News Archive


2017


August

Now available: Annual Report 2016-2017

The Harris Centre 2016-2017 Annual Report: Creating Connections to Build Resilience, is now available online.

We'll show you where we've been, and where we're going.

 

July

Mobilizing knowledge

Memorial University has been recognized by a national body of research administrators.

Memorial is part of a network of of 12 Canadian universities awarded with the Directors’ Award for Inter-Institutional Collaboration from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA).

 

June

International Small Island Cultures Conference

The Harris Centre and the Small Island Cultures Research Initiative hosted the 13th annual International Small Island Cultures conference at Memorial University, June 15-19. Island Narratives.

MUNbuttoned: Build Your Own Microscope

Microscopes are common tools in science and education, providing a visual bridge between the world we see with our eyes, and microscopic worlds we cannot otherwise detect. On Sunday, June 25 from 2-4 p.m. join members of CLEAR laboratory at the Sobeys Merrymeeting Community Room to learn the basics and build your own microscope!

Celebrate Yaffle! You're Invited (TIME CHANGED)

Yaffle, Memorial's online connecting tool, has come a long way and we want you to help us celebrate (and have some cake)! Join us on Tuesday, June 20, 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Frank and Eileen Gronich Lecture Theatre (1M102) for a quick look at the redeveloped site, followed by a reception in the Medical Education Centre Atrium (1M100).

Come have a slice of cake (or two) with us and say hello! Everyone is welcome.

May

Ready and able: Temporary foreign workers can help solve the labour gap in aging N.L.

New research from the Harris Centre’s Population Project examines the labour market situation in Labrador through the lens of the federal Temporary Foreign Worker program (TFWP).

April

Register to attend Small Island Cultures Conference

The Harris Centre is hosting the 13th International Small Island Cultures conference from June 16-19, 2017 at Memorial University St. John's campus. Presenters have already been selected but any members of the university community or public can register to attend the conference as a delegate. 

Are Prisons the New Asylums? Inmates with Mental Health Issues and the Role of Segregation

Synergy Session on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Suncor Fluvarium, St. John’s

Prison populations worldwide are increasing, including in Canada, and the profile of prisoners is changing, with an increasing presence of inmates with mental illnesses. In this province, prison administrators, not health administrators, are responsible for providing mental health services inside correctional facilities, which presents its own challenges.

 

 

March

New date: MUNbuttoned PhDs On the Go

Due to the weather forecast for March 31, MUNbuttoned: PhDs On the Go has been rescheduled for Friday, April 7, 7-9 p.m. at the Rocket Room in St. John's. Learn more at www.munbuttoned.ca.

Harris Centre - MMSB Waste Management Applied Research Fund

The Harris Centre – MMSB Waste Management Applied Research Fund is open for applications!

Synergy Session: Barriers to Gender Equity: A New Look at Women's Employment Policies and Programs

Monday March 27, 2017 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

McCann Centre (ED 2030B) 

The participation of women in STEM occupations (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) remains low, despite several decades of attention from policy makers, industry, and educational institutions. This session with Dana Feltham will highlight some of the reasons why this lack of participation has persisted. We will also discuss the efficacy of current policies and regulations with the goal of identifying new research directions to improve participation outcomes. 

Deadline March 31: Harris Centre - RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund
Everyone drinks water. YOU research it. Deadline for Submissions: Extended to March 31, 2017

Do you have a research project relating to drinking water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador? Are you interested in incorporating community needs in research projects to make a difference in the lives of people in NL?

 

Synergy Session: Most Roads Lead to Rome, But Some Roads Lead to Lab City: Spatially Differentiated Paths to Economic Growth

12:00-1:30pm, Thursday, March 16, 2017

Genesis Boardroom, Suite 3002, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, St. John’s Campus

David Freshwater discusses economic growth in non-metropolitan areas. Empirical evidence shows that regions of widely varying size and function can all exhibit economic growth. Seven different growth drivers can be readily identified, some of which are most applicable to urban agglomerations while others are more appropriate in rural regions.

January

MUNbuttoned - Call for Submissions
The Harris Centre is looking for students, faculty, and staff to share the most interesting, exciting, and intriguing things they do. 
Research Games, March 30: Have you ever created an interactive game as a teaching tool or as part of a research project? 
Maker’s Fair, April 1: Do you make stuff that’s connected to your work or research? Do you create things that you could demonstrate to children and adults? 
Semester In! Student Consultations

Join us Monday, February 6, from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm in the McCann Centre (ED2030B) for an open discussion on the proposed Semester In! program. Semester In! is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that uses methods of dialogue and experiential learning to address community-based and public policy issues, in a fully immersive and holistic environment. We are looking forward to discussing the logistics and opportunities associated with this program with all students!

Lunch will be provided at this session. 

To register, please click here.

David Curran Award for undergraduate students now accepting applications

Deadline for submissions: February 17, 2017

This scholarship was established by the Harris Centre, Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Economic Development Association, and Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador in recognition of David Curran, a passionate advocate and tireless champion of rural Newfoundland. The award recognizes one Memorial University undergraduate student who embodies that same spirit of community development innovation.


2016


November

International Small Island Cultures Conference

The 13th International Small Island Cultures conference will be held in St. John’s from June 16–19, 2017 at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The conference theme is “Stories, Ballads and Island Narratives.”

