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Brock researcher looking for Canada Games stories

Fri, 2020-07-31 14:40

MEDIA RELEASE: 30 July 2020 – R0121

Canadians across the country are invited to share their Canada Games story as part of a new crowd-sourced digital history project.

The Canada Games Collection, spearheaded by Brock University Associate Professor of History Elizabeth Vlossak, will be a publicly available collection of diverse stories of people’s experiences of past Canada Games.

“We’re creating a collection of material that doesn’t exist anywhere else in Canada,” said Vlossak. She hopes Canadians of all backgrounds and experiences will share their stories, whether positive or negative.

The project came about as Vlossak was preparing for her new course, Making History in Niagara, which will see students create an online museum exhibition about the Games to launch in time for the 2021 Canada Summer Games in Niagara next August. Vlossak discovered there weren’t many sources for students to work with and decided to create this new collection.

“We had originally imagined the collection would consist of oral history interviews we are conducting with past Canada Games Council members, high-profile athletes and Games officials,” she said. “But as the project evolved, we realized that these should not be the only voices and narratives that we include in the collection.”

Vlossak thought it would be important to include the stories of a more diverse range of Canadians, young and old, about their experiences and memories of the Games.

“We decided that crowd-sourcing would allow us to reach out to more people and capture these personal and local memories more effectively,” she said.

Vlossak is asking people with Canada Games memories, whether as athletes, coaches, local organizers, volunteers or attendees to share their images and thoughts about their experiences through the project’s website.

Crowd-sourced material, including digitized Canada Games artifacts, will form part of the larger collection featuring interviews with individuals about their experiences and exploring themes such as race, class, gender, disability, immigration and Indigenous rights.

Vlossak and Brock History master’s student Jessica Linzel, who was awarded a Match of Minds grant to help the professor build the collection, will contact some participants for follow-up interviews.

“I’m looking forward to hearing the stories of those who have been involved in or affected by the Canada Games, and learning more about how the Games have helped shape people’s identities as Canadians in sport,” says Linzel. “I’m also excited to see the types of material we gain through crowd-sourcing and getting to see how different people have experienced the Canada Games in their lifetime.”

The public are invited to upload their images, such as personal photos from the Games, medals, or memorabilia, and to reflect on what the Games meant to them.

The Canada Games Collection, hosted by Brock’s Special Collections and Archives, will become available to the public in October and will be an important source for students to build their online museum, as well as for future researchers. The collection is part of a larger project also launching this fall, called the Sport Oral History Archive, which Vlossak is co-leading with Julie Stevens, Associate Professor in Sport Management and Special Advisor to the President, Canada Games.

Brock University Associate Professor of History Elizabeth Vlossak is available for media interviews.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

 * Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University or 905-347-1970

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Brock prof says amid online criticism, companies must sometimes ‘offend people’ to stand by values

Wed, 2020-07-29 15:22

MEDIA RELEASE: 29 July 2020 – R0120

For the second time this year, Hallmark Channel is facing a boycott by angry viewers. Brock University Assistant Professor of Marketing Joachim Scholz says it’s OK for companies to take a moral stand, even if that means offending some people.

After teasing their Christmas movies earlier this month, Hallmark Channel was immediately criticized for their lack of LGTBQ2S+ content. Hallmark responded by announcing they were in negotiations to incorporate LGTBQ2S+ characters and storylines into new Christmas movies.

A week later, Christian conservative group One Million Moms launched a petition threatening to boycott Hallmark if they continued to air LGTBQ2S+ content. The petition now stands at more than 38,000 signatures.

Scholz, who researches consumer reactions on social media in Brock’s Goodman School of Business, says the Hallmark controversy is an opportunity for the company’s new CEO to demonstrate Hallmark Channel’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity by taking a stand against the critics, instead of responding to the crisis by apologizing.

His research shows that, although using an appeasement strategy to respond to online crisis is effective and necessary for criticism based on poor product quality, more than 60 per cent of social media firestorms are based on moral beliefs and require a different response he calls an escalation strategy.

“In a morally infused crisis, whether or not the company has done anything wrong is a matter of perspective,” he says. “Hallmark Channel is in a tug of war between the people who criticize them for including LGTBQ2S+ content and those who advocate for it.”

Scholz says in today’s highly polarized social media landscape, it’s no longer possible to please everyone.

“In order to execute on a proclaimed value system, companies need to escalate the conversation and risk offending people,” he says.

