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Transit of Mercury observation at Bishop’s University – To avoid risk of serious eye injury, proper equipment and precaution required

Bishop’s University’s Physics and Astronomy Department invites members of the community to come observe the transit of the planet Mercury across the Sun’s disk from the Quad, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. today, weather permitting.

Directly observing the Sun without proper equipment and precaution can cause serious eye injury and should be avoided at all costs. However, members of the community can safely observe this astronomical phenomenon with the help of telescopes operated by faculty and students of Bishop’s University’s Physics and Astronomy Department.

The observation will pause at 11 a.m. for a few moments of silence to honour the memory of those who died for our country as is customary on Remembrance Day.

A planetary transit occurs when a planet passes between the Sun and the Earth, obscuring a small portion of the Sun from the Earth’s view as the planet’s orbit takes it across the diameter of the Sun. It is the same principle as a Lunar eclipse, but although planets are much larger than the Moon, they are also much further away, and planetary transits obscure a much smaller portion of the Sun than Lunar eclipses.

Although transits of Mercury are more frequent than transits of Venus, they are still relatively rare celestial events. The last transit of Venus occurred in 2012, which was 121 years before its next occurrence. The next transit of Mercury will take place in 2032.

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Observing the transit of Mercury at Bishop’s University – The phenomenon won’t be observed again before 2032

Bishop’s University’s Physics and Astronomy Department invites members of the community to come observe the transit of the planet Mercury across the Sun’s disk which will take place on November 11, from the Bishop’s Observatory at the top of Nicolls building and once the Sun is high enough in the sky from the Quad, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., weather permitting.

Directly observing the Sun without proper equipment and precaution can cause serious eye injury and should be avoided at all costs. However, members of the community can safely observe this astronomical phenomenon with the help of telescopes operated by faculty and students of Bishop’s University’s Physics and Astronomy Department.

WHAT:  Observing the transit of Mercury across the Sun

WHERE:
Bishop’s Observatory (Nicolls 401) & The Quad
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:
Monday, November 11, 2019
8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Observatory NIC 401
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Quad (weather permitting)

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Library Learning Commons awarded architecture prize – New facility inaugurated in 2018, designed by architectural firm Lemay

A little over a year after its inauguration, Bishop’s University’s new Library and Learning Commons is again making news, this time being awarded the Prix Architecture 2019 de bibliothèques et de centres d’archives du Québec.

“Architecture is one of the critical ways that we express the enduring values of our university. Our new Library and Learning Commons reflects our love of learning and communicates our commitment to transparency, collaboration and academic excellence. I am very grateful to everyone – librarians, staff, students, faculty, administrators and professionals who contributed to this transformative project for Bishop’s. I would particularly like to thank our architect, Eric Pelletier and his colleagues at Lemay for translating our aspirations into a beautiful and functional reality,” said Bishop’s University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Michael Goldbloom, C.M.

Bishop’s Librarian Catherine Lavallée-Welch accepted the prize, along with Lemay architect Eric Pelletier, at the Congrès des professionnels et professionnelles de l’information taking place in Montreal.

The prize aims to highlight architectural achievements in libraries and archive centres. It is awarded once every two years by a jury that considers a number of criteria, such as innovative solutions and practices in space usage, aesthetic quality of the architectural concept, environmental protection and integration, as well as user service improvements, among others.

The evaluation process involved incognito visits by jury members. The jury noted the decision to award the prize to Bishop’s University’s Library Learning Commons was motivated in part by the harmonious integration of the building with the campus as well as the surrounding forest, the emphasis on natural light, as well as pleasant and comfortable