with groups or individuals.
Team hover takes over FORGET ME, TOO...
The atrium of the Engineering & Information
Technology Complex was taken over by over GALLERY ONE ONE ONE
100 Manitoba high school students and their presents
Hovercrafts on Thursday, January 20 as part NEIL WEDMAN: FORGET ME
of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters January 27 to March 4, 2011
Advanced Manufacturing Discovery Program. Reception: Wednesday, February 9, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The program was developed to introduce high Artist’s talk: Wednesday, February 9, 6:00 p.m.
school students to Manitoba’s manufacturing Neil Wedman lives in Vancouver, where he was born. The son of noted film critic Les
sectors. Working in teams, the students design Wedman, he studied at the Vancouver School of Art from 1973 to 1977, graduating with
a radio controlled hovercraft, then each team a degree in Media Communications. He has since had many solo and group shows in
presents their business plan and demonstrate Canada, but this is his first solo exhibition in Winnipeg. The Art Gallery of Ontario, on
the radio-controlled hovercraft they have the occasion of his 2004 solo show there, called Wedman “an eccentric at the very heart
designed and built for lift, load and propulsion of the contemporary Vancouver art scene,” a characterisation that I take as a nod to his
to a panel of five judges. The top 10 teams eclecticism, independence and originality.
will compete in the finals at the Canadian I first saw Forget Me at its Vancouver Art Gallery debut in the year 2000, and I found
Manufacturers and Exporters’ Manufacturing it mesmerising. I returned again and again to see it. Forget Me is about desire, longing
& Trade Conference in March at the Winnipeg and an artistic engagement with the muse that is frowned on these days.... The awk-
Convention Centre. The final top three teams wardness of (most of) Wedman’s subjects is striking, so unlike contemporary teenagers,
receive bursaries and scholarships promoting who know how to instantly pose for the camera, and, of course, so unlike Warhol’s 1960s
continued learning. art world hipsters, who gazed into his camera with such self assurance.
Photos by Chris Reid - from the essay “DON'T FORGET ME: NEIL WEDMAN’S 1970 HIGH SCHOOL SCREEN TESTS” by Cliff Eyland
January 27, 2011 The Bulletin Page 9
‘And as we were saying,’ 140 years later ...
Students and alumni use historical newspapers to reconstruct Manitoba’s legislative debates
BY SEAN MOORE encourage Quebeckers then living in New England
The Bulletin to come to Manitoba, one MLA “presented a
University of Manitoba students and alumni, petition praying for the Incorporation of certain
working with the Speaker’s Office of the residents of St. Boniface, Winnipeg, etc., as the
Legislative Assembly, have documented the first ‘Manitoba Colonization Association,’ its object
legislative debates in Manitoba between 1871 being to induce the emigration of British subjects
and 1885. now residing in the United States, but who are
The work of PhD candidate Leah Morton desirous of coming to this country.”
and alumni Rob White, Lindsay Storie and Colin And some things never seem to change.
Oakes, provides vital insight into the formation of On Feb. 28, 1877, the Free Press reports on the
legislation and public policy in Manitoba as well closing of the legislative session thusly: “The
as the cultural context in which these changes course of the Opposition has been marked by
occurred. an evident purpose to delay and obstruct, rather
From the first meeting of the Legislative than criticise and improve the Government
Assembly on March 15, 1871, until 1958, the measures introduced.”
province did not maintain a Hansard, the official In 1885 the Legislative Library was formed
transcript of the debates and proceedings. Only and staff cut out the newspaper stories and
during Premier Duff Roblin’s administration, pasted them into giant scrapbooks that remain
which began in 1958, did the legislature maintain the basic reference tool for the province’s
an official record of the debates and proceedings. political history. But even these compilations
Until then newspaper reporters, among whom were not available for the earliest years.