This isn’t the first time Hallmark Channel has found itself in the middle of a social media controversy. In January, One Million Moms petitioned to remove an ad the network aired for a wedding planning smartphone app that showed a same-sex couple kissing. The company pulled the ad, only to receive backlash from members of the LGTBQ2S+ community. Hallmark eventually reinstated the ad.

“After flip-flopping between two morally opposed camps, Hallmark won neither battle,” Scholz says. “Now that they’re in a similar situation, the company needs to take a stand and stick to it.”

In his research, Scholz found brands that took a moral position and fought back against online critics who didn’t align with their values increased their brand positioning through positive media mentions and stronger relationships with customers who shared the company’s values.

“Nike demonstrated their support of the Black Lives Matter movement early, before seemingly every company was on board,” he says. “Now in 2020, when Nike released a second ad in support of the same movement, it came across as sincere and authentic rather than opportunistic. Similarly, Hallmark needs to take a clear and decisive moral stand on their views to include LGTBQ2S+ content into their Christmas movies.”

Scholz says although escalating against the conservative Christian community, who make up a large percentage of Hallmark Channel’s audience, would be a risky move in the short term, the benefits will be seen in the long term.

“Hallmark needs to put the same amount of effort into responding to online critics as they have been in responding to customers who praise them for including LGTBQ2S+ content, possibly even as far as telling the customer that they don’t share the same values and they may need to find another Christmas movie channel that does,” he says. “That would be a very strong signal that would reclaim Hallmark some legitimacy after a year or so of staying quiet on the topic, and lead to long-term brand growth.”

Brock University Assistant Professor of Marketing Joachim Scholz is available for media interviews.

A video of Scholz speaking about his research on social media firestorms can found on YouTube here.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University or 905-347-1970

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Return of sports positive for fans if athletes can stay healthy: Brock prof

Wed, 2020-07-29 15:22

MEDIA RELEASE: 28 July 2020 – R0119

As many North American sports leagues resume play in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Brock University Assistant Professor of Sport Management Michael Naraine says their return provides a welcome distraction for a population dealing with pandemic fatigue — but that return may not be indefinite.

“It’s not unsurprising that sports, at least for the moment, are back,” says Naraine. “When we think about the institutions we have, including religion, arts and culture, and politics, sport is the one that is the least contentious and relates to what we think of as ‘normal.’ Being able to watch a game on TV harkens back to a time before the pandemic and provides an escape for those watching.”

However, Naraine believes several factors will affect the leagues and their ability to conclude their seasons.

“There appears to have been a false narrative that there was a light at the end of the tunnel for these leagues as far as infection numbers are concerned,” he says. “But we are seeing that window shrink with infections rising in the U.S., which makes me think most leagues will just want to finish their seasons, even if it looks very different than normal.”

The changes Naraine is referring to include a lack of fans in the stands as well as some leagues taking place in strictly monitored locations, known as bubbles, which he believes will significantly increase the chance of seasons being completed.

“I think the NHL and NBA will finish their seasons because they have moved to bubble locations in Canada and Florida,” he says. “It will limit the amount of people players interact with and allow more health controls to be implemented.”

Naraine did not offer the same positive outlook for the baseball season.

“I don’t think Major League Baseball will finish their season, because teams will be travelling to numerous cities to play away games, and many of those cities are in areas that have spikes in virus case counts,” he says. “The Miami Marlins, and at least 11 players on their roster who currently have COVID-19, are an example of how bad things could get for many MLB teams as they travel to new cities on a weekly basis.”

Beyond travel, Naraine says athletes also pose a significant risk to themselves.

“Lots of athletes enjoy some of the excesses of society, and now to be in a bubble mentality is difficult when they can’t go and enjoy a night out while they are travelling,” he says. “Instances like basketball player Lou Williams visiting a strip club in Atlanta when he was supposed to attend a funeral show that some athletes will use their elevated social and economic status to get outside the bubble or bring others in, which could cause a huge outbreak.”

If these factors can be managed and players remain healthy, Naraine says fans will benefit the most.

“From a sports consumer perspective we have an embarrassment of riches content wise,” he says. “It’s a positive to have lots to consume and have choice. Now, I can watch the Blue Jays game on my TV, the Maple Leafs on my laptop, the Raptors on my phone and soccer on my iPad. The allure of sports is that we don’t know what will happen, and that has never been truer than right now.”

Brock University Assistant Professor of Sport Management Michael Naraine is available for media interviews.