Islands are storied places. We want to hear the stories. We want to hear the ballads. We want to learn about island narratives. And we want to tell you a few stories of our own.

October

Event Design for Long-term Change

What is the role of emotional knowledge in event design and strategic planning? Harris Centre staff Taylor Stocks will deliver a workshop on embodied emotional knowledge in event design. Without acknowledging this key piece, strategic planning initiatives can fall apart before they begin. This workshop will explore how to integrate the emotional with the rational aspects of facilitation and meetings focused on strategy. Lunch is included.

Register here.

This workshop is made possible by funding provided by Engage Memorial.

Southwestern Newfoundland Regional Workshop

Details announced for Harris Centre Regional Workshop to be held in Southwestern Newfoundland Wednesday, October 26th; registration open now.

The Memorial Presents Panel- Toward Thriving Rural Regions: Stories from Southwestern Newfoundland, will take place the evening before, 7-9pm, Tuesday, October 25, CNA, Bay St. George Campus. 

The David Curran Award for Memorial University Undergraduate Students

Attention undergrads! Are you passionate about community development? Are you studying in a field related to public policy or regional development? Then check this out!

September

NL Vital Signs 2016

Newfoundland and Labrador's Vital Signs report is a province-wide check-up on key quality of life indicators that will provide communities with critical information to help set priorities, and identify opportunities for action.

Read the 2016 report here.

 

 

Semester in Dialogue

The Harris Centre is undertaking a feasibility study and implementation strategy for a proposed interdisciplinary undergraduate program, a Semester in Dialogue. Twenty students from multiple disciplines will spend one semester studying a community issue in place of their regular classes. The Harris Centre has partnered with Dr. Andrea Rose, Dr. Max Liboiron, and Dr. Janna Rosales to answer key questions about the program.

To learn more about the Semester in Dialogue visit: http://www.mun.ca/harriscentre/semesterindialogue.php 

To register for the first public consultation and info session, click here

August

Climate Change Consultation, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

10:30am to 12pm, August 18, 2016
McCann Centre, Memorial University Campus, St. John's.

Join live now: https://bluejeans.com/368019701 

Memorial University’s Harris Centre is pleased to invite you to a consultation session by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency with the objective of informing the development of a new provincial strategy on climate change.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the planet and is expected to bring weather that is warmer and stormier to our province, with more intense periods of precipitation. This will present risks such as damage to infrastructure and property, changes to ecosystems, and risks to public health and safety, as well as opportunities for growth and development in the green economy as the global demand for low-carbon solutions increases.

 

July

Harris Centre releases 20-year projections for Labrador and Northern Peninsula as part of provincial Population Project

The rapidly aging population in Newfoundland and Labrador is not a new story, but a project commissioned by Memorial University’s Harris Centre aims to clarify how our changing demographics will affect this province, along with offering independent, evidence-based recommendations on how to prepare for the future. 

 

June

Synergy Session: Creating Sustainable Communities and Regions: Experiences from the Netherlands

3-5pm, Wednesday, June 22, 2016
St. Patrick's Church, Woody Point
Webinar viewing room AA5014, St. John's Campus

Since 2000 Telos, the Brabant Center for sustainable development of Tilburg University the Netherlands, has been involved in supporting and measuring sustainable development at both the local and regional levels. At the same time, it has been developing innovative practices, first in the province of North Brabant (the region in which Telos is based) and later throughout the Netherlands. The Telos approach has become the national standard for measuring the sustainable development of all 393 municipalities and regions in the Netherlands. The key elements in this approach are that the idea that sustainable development is about balanced development, that it needs a strong strategic vision, that sustainable development is explicitly normative and about the long term, and that stakeholder involvement is essential. Sustainable development requires the adoption of a common language by not only environmental organizations, but also by employers, farmers organization, and all stakeholders.

Register here.

Synergy Session: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Diversification During Times of Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities for Newfoundland and Labrador

Business Boardroom, BN4000, St. John's Campus, Memorial University
12-1:30 pm, Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Watch live here.

Innovation and entrepreneurship are key to creating resilient, sustainable economies. This is particularly true of economies like St. John’s which are dependent on the resource industry with its boom and bust cycles. Some regions like Stavanger, Houston, and Aberdeen have been able to diversify their economies away from complete dependence on the oil and gas industry to other sectors such as health care, life science, and digital technology. Drawing on research conducted on technology entrepreneurs in St. John’s and Aberdeen over the past year, this talk will explore the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs in St. John’s looking to enter global markets and develop innovative new products. 

Join in person or via webinar. Registration is free but required.

Register here.

Read the white paper here.

"Memorial Presents" History Repeating: How do we make sure Newfoundland and Labrador doesn't end up in crisis again?

Newfoundland and Labrador is going through a period of dramatic change. How did we end up in this situation? What role did our institutions (governments, agencies, civil society, etc) play in leading us here? Join the Harris Centre in a dynamic discussion focusing on the current state of the province and our governance system.

