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STU Cares - Day of Action: September 8, 2018

DATE:   8/9/18
TIME:   9:00 AM
LOCATION:   Various Locations

STU Cares - Day of Action is an event held on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 that embodies STU’s spirit of service. Volunteer teams of STU students go out into the community to learn about the work of a local community organization and do hands-on work to support it. Volunteers work on such issues as poverty, food security, environmental preservation, homelessness, domestic violence, youth, and community building (to name a few). The day concludes with a chance to reflect on the service we’ve done, social issues in the community, and connections to what we are learning in class. Then we celebrate with a barbecue!

STU Cares is a great way to meet new friends, make a difference, see more of Fredericton, and explore career opportunities. 

STU Cares - Day of Action Schedule

Register for STU Cares Day of Action

The Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 5th, or when all spaces are filled.

For more information, please contact Vivien Zelazny, Campus Minister and Coordinator of STU Cares, 506-452-0636 or

Masuma Khan: Building Solidarity and Resilience While Surrounded by Fragility

DATE:   19/9/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB

Masuma Khan will present the keynote address at the NB Media Co-op's ninth annual members meeting, Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 pm. Location TBD.

Khan will speak about her experiences with racism and censorship as a student leader at Dalhousie University when she spoke in solidarity with indigenous people in 2017.

Co-hosts: No One Is Illegal Fredericton, STU Women's Studies & Gender Studies, STU Sociology, UNB International Development Studies and UNB Law in Society. 

For more information, contact: 

Bob Rae to Deliver Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights

DATE:   26/9/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium

Politician, lawyer, mediator and writer Bob Rae will deliver the Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm in the Kinsella Auditorium at St. Thomas University. 

In his lecture, “Human rights in the age of populism," Mr. Rae will speak about the spread of populism in different contexts both domestic and international, and the challenge it poses to the rule of law and human rights.

Bob Rae was elected eleven times to the House of Commons and the Ontario legislature between 1978 and 2013.  He was Ontario’s 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995, and served as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013.

He is working now as a lawyer, negotiator, mediator, and arbitrator, with a particular focus on first nations, aboriginal, and governance issues.  He also teaches at the University of Toronto School of Governance and Public Policy, and is a widely respected writer and commentator.

An author of five books and many studies and reports, Bob Rae is a Privy Councillor, a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, and has numerous awards and honorary degrees from institutions in Canada and around the world.

About Dr. Bernie Vigod
Dr. Bernie Vigod was a lifelong advocate of human rights. An outstanding teacher and scholar, he was a professor of History at the University of New Brunswick as well as Associate Dean of University’s School of Graduate Studies at the time of his death in 1988. Dr. Vigod served the cause of human rights with distinction. He spoke and published extensively on human rights issues. Dr. Vigod also acted as an advisor to public officials on human rights issues and took a leading role in organizations dedicated to promoting human rights. This lecture series is dedicated to his memory and features distinguished speakers on a wide range of human rights issues.

Book Launch / Public Talk – “Pipe Dreams” by Journalist and Award-winning Author Jacques Poitras

DATE:   27/9/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   To be Determined

Please join us at St. Thomas University on Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm for the launch of Pipe Dreams by journalist and award-winning author Jacques Poitras. 

The book is a timely, accessible approach to how Canada's oil pipelines become crucibles for debate about our energy future, Indigenous treaty rights, environmental activism, and east-west political tensions.  Copies of Pipe Dreams will be available for sale and signing by the author.

Pipe Dreams is the story of the rise and fall of the Energy East pipeline. The project was to be a monumental undertaking, beginning near Edmonton, AB, and stretching over four thousand kilometres, across two hundred First Nation reserves, through Montreal to the Irving Oil refineries in Saint John, NB. The crude oil flowing across six provinces would have found a much higher price shipped to world markets than south to the United States. Conceived as a back-up plan for two other pipelines stalled by political opposition, the project became the crucible for Canada's debate over its energy future.

