Students from Aix-Marseille Université (France), Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary), the University of Osnabrück (Germany), and the University of Victoria will study and travel for three weeks in Hungary, Germany, France and Canada engaging in intercultural discussions and musical performances at sites of traumatic memory. At each location, students will reflect on how narratives of the past shape present-day EU decision-making processes regarding immigration, refugee and asylum policies.
News & events
Oliver Schmidtke spoke to Bloomberg TV, giving his take on whether Europe’s migrant crisis is spiraling out of control.
Harry Swain was quoted in the New York Times article entitled "Canada's $7 Billion Dam Tests the Limits of State Power".
Ron Crelinsten on Trump and his impact on Canada
CFGS is proud to announce its support of a new discussion group, the Global South Colloquium
February 10, 2015 POLIS Project on Ecological Governance Co-director Oliver Brandes was quoted in a Vancouver Sun article entitled "Province raising prices but not ‘selling’ water with new rate schedule: Critics argue water rates still far from capturing resource’s value". Oliver gave his opinion on the current debate of raising water prices in BC. Click here to read the article in the Vancouver Sun. Oliver is quoted on page 2.
March 1, 2015 CFGS Acting Director Martin Bunton was quoted in the Times Colonist talking about IdeaFest2015 and the CFGS event panel discussion "Canada's war on ISIS". To read the article, click here.
Oliver Schmidtke about German Chancellor Angela Merkel being named TIME Magazines Person of the Year
Deborah Curran on new POLIS publication, "Awash with Opportunity: Ensuring the Sustainability of BC's New Water Law"
January 9, 2015. CFGS Associate Fellow Ron Crelinsten was interviewed last Friday regarding the breaking news on the Paris terror attack and supermarket siege to 1320AM CHMB Radio, a Chinese language programming format based out of Vancouver. To listen to the interview, click here.
January 9, 2015. CFGS Associate Fellow Ron Crelinsten was on CHEK news Jan 12 and interviewed by Terry Moore on CFAX Jan 9, commenting on the difference between the Parliament Hill, the BC Legislature and the Paris terror attacks and the threat of homegrown terrorism here in Canada. He also published an opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen January 15 on "The reality and rhetoric of 'war' on terrorism." To listen to the CFAX interview, click here. Part I begins at 42:00; Part II begins at 51:38. To watch the CHEK news appearance, click here. To read the Op-Ed in the Ottawa Citizen, click here.
Ron Crelinsten on Syrian conflict and Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau's policies regarding the bombing campaign and the refugee crisis
May 6, 2015 Ron Crelinsten (CFGS Associate fellow) was interviewed on Wednesday from 3:30 to 4 p.m. by CFAX 1070 host Terry Moore about Parliament passing Bill C-51 and on the Omar Khadr case. Soundcloud (Part I at 37:00 and Part II at 53:18)
April 14, 2015. CFGS Associate Fellow Derek Fraser was interviewed on CTV on Prime Minister Harper's unveiling of Canada's mission in Ukraine. To view the clip, click here.
March 31, 2015. CFGS Associate Fellow Ron Crelinsten published an Op-Ed in the Ottawa Citizen March 31st, commenting on the Canadian federal government's move to expand its military mission into Syria. Ron was also interviewed by Geoff Currier on CJOB 680 (Winnipeg) about the expansion of Canadian airstrikes into Syria. To read the article in the Ottawa Citizen, click here. To listen to the CJOB 680 clip, visit their website here.
March 27, 2015. CFGS Graduate Student Fellow Hanny Hilmy published an opinion piece in the Times Colonist entitled "Canadian Muslims uneasy about Bill C-51" discussing the intentions behind and perceptions of Bill C-51. To read the article in the Times Colonist, click here.
March 16, 2015. CFGS Associate Fellow Ron Crelinsten wrote an opinion piece for the National Post on Mar 16, commenting again on Bill C-51. Ron was also was interviewed by Mercedes Stephenson on Power Play, CTV News Channel, at 5:15 p.m. EDT (2:15 p.m. PDT) on Friday, March 13th, about Bill C-51 and by Terry Moore about Bill C-51 and his National Post opinion piece. To read the article in the National Post, click here. To listen to the CFAX Podcast, click here. Part I begins at 5:53 and Part II begins at 19:50.
March 9, 2015. CFGS Associate Fellow Ron Crelinsten wrote an Op-Ed for Ottawa Citizen last week, sharing his thoughts on Bill C-51. He was also interviewed by Terry Moore for CFAX1070 about Bill C-51, Zehaf-Bibeau Video, radicalization & social media, Islamic State Group & Boston Marathon trials. Ron was interviewed by Dan Matheson on CTV News at 7pm ET on Mar 6 about the Zehaf-Bibeau Video and the implications for Bill C-51 and again on Mar 9th by CTV's Don Martin about Bill C-51 and CSIS's new powers. To read the Ottawa Citizen article, click here. To listen to the CFAX interview, click here (Part I begins at 37:30 and Part II begins at 50:30).