Monday, June 13th, 2016, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

May

LIVE Webcast Tonight! Memorial Presents: Creating Cultural Destinations: Art, Heritage, and Place

WATCH THE WEBCAST LIVE HERE

Bonavista Campus, College of the North Atlantic
7-9pm, Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

The Bonavista Peninsula is becoming a well-known cultural destination with picturesque outports, dramatic scenery, a rich cultural heritage, and a vibrant arts scene. Visitors from all over the world marvel at what the place has to offer. Relationships between business, non-profit organizations, and communities have allowed for collaborative development around cultural heritage. What else needs to be done to make the region an even more attractive place for visitors and residents alike? How can we better profile our artists and tradition bearers so that visitors can get an enhanced appreciation of our way of life? How can we preserve our built and natural landscapes so that they contribute to the sense of place? How can the arts community leverage resources to attract investment in the region? What is the role of governments, businesses, artists, and citizens in making the Bonavista Peninsula a showcase for Newfoundland culture? Join panelists Jennifer Dyer, Marilyn Coles-Hayley, John Norman, and Marieke Gow to discuss these questions and more.

Watch live here.

Take the web evaluation survey here.

This event is run in conjunction with our Regional Workshop, taking place in Port Rexton on Wednesday, June 8. To attend the workshop, register here.

 

Discussion & Information Session: The Canada European Union Comprehensive Trade Agreement

Canada and the European Union signed the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in the fall of 2014. The agreement is Canada’s most ambitious trade initiative, broader in scope and deeper in ambition than the historic North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). However, the agreement has raised some questions about the overall impact on the Province. Join us for an information and discussion session led by Canada’s and Newfoundland and Labrador’s lead negotiators for the agreement.

 Watch live at 2:00 pm here.

 

April

Community Treatment Orders in NL: Who is Protected?

Watch live at 12pm: https://bluejeans.com/540112887

Community Treatment Orders (CTOs) provide a legal means for society to involuntarily commit into treatment individuals with severe mental illnesses who are judged to be a risk to themselves or to society. CTOs aim to seek a balance between the rights of the affected individual and the rights of those people who may be affected by his/her actions. CTOs are included in many mental health acts in Canada and in other countries; in this province, CTOs were included in the Mental Health Care and Treatment Act of 2006. The legislation provides a legal means of enforcing treatment, and specifically medication compliance.

 

The Lifelong Impact of Adverse Experiences in the Early Years

NEW DATE FOR EVENT: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2016.

Registration has now closed. To get on the waitlist, please email Jennifer McVeigh at jmcveigh@mun.ca.

Recent research shows that infants and children facing chronic adversity are likely to experience a broad range of difficulties and impairments in life. Join the discussion on how early interventions can break the cycle of tragedy and what we can do as a society to address the ramifications of adverse experiences in the early years of someone's life.

March

Memorial Presents: Impact of Aboriginal Residential Schools in Newfoundland and Labrador

WATCH THE LIVE WEBCAST HERE

Join us for a public forum exploring the history of residential schools and the experience of Aboriginal people who attended them in Newfoundland and Labrador. How many schools were there and where were they located? How many students attended? What was the impact of their stay in these institutions?  Why were they excluded from the Settlement Agreement? What can we, as a society, learn from this experience? And what can we do today to correct any abuses that may have occurred and to create a more just society?

 

Synergy Session: NL's Fiscal Crisis and a Framework for Meeting the Challenge

After several years of “have” status and high spending – both of these driven by huge increases in revenues – the government of Newfoundland and Labrador is facing an abrupt change in its financial position. Join us for a presentation and discussion with Memorial's Dr. Jim Feehan as he examines how the provincial government has come to be in this position and introduces a framework for addressing the fiscal challenges, a framework that includes a new tax.

A Roundtable on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Join us for a rountable on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and international trade, led by David Lametti, Member of Parliament for LaSalle-Émard-Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade.

Memorial Presents: Making the Northeast Avalon a More Desirable Place to Live

WATCH THE LIVE WEBCAST HERE STARTING AT 7:00 PM NST

One third of the province’s population lives in the Northeast Avalon. Approximately 175,000 people work, study, shop, play and live in the region. How can the region be further improved to make it one of the best places in Canada to live? 

February

Northeast Avalon Regional Workshop

Do you have big ideas for the Northeast Avalon? We're planning a Regional Workshop to bring community leaders and Memorial researchers, students and staff together to share ideas, collaborate and build solutions.

Synergy Session: Demystifying the Business of Universities

Universities are complex institutions that play a critical role in society. Their primary mission is to educate highly-qualified personnel and, while doing so, they generate new knowledge and new forms of artistic creation. Some of this activity contributes to innovation and to the nation’s economic competitiveness. Some contributes to a deeper understanding of the world around us, and helps shape the future of society.

 

January

Upcoming Synergy Session: The Problem with Pesticides

Pesticides – insecticides, herbicides and fungicides – have played a role in expanding agricultural production for seventy years. Although there are benefits to the use of pesticides, there are also drawbacks, such as toxicity to humans and other animals. What is the situation regarding pesticides in Newfoundland and Labrador? Are new policies needed to establish a better balance between the use of pesticides and their negative impacts on populations and crops?

Friday, February 12th 
12:00-1:30pm 
McCann Centre, Room ED2030B (located inside the Education Library)
Education Building, Memorial University, St. John's

Register now!

Nudging, Not Forcing: Understanding Behavioural Economics and Nudging to Influence Collective Action

The challenge today for policy makers and senior executives is to make people’s lives easier by getting rid of unnecessary complexity. For example, how can we best encourage (i.e. nudge) people to save more for retirement, eat healthier, work smarter, volunteer more? Some governments and other institutions are addressing these and other problems by using simple, low-cost and choice-preserving approaches called “nudges” that draw on the field of behavioural economics.