the Free Press staffers were crucial, served as The scholars, supervised by U of M professor
the unofficial transcribers of legislative debates. Gerald Friesen, took on the task of tracking the
These records highlight the very important, reports published in 11 different newspapers
the unusual, and the normal events of daily life between 1871and 1884, assembling these articles
during the province’s early years. For instance, in print and electronic form. The Legislative
on April 21, 1875, the Daily Free Press records Library then converted the digitized images,
one MLA requesting that all intoxicating liquors notably from the Manitoba Free Press and
be banned from Manitoba except those used Daily Times, 1873-1884, and loaded them into
for sacramental and medical purposes. This a database now accessible to students and the
measure, he said, would cut crime rates by 75 interested public.
per cent. Another MLA supported the motion
despite his admission that he did not know what >>See: www.gov.mb.ca/chc/leg-lib/hc/.
his constituents thought of it.
Immigration was as much a concern in the
province’s first years as it is today. Hoping to
A file from the legislative digital archives.
Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics Presents Join us for a public lecture
Sins of the Father’s Firm: RESPONDING TO THE HIV/AIDS EPIDEMIC IN
AFRICA AND INDIA: SUCH A LONG JOURNEY
Exploring Responses to Inherited Dr. Stephen Moses
Ethical Dilemmas in Family Businesses Professor, Departments of Medical Microbiology,
Community Health Sciences and Internal Medicine
Associate Director, Centre for Global Public Health,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba
Professor Reg Litz, Over the past 25 years, Dr. Moses and his colleagues have been
at the forefront globally of investigating, and integrating into
Department of Business Administration, programs, major innovations for HIV prevention and control. These
have included improved management and control of other sexually
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reducing HIV susceptibility among men. Dr. Moses’ presentation will
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Wednesday, February 9, 8:00 pm
Friday, February 11, 12:30 - 1:30 pm Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre,
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Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus
539 Drake Centre, Fort Garry Campus Everyone welcome, free admission
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Academic Job Opportunities
A full listing of employment opportunities at the University of Manitoba can be found at
umanitoba.ca. U of M encourages applications from qualified women and men, including
members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. All qualified
candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given
FORT GARRY + BANNATYNE CAMPUSES priority. Please include the position number when applying for openings at the university.
John’s College (room 172). Discussion and CORRECTED NOTICE Deadline: March 31, 2011
LECTURES, SYMPOSIA, SEMINARS CLAYTON H. RIDDELL FACULTY Position Number: 12258
refreshments to follow. All are welcome;
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STEPHEN MOSES LECTURE relates to the areas of geomicrobiology, at the rank of Assistant Professor
Floor Apotex Centre, Bannatyne Campus. Wednesday, February 9 | 8:00 p.m.
low temperature isotope systematics, Start date: July 1, 2011
Responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in
DAFOE LIBRARY GRADUATE STUDENT Africa and India: Such a long journey by biogeochemistry, physical, chemical and Deadline: February 28, 2011
LECTURES 2010-2011 Stephen Moses, recipient of the 2010 Dr. biological oceanography, and physical Position Number: 12056
Friday, January 28 | 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. John M. Bowman Memorial Winnipeg Rh and chemical modeling of contemporary For Information: Dr. Mary Anne
“Recuperation from Educational Trauma via Institute Foundation Award. In the Robert Arctic processes Beecher, Search Committee Chair,
Spelling Lessons” by Helen Friesen, Faculty B. Schultz Lecture Theatre, 172 St. John’s Start date: July 1, 2011 Faculty of Architecture, University
of Education. Iceland Board Room, 3rd College, 92 Dysart Road. Everyone welcome, Deadline: January 31, 2011 of Manitoba, 201 Russell Building,
Floor, Elizabeth Dafoe Library. free admission. Position Number: 11884, 11885, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada R3T 2N2,
11886 tel. (204) 474-7462, fax (204) 474-
HNSC 7200 SEMINAR PRESENTATION CENTRAL AND EAST EUROPEAN For Information:Norman M. Halden, 7532, e-mail email@example.com.
