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Time to Thrive

Events are being held around campus throughout Thrive Week to remind the Queen's community about the importance of self-care.

Thrive Week hot chocolate
On Monday, Oct. 30, Human Resources staff will once again be handing out hot chocolate and apples at the intersection of University Avenue and Union Street to help kick off Thrive Week (Oct. 30 to Nov. 3). (University Communications)

Stress is pretty much unavoidable but how you handle it can make all the difference.

To help guide the Queen’s community along a healthy path, Human Resources (HR) is offering a week of wellness to remind staff, faculty, and students about the importance of self-care.

Thrive Week logoThrive Week, which takes place Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, will feature a number of events that focus on building positive mental health among members of the Queen’s community. The organizers draw on a number of resources from both Queen’s and the Kingston community to offer programming.

Thrive Week is about reaching out to all of the members of the Queen’s community and getting them to think more about the skills and resources they require to ‘thrive’ throughout the year.  

Thrive focuses on offering a variety of key events each day that align with the Thrive pillars: nutrition, physical fitness, sleep, stress, and stigma. The goal of this initiative is to increase education and communication on the topic of positive mental health and what it means to the Queen’s Community.

Some events that will be featured include:

  • Kick-off Event– Free hot chocolate and apples
  • ‘Take a Paws’ with the Therapy Dogs of Canada
  • Haunted Walk of Kingston
  • Free Massages

Following the kick-off event (Oct. 30, 8-10 am), where free hot chocolate and apples will be handed out at the corner of University Avenue and Union Street, there is a wide range of events including, yoga, colouring workshops, healthy sleep habits and more.

Visit the Thrive website for a full list of events. You can also like Thrive Week on Facebook.

Oct. 31 meeting of Senate to be held on West Campus

Queen’s University would like to remind senators, observers, visitors and guests that the Tuesday, Oct. 31 meeting of Senate will be held at West Campus, Duncan McArthur Hall, Room 342. 

The meeting will begin at the usual time, 3:30 p.m.

On the road again

Queen’s University engineering lab redesigns bicycle for teenager with cerebral palsy.

Janessa Gerhardt with, from left, Elizabeth Hoskin, Louise Munro, Andrew Gowthorpe, Claire Davies, and Karen Forbes.
Janessa Gerhardt has a bicycle that suits her limited range of motion thanks to the work of, from left, students Elizabeth Hoskin, Louise Munro, Andrew Gowthorpe, as well as Claire Davies (Mechanical and Materials Engineering), and physiotherapist Karen Forbes. (Queen's University)

Janessa Gerhardt has a cool, new set of wheels thanks to Queen’s University engineer Claire Davies and a team of fourth year students working in her Building and Designing Assistive Technology Lab.

The Napanee teenager, who is living with cerebral palsy, had been trying for years to find a bike that would suit her limited range of motion. Her search came up empty until her physiotherapist Karen Forbes met up with Dr. Davies, who proposed a solution.

“We attended a special adaptive bike fair last spring but no bike worked for Janessa so she left in tears,” Ms. Forbes says. “We met with Claire soon after and she proposed a solution.”

A team of fourth-year students redesigned the crankshaft of Janessa Gerhardt's three-wheeled bicycle, allowing her to pedal up to two or three kilometers twice a day. (University Communications) 

Dr. Davies says she tasked a team of her fourth-year students with redesigning the crankshaft of a three-wheeled bicycle, which was the main area of concern. Due to her limited range of motion, Ms. Gerhardt was unable to pedal a traditional bicycle. Now, she rides up to two or three kilometers twice a day which is critical for someone confined to a power wheelchair, according to her therapist.

“Most kids her age who are at her level of mobility are confined to a power chair and that isn’t healthy,” she explains. “Janessa understands the health benefits of exercise so it’s important for her to be active. Obesity is a genuine concern which affects all areas of health, especially for those with limited mobility.”

During a media event on campus, Ms. Gerhardt couldn’t stop smiling or talking about her bicycle.

“It gives me exercise and freedom and my legs work like they are supposed to," she says. "It’s really fun. If it wasn’t for Karen, Claire and their team, I wouldn’t be riding at all.”