For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University or 905-347-1970


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Ahead of Emancipation Day, Brock and FirstOntario PAC host screenings of It Takes a Riot

Wed, 2020-07-29 15:20

MEDIA RELEASE: 27 July 2020 – R0118

A weekend of Emancipation Day events online and in downtown St. Catharines will include two screenings and a panel discussion of an acclaimed documentary of the 1992 Yonge Street Uprising.

Brock University and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre are joining together for a community event to present It Takes A Riot: Race, Rebellion, Reform on Friday, July 31.

Simon Black, Assistant Professor in Brock University’s Department of Labour Studies, co-wrote and co-produced the film in 2017 with co-writer/director Howard Grandison and co-producer Idil Abdillahi, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Ryerson University. It tells the story of the May 4, 1992 protest-turned-riot in Toronto following the Rodney King verdict in Los Angeles and the shooting death of a young Black man, Raymond Lawrence, by Toronto police.

“The film documents an important moment in the fight against anti-Black racism in Canada,” says Black. “Yet it’s a moment too often ignored in our history books and seldom taught in our schools. While Emancipation Day marks an important moment in the history of the Black freedom struggle in Canada, by sharing this film with the Niagara community in the context of police killings of Black people and a resurgent Black Lives Matter movement, we hope the community will see that this freedom struggle is not simply history, but ongoing.”

Brock has a long history of community engagement and this film screening and panel discussion is one of the ways the University is partnering with the community for important events such as Emancipation Day. Brock is committed to supporting Niagara’s social and economic development and building a culture of engagement with the community.

“The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is committed to amplifying and supporting the work of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour artists, businesses and organizations through action,” says Colleen Smith, Executive Director of the FirstOntario PAC. “We are committed to prioritizing the eradication of racism with specific actions through partnerships like this, that promote inclusivity, equity, accessibility and that foster and celebrate diversity.”

The first screening will take place at 7 p.m. through the PAC’s Facebook and YouTube channels. When the 27-minute film concludes, the broadcast will continue with a panel discussion featuring co-producers Black and Abdillahi (co-producer), as well as:

  • Brock Professor of Education Dolana Mogadime, who has been actively involved in advancing human rights at Brock and the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela
  • Retired teacher Lennox Farrell, a founding member of Black Action Defense Committee who appears in the documentary.
  • Brock Professor of Language Jean Ntakirutimana, founding member of the Brock African Heritage Recognition Committee.
  • Brock University President Gervan Fearon, recently named Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Kattawe Henry, Human Rights and Anti-Racism Advisor at Brock University.

At 9 p.m., the event will move outdoors as the PAC screens It Takes a Riot in the Mann Raceway Plaza (PAC backyard), an outdoor film and entertainment venue which is reopening this week now that Niagara has entered Stage 3 in the COVID-19 recovery.

It Takes a Riot will be followed by a screening of Wilma, a 74-minute film that celebrates the life of Brock University honorary doctorate recipient Wilma Morrison, who was regarded as the custodian of Black History in Niagara. The film will be introduced by director Ayo Adewumi.

The outdoor space is located in the Mann Raceway Plaza located directly behind the PAC. Physical distancing circles will be place, so capacity is limited. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Visit the PAC website for more information on health and safety protocols in place.


For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University or 905-347-1970

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Brock to launch Minor in Africana Studies this fall

Mon, 2020-07-27 11:52

MEDIA RELEASE: 27 July 2020 – R0117

Brock University students will have the opportunity to pursue a Minor in Africana Studies in addition to their degrees starting this September.

The new program, housed in the Faculty of Social Science’s Department of Sociology, is spearheaded by Associate Professor of Sociology Tamari Kitossa, Associate Professor of Modern Languages, Literature and Culture (MLLC) Jean Ntakirutimana and MMLC Lecturer Richard Ndayizigamiye.

Kitossa says the term ‘Africana’ is a representation of Africans from the continent of Africa as well as the African diaspora in Canada, the U.S., the Caribbean, Latin America, and elsewhere in the world.

“The program will bring a new and broad perspective in understanding the challenges faced by People of African descent in the diaspora and on the continent, in the aftermath of the transatlantic slavery of Africans in the Americas, as well as the ruthless colonialism and neo-colonial exploitation of Africa by European powers,” says Kitossa.

The program encompasses three mandatory courses in Sociology in addition to two credits from a broad array of courses offered in various departments and programs.

Ntakirutimana says the program is being launched at a moment of ongoing historic and global movement for Black lives and transformative social justice.

