Lunch and Learn Events

There are seven students doing various placement programs at CRHESI this term. And they are doing some great work. Don’t miss these opportunities to come visit Innovation Works, bring your lunch, hear their updates, and participate in some critical discussions. See the links for more information and to RSVP.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, Noon @ Innovation Works: BMO Ideas Bank — Lunch & Learn: The History, Criticisms, and Applications of ‘Social Inclusion’ (Presented by Community Engaged Learning students William Staples & Nicole Zouki)

Friday, March 9, 2018, Noon @ Innovation Works: RBC Vault — Lunch & Learn: The Future and Impact of #metoo (Presented by Community Engaged Learning students Sonia Thushiyandan, Sarah Cola, and Hireti Salinas)

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Noon @ Innovation Works: BMO Ideas Bank —Lunch & Learn: How do journalists report suicides in London? (Presented by Media in the Public Interest student Siena Maxwell)

One Book One London reads ‘Brother’ by David Chariandy

One Book One London is an opportunity to read the same book as hundreds of other Londoners. It is like being part of a city-wide book club! The title for 2018 is Brother by David Chariandy. From the book’s description: “An intensely beautiful, searingly powerful, tightly constructed novel, Brother explores questions of masculinity, family, race, and identity as they are played out in a Scarborough housing complex during the sweltering heat and simmering violence of the summer of 1991.” Themes also include immigration, poverty, precarious employment, and housing. In a very short and accessible read, Chariandy beautifully weaves together a story that articulates how the intersections of various obstacles compound the difficulty of daily life for so many.

Many of the themes explored in Brother are near and dear to the hearts of us in the CRHESI ecosystem. This is a unique opportunity to listen and participate in a community-driven dialogue about the questions we investigate as researchers, practitioners, and care providers.

Join us for a discussion about Chariandy’s book, it’s themes, and its similarities or dissimilarities to the experiences of individuals in our community. All are welcome. Reading Brother before March 5 is not necessary, but definitely recommended. Come and join other Londoners in sharing your reading experience with the community. Follow along at #1book1ldn on Twitter.

Monday, March 5, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Central Library

More details at curiouspublic.com/brother

Panelists

Melanie-Anne Atkins is the Wellness Coordinator at the Wellness Education Centre at Western University.

Kristen Caschera (@librariankris) is a Librarian at London Public Library. She is a program coordinator for the One Book One London initiative.

Marcel Marcellin (@MarcellinMarcel) is the Director of Organizational Strategy at the City of London. He previously served as a Sergeant for the London Police for over 20 years.

Anaise Muzima (@anashakyss) is a Master of Laws graduate from Western University and is currently a settlement worker at Collège Boréal.

James Shelley (@jamesshelley) is a coordinator at the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion.

Steering Committee Minutes (for Wednesday, January 31, 2018)

Below are the minutes from CRHESI’s last Steering Committee meet (Wednesday, January 31), as well as additional documentation:

Do you have updates or reports on projects or initiatives that should be shared around the CRHESI Steering Committee table at an upcoming meeting? Please get in touch with co-coordinator James Shelley at jshelley@crhesi.ca

Community Events Investigating Drug Policy in Canada

Over the next two Mondays, Curious Public at Central Library is hosting community events — including a student debate — on issues surrounding drug policy in Canada.

January 22: Panel Discussion

First, a panel discussion featuring leading experts on drug policy, public health, and intervention strategies. We’ll dig into the complexities and controversies of how we legislate and control drugs of all kinds in Canada. Monday, January 22, 2018, 7:00 pm at Central Library (Second Floor). See full event details.

Tara Bruno is an Associate Professor in Sociology at King’s University College. Her research interests include addictions, mental health, criminology, homelessness, youth and families, and research methods. Tara’s new book, The Drug Paradox: An Introduction to the Sociology of Psychoactive Substances in Canada, will be released in the Summer of 2018.

Christopher Mackie (@Healthmac) is the Medical Officer of Health for Middlesex-London and is the Chief Executive Officer of the Middlesex-London Health Unit. He previously served as the Associate Medical Officer Health for the City of Hamilton for four years. Dr. Mackie has published peer-reviewed papers and abstracts on a number of public health related issues, including vaccination policy, emergency planning, environmental health and child and youth mental health.

Ana Ning is an Associate Professor in Sociology at King’s University College. Her research includes addiction treatment and harm reduction interventions, as well as the integration of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) in mainstream healthcare. She also studies traditional Chinese medicine and issues of evidence-based medicine model.

Robert Solomon is on the Faculty of Law at Western University, where he holds the rank of Distinguished University Professor. He has been engaged in research on alcohol and drug policy, and tort, criminal and health law for over 45 years and has published widely in these areas. He has served as the National Director of Legal Policy for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) for 20 years and has frequently appeared as an expert before various Parliamentary Committees.

January 29: Public Debate

Second, a public debate featuring students from the UWO Debate SocietyMonday, January 29, 2018, 7:00 pm, at Central Library (Second Floor). The motion: the Canadian government has not done its due diligence in responding to the opioid crisis. See full event details.

Questions? Email hello@curiouspublic.com

Happy Holidays from CRHESI

On behalf of the whole team here at the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion, we just want to wish you a wonderful holiday with friends and family. We look forward the projects, discussions, collaborations, and partnerships ahead in 2018. (As always, if we here in the CRHESI network can support your work towards equity and inclusion, we’d love to learn more about your efforts. Perhaps we should start off 2018 with a coffee? Please get in touch with us anytime.)