This is a half-day session hosted by PolicyNL and the Harris Centre

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
8:30am-12:30pm
McCann Centre , Education Building (ED-2030B)
Memorial University, St. John's 

REGISTER NOW


2015


December

Upcoming Synergy Session: The Changing Role of Expertise and the Whole New Policymaker

Increasing complexity requires ever more capable policymakers. Moreover, where once policymakers were trained in the law, economics, or as experts in specific disciplines, increasingly policymaking is fundamentally interdisciplinary, requiring rethinking of the education and mindset of policymakers.David E. Goldberg, (ThreeJoy Associates and Big Beacon) will discuss. 

Wednesday, January 20th 
12:00-1:30pm 
Engineering Lounge (EN 4000), Engineering and Applied Science Building, Memorial University, St. John's 

Register now!

November

Synergy Session: "The Ottawa-Newfoundland Relationship: Lessons from History" with Dr. Raymond Blake

Thursday, November 26, 2015 from 12:00-1:30pm NST

That Newfoundland and Labrador is a Liberal province was never in doubt but it was demonstrated in spades in the recent federal election. In the 21 elections since it joined Canada in 1949, the province has sent 108 Liberals to Ottawa compared to 42 Conservatives and 4 New Democrats. One would think that given the Canadian political tradition where the governing party has a tendency to reward loyal voters in the tradition of the spoils go to the victors, Newfoundland would have benefited enormously from regularly sending Liberal MPs to sit on the government side in Ottawa. Has this been the case?

Click here to register now!

Memorial Presents: Working with Aboriginal Groups, First Nations, local communities and diverse interest groups toward conservation in and around protected areas

WATCH LIVE WEBCAST STARTING AT 7:00PM AST

Protected areas have increased in number across the world providing economic, social, cultural and ecological benefits to those who live in and near these special places. While establishment of these areas has been often a top down approach in the past, there is a growing recognition that involving all groups in a meaningful dialogue and gaining consensus is a much better way to ensure success.

Monday, November 16, 7:00-9:00PM AST 
Hotel North 2, Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Synergy Session: "Exploring business models for water quality monitoring labs for private wells in Newfoundland and Labrador"

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 from 12:00-1:30pm NST

Little is known about complex socio-economic and cultural dynamics of water insecurities in Aboriginal communities in NL. This Synergy Session, presented by Dr. Atanu Sarkar, Arifur Rahman, and Kalen Thomson (Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University) will examine the vulnerability of the Aboriginal communities in Black Tickle (Labrador) and explores potential business models to establish a lab to serve communities in a sustainable manner.

Click here to register now!

October

Upcoming Memorial Presents: What Kind of Northeast Avalon do we Want?

Tuesday, November 10th, 7:00-9:00pm NST

Join us for a public forum to look ahead at the future of the Northeast Avalon. 

What should we aspire to 20 years from now when thinking about the region’s physical and built environment, the socio-demographic make-up of the population, the economy and labor force, and the overall quality of life? 

Collaborating for Community Resilience: Central Labrador Regional Workshop

Are you living in Central Labrador and interested in your region's development?

Or, are you faculty, staff or a student at Memorial University who would like to strengthen Memorial's presence and network with people in Central Labrador? Does your research, teaching and/or public engagement relate to the workshop theme of community resilience or the social, economic and cultural impacts of major economic development projects?

If so, consider attending the Harris Centre's Regional Workshop on November 17, 2015 at Hotel North 2 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

REGISTER NOW 

 

HEALTHFORUM 2015

ST. JOHN’S, October 16, 2015 – The NL Centre for Applied Health Research at Memorial University today announced that it will bring audiences their first opportunity to hear from all major provincial party healthcare leaders in a public forum and debate on Tuesday, October 27 from 7:30pm to 10:00pm NST at the Bruneau Centre for Innovation and Research.   WWW.NLCAHR.MUN.CA/HEALTH2015.PHP

 

 

Synergy Session: "An Innovation Report Card for the Provinces: Global Leaders & Late Adopters"

Canada's innovation performance has been weak for decades, earning "D" grades year-after-year on The Conference Board of Canada's How Canada Performs Report Card on Innovation. But at the provincial level, a very different story emerges. While some provinces lag international peers on innovation, others are performing at or near the global frontier of innovation excellence.Which provinces are ranked among the best innovation regions in the world, and which are struggling to keep up? 

 

Synergy Session: "Design and Architecture as a Catalyst in Outports"

With the depopulation of rural regions due to the cod moratorium, many outports are struggling to remain sustainable. Tourism and culture will provide an economic alternative to the fishery for some communities. What role can design and architecture have as catalysts for social and economic regeneration?

Senior Executives share their successes (and challenges)

What makes for a successful career in the senior ranks of government and academia? What is the appropriate mix of skills, attitudes, aptitudes and values that may lead to a senior position?