“We hope that current broad-spectrum sociopolitical discussions about anti-Blackness will inspire many students — from Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) and from mainstream ethnic groups — to enroll in the program to better understand the issues at stake,” he says.

The team notes that through the new Canada Caribbean Institute (CCI), Brock has strengthened its international ties with academic institutions from the Caribbean, starting with the University of the West Indies (UWI). It is anticipated that the Minor in Africana Studies and related programs in the Caribbean will enable collaborative projects and learning, such as student exchanges and faculty mobility for teaching and research connected with the CCI.

Kate Bezanson, Associate Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology, says she’s thrilled the Faculty is “able to provide the home for this overdue specialization.”

“When the proposal for this new minor came together, I was enthusiastic and delighted to play a small role in facilitating the formal academic planning to put in place the hard work and vision of Drs. Kitossa, Ntakirutimana and Ndyazigamiye,” she says.

Bezanson adds that the course of study “will equip students with the tools to richly understand the broad and dynamic field of Africana Studies from cultural, historical, theoretical, linguistic, social and policy perspectives, among others.”

The idea for the minor first ignited nearly a decade ago by a group of faculty and staff, including Kitossa, Ntakirutimana, Ndayizigamiye, retired Director of International Services and Programs Abroad John Kaethler and retired Education Professor Sybil Wilson.

The program was developed in consultation with other members of the Black community at Brock and in the Niagara region, as well as the Council of Black Organizations in Niagara.

“Brock University, given its central location in a region that played an extremely important role in the Underground Railroad – also recognized as a World UNESCO site – is well-positioned to play a significant role in reflecting on, teaching and studying the rich contributions of People of African descent,” said Ndayizigamiye.

The team hopes to add a certificate to the program tailored to activists, advocates and community members, as well as a range of professionals serving BIPOC communities. This would open non-traditional and inclusive opportunities for the community at large to critically analyze and theorize the breadth and depth of the Africana experience in the Niagara region and beyond.

A long-term goal to help meet the needs of students and the community, says  Ndayizigamiye, is to eventually establish a full Africana Studies program and the endowment of a permanent Chair in Africana Studies.

“We sincerely hope the new program will thrive and showcase the inter and multidisciplinary nature of our courses and programs, attract more Black students to Brock, enhance opportunities for educational enrichment for current students and the broader community, and, finally, to contribute to a vibrant culture of racial diversity,” says Kitossa.


For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University or 905-347-1970

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Brock President to discuss corporate social responsibility in era of Black Lives Matter

Mon, 2020-07-27 11:49

MEDIA RELEASE: 22 July 2020 – R0116

The Black Lives Matter movement has opened the world’s eyes to the systemic barriers affecting those who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. It has already led to some movement and dialogue around advancing change for more inclusion and equity initiatives within society.

During this time of social movement, what role should corporations play?

This question will be at the core of a discussion led by Brock University President and Vice-Chancellor Gervan Fearon on Wednesday, July 29 at 11 a.m. as part of the Business Breathers webinar series.

The free weekly series is facilitated by the Goodman School of Businesses’ Goodman Group and features 30 minutes of live industry and faculty expert-led discussions, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer period. Topics focus on leadership, management and innovation, as well as the financial and social impacts of trending topics.

“In periods of significant social change, such as what we are seeing in the U.S. and across the globe with the Black Lives Matter movement, it is important for business leaders to consider the influence of societal changes and the role corporations can play through their corporate social responsibility strategy to foster broader societal values, such as civil rights, equity, diversity and inclusion,” said Fearon.

The webinar will discuss, among other points, the relationship between corporate social responsibility and human rights; reflections and strategies corporations may consider; and the need for decision makers to move from statements to action.

“There are expressions of understanding and there are also actions demonstrating an effort towards facilitating and supporting broader social progress and inclusion,” Fearon said. “We have seen corporations and governments impacted by previous social movements, such as the environmental movement, and taken action to address them.”

Fearon said statements of support from corporations and organizations are important, but they infer a commitment to take action.

“Corporate social responsibility can be a mechanism for linking expressions of support for equity and inclusion to concrete action that both addresses some of the core issues being brought by the Black Lives Matters movement and allows the organization to reflect its unique value-propositions through the actions it conducts,” he said.

Last month, Fearon wrote a letter in response to the hundreds of Black Lives Matter protests that took place in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Brock then announced a series of actions to advance equity and inclusion at the University.

The Business Breathers webinars are open to everyone, but interested participants are asked to register online. A confirmation email will provide a link to access the webinar.