Tuesday, February 1 | 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. STUDIES LECTURE SERIES Dean, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of ca
“The effect of canola oil fatty acid composition Thursday, February 10 | 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
on renal morphology, function, enzyme
Environment, Earth, and Resources,
“Vladimir Nabokov and the Poetics of the
levels, and inflammation in a diet-induced Child,” a public talk by Paul Morris, Collège
445 Wallace Building, U of Manitoba, FACULTY OF ARTS
obese model” by Stephanie Caligiuri. In 206 universitaire de Saint-Boniface. Paul Morris Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2, e-mail Department of Classics
Human Ecology Building. All welcome. teaches translation; his Vladimir Nabokov: to firstname.lastname@example.org Po s i t i o n : C R C C h a i r i n R o m a n
Poetry and the Lyric Voice was published in Archaeology (Tier 2)
IRVINE AND SAMUEL WEINER March 2010. In 409 Tier Building. Start date: July 1, 2011
DISTINGUISHED VISITOR PUBLIC FACULTY OF DENTISTRY Deadline: February 25, 2011
LECTURE SCHOOL OF ART LECTURE School of Dental Hygiene Position Number: BR279
Thursday February 3 | 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 10 | 7 :00 p.m. Position: Director For Information: Postdoctoral
“What is an Architectural Media Screen?: By artist Debra Schwarzkopf. In Ceramics Fellowship in Roman Archaeology,
Start date: August 1, 2011
Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Making of Studio. Workshop demonstrations: Department of Classics, University of
February 10 and 11, 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Deadline: February 27, 2011
Facsimile” by Edward Dimendberg, professor Manitoba, 220 Dysart Rd., Winnipeg
in Ceramics Studio. Position Number: BR279
of film & media studies, visual studies, and MB R3T 2M8 CANADA, Lea_Stirling @
German at University of California, Irvine.
For Information: Dr. Anthony
Iacopino, Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, umanitoba.ca, tel. 204-474-7357
Presented by the Faculty of Architecture and BARRETT-HAMILTON LECTURE SERIES
the department of English, film & theatre Thursday, February 10 | 7:00 p.m. University of Manitoba, D113-780
as part of the interdisciplinary symposium “Climate Change: The evidence and Our Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES
Atmosphere 2011: Mediated Cities (Feb. 3-5, Options” by Lonnie G. Thompson, research Manitoba R3E 0W2, e-mail iacopino@ Peace and Conflict Studies Program
www.atmos.ca). At the Muriel Richardson scientist, Distinguished Professor, School of cc.umanitoba.ca, tel. (204) 789-3249, Position: Tenure-track position at the
Auditorium, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Earth Sciences, Byrd Polar Research Center, fax (204) 789-3912 rank of Assistant Professor
Memorial Boulevard. Followed at 8:30 by the Ohio State University. In Moot Court Lecture Start date: July 1, 2011
symposium’s opening reception at PlugIn Hall. Deadline: March 14, 2011
Institute of Contemporary Art, 460 Portage
FACULTY OF MEDICINE
Department of Surgery Position Number: 1157
Avenue. CENTRE FOR PROFESSIONAL AND Position: Endowed Research Chair For Information: Dr. John (Jay)
APPLIED ETHICS LECTURE in Surgery, Thorlakson Professor of Doering, Dean, Faculty of Graduate
DEPARTMENT OF IMMUNOLOGY Friday, February 11 | 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Studies, University of Manitoba,
ANNUAL GRADUATE STUDENT Surgical Research, Section of Research,
“Sins of the Father ’s Firm: Exploring Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3T 2N2
Department of Surgery
RESEARCH PRESENTATION Responses to Inherited Ethical Dilemmas
Thursday, Feb. 3 | 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. in Family Businesses” by Reg Litz, Reg Start date: July, 2011
“Pathogenesis and regulation of endotoxic Litz, professor, department of business
shock” by Emeka Okeke, PhD student, under administration, Asper School of Business and
the supervision of Jude Uzonna. In 477 research associate, Centre for Professional
(Alec Sehon Seminar Room), 4th Fl. Apotex and Applied Ethics. At Asper School of
Centre, Bannatyne Campus. Business, 539 Drake Centre. All welcome. UPCOMING MUSIC EVENTS
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY All music events take place in Eva Clare Hall unless otherwise indicated
COLLOQUIUM SERIES COLLOQUIUM SERIES January 27, 7:30 p.m., Faculty concert: Works by Johannes Brahms. Contact
Friday, February 4 | 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Friday, February 11 | 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Presentation by Kathleen Vohs, associate
Mel Braun for information
Presentation by Krista Uggerslev, University
of Manitoba Asper School of Business. In professor of marketing, McKnight land-grant January 28, 8:00 p.m., eXperimental Improv Ensemble (XIE) at the New
P412 Duff Roblin Building. professor, and McKnight presidential fellow, Music Festival Happening at The WAG
University of Minnesota Carlson School of
January 30, time TBA, University Singers and Women’s Chorus at New Music
ANNUAL BISON CLASSIC MEET Management. In P412 Duff Roblin.