Upcoming Memorial Presents: Engaging Youth for Mental Health and Wellness

Wednesday, October 7:00-9:00pm NST
Memorial United Church, Grand Falls-Windsor 

Symptoms of mental health issues often begin in adolescence, but it is alarming that many of these youth fail to receive treatment. As a result, mental illness continues to burden youth and their families. Prevention, early identification, and interventions for youth mental health will help these youth receive the best start in life. Join Dr. Lisa Bishop (MUN School of Pharmacy), Dr. Stephen Darcy (MUN Faculty of Medicine) and our panel community leaders to discuss the issue of youth mental health in the province as well as exisiting and emerging initiatives in the Exploits Valley region. 

 

Exploits Valley Regional Workshop

Help us create ideas for teaching, research and engagement about mental health, innovation and entrepreneurship in the creative arts, and youth engagement.

Click here for the agenda

August

Upcoming Synergy Session: "Marine Research with Impact: Partnering with the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network"

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 12:00-1:30pm NDT

Neil Gall, Executive Director of the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) and Dr. Adam Sobel, Director and Chief Scientist of the Columbia Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate. It will focus on MEOPAR's role in Canada as a federally funded Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) dealing with marine hazards from sea to sea to sea. 

Click here to register now!

July

Refreshing research on rural drinking water

A tall glass of water. Refreshing? Absolutely. Safe? Well that is something Dr. Tahir Husain, associate dean (research) with Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, is working on.

A fresh take on local food policy

Heading to the corner store for summertime sugary snacks is as much a part of childhood in rural Newfoundland and Labrador as collecting beach rocks and buckets of capelin. In fact, in many parts of the province, the local corner store is the only accessible food retailer in the area. That means the stores’ locations and types of food they carry can have a big impact on the overall health of a community. 

June

Upcoming Synergy Session: The Productivity Puzzle

Monday, June 15, 2015 from 12:30-2:00pm NDT

Elizabeth Beale (outgoing CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council) will discuss the challenge of productivity in Newfoundland and Labrador. With the province's competitive position tied tightly to the rise and fall of energy prices, Beale offers her views on industrial diversification opportunities, innovation challenges, the embrace of technology and leveraging the creative economy.

Click here to register now!

Upcoming "Memorial Presents": What kind of Province do we Want?

Tuesday, June 9th, 7:30-9:30pm NST

With both a provincial and federal election on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to contemplate the big questions facing our province and examine where we are headed and what that will mean for future generations. Join us and our panel of leaders and thinkers as we discuss the future of economy, society, culture, environment and democracy in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Upcoming Synergy Session: Integrating a Disability Lens in Public Policy

Thursday June 11, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM NDT 

Over 59,000 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians self-identify as a person with a disability. Annette Powell (Independent Living Resource Centre) will discuss how applying a disability lens to public policy would positively impact our province's finances as well as the quality of life for many of its citizens.

Click here to register now! 

April

Register Today! Transportation in Life, Work and Play: The Movement of People To, From and Within Atlantic Canada

This day-and-a-half conference will look at how we can adapt and enhance the transportation systems within Atlantic Canada to improve the experience of people who travel to, from and within the region. Click here to register

March

Western Newfoundland Regional Workshop

Help us create ideas for teaching, research and engagement about climate change, energy development and collaborative networking.

Re-Imagining Rural Newfoundland and Labrador

The Harris Centre and Municipalities NL have teamed up with “Docudance” producer, Louise Moyes, to host a panel exploring the role of the arts in rural development. WATCH LIVE 

APTF 2015 in St. John's May 19 & 20

Mark your calendars – the Atlantic Provinces Transportation Forum 2015 is set for May 19 and 20 in St. John’s. 

February

Watch Live

Have your say on Harris Centre priorities for the coming year!

Students! Get engaged with the province's movers and shakers!

Who says you can't get engaged on the first date?

What are the Enviromental Risks of Fracking on Landscapes and Watersheds?

Join this Memorial Presents: What are the Enviromental Risks of Fracking on Landscapes and Watersheds? on February 10th . 

Can Fracking Be Done in a Sustainable Way?

Register now for a day-long workshop to explore the complexity of fracking on the West Coast. 

Planning for Future Development in the Irish Loop

Join this Memorial Presents Public Forum on February 4th. 

Irish Loop Regional Workshop

Join us on February 5th to discuss regional development issues in the Irish Loop. 

 


2014


November

Tapping into Newfoundland and Labrador's rural drinking water challenges

With the landscape awash in ponds, rivers and lakes, it is hard to imagine that Newfoundland and Labrador faces significant barriers to safe, sustainable drinking water access, but those are the findings of a research report released by Memorial University’s Harris Centre today.

Coming up!

Building Home: Ending Youth Homelessness in NL

October

Duraspace spotlights Yaffle for Open Access Week

Yaffle, Memorial's online connecting tool, is being spotlighted by Durspace during Open Access Week October 20-27, 2014.

NL Forum 2014

Join us for a two-day conference of leaders and decision-makers from the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors to discuss issues the province has faced over the past ten years and what's on the horizon for the next ten. 

New report suggests need for new approach to public policy and governance in Newfoundland and Labrador

There is a need for rethinking how public policy and governance happens in this province, suggests a new report by Dr. Russell Williams, associate professor of political science, and Lucy MacDonald, Master of Arts candidate in political science, at Memorial University. 

New report captures "Vital Signs" of the province

If Newfoundland and Labrador was made up of 100 people, there would be 49 males and 51 females, their average age would be 44 years, their life expectancy – 78.9 years, and 40 of them would live on the Northeast Avalon, 5 would live in Labrador. There would be 57 people between the ages of 25 and 64, and 15 people younger than 15 years old.

