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Interim President's Friday Message

Updated on Dec 4
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The Conversation Canada – taking research into the public sphere

Many of you know about The Conversation Canada – an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community. Its articles are frequently picked up by mainstream media.

Nearly two years ago, the University of Regina joined The Conversation Canada, enabling researchers at the University and federated colleges to submit articles for publication on the platform. Since that time, more than 30 researchers from our campuses have published articles with The Conversation Canada. These have resulted in additional national and international coverage through media such as The National on CBC, the National Post, and the Huffington Post.

For example, Campion College assistant professor of astronomy Dr Samantha Lawler received a great deal of media attention after her recent article on the way that more satellites in the night sky are hampering astronomers and amateur stargazers alike. This widespread dissemination of her work might not have taken place had she not originally published with The Conversation Canada, whose readers as of this week have viewed University of Regina researchers’ articles more than a million times.

With consumption of digital content at an all-time high, I encourage other researchers – both faculty members and graduate students – to consider writing for The Conversation Canada. The first step is to register as an author. After that, The Conversation Canada website has a simple “pitch” form that asks authors to briefly summarize their idea. Once submitted, the pitch is sent to the appropriate editor for consideration.

While researchers write their own articles, Krista Baliko, research communications strategist in University Advancement & Communications, is happy to work with them on their initial “pitch.” If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please reach out to Krista at

Reminder - President’s update town hall at 1:30 p.m. today

At 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, I will host a town hall for all faculty, staff, and students so we may discuss issues facing us both in general and specifically in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will begin with an update from Dr Andrew Cameron, Chair of the University Recovery Planning Group (URP-G) whose work is integral to the University’s long-term pandemic-related planning.

Zoom co-ordinates follow below. The town hall will be recorded for those unable to attend, and posted on UR Source together with existing recordings of past town halls.

Meeting ID: 979 3588 9815
Passcode: 976727

This Sunday - National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women

I encourage everyone to be mindful on Sunday 6 December – a significant date because it marks 31 years since 14 women were murdered and 13 others seriously wounded at École Polytechnique in Montreal. This horrific act, which targeted these engineering students simply because they were female, led to 6 December being designated each year as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action is a time to mourn the École Polytechnique victims and honour their memory. It also provides the opportunity to draw additional attention to countless others who have lost their lives or otherwise been affected – and still are affected - by gendered violence.

Statistics Canada data from between 2001 and 2015 highlighted in Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls show that Indigenous women are six times more likely than non-Indigenous women to be victims of homicide. And acts of verbal, psychological, and physical violence are perpetuated daily against women, girls, and LGBTQ2S+ and gender diverse individuals in Canada and around the world.

On this year’s National Day of Remembrance and Action, we must remember victims of gendered violence, and redouble our commitment to act against hatred and misogyny.

Thomas Chase
Interim President and Vice-Chancellor