Friday, February 4 to Saturday, February 5
The Manitoba Bisons track and field team January 31, 12:30 p.m., UM Brass Choir at mid-day
hosts the 2nd Annual Bison Classic meet at Classiﬁed Ads February 1, Time TBA, UM Wind Ensemble at the New Music Festival
the Max Bell Fieldhouse.
February 2, 12:30 p.m., Faculty Concert at noon featuring piano duets by
V i s i t i n g To r o n t o ? Fa m i l y- f r i e n d l y Edmund Dawe and guest, Lynne Johnson, Eva Clare Hall
CENTRE ON AGING FILM
accommodation. Rooms with kitchen access
PRESENTATION or suites, convenient downtown location. February 2, 8:00 p.m., The Hang at The Orbit Room, 2077 Pembina. A jam
Monday, February 7 | 3:30 p.m. www.ashleighheritage.com session featuring our jazz faculty, no cover charge,18+
Autumn Gold traces the journey of five
athletes, all older than 80, as they prepare
February 4 & 5, time TBA, Annual Musical Theatre Production, under direction
of Donna Fletcher, location TBA, tickets available at the door
for the track and field World Masters
Championships in Finland. Co-hosted by
Classified Ads February 6, 3:00 p.m., 29th Annual Provincial Honour Choirs Concert at
the Health, Leisure & Human Performance The Bulletin welcomes Classified Ads. Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton Street. The Senior Mixed PHC (Grade
Research Institute and the Centre on Aging Rate for ads is $5 for the first 45 words. 9-12 students) is conducted by the U of M's Elroy Friesen, while the Women’s
in Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre, St. PHC (Grade 9-12 students) is conducted by U of M Master's student Stuart
Sladden. Contact Manitoba Choral Association at 942-6037 for information
February 7, 12:30 p.m., Faculty Concert at noon featuring Anna-Lisa Kirby
events and the jazz faculty
• The Bulletin publishes events involving the university community at no cost.
• The deadline for the February 10 Bulletin is February 2 at 4:30 p.m.
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January 27, 2011 The Bulletin Page 11
Bringing Research to LIFE
In brief Opening Our Eyes on Pesticides
Soil scientist advances pesticide education and research
The winter 2011 issue of
ResearchLIFE is now available. The BY CRYSTAL JORGENSON
fifth issue includes features on
aging drivers, the new Regenerative Pesticides are among the most
Medicine Program and molecules commonly used chemicals in the world
from the micro to macro scale. and have long been an important
Also in this issue: CIHR president tool for farmers. They are applied
Alain Beaudet provides insights to protect crops from insects and
into health research in Canada. weeds, and used to control pests
Look for the new issue in your that are disease vectors or that attack
mailbox or stands around campus. livestock. And as long as pesticides
have been used, scientists have sought
Upcoming to learn more about their impact on
our environment and our health, from
events the controversial insecticide DDT of
yesteryear to today’s common lawn
PUBLIC LECTURE and garden chemicals.