Rural development work needs to be more solution focused

Rural and Regional Development work in Newfoundland and Labrador needs to be more solution-oriented, according to the third report for NLFORUM2014 by Dr. Ivan Emke, associate professor, Social and Cultural Studies and Facilitator for Internationalization, Grenfell Campus, and Ms. Anita Best, CURRA Community Coordinator. Dr. Emke and Ms. Best suggest that regional and rural development needs to move from identifying problems to creating real solutions for communities, and Memorial University is uniquely positioned to help that work.

NL culture and heritage - more than just tourism

Culture and heritage are fundamental in promoting regional development and public policy across Newfoundland and Labrador, according to the second report for NLFORUM2014 by Dr. Jennifer Dyer, associate professor Communications Studies, Director of the Graduate Program in Humanities, and the Interdisciplinary PhD program at Memorial. 

September

New research needed to deal with provincial demographic challenges

From baby booms to aging boomers, a new report by Dr. Lisa Kaida and Chris William Martin, of Memorial's Faculty of Arts (Sociology), about the demographics in this province tells the story of the rapidly changing faces of Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

MUNbuttoned Research Festival

Join the Harris Centre as we host four informal, yet informative, days showcasing Memorial University applied research projects. October 1 – 4, 2014. Visit www.munbuttoned.ca for more information. 

Anyone to take the bait?

The lobster fishery on the Great Northern Peninsula is a lucrative one, but bait is getting more and more expensive. The latest Yaffle Your Next Project opportunity is looking for a researcher to ask: can shrimp waste or invasive species be used as more affordable sources of bait?

 

June

White Rose Extension Project Public Review

The C-NLOPB has engaged the Harris Centre to failitate the public review of Husky Energy's White Rose Development Plan Amendment application. Public information sessions are being held in Plancentia and St. John's.

 

Memorial University research suggests new approach to planning and economic development in Atlantic Canada

Research from the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University of Newfoundland suggests that a change in the traditional approach to regional planning and development may enhance economic success for communities and regions across Atlantic Canada.

April

Growing Healthy Ideas: the impact of school gardens on health, food security, and rural sustainability

Growing your own food was, for much of this province’s history, a means of survival. Just 50 years ago, the yields from backyard vegetable gardens were a staple at ‘Sunday Dinner’ tables around the province, but a generation later much of that tradition has been lost and most of the food we place on our tables has been shipped long distances and grown in large-scale commercial farming operations. In the last few years however, there has been somewhat of a gardening revival taking place. Growing your own food is fast becoming the ‘hip’ thing to do. 

Coming up: Memorial Presents

"Moving Forward: Building Resilient Fisheries and Coastal Communities in NL"

With Dr. Barbara Neis, Craig Pollett, and Earle McCurdy.

April 16, 2014, 7:30 pm, Bruneau Centre, Memorial University

March

Nunatsiavut Regional Workshop

Attend our Nunatsiavut Regional Workshop on May 1st in Nain, where we'll discuss community wellbeing, sustainable economic development, and infrastructure advancement.  

Northern Peninsula Regional Workshop

Join us in St. Anthony at our Regional Workshop for the Northern Peninsula on May 22, 2014. Themes include: assessing and advancing local infrastructure, promoting regional collaboration, and fostering business development and entrepreneurship.

RBC - Harris Centre Water Research and Outreach Fund now open

Everyone drinks water. YOU research it.

The Harris Centre invites you to apply to the Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund. The fund is open to all Memorial faculty, staff and students interested in drinking water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

February

Community development award for undergraduate students now open!

Attention Undergrads! The Harris Centre is now accepting applications for the David Curran Award for Memorial University Undergraduate Students. The award will recognize one Memorial University undergraduate student who embodies the same spirit of community development innovation as the award's namesake, Dave Curran.

Postponed: Nunatsiavut Regional Workshop

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this workshop has been postponed to the Spring. 

January

No place like home? The newcomer experience in Labrador West

The -30 C degree temperatures and snow-covered landscape of Labrador West might be a vastly different image of home for many of the newcomers in Labrador West, but, for the growing population of temporary foreign workers in the booming mining region, that is the new reality. At a Harris Centre Regional Workshop last March, however, local participants expressed concerns that newcomers are not being integrated as well as they could be into the local community.

 

Memorial Presents: The Facts About Fracking

An Engineering Perspective

Thursday, 7:00 pm. January 30, 2014, Greenwood Inn, Corner Brook


2013


December

Latest Video: Memorial Presents

Doing Good & Doing Well: How communities can benefit from social enterprise

Filmed October 22, 2013 in Harbour Breton

November

Two 2013-14 Harris Centre Applied Research Funds Now Open

The 2013-14 Harris Centre Strategic Partnership - Harris Centre Research Fund is now accepting applications. Apply here before November 29th, 2013.

Also, the 2013-14 Harris Centre MMSB Waste Management Applied Research Fund is now accepting applications. Apply here before November 29th, 2013.

October

Attention Students! Strategic Partnership (Student) Fund call delayed

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the opening of the
Strategic Partnership – Harris Centre Student Research Fund has been delayed.

