News and events

  • Panel discussion: Canada and the 2020 US election, Thurs., Oct. 22, 12-1 pm

    The US election on November 3 is shaping up to be an event of historic importance, with potentially far-reaching consequences for the US, Canada and the world.

    The Brock University Department of Political Science invites you to join us for an online discussion and Q&A session of the possible implications of the US elections. Our panel:

    Prof. Leah Bradshaw, Brock University
    Associate Prof. Charles Conteh, Brock University
    Assistant Prof. Will Greaves, University of Victoria
    Associate Prof. Blayne Haggart (moderator)

    For a link to the event, or for further information, please email

    The Brock University Political Science
    Department presents Canada and the 2020 U.S. Election, October 22, 12 pm-1 pm

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  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award – Julie Rorison (BA ’10)

    The Department of Political Science congratulates Julie Rorison (BA ’10), a lifelong Niagara resident known across the region for her multifaceted approach to serving the community, on being recognized by the Brock University Alumni Association (BUAA) with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in recognition of her ambitious accomplishments in the first chapter of her thriving career.

    Watch the video here

  • Associate Professor Tim Heinmiller receives 2020 SSHRC Insight Grant

    Congratulations to Associate Professor Tim Heinmiller, recipient of a 2020 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant.

    Heinmiller, who will study “Major Policy Change in Canada,” is one of seven researchers at Brock awarded an Insight Grant from SSHRC

    “SSHRC funds research projects across the social sciences and humanities, which contributes to new understandings and supports the engagement of students across disciplines,” says Associate Vice-President, Research Michelle McGinn.

    “The decisions of money managers, strategies for language learners, the influence of policy changes and the work of murals. The breadth of topics funded in this round and their contributions to enhanced policies and practices is impressive. I’m also pleased to note that several projects adopt a historical lens. The lessons of the past are interesting and critically important for charting the way forward to a strong future.”

    SSHRC’s Insight Grants program provides funding for three to five years for research that accomplishes a number of goals, including building knowledge and understanding, supporting new approaches to research and providing training experiences for students.

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  • Brock co-led group offers plan for reopening Canada-U.S. border

    Charles Conteh, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Niagara Community Observatory at Brock University, co-led a bi-national group that made recommendations to Ottawa and Washington on opening the Canada-U.S. border. 

    Normally, more than $2 billion in trade flows between Canada and the United States every day.

    But for the past two months COVID-19 restrictions have limited border passage to the provision of essential services, with no indication of when it will open up.

    When that does happen, it has to be done responsibly and creatively so there’s a “seamless” flow of trade between the two countries.

    “We’re not pushing for the border to reopen: health comes first,” said Conteh. “All of our recommendations are framed within the context of ‘when it is safe to do so,’ ‘when it makes sense to do so,’ how we responsibly proceed, and how we can take a multi-phased approach tailored to specific regions.”

    The observatory, with the University at Buffalo and World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, led a workshop earlier this month looking at how current border restrictions are impacting industry in Canada and the U.S.

    Representatives from industry associations, economic development agencies, the public sector, corporations engaged in cross-border commerce, bridge operators, academia and the policy community gave input into reopening the border “in a responsible manner.”

    The resulting strategies are contained in a list of seven recommendations subsequently released by the Binational Prosperity Initiative, a partnership between the observatory and the University at Buffalo.

    Conteh said it’s important officials from both countries take a “tailored approach” moving forward.

    “We have to move from a one-size-fits-all opening of the border from coast to coast, to thinking in a more tailored way, because the Niagara-Buffalo region will have different needs and particularities than the Windsor-Detroit region, for example.”

    He stressed economic recovery campaigns urging people to “buy American” or “buy Canadian” shouldn’t be too exclusionary.

    “Canada and the U.S. are in the same sandbox together and make stuff together,” he said. “There is a complex value chain across different sectors of industry, so any ‘Buy American’ should have a Canadian exemption, which would be us saying essentially ‘Buy Canadian and American.’

    “Do not exclude Canada in any stimulus packages, because our economic destinies are bound together.”

    The recommendations have been sent to policy officials and politicians at the federal, provincial and state levels.

    They include:

    • Take a cross-border regional approach to reopening the border, which would rely on states, provinces and regional border operators to share information on plans, metrics and progress, reporting the same to federal officials who have jurisdiction over the border;

    • Canada and the U.S. should use one regulatory regime — the Regulatory Co-operation Council — to align COVID-19 regulations especially related to medical supplies, logistics and transportation;

    • When enacting economic stimulus packages, U.S. legislators should incorporate a Canadian exemption into “Buy American” legislation and Canadian legislators should incorporate a U.S. one into “Buy Canadian” legislation;

    • To aid economic recovery in both the U.S. and Canada, the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement should become active on July 1;

    • The U.S. and Canada should invest in border technology such as touchless thermometers to ensure border crossers are COVID-free;

    • The U.S. and Canada should expand the marketing of NEXUS as a solution to touchless processing at the border;

    • Border operators, such as the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority and Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, should receive government assistance to maintain operations.

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  • March 12: Private Guilt, Public Realm: The Politics of Past, Present and Future Guilt

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  • Nov. 21: Panel on Civic Identity in Liberal Democracy

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  • Congratulations to our MA graduates!

    All the best in your future endeavours. Remember to stay in touch!

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  • Oct. 23 – Unpacking the 2019 Federal Election: What Happened, Why and the Future

    Join us for a panel discussion with experts from Brock University – Tamari Kitossa, Associate Professor, Sociology; David Siegel, Professor Emeritus, Political Science and Livianna Tossutti, Associate Professor, Political Science – on the outcome of the federal election and its implications for the Niagara region and the country.

    Seating is limited. Click on the poster link below to RSVP by phone or online.

    Unpacking the 2019 Federal Election

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  • Oct. 16 – The 2019 Federal Election Preview

    Join us for a wide-ranging panel discussion with experts in politics and policy on October 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Mills Room of the St. Catharines Public Library.

    Seating is limited. Please RSVP in person at the Library, by phone or online via Eventbrite. Number and link in poster below.

    The 2019 federal election preview

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  • September 12: Public talk to explore #MeToo’s place in history

    In addition to captivating society and dominating news headlines, the #MeToo movement has earned its place in the history books.

    Renowned German scholar Sabine Sielke will explore how #MeToo fits into a larger cultural context during the upcoming talk “Feminism Reloaded? The Serial Debate on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence, or: What’s New about #MeToo,” taking place Thursday, Sept. 12, 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Sankey Chamber at Brock.

    Significant shifts in media culture since the 1990s, such as increased digitization, have intersected with important feminist methods, goals and conflicts. Sielke’s talk will situation the #MeToo moment within this broader context.

    Her work on sexual violence in North American literature and culture brings a unique perspective to the topic of #MeToo.

    As Director of the North American Studies program at Germany’s University of Bonn, Sielke’s research expertise spans 19th and 20th century American literature, modernist and postmodernist culture, as well as 20th century art and popular culture. She also works in literary and cultural theory, gender studies, African American studies and the dialogues between cultural studies and the natural sciences.

    The free public talk was spearheaded by the Department of English Language and Literature with support from Social Justice and Equities Studies; Social Justice Research Institute; Department of History; Centre for Canadian Studies; Department of Political Science; Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies; Department of Communications, Popular Culture and Film; Office of Human Rights and Equity; and the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights, Equity and Decolonization.

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