Dr. Davies says the vision for her multidisciplinary lab at Queen’s, which includes occupational therapists and physical therapists, focuses on designing and building assistive devices to increase the independence of individuals with disabilities. Research includes assistive learning devices for children with visual impairments and Nintendo Wii software to prevent older adults from falling by improving their balance.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Social Engineering

Throughout October, Queen’s University is recognizing National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

At Queen’s, the goal of NCSAM is to increase awareness about cybersecurity while educating the campus community on ways to better protect your devices, networks, data, and personal information from cyber threats.

In support of the effort, the Gazette is publishing a series of informational articles focused on online threats and tips on how to maintain and improve cyber security at the university.

What is social engineering?

Social engineering is the art of manipulating people so they unknowingly give up confidential information. It is the exploitation of human psychology to obtain otherwise confidential information. Most prey on fear, greed, curiosity, and even your natural desire to help others.

The types of information these criminals are seeking can vary, but they are usually trying to trick you into giving over your passwords or bank information. They may also wish to gain access to your computer to install malware without your knowledge. For instance, you may get a call from someone pretending to be Microsoft asserting they have noticed a virus on your device. They establish your trust by posing as a company that you trust (Microsoft). They may then walk you through the steps of installing an "antivirus", which in actuality is malware. After the malware is installed, the criminal can gain access to your device, data, and accounts.

Why should I care? 

These “social engineers” are very good at what they do. They are experts at making you feel at ease and often do not give any indication that they are not who they claim to be. They prey on human emotion and a sense of urgency – stating, for instance, that your account will be shut down if you do not verify it within 24 hours. You may not even be aware of this manipulation until you notice suspicious activity on your device or within your accounts. 

How can I prevent a social engineering attack? 

While you can't prevent a social engineering attack, you can learn how to identify (and thus not fall victim) to them. This takes discipline and a touch of skepticism. One way to ensure you do not fall victim to a social engineering attack is to verify with the company you have received correspondence with. Do not reply to the correspondence!  Contact them directly by phone or through a means of communication you would normally use - i.e. log into their official website by typing the address into your browser's address bar.

For example, you receive a phone call from the Canada Revenue Agency requesting your Social Insurance Number to verify your account, your tax return, or personal data. To see if the request is legitimate, end the call and obtain the phone number for the CRA directly from the CRA website. From here, you can call and verify whether the earlier correspondence was legitimate or a scam. (Note: the CRA will never ask you for your SIN number as this is the only reason they know you exist – they already have it on file). 

What do I do if I’ve fallen victim to a social engineering attack? 

  • Don't click links in emails until you can verify their origin  
  • Change your passwords  
  • Back up your files regularly in a secure location 
  • Run an antivirus program to identify and isolate malware on your system 
  • Take your device to the IT Support Centre to ensure any malware is properly removed

Celebrating inspirational leaders

  • Karla McGrath, Executive Director of Queen’s Law Clinics and Director of the Family Law Clinic, speaks after receiving the Ban Righ Foundation Mentorship Award at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, Oct. 20. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
    Karla McGrath, Executive Director of Queen’s Law Clinics and Director of the Family Law Clinic, speaks after receiving the Ban Righ Foundation Mentorship Award at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, Oct. 20. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
  • Susan Belyea, right, PhD candidate and instructor in Kinesiology and Health Studies, reveals her T-shirt as she receives the Ban Righ Foundation Leadership Award from Sylvie Charlebois and Georgette Frye. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
    Susan Belyea, right, PhD candidate and instructor in Kinesiology and Health Studies, reveals her T-shirt as she receives the Ban Righ Foundation Leadership Award from Sylvie Charlebois and Georgette Frye. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
  • Amma Bonsu speaks about the importance of education for women in developing countries and here in Canada, during the Ban Righ Foundation Inspiring Women Awards on Friday, Oct. 20. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
    Amma Bonsu speaks about the importance of education for women in developing countries and here in Canada, during the Ban Righ Foundation Inspiring Women Awards on Friday, Oct. 20. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
  • Juno Award-winning artist Lynn Miles performs with the She Sings Choir during the Ban Righ Foundation Inspiring Women Awards at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
    Juno Award-winning artist Lynn Miles performs with the She Sings Choir during the Ban Righ Foundation Inspiring Women Awards at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