March 6, 2015. POLIS Project's Oliver M. Brandes tells Sarah Berman from VICE that Canada's "water-rich" narrative needs to be debunked. With the vast majority of Canadians living along the southern border, some areas of BC, Alberta, and southern Ontario are approaching water-supply limits. "We're water-tight where people live," he says. To read the full article, click here. Oliver M. Brandes was also quoted in an article in The Province about the province's plan to price groundwater. To read the article, click here. Oliver is quoted on page 2.
February 20, 2015. CFGS Associate Fellow Derek Fraser published an Op-Ed in the National Post on February 20, 2015. His article discusses Putin's "Unfinished Business" in the Ukraine. To read the article, click here.
February 11, 2015. CFGS Associate Fellow Derek Fraser was interviewed on CTV News February 11 about the Peace Talks in Minsk and the push for a ceasefire. To watch the news clip, click here.
February 11, 2015. CFGS Associate Fellow Ron Crelinsten was interviewed by Terry Moore for CFAX 1070 on Wednesday, Feb 11 about US President Obama's request for Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State group, as well as the possibility of a peace deal in the Ukraine. To listen to the podcast, click here. Ron's interview starts after the 30 minute mark.
February 10, 2015. CFGS Associate Fellow Derek Fraser was interviewed by Terry Moore for CFAX1070 on Tuesday, Feb 10, discussing the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine and the discussion of a ceasefire. Derek also delivered a talk to the Unitarian Church in Vancouver in Feb 8 discussing the same issue. To listen to the interview, click here. To read his discussion, click here.
January 31, 2015. CFGS Associate Fellow Ron Crelinsten was quoted in The Gazette about the new anti-terrorism bill tabled last Friday by the federal government. Ron was also interviewed by Radio-Canada Colombie-Britannique on Monday about the terror threat in Canada and how to deal with it effectively. To read the Gazette article, click here. To listen to the radio interview, click here.
January 25, 2015. CFGS Associate Fellow Ron Crelinsten published his latest Op-Edon January 25th in the Ottawa Citizen, discussing police strategies in preparing for terror attacks, specifically in light of threats from ISIL and Al-Qaida and the recent killings in Paris. To read the article, click here.
January 8, 2015. A new Declaration on protection of First Nations burial grounds in B.C. that was developed by POLIS Project co-director Kelly Bannister and colleagues from Simon Fraser University is getting positive attention in the press and a flood of endorsements from academics and activists alike. In this Georgia Straight article, Bannister describes nearby Grace Islet as one of the inspirations for the concerted response by international experts who are calling for meaningful involvement of First Nations leaders and traditional knowledge holders as experts in managing their own cultural heritage.
The Centre for Global Studies Director Dr. Schmidtke will be on study leave from Jan. 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015. While Dr. Schmidtke is away, Dr. Martin Bunton will be the acting director at CFGS. Martin is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at UVic, publishing an array of books and articles exploring topics such as Modern Middle Eastern History, World History and Colonial Land Policies. His current research explores the development of land policies in Egypt during the period of British rule, 1882-1920, with a focus on land taxation, cadastral surveys, state lands, and agricultural credit. We welcome Dr. Bunton to the CFGS and look forward to working with him and learning from him in the following months. To read Dr. Bunton's full bio, visit his website.
December 29, 2014. CFGS Associate Fellow Ron Crelinsten wrote an editorial published in the end-of-year issue of the Ottawa Citizen in which he explains that fighting terrorism is going to be one of 2015's greatest challenges. To read the article, click here.
- Ron Crelinsten on the hostage siege in Sydney, Australia
- POLIS's Water Conservation Guide nominated for BC Premier's Innovation and Excellence Award
- Ron Crelinsten on Parliament Hill attacks and homegrown terrorists
- Ron Crelinsten: Don't Rush Anti-Terrorism Legislation
- Anita Girvan contributes to book of essays on Alberta's natural environment
- Derek Fraser: What Vladimir Putin wants from the West
- Kelly Bannister contributes to open letter speaking up for Grace Islet
- POLIS project contributes to Living Waters Rally 2014 statement
- WSP's Oliver Brandes on watershed governance in BC
- Oliver Schmidtke on Scotland's Referendum
- Analysis: Breaking down the ISIS threat to Canada
- Obama's ISIL strategy flawed
- Derek Fraser on the Ukraine
- CFGS associate fellow Ron Crelinsten comments on Iraq and Ukraine
- CFGS Associate Fellow Derek Fraser discusses the conflict in Ukraine
- Ron Crelinsten on Foreign Fighters in Syria
- Terrorist organizations make fortune from ransoms
- Free water use pressures BC as NDP environment critic vows to push for stronger legislation
- Ron Crelinsten interviewed on Iraq and Ukraine
- Ahmad Waseem case illustrates Canada's foreign fighter problem
- Watershed governance and what it means for local government
- "Exporting extremism – for a time", Op Ed by Ron Crelinsten
- Ron Crelinsten Op-Ed in the Ottawa Citizen " The war over, and in, social media"
- Omar Khadr is still a pawn
- Ron Crelinsten interviewed on Hamas and the Malaysian Airline shootdown
- The seeds of chaos in Iraq
- New global terrorist threats
- Ukraine is only the beginning: Beware the Putin Doctrine
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- Oliver Schmidtke interviews abut EU parliamentary elections
- Oped: To Boko Haram, educated girls are a threat
- BC replaces its 105-year-old water legislation
- Ron Crelinsten interviewed on Yemen drone strikes
- Op-Ed: Getting past the rhetoric on Ukraine
- Derek Fraser interviewed on CFAX
- The CFGS is pleased to announce the fellowships for the 2014/15 terms
- Ron Crelinsten interviewed on Sochi Olympics and security
- Laura Brandes: New water act sets priorities for vital BC resource
- Derek Fraser provides insight on Crimea to Canadian news outlets
- Derek Fraser: Today’s Ukraine referendum is part of a Russian plan. We need a deal to resist it.