and more rapid ways to measure
RESPONDING TO THE HIV/ pesticides in Canadian water and
AIDS EPIDEMIC IN AFRICA soil is a primary research focus for
AND INDIA: SUCH A LONG Annemieke Farenhorst, professor in
JOURNEY the Department of Soil Science. But she
and a team of University of Manitoba
With Dr. Stephen Moses, researchers have also taken on the
recipient of the 2010 challenge of improving agricultural
Dr. John M. Bowman pest management practices in rural
Memorial Winnipeg Rh communities in Costa Rica, Honduras
Institute Foundation Award and Nicaragua.
“In Costa Rica, the average
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 application rate of pesticides is 51 kg Submitted Photo
per hectare. In Canada we only apply
8:00 pm 0.9 kg per hectare,” notes Farenhorst. in the
“Some of the small land owners
Robert B. Schultz cannot read, so if they buy pesticides, “In Honduras, they did not have and surface water contamination by
they cannot read the labels,” says a recycling program for the empty pesticides. This tool will ultimately help
Lecture Theatre pesticide containers. People would toss in assessing environmental impacts and
St. John’s College, Farenhorst. She said this leads to
use of an inappropriate pesticide or the containers on the land, in the rivers guide sustainable agriculture policy in
Fort Garry Campus incorrect use. “They also don’t wear or in the well, or burn or bury them. Canada.
protection. It’s either too hot to We got the communities and industry More locally, she has begun work
Everyone welcome wear or too expensive. And in some engaged, and now there are recycling on an online crop protection guide for
Free admission communities, the women apply the depots. The containers are taken away Manitoba vegetable growers. Formerly a
pesticides, sometimes while carrying and used in making cement.” hardcopy document produced annually,
For parking information Farenhorst reports they have the guide is now a searchable database
call (204) 474-9483 their babies with them.”
Farenhorst, with her collaborators also encouraged community plots that can be immediately updated when
Laura Sims, David Lobb and Martin and composting, which has led to a new pesticide is introduced, helping
For more information, visit Entz, developed “Community-based healthier crops and less pest pressures. Manitoba vegetable producers keep
umanitoba.ca/research/ Pest Management in Central American Much of the other technical work is current in their operations.
Agriculture”, a six-year project funded aimed at developing indicators at local But she continues to share her
rh_lecture.html and national levels which will guide expertise internationally, and is now
by the Canadian International
Development Agency in response to the strategies and policies around working with 12 Latin American
frequent occurrences of pesticide environmental and human health. countries, including Columbia and
Bringing Research to LIFE Farenhorst and her U of M colleagues Argentina, to develop pesticide
Speaker Series toxicities in rural communities,
elevated pesticide residues in food, Sims, Lobb and Entz received the 2010 modeling and data collection specific
and environmental pollution. University of Manitoba Outreach Award to their landscapes.
Religious and Other Rights: “Every farmer has a story about for their work in Central America. “I love working with people from
What Happens (pesticide) intoxication. One farmer But the CIDA project is only part other parts of the world - you learn a
When They Collide? couldn’t speak for a whole day because of Farenhorst’s work. She also leads lot. Your eyes are opened.”
With Prof. Karen Busby his tongue was so swollen and he the pesticide research
had terrible headaches because of team at the University
exposure to chemical.” of Manitoba,
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 which explores
The project, which wraps up in
7:00 pm experimental,
2012, includes community, technical
and policy initiatives that involve monitoring and
McNally Robinson Booksellers Central American governments and modeling studies
educational institutions. University to quantify the
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students from Honduras, Nicaragua
and Costa Rica live with local farmers variability of pesticide
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EVERYONE WELCOME used and to identify solutions to their in Canada.
challenges. University of Manitoba Farenhorst
students have also visited the region has also been a
To assist us in planning seating, Canadian leader in Submitted Photo
as part of their studies. Through this
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engagement, team members have
@umanitoba.ca or (204) 474-9020 helped the communities develop safer system that measures
More info: practices for handling, applying and changes in risk of
umanitoba.ca/research/brtl.html storing pesticides. potential groundwater
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Page 12 The Bulletin January 27, 2011
To celebrate winter: Skating on campus
Photo by Chris Reid
The new outdoor rink on the Quad is ready for skaters.