Contributions made by women at Queen’s University and within the Kingston community were in the spotlight Friday evening as the 2017 Ban Righ Foundation Inspiring Women Awards were handed out during the gala held at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

Karla McGrath, Executive Director of Queen’s Law Clinics and Director of the Family Law Clinic, received the Ban Righ Foundation Mentorship Award while the Ban Righ Foundation Leadership Award was presented to Susan Belyea, PhD candidate and instructor in Kinesiology and Health Studies and founder of the local food reclamation charity Loving Spoonful

Inspiring talks and performances were provided throughout the evening, including from alumni Amma Bonsu and Sangeeta Shakrawar, Queen’s Dance Club, She Sings Choir, and Juno Award-winning singer Lynn Miles.

Founded in 1974, the Ban Righ Centre at 32 Bader Lane, is a welcoming, safe space and resource centre for mature women students, providing advice, financial assistance, daily soup, female faculty mentors, quiet study spaces, and community. Visit the Ban Righ Centre website for more information.

The Ban Righ Foundation, the centre’s volunteer Board of Directors, has established two special awards. The Ban Righ Foundation Mentorship Award recognizes a Queen’s faculty member who has inspired and supported women in achieving their goals; the Ban Righ Foundation Leadership Award honours a woman who has fostered opportunities for others, and made a positive contribution to the Kingston community.

Gaels clinch football playoff spot

Chris Osei-Kusi makes a catch.
Queen's Gaels receiver Chris Osei-Kusi tries to shake off a Toronto Varsity Blues defender during Saturday's OUA football game at Toronto's Varisty Stadium. The Gaels won 59-38. 

A quick roundup of Queen’s gaels teams and athletes in action over the weekend:


The Queen’s Gaels (4-4) went into Toronto (1-7) and closed out the OUA regular season with a 59-38 win over their Old Four rivals the Varsity Blues on Saturday. The Gaels win, teamed with a Carleton loss to Guelph, secured the Tricolour the sixth and final playoff spot.

It was all Toronto early on as the Gaels were forced to punt on their first two possessions and Toronto capitalized with touchdowns each time for a 14-0 lead. The Gaels were quick to respond as Nate Hobbs connected with Chris Osei-Kusi for a 73-yard touchdown.

With their playoff hopes on the line, the Queen's offence turned up the heat on Toronto. Hobbs connected with Connor Weir near the end of the first quarter and opened up the second frame with touchdown passes to Matteo Del Brocco and Jake Puskus giving Queen's a 28-14 lead.

The defence then got themselves on the board as Nelkas Kwemo picked off Christian Krcilek and took it 61-yards for a touchdown. 

Heading into halftime Queen’s was ahead 38-21.

The Gaels added another three scores in the second half as Osei-Kusi picked up his second major while Hobbs and Puskus each ran in scores of their own.

On the day, Hobbs finished with five touchdown passes and one rushing score. 


The No. 7 Queen’s Gaels were in Guelph for the OUA Championship against the No. 2 Guelph Gryphons and the hosts took a 43-17 win to claim the title.

After some back and forth play early, Guelph scored the first and kicked a successful conversion for an early 7-0 lead. Queen's responded just a few minutes later as a pile of Gaels helped push McKinley Hunt past the try line for five points. A tough conversion attempt was missed, and the Gaels were down by two.

A big run set up another Guelph try and they followed up with a penalty goal kick for another three points to give them a 15-5 lead on the Gaels. Nadia Popov put together big runs for the Gaels, but they fell just short of the try line as the Guelph defence held strong. The Gryphons closed out the half with a try and a missed penalty goal kick and held a 22-5 lead over Queen's after the first 40 minutes.

In the second half, Queen’s was finally able to find their stride and put some points on the board. First, it was a great 20-metre run from Janna Slevinsky followed by Popov pushing through for a try. Popov connected on a conversion to cut the lead to 22-17. But Guelph continued to challenge and held the Gaels off the board the rest of the way for the 43-17 win.


The Queen’s Gaels men’s rugby team (8-0) closed out their regular season undefeated with a big win in Hamilton over the McMaster Marauders (5-3) with a final score of 62-18. The Gaels finish the season first in the OUA and will get a bye from the opening round of playoffs along with securing home field throughout.