Join us for a Harris Centre Regional Workshop in the Coast of Bays

The Harris Centre is bringing Memorial faculty, students and staff to the Coast of Bays region to discuss community and regional sustainability, tourism development and ocean and coastal issues.

August

Pushing Back From the Edge: Education in Difficult Times

Memorial University public forum to explore how to build safer schools

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Innovation Hall, Bruneau Centre for Innovation, Memorial University

July

Collaboration is key to successful regional governance, says Memorial University report.

A report released by Memorial University’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development (the Harris Centre) takes an in-depth look at communities across the province and identifies successful approaches and challenges to regional governance. The report examines regional collaboration as an important strategy for rural communities facing social, economic and ecological change.

June

Yaffle redevelopment project attracts participation from other educational institutions

Since its launch in 2009, Yaffle has provided Memorial University with a public engagement tool unlike any other; however, a new redevelopment project is aiming to take Yaffle from unique to ubiquitous.

Synergy Session: "Moving Downtown: How universities can re-use landmark properties"

Around the world universities are establishing satellite campuses as part of new or renewed districts, as repurposed landmarks, or within central business districts. Join Professor Mike Hefferan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) and professor of Property and Development at the University of Sunshine Coast as he provides Australian lessons learned.

Tapping into the source

Folklorists Dr. Philip Hiscock and Dale Jarvis have teamed up for a perfect summer research project.

They will be tapping into traditional knowledge around wells, springs and natural water sources within the St. John’s area with help from the Harris Centre’s RBC Drinking Water Research and Outreach Fund.

 

Synergy Session, June 18, 12:00pm: "Moving Downtown: How universities can re-use landmark properties"

Around the world universities are establishing satellite campuses as part of new or renewed districts, as repurposed landmarks, or within central business districts. Join Professor Mike Hefferan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) and professor of Property and Development at the University of Sunshine Coast as he provides Australian lessons learned.

May

Southwest Avalon Regional Workshop: The Opportunities and Challenges of Mega-Project Development

Join the Harris Centre in Placentia on June 6, 2013 to discuss development issues in the Placentia Area, Cape Shore and St. Mary's Bay North. Themes include addressing labour shortages, fostering industrial development and cooperation, and dealing with the social impacts of development. It will be held at the Placentia Bay Cultural Arts Centre from 10:00am-5:00pm, and will include a lunchtime Memorial Presents public forum from 12:30-2:30pm on the opportunities and challenges facing the Southwest Avalon. Lunch will be provided and registration is free.

April

Information session on Water Fund

Notice: The Water Fund information session scheduled for Monday, April 15 is cancelled. If you would like to learn more about this funding opportunity, please contact us to schedule a meeting or to receive more details.

Research funding available for drinking water projects

Everyone drinks water. YOU research it.

The Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund is now open! The fund is open to all Memorial faculty, staff and students interested in drinking water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.

March

Water Fund Information Session

Interested in drinking water issues in Newfoundland and Labrador? Join us for an information session on the Harris Centre RBC Water Research and Outreach Fund. April 8, 2013; from 2-3pm.

Harris Centre Priorities for 2013-14

The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development wants your input on our 2013-14 priorities! Join us today at 1:00 PM NST for a live webcast of our presentation and discussion of our ongoing activities.

Memorial Presents: Community Resiliency: Navigating Boom & Bust Cycles

Resilient communities are better able to cope with the growing pains of boom times and adapt to changes during bust times. How resilient are Labrador City and Wabush compared to other mining towns? And what can be done now and into the future to ensure that when the mining slows the communities continue to thrive?

Join our expert panel to discuss community resilience in Labrador West:

Regional Workshop in Labrador City

The Harris Centre at Memorial University is preparing for a trip to Labrador City. They’re bringing Memorial students, staff and faculty to meet with local people to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the regiona. The ultimate goal is to create partnerships that lead to further research and work on the ideas generated at the session.

February

CANCELLATION NOTICE: Are We Ready for an Oil Spill in Newfoundland and Labrador's Offshore?

Due to inclement weather, the Harris Centre Memorial Presents session, “Are We Ready for an Oil Spill in Newfoundland and Labrador's Offshore?”, scheduled for 7:30 this evening at the Sheraton Hotel, Newfoundland, has been cancelled.

There are currently no further details regarding rescheduling available: please follow the Harris Centre on Facebook or Twitter for future developments.

Memorial Presents: Engaging Citizens: The Power of Collaboration in Democracy, February 13, 2013
Join Dr. Stanley Deetz of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Dr. Scott Matthews and Dr. Janna Rosales of Memorial, and David Cochrane of CBC Television in a discussion about the challenges and opportunities for civic engagement.
Synergy Session: Is Corner Brook an Innovative City? An assessment of the city's innovation networks
Are there innovation networks in Corner Brook? How strongly connected are these networks? How can we enhance or expand these networks? Join Dr. Jose Lam, Assistant Professor in the Department of Business and Economics, Grenfell Campus, and Ken Carter, Director of Research and Analysis for the Rural Secretariat as they look at innovation networks in Corner Brook.

January

Applied Research Funding Now Available!
The Harris Centre Applied Research Fund is open to all Memorial faculty, students and staff and encourages work on issues in Newfoundland and Labrador's regional policy and development. The fund closes Feb. 15, 2013.