For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University or 905-347-1970 

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Participants needed for Brock study on COVID-19 impacts on young competitive dancers

Thu, 2020-07-16 13:26

MEDIA RELEASE: 16 July 2020 – R0115

A new study on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on young dancers and their families is seeking participants.

The study will be run by Brock University Professor Dawn Zinga and Associate Professor Danielle Sirianni Molnar of the Department of Child and Youth Studies and the University’s Dance Research Lab.

Competitive dancers between the ages of 12 and 18, along with a parent, are asked to share their experiences of dance, school and life under lockdown.

“Young dancers and their parents are accustomed to being part of a tight dance community, with many dancers spending well over 10 hours a week with their dance teachers and fellow dancers at the studio,” says Molnar. “The dance studio becomes another family to dancers in many cases, given how much time they spend together and how much they rely on teamwork and communication.”

But as the late winter shutdown began to stretch into spring and summer, dance competitions for young athletes who had been training all year — or for many years — had to be called off.

“Many young dancers are devastated that they are no longer able to perform on stage this year after they sacrificed countless social engagements and involvement in other activities and sports so that they could focus on dance,” Molnar says. “Parents and dancers invested substantial resources to train and compete this year, and suddenly everything that they worked so hard for was taken away without warning.”

Zinga notes the study, funded by a Brock Explorer grant, is part of a series that have been underway since the circumstances of the pandemic forced the team to reposition their ongoing research on dance.

“We have a big body of work that shows the patterns of how families cope with dancing, the benefits that come out of it for kids, things that we may need to watch out for in the studio or that parents need to be mindful of, and how motivation interacts with youths’ enjoyment of dance,” she says.

Previous studies have found dance can improve a young person’s mental health, but also create some risks of amplifying existing issues if care isn’t taken to keep an eye on the dancer’s well-being.

“If, for example, somebody is prone to body images issues, then dance can bring that out more, without careful monitoring, even though dance by itself isn’t going to cause a body image issue,” Zinga says. “We’ve found that even taking into account mental health issues, self-esteem tends to be higher among the dancers than in other youth populations — but perfectionism is much higher in dancers, too.”

In this current study, researchers are curious to learn more about the dancers’ experiences with school and their social lives overall during the shutdown, as well as if their interest in and commitment to dance remains the same.

Parent participation is a crucial part of the study, which also seeks to determine the impacts on families that had previously been heavily involved in lesson and competition regimes.

For this reason, the investigators are looking for dancer-parent pairs. Each dancer and each parent will complete three surveys — one when they join the study, one after six months, and one after twelve months — and receive an Amazon gift card for each completed stage. Some dancers will also be invited to do a virtual interview with a researcher via video chat.

Anyone interested in participating in the study, titled “The impact of COVID-19 on competitive dancers and their families,” should contact the researchers at


For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University or 905-347-1970 

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Reopening requires us to reconsider our vulnerability, says Brock prof

Thu, 2020-07-16 13:24

MEDIA RELEASE: 15 July 2020 – R0114

While much of the province will be moving to Stage 3 reopening on Friday, July 17, it will still take time for people to become comfortable with their vulnerability and rebuild trust in each other, says Brock University Professor of Philosophy Christine Daigle.

Daigle, who also serves as the Director of the Posthumanism Research Institute, has been researching how the pandemic and quarantine experience has affected how we experience ourselves and others.

While many of us have been able to socialize through online apps, the computer as a tool never entirely replaces being in the presence of others, she says.

“I think there is a need for everyone, especially people who have been really cautious about isolating, to readjust to being in the presence of others,” says Daigle.

“We humans are fundamentally trustful that other people are OK. That’s why we’re always surprised, shocked and hurt when people fail to meet expectations,” she says. “Now people are still well intentioned, but they may still be a threat. You can’t entirely trust that someone is not a threat.”

While there is still a great amount to learn about how the virus operates, taking precautions, such as wearing masks, signals to others that we know we may be a threat but we are trying to minimize that threat and be trustworthy and responsible, says Daigle.

St. Catharines became the first Niagara municipality to mandate masks be worn inside public places when council passed a bylaw Monday, July 13. The Ontario government is allowing much of the province, with the exception of Niagara and several other regions, to move into Stage 3 reopening.

“Despite measures by organizations to revive trust, it will take a long while for people to regain their trust in others and it may never come back to what it was,” says Daigle. “This pandemic may serve to make us realize that we were never invulnerable the way we thought we were.”