Kainoa Lloyd led the team fresh off a stint with the Rugby Canada National team as he put down three tries for the Gaels.  Will McArthur also found the zone twice. Overall the Gaels managed to score 10 tries, continuing their run of high-scoring games.

McMaster also managed to find some holes in the Gaels defence, putting up three majors themselves.


The Queen's Gaels (12-3-1) defeated the Toronto Varsity Blues (7-7-2) 3-2 on Saturday in Toronto and secured themselves not only a six-point weekend but the second overall spot in the OUA East. With that comes a first round bye, the Gaels will host an East semifinal game on Saturday Oct. 28 at 1 pm.

Alexandra Doane, Jenny Wolever and Laura Callender put the Gaels ahead 3-0 and the team held on for the win.

On Friday, the Gaels took down the Ryerson Rams (6-6-3) 1-0 score in Toronto.

Callender scored the game’s lone goal in the closing minutes of the first half.


The Queen’s Gaels (6-7-3) dropped a 2-1 decision to the Toronto Varsity Blues (10-2-4) on Saturday at Varsity Stadium.

The Blues finished the first half with a 2-0 lead and Gaels captain Jacob Schroeter closed the gap with his 12th goal in the 83rd minute. But Queen’s could get no closer.

On Friday the Gaels fell 2-1 to the Ryerson Rams (9-6-1) on Friday as the hosts scored a late winner. Tonko Bacelic scored for the Gaels in the 78th minute,

The Gaels will now play Wednesday night against the Ryerson Rams in the first round of the OUA playoffs.


The No. 10 Queens Gaels (3-1-0) secured a 4-3 win over the No. 7 Ryerson Rams (3-1-0) on Saturday. Ben Fanjoy scored the game-winner at 8:06 of the third period. Other Gaels goals were scored by Warren Steele, Jaden Lindo and Eric Ming. Kevin Bailie made 31 saves.

On Friday, the Gales  suffered a 2-1 overtime setback at the hands of the Toronto Varsity Blues (2-1-0). Luke Bertolucciscored scored in the third to force overtime. Jacob Brennan turned aside 22 shots.


The Queen’s Gaels (2-0-0-1) lost 3-2 in overtime on Sunday to the Waterloo Warriors (0-1-1-0). Two goals from Katrina Manoukarakis wasn’t enough to propel the Gaels to victory. 

On Saturday, the Gaels used a third period push to outlast the Brock Badgers (1-0-1-0) 2-0. The Gaels heavily outshot the Badgers from the second period onward en route to the shutout victory. Stephanie Pascal made 22 saves.


Queen's United Way campaign reaches $182,000

"Queen's United Way Campaign"The Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee has set a fundraising goal of $320,000 for this year’s campaign in support of United Way of Kingston, Frontenac Lennox and Addington.

To date, the campaign has reached $182,000, or 57 per cent of its goal.

Queen’s community members can back the United Way through payroll deduction, a one-time gift, credit card, cheque or cash. To make a donation online through the United Way’s ePledge system, simply go to queensu.ca/unitedway. Please note that if you donated last year and selected the auto-renewal action, no further action is required unless you would like to change your donation. 

More information on the campaign and the role of the Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee is available in this Gazette article.

Seeking Canada’s next big infrastructure idea

A photo of the Saint Lawrence Seaway under construction. What will Canada's next great infrastructure project be? (Supplied Photo)
A photo of the St. Lawrence Seaway under construction. What will Canada's next great infrastructure project be? (Supplied Photo)

Organizers of the CanInfra Challenge say Canada is ‘too big to think small’. They are calling on Canadians from coast to coast to coast to share their ideas for the country’s next big infrastructure idea for a chance to win a cash prize. And the Queen’s School of Policy Studies thinks the next great Canadian project, on the scale of the Transcontinental Railway or the St. Lawrence Seaway, could come from Queen’s.

The School is organizing a lunch and learn on Friday, Oct. 20 from 12:30-2:30 pm in Robert Sutherland Hall Room 202 for graduate students interested in learning more about the competition and helping to develop a proposal on behalf of the university.  

“This is an opportunity for us to suggest a transformative project that will help shape our country, transforming its economic and social wellbeing and creating a generational impact,” says David Walker, Executive Director and Stauffer-Dunning Chair of Policy Studies. “We welcome graduate students from all backgrounds who will bring creativity and passion to this important project. I am eager to hear what our students will envision for the future of our country.”