2012


December

Applied Research Fund Information Session
Come to an information session on our Applied Research Fund to find out more about the funding, applied research, and regional policy and development issues in NL. The fund opens on Jan. 18, 2013 and closes on Feb. 15, 2013.

November

Waste Management Research Funding Now Available!
Think your project could address NL's solid waste management challenges? We have funding to help you! Open to all faculty, students and staff at Memorial, the Harris Centre - MMSB Waste Management Applied Research Fund provides up to $15,000 per project/per year to investigate waste management issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Waste Management Information Sessions
You are invited to an information session to discuss the province's waste management strategy and key issues in waste management in NL. The session will be held Tuesday, Nov. 20 from noon-1pm in SN2064. The Harris Centre MMSB Waste Management Applied Research Fund will open Nov. 9, 2012.

October

Harris Centre Schooner Zone Regional Workshop
You're invited to attend a Harris Centre Regional Workshop in Marystown on November 28th from 8:30 to 4:00, held in partnership with the Schooner Regional Development Corporation. Themes include: Business and Labour Market Development, Tourism, Volunteerism, and Health and Wellness.
Graduate student funding available - last day to apply!
Friday, October 26, 2012 is the last day to apply for The Strategic Partnership - Harris Centre Student Research Fund.

September

The 2012 Galbraith Lecture speaker announced
Calgary Mayor, Naheed Nenshi is the 2012 John Kenneth Galbraith speaker.
Graduate student funding now available
The Strategic Partnership Harris Centre Student Research Fund will provide four awards of $5,000 each for graduate research. We are looking for projects that relate to public policy issues in Newfoundland and Labrador's social and economic development.
We're looking for Public Policy Intern
The Public Policy Intern is a year-long position for a recent graduate from an MA or PhD program.

August

Join us for a Regional Workshop in Springdale
Community members and Memorial students, staff and faculty are invited to attend a Harris Centre Regional Workshop in Springdale.

May

We're Hiring!
The Harris Centre is hiring for a new Project Manager position

April

Watch our Memorial Presents Live from Port aux Basques
Why the Divorce? The Merits and Shortcomings of a Fleet Separation Policy
Public forum in Port Aux Basques to explore fleet separation policy
This free, open-to-the-public event will take place on April 24, 2012, beginning at 7:00 pm, at St. Christopher’s Hotel in Port Aux Basques.

March

The Applied Research Fund is open for applications
Applications from all departments are now being accepted for the Applied Research Fund
Attend our Regional Workshop in Port aux Basques
We're looking for Memorial students, faculty and staff, along with community members from the Southwest Newfoudnland Region, who are interested in attending a Regional Workshop in Port aux Basques on April 25th, 2012. Please click for more information.
Draft version of the Engagement Framework now online for input
Memorial's Office of Engagement is seeking your input into a draft version of the Engagement Framework.

February

POSTPONED: Memorial Presents in Arnold's Cove and Regional Workshop in Port Blandford
Tonight's Memorial Presents event in Arnold's Cove and the Regional Workshop scheduled for tomorrow (Feb. 10)in Port Blandford are postponed due to forecasted weather conditions.

2011


December

Dr. Greenwood on Ocean's Advance Blog
Regional innovation in the major centres in this province comes down to one activity: sharing knowledge. In one sentence that sums up what we discovered as part of a national study led by David Wolfe at the University of Toronto.
We want your research to go to waste! (Deadline Extended to September 23rd)
*Due to the University Shutdown on Friday, January 20th, we will accept applications until 4:30 pm on Monday, January 23rd.* Memorial students and staff are invited to apply for up to $15,000 per year for research that relates to organic and/or solid waste management. Applicants should demonstrate how they will address a real-world issue in Newfoundland and Labrador.
You're invited to the Harris Centre Holiday Reception
The Harris Centre Holiday Reception is tomorrow, and we'd love to see you there!
RECI tool now available for use
RECI is a web-based tool that uses statistical data to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a community. It standardizes all data inputs such that socio-economic scores are expressed as percentages and are translated to textual information so that users can quickly assess the strengths and weakness of a community.

November

Read the latest edition of The Regional online
Welcome to the Fall 2011 edition of the Regional!
Action Canada paper examines three issues for Labrador
Memorial University’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development has published Action Canada Papers on Labrador Mining, Aboriginal Governance and Muskrat Falls, a report containing three Labrador-related research papers.

October

Got thoughts on Irish Identity in NL?
How far do Irish identities matter in Newfoundland today?
Synergy Session on Industrial Benefits
The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy & Development Invites you to attend a Synergy Session: "Minetown, Milltown, Railtown, No Town: Community Benefits and Impacts from Resource Development"
Culture and Development Conference Program Released
The official program for North Atlantic Forum 2011: Culture, Place and Identity at the Heart of Regional Development is now available!

September

We're heading to Port Hope Simpson!
Learn more about the Harris Centre's upcoming Regional Workshop in the Labrador Straits Region

August

International conference to explore links between culture and development
‘Culture, Place and Identity at the Heart of Regional Development’, will be an opportunity for the cultural, development, business and academic communities to come together to share experiences and insights.

June

The Harris Centre is going to Gander: Want to come along?
On June 14, the Harris Centre will be taking a bus to the Kittiwake region to tour local businesses and enjoy lunch at the historic Barbour Living Heritage Village Site in Newtown.

May

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Contact

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