Concordia-led investigation prompts governments to take action against lead
In response to a collaborative investigation from Concordia’s Institute for Investigative Journalism, Le Devoir and Global News, the governments of Quebec and Montreal announced plans to address high levels of lead in the province’s drinking water.
The investigation brought together 24 students and journalists to test homes in five cities across Quebec. Eighty-four residents and their families volunteered to take part in this citizen scientist effort. The investigative team then compared their results to municipal data that it obtained through freedom of information legislation.
The investigation revealed that the province’s lead testing method underestimates exposure levels and 300,000 Montrealers could be at risk.
Concordia launches Indigenous Directions action plan
Concordia launched its Indigenous Directions action plan — Concordia’s Path Towards Decolonizing and Indigenizing the University, drafted and implemented in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 2015 Calls to Action. The plan signals Concordia’s commitment to move the university towards a more equitable and inclusive future in full engagement with Indigenous communities.
“The action plan is envisioned as a guide and tool to enable all Concordians to embrace meaningful reconciliation with confidence,” says Concordia President Graham Carr. “With this document, we pledge to take tangible steps to co-construct a hopeful future based on shared responsibility, reciprocity and respect.”
Making Toronto friendlier to seniors is a big-city challenge
As the City of Toronto — like many other metropolises — struggles to meet the needs of its senior citizens, Meghan Joy, assistant professor of political science in the Faculty of Arts and Science, questions whether its overall approach needs a rethink.
In a paper published in the Journal of Aging Studies, Joy argues that large cities like Toronto should regard older adult populations as residents to be served.
John Molson MBA sits among world’s most sustainable
The John Molson MBA, offered by the JMSB, placed 24th in the world in the 2019 Corporate Knights Better World MBA Ranking, moving up nine spots from its position in 2018.
The survey assesses MBA programs based on five sustainability-related indicators: number of institutes and centres dedicated to sustainable development; percentage of core courses that integrate sustainable development; faculty research publications and citations on sustainable development themes; faculty gender diversity; and faculty racial diversity.
Music helps women survivors of violence heal and challenge sexism
For an industry that is all too often dominated by men, music can still be a vehicle for women to get themselves heard — and to heal, says Sandi Curtis.
The recently retired Concordia professor of music therapy capped off a long academic and teaching career with the publication of Music For Women (Survivors of Violence): A Feminist Music Therapy Interactive eBook. Over the course of 10 chapters, she says, the book “looks at how pop culture in general and pop music specifically have been used to keep women in their place but also how they can be used as subversive voices to challenge the status quo.”
Concordia University Foundation aims for 100% sustainable investments by 2025
The Concordia University Foundation has committed to end investments in the coal, oil and gas sectors within five years. Going one step further, it became the first university foundation in Quebec to set a target of 100 per cent sustainable investments by 2025. This move will include doubling its social or environmental impact investment.
Concordia also became the first Canadian university to issue a sustainable bond, which will generate environmental and social benefits as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
StartUP Nations brings Indigenous youth to Concordia
More than 50 Indigenous youth from 10 communities across Quebec came to Concordia in May to learn the tools for succeeding as entrepreneurs in their communities at the second edition of StartUP Nations.
The event aimed to teach Indigenous teens and young adults about social and collective entrepreneurship and support them in becoming economic engines in their own contexts.
Donna Kahérakwas Goodleaf
Concordia welcomes senior director of Indigenous Directions and director of decolonizing curriculum and pedagogy
Concordian Manon Tremblay, BA 03, returned to her alma mater to advance the Indigenous Directions Action Plan and support Indigenous Directions. The university’s new senior director of Indigenous Directions began her five-year appointment in December.
As senior director, Tremblay, a nêhiyaw iskwêw (Plains Cree woman), will support ongoing efforts to obtain and maintain funding for research with and by Indigenous peoples.
Anne Whitelaw, Concordia’s interim provost and vice-president, academic, thanked Donna Kahérakwas Goodleaf for serving as interim senior director of Indigenous Directions and welcomed her as director of decolonizing curriculum and pedagogy. “I look forward to continue to work with Donna on building a strong curriculum and pedagogy plan for Concordia in her new role,” Whitelaw says.
U.lab offers a unique blended-learning experience
Concordia’s u.lab Social Innovation Hub began its fourth year in fall 2019. “We are breaking boundaries with this new approach to education,” says facilitator Eva Pomeroy, Concordia’s social innovator in residence. Pomeroy is based in the Department of Applied Human Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
The u.lab’s novel immersive-learning approach invites participation from students taking the Leadership, Change and Social Innovation course for credit and from community members. Together they attend the 11-week course both in-person and online.
Concordia launches Canada’s first sustainable investing university practicum
The JMSB signed a partnership agreement with Manulife Investment Management that will establish the first sustainable investing practicum at a Canadian university.
The three-credit practicum will enable undergraduate business students to better understand the principles of environmental, social and governance investment in a capital market environment.
In addition to the hands-on learning opportunity the practicum represents, Manulife will sponsor up to 12 scholarships awarded annually to top performing students.