The organizers and sponsors of the challenge include the Boston Consulting Group, Brookfield Asset Management, The Globe & Mail, Deloitte LLP, Royal Bank of Canada, CIBC, and Torys LLP. Collectively, the companies are willing to provide up to $100,000 to the group that submits the best idea to improve transportation, energy distribution, water and waste water management, social resources like hospitals and schools, or infrastructure projects that enhance internet access. In addition, the grand prize winner will receive a private pitch session with Canada’s Minister of Finance.

The competition’s application window opens in November, and closes at the end of 2017. Entries will be evaluated based on their transformational nature, their relevance, and their feasibility. Finalists will also be evaluated on the compelling nature of their presentation and ability to address questions by the judges.

Winners of the CanInfra Challenge will be announced in the spring. For more information on the competition, visit www.caninfra.ca.

For more information on the Queen’s School of Policy Studies information session, please contact chanel.manzonepilon@queensu.ca

Queen’s remembers Gord Downie

Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip
Gord Downie (Artsci'86, LLD'16) performs during The Tragically Hip's final tour. Mr Downie died Tuesday night in Toronto from brain cancer. (Andrew Chin/Getty Images)

Queen’s University is mourning the death of Gord Downie (Artsci'86, LLD'16), lead singer of The Tragically Hip, a Queen’s graduate and honorary degree recipient.

Mr. Downie died Tuesday night in Toronto from brain cancer. He was 53.

In his memory, flags on campus have been lowered.

“I’m saddened to learn of Gord Downie’s death after a long and brave fight against cancer,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “Apart from his enormous musical contributions with Kingston’s own The Tragically Hip, Gord devoted much of his energies during his final years to causes close to him, particular those connected with Indigenous reconciliation.”

Mr. Downie graduated from Queen’s in 1986, majoring in film studies. During his time at the university he and fellow band members Gord Sinclair (Artsci’86), Rob Baker (BFA’86), Paul Langlois and Johnny Fay formed The Tragically Hip. 

Over the next three decades the band remained connected with the university and in May 2016 Queen’s conferred honorary degrees upon them. However, Mr. Downie was absent from the convocation ceremony. Days later he announced that he had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

That summer, the band embarked on a final tour and raised funds in support of brain cancer research. On April 4, 2017, the Canadian Cancer Society recognized The Tragically Hip with a commemorative plaque in honour of their support for cancer clinical trials at the Canadian Cancer Trials Group, which is housed at Queen’s. 

Librarian and Archivist of Canada to present annual Queen’s University Archives Lecture

Queen’s University Library invites all members of the Queen's and Kingston communities to a special lecture by Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. Dr. Berthiaume assumed the position of Librarian and Archivist of Canada in 2014, prior to which he was the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec between 2009 and 2014, following a 30‑year career in academia. Dr. Berthiaume holds a doctorate in history.

Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada

The 35th annual Queen’s University Archives Lecture, titled “Don’t know much about geography*: perspectives on local, regional and national archives," will explore the territoriality of private archives as an issue that has given rise to heated debates for decades.

On June 1, 2016, the members of the National, Provincial and Territorial Archivists Conference adopted a Statement of Guiding Principles for Identifying ‘Best-Fit’ Repositories for Private-Sector Archival Records. Based on an examination of this document, Dr. Berthiaume will explore the importance of archives in 2017 and will reflect on the context that will determine their future. He says his lecture will examine questions such as “Like Russian nesting dolls, isn’t an archive of national significance also likely to be of regional and local significance? And can we implement a coordinated approach to collecting?”

"We are delighted that this year’s lecture will be delivered by the Librarian and Archivist of Canada. Dr. Berthiaume’s perspectives on local, regional and national archives will be an engaging treat for this lecture, which celebrates the eclectic richness of archival resources at Queen’s," Paul Banfield, University Archivist, says. "It may also be fitting to note that one of Dr. Berthiaume’s predecessors, Ian Wilson, began his career at Queen’s University Archives in 1967.”

The Queen’s University Archives lecture will take place on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 2 pm in the 1923 Reading Room, Douglas Library. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the lecture. Please RSVP by Friday Oct. 20: 613 533-2378.


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