Told as an account of a cross-country journey, the book explores how western Canada alienation, Quebec separatism, Indigenous activism, and climate action combined to question the role of fossil fuels in Canada's economy. The events took place at a time when the government of Canada, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was expressing its commitment to a carbon-reduced economy.

Across the landscape of Pipe Dreams, Poitras talks to oil industry executives, prairie ranchers, First Nations chiefs, small-town mayors, premiers and cabinet ministers, refinery workers, and ordinary Canadians. The book also explores Canada's perplexing relationship with the United States around oil: our oil industry is literally tied to its American counterpart with sinews of steel. The Energy East pipeline represented a new direction: designed to get Alberta oil sands crude to world markets, it was marketed in explicitly nationalist terms. After decades of rhetoric that Canada was destined to surrender to the north-south reality of continentalism and globalization, the country seemed to be reorienting itself along its east-west axis, tying itself together, again, with a great feat of engineering. To listen to the premiers of Alberta and New Brunswick, it was a journey both new and familiar, akin to John A. Macdonald's national dream of a cross-country railway. Their optimism was palpable. But it didn't--perhaps it couldn't--last. 

By the time the journey ended, the story had become a kind of whodunit: Poitras would witness the slow-motion killing of the fifteen billion dollar project--a series of blows dealt not just to a single pipeline proposal, but to Canada's carbon economy. It was a death that also signaled, perhaps, the birth of something new.

Jacques Poitras has been the provincial affairs reporter for CBC News in New Brunswick since 2000. He is the author of The Right Fight: Bernard Lord and the Conservative DilemmaBeaverbrook: A Shattered Legacy, which was a finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction; and Imaginary Line: Life on an Unfinished Border, which was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. His fourth book, Irving vs. Irving, was shortlisted for the National Business Book Award and won the Atlantic Independent Booksellers' Choice Award for 2015.

McKenna Centre Distinguished Speaker Series Presents Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law

DATE:   2/10/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium

Michael Geist, Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law, will deliver a public lecture Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium as part of the McKenna Centre Distinguished Speaker Series.

A professor at the University of Ottawa, Geist was named one of the 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada for three straight years (2011-2013).  He holds degrees from Western University, York University, Cambridge University, and Columbia University. He’s been a member of the International Trade Committee on E-commerce, the Senate Open Caucus on NAFTA, the Access to Information, Privacy & Ethics Committee on Airport Privacy, and many others.

Geist is the author of three books, 14 book chapters, and 19 papers in refereed journals.

Public Talk: “Demagogues, Populists, and Rebooting Journalism Ethics” By Dr. Stephen Ward, Sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs

DATE:   22/11/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium - McCain Hall

In this public talk, media ethicist Stephen Ward argues that extreme populism worldwide undermines democratic culture and requires a reboot of journalism values. In an age of intolerance and global disinformation, Ward recommends an engaged journalism for democracy which is neither neutral nor partisan. He proposes guidelines for covering extreme populists, as part of a “macro-resistance” by society to a toxic public sphere.

Stephen J. A. Ward, PhD, is author, keynote speaker, and media ethicist whose research is on the ethics of global, digital media. He is Distinguished Lecturer on Ethics for the University of British Columbia. A former war reporter, he is founding director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin, co-founder of the UBC School of Journalism in Vancouver, and former director of the Turnbull Center at the University of Oregon. He is author of 10 books on media ethics, including the award-winning Radical Media Ethics and The Invention of Journalism Ethics.

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs ( provides an arena for critical thinking, public discussion and research into current ethical challenges in our society. The Centre focuses an ethical lens on everyday issues through public programming, supporting research, and in the provision of tools to facilitate ethical decision making at work. Co-founded by the Atlantic School of Theology and Saint Mary’s University in 2002, the Centre exists to ignite the examination of the ethical dimensions of everyday life to help us live and work together more effectively.