She suggests that rather than trying to make ourselves invulnerable, we recognize our vulnerability and use it to make better choices as a society.

“Vulnerability is a fundamental characteristic,” says Daigle. “We feel it is a negative and want to be invulnerable. But we can come to understand it and embrace existing as vulnerable beings.”

Brock University Professor of Philosophy Christine Daigle is available for media interviews.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University or 905-347-1970

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Partnership to address low-impact development in Lincoln

Wed, 2020-07-15 09:56

MEDIA RELEASE: 15 July 2020 – R0113

Using a high-profile waterfront project as its initial focus, three Niagara organizations are bringing their extensive research and municipal experience together to address sustainable infrastructure development.

Brock University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last year with the Town of Lincoln and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) to explore the need for nature-based solutions with immediate application and policy relevance to pressing landscape issues.

The partners have now launched “The Prudhommes Project: building community resilience through blue-green infrastructure development,” which is researching ecosystem-focused approaches in urban landscapes.

While the focus of The Prudhommes Project is the high-profile Lake Ontario waterfront development, it won’t be limited to the Prudhommes Landing development. The Town of Lincoln has made a key part of this development a publicly maintained greenspace at the waterfront. This public infrastructure is an essential part of the Town’s park and greenspace infrastructure.

“The Prudhommes Landing development is significant and much-anticipated,” said Mike Kirkopoulous, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Lincoln. “In partnering with Brock and Vineland, we collaborate with world-class researchers who can assist with understanding the multi-functional benefits of green-blue infrastructure, allowing for data-driven and informed decisions.”

Green-blue infrastructure refers to the incorporation of vegetation and water elements in urban designs. Given the proximity of the development to Lake Ontario, the initial project focus for the Prudhommes Landing development is to evaluate and test how to use green-blue infrastructure design to help the Town of Lincoln create a resilient socio-ecological community.

“In working closely with all our partners on this project, we will generate actionable knowledge about green-blue infrastructure right here in Niagara with widespread scholarly and practical implications,” said Ryan Plummer, Professor and Director of Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and Darby McGrath, Vineland’s Program Leader, Greening the Landscape. This will also allow us to share how other leading jurisdictions and governments are building, supporting, incentivizing and creating world-class destinations,” added Plummer.

He said the MOU falls directly in line with Brock and the ESRC’s goals of community engagement, experiential education and research excellence.

The importance of the project was recently recognized by the Mitacs Accelerate program, which requires academic (Brock) and industry (Vineland) collaboration. Vineland is a not-for-profit organization funded in part by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and delivers innovative products, solutions and services through an integrated and collaborative cross-country network to advance Canada’s research and commercialization agenda. The Mitacs program will partially fund a post-doctoral fellow for the next three years to work on the project.

For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University or 905-347-1970

Cheryl Lennox, Director, Marketing and Communication, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Michael Kirkopoulos, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Lincoln

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Brock connects with kids missing summer camp this year

Wed, 2020-07-15 09:55

Media Release: 14 July 2020 – R0112

July usually brings along the familiar smells of bug spray, sunscreen and campfires as kids tie up their laces and head off to camp.

Brock University’s summer kids camps are incredibly popular with hundreds of children coming to campus to attend a wide variety of camps led by Brock student instructors.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and following public health guidelines, Brock had to make the difficult decision to cancel its summer camps.

Searching for a way to virtually connect with campers, the Brock Recreation and Brock Sports teams used this opportunity to create an online catalogue, allowing kids to get a small dose of camp from home.

The newly-launched Camps at Home is an online resource for parents and guardians to access lesson plans and website links for fun camp-related activities.

“Camps at Home is a free, online resource for campers and their families to find engaging and educational content to keep them busy and active while staying safe at home this summer,” said Michelle Leone, Program Manager, Youth University. “We will share videos, lesson plans and our favourite online resources throughout the summer.”

Unlike usual summer camps, Camps at Home does not require any registration or fees, there is no maximum capacity and it is fully accessible 24/7. The activities for campers cover everything from technology, the arts and science to aquatics, sports and adventure.

“Although we can’t be together in person this summer, we are pleased to share a small bit of camp on our new website,” said Leone. “Throughout the summer, we will post new activities that have been carefully curated by our team. Our goal is to include as many streams of camp as possible.”

New content will be uploaded by the camp staff all summer. To access Camps at Home, visit Brock’s Recreation website.


For more information or for assistance arranging interviews: 

* Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University or 905-347-1970 

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