- Tania Shaban: Reconciliation needed for a truly free Ukraine
- Derek Fraser speaks on turmoil in the Ukraine
- POLIS Associate Ben Parfitt: Where will all the water come from for LNG?
- 90% of BC believes water is the most precious resource
- Derek Fraser speaks on the history of the conflict in Kiev
- CFGS Associate Researcher Harry Swain chairs review panel for the Site C dam hearings
- Derek Fraser urges Canada to "stand with Ukraine"
- Thinkers coming to discuss water (POLIS)
- Ron Crelinsten on Security at the Sochi Olympics
- Adam Molnar speaks about the Sochi Olympics on CFAX
- Ron Crelinsten interviewed regarding a Kamloops teenager planning terrorist attacks
- Ukraine's future unknown
- Stormwater utility a step in the right direction
- CFGS Associate Fellow Derek Fraser featured on CFAX
- Egypt: A military's very democratic coup
- Borders in Globalization Project housed at CFGS
- The Case for Water-Use Reporting in BC
Global Talk Signature Series with Ken Macartney on How to negotiate a global environmental treaty ? a Canadian perspective using ?POPs? as a case study - 2017-03-01
Global Talk Signature Series with Ken Macartney on
How to negotiate a global environmental treaty – a Canadian perspective using “POPs” as a case study
WHEN:March 1st, 2017
WHERE:Sedgewick C 168
From 1998 to 2001, Ken Macartney (CFGS) co-headed Canada’s delegation negotiating the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) under the auspices of UNEP. POPs, whichinclude DDT and PCBs, are highly toxic chemicals that are a particular health concern to Canada’s northern indigenous peoples, whose traditional foods are contaminated by POPs transported from otherregions of the world.
Ken will use this convention as a case study to discuss how this treaty connects to Canadian foreign policy, why and how Canada took a leadership role, the development of Canadian negotiatingpositions, how stakeholder involvement, particularly by Inuit leaders, was a source of strength, the complexity of multilateral negotiations in the UN system, building alliances with other regionsand countries, and the interplay between trade, environment and development among other issues.
Location: SEDGEWICK BUILDING- C168
Times:10:30 - 12:00
Please note that these are recurring internalmeetings for CFGS staff, associates,fellows and guests. If you areinterested in attending a particular session, please email Jodie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IdeaFest and the Centre for Global Studies present:
"On being here to stay, together"
WHEN:March 7th, 2017
WHERE:Bob Wright Centre (BWC), Room B150, University of Victoria
DETAILS:Reconciling a regrettable colonial past with a respectful future is a challenge and an opportunity for governments and peoples around the world. As we celebrate Canada’s150th, how do we reconcile the past and participate in an inclusive and diverse future? Join us for a conversation on the impact of universal aspirations for the rights of Indigenous peoples and ofnational calls for reconciliation. What can we do as individuals and within our communities to support these goals?
Chaired by Martin Bunton, Acting Director, Centre for Global Studies
Michael Asch (Department of Anthropology),
Neilesh Bose (Department of History),
Erynne Gilpin (Centre for Global Studies and PhD candidate, Indigenous Governance),
Anita Girvan (Centre for Global Studies/School of Environmental Studies)
Val Napoleon (Faculty of Law)
Read more about this event here.
Read more about IdeaFest here.
Ideafest banner image credit: K. Peruzzo.
Location: WRIGHT CENTRE- Room B150
Times:17:30 - 19:30
Location: SEDGEWICK BUILDING- C 168
Times:10:30 - 11:30
WHERE:Sedgewick C 168
GLOBAL TALK: "Kitask?naw ? p? kiskinoham?koya: Embodied Indigenous Governance as Decolonizing Frameworks of Wellness, Health and Leadership" with Erynne Gilpin - 2017-04-12
GLOBAL TALK: "Kitaskînaw î pî kiskinohamâkoya: Embodied Indigenous Governance as Decolonizing Frameworks of Wellness, Health and Leadership" with Erynne Gilpin
Location: SEDGEWICK BUILDING- C 168
Times:10:30 - 11:30