BY CHRIS REID ice surface. So far, weekday evenings have been the this year.”
The Bulletin most popular time for students to lace up their skates. Other student events during Celebration Week
The University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) As such, UMSU is hoping to set up lighting around the 2011 included an Asian Movie Festival and on-campus
has opened a skating rink on the Fort Garry campus Quad to make to enhance their experience. talks by ex-NHL superstar Theo Fleury, renowned sex
Quad for all to enjoy. This is the first time the Quad has “Students have really embraced the new location,” educator Sue Johanson and Jamie Tworkowski, founder
been used as an ice rink. said Laube. “It is great to see students take time in the of “To Write on her Arms,” a non-profit organization
“Previously, it was outside Buller building,” said evenings to come out for a skate.” dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for
Heather Laube, UMSU president. “Due to construction Laube said the rink was built to be incorporated people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury
in the fall that left the ground uneven in some areas, into January’s UMSU Celebration Week. and suicide. Celebration week wraps up with UMSU’s
we came up with a new place for the rink. The Quad “We are holding events on the ice during Celebration “Heat it Up” social with DJing and a performance by
was an ideal location, centrally located and easy for Week including a broomball tournament,” said Laube. local band The Lytics.
residence students to access.” “Ice skating is such a part of Manitoba culture and
UMSU has hired students to keep the snow off the we’re excited to incorporate it in to Celebration week >>umsu.ca
Two pianos, From the archives
better than one
BY HEATHER MADILL JORDAN
For The Bulletin
On February 2 at 12:30 p.m. in Eva Clare Hall, Edmund
Dawe, dean of the Faculty of Music and his New
Brunswick colleague Lynn Johnson will present an
exciting program of works for two pianos.
Lynn Johnson’s career as a performer has taken her
throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, and
she has been featured in numerous broadcasts with CBC
and Radio Canada. She is internationally renowned for
her work with collaborative piano and chamber music.
La Scena Musicale recently described Edmund
Dawe’s playing as sensitive, engaging, and virtuoso.
Praised for his technical command of the piano and Flyer from the
artistic interpretations, Dawe has performed as a soloist Winnipeg Jets
and collaborative pianist in Canada, the US, Great hockey team
Britain, France, Hong Kong, and Korea. His recordings program collection.
and performances are frequently heard in regional and
national CBC broadcasts.
The concert will feature the music of Sergei
Rachmaninoff, Maurice Ravel, Dmitri Shostakovich, GO, JETS, GO! Despite not having played in Winnipeg in almost
15 years the Winnipeg Jets hockey team are an
on-going source of discussion for the sports fans
Haim Alexander, and Clermont Pépin. Works from this
of this city. For this reason, a new University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
concert will be featured in an upcoming CD release by
acquisition should be interest of all who remember or are intrigued by the “Jets”. The
the duo and were recorded at the CBC Glenn Gould
collection consists of 741 ice hockey programs which almost exclusively chronicle the
Studio in Toronto.
home games of the team for the period December 1975 to April 1996. The Winnipeg
Jets played in both the World Hockey Association (WHA) and the National Hockey League
(NHL) from 1972 to 1996. Due to mounting financial troubles, in 1996 the franchise
moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and became the current Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL. This
extensive run of programs offers a historical record of the players including those of
One concert only the WHA teams such as: Bobby Hull, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson, and later NHL
February 2nd, 12:30 p.m. stars including Thomas Steen, Dale Hawerchuk, Randy Carlyle and Teemu Selanne; and
Eva Clare Hall, 65 Dafoe Road individual hockey games and the management of the team. The Winnipeg Jets hockey
team program collection was donated in 2010.
Admission is free.
- Brian Hubner, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections