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Celebrate Yaffle: You're Invited !

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Medical Education Centre Atrium 
MUN Medical School

Yaffle, Memorial's online connecting tool, has come a long way and we want you to help us celebrate (and have some cake)!

On June 20, join us for a short tour of the redeveloped site, see the new functionality, and learn how Yaffle is better than ever to help you find projects, share your expertise, and connect with collaborators.

Whether you’re already a Yaffle user or would like to learn more, all members of the community are invited to attend.

Come have a slice of cake (or two) with us and say hello!

Please register  here .

Mandy Strickland 
Yaffle  Coordinator
864-3576  or

Partnership Opportunities: 2017 NL's Vital Signs Report

In 2016, the Harris Centre and Community Foundation of NL released the third Vital Signs report, delivering easy-to-read statistics and stories on quality of life in our province to 100,000 homes, business, and organizations across Newfoundland and Labrador.

In today’s challenging economic landscape, putting relevant, accessible research and data into the hands of community leaders – from the boardroom table to the kitchen table – is critical. 

Support the Project

In addition to substantial in-kind support from CFNL, the Harris Centre, and TC Media, it costs approximately $30,000 to produce the Vital Signs report each year. 100% of these funds come from generous community supporters.

Please visit our website to see our Funding Partnership levels for 2017.

For more information about being a funding partner for the 2017 report, please contact:

Zaren Healey White
Communications Advisor, Harris Centre
864-7918 or

Last day to register, one-day registration available: International Small Island Cultures conference

Are you interested in island cultures and stories? Register now to attend the International Small Island Cultures conference, hosted by the Harris Centre at Memorial University, June 15-19, 2017.

The conference theme is “Stories, Ballads and Island Narratives.” Presentations will span everything from island identity, migration, narratives, music, legends, mythology, literature, gender, fisheries, tourism, creative industries, geographies, health, and wellness.

All members of the university community or public can register to attend the conference as a delegate.

One-day registration is available for $75.

The deadline to register to attend the conference is June 7, 2017. 

For more information and to register click here.

New Reports 
The Manifestations of Prejudice in Everyday Life
Recently, reader comments in response to the arrival of 250 Syrian refugees to NL on online news stories from local media have expressed a very negative and often prejudiced view on whether Newfoundland and Labrador should accept more refugees. This research by James Baker aimed to determine whether Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans hold racist, prejudiced, or discriminatory views.

This research was supported by the Harris Centre Applied Research Fund.

Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill Waste Management

This research, by He Zhang, Tahir Husain and Yuan Chen, shows that a carbon barrier is effective in the adsorption of light-sensitive organic matters. The carbon extracted from fly ash generated from Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited was transformed into activated carbon. 

This study can help the Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Mill with waste management by providing a cost-effective approach that can potentially be applied in the water treatment field.

Missed the session? Watch the video! 
Are Prisons the New Asylums? Inmates with Mental Health Issues and the Role of Segregation
This session, presented by the Harris Centre in partnership with the Institute for Public Administration of Canada, examined how the profile of prisoners is changing, with an increasing presence of inmates with mental illnesses. In this province, prison administrators  not health administrators – are responsible for providing mental health services inside correctional facilities, which presents its own challenges.

Dr. Colleen Hanrahan offered an overview of the implications for prisoners and correctional facilities, and the emerging trend for the healthcare system to assume responsibility for health services in prisons.

Mr. Howard Sapers reviewed the use of segregation in Ontario Correctional facilities as the Independent Advisor to the Government of Ontario on Corrections Reform. 
He discussed his findings and the recommendations to address screening, treatment and alternatives to segregation for those with mental health challenges in a correctional setting.

For more information and to watch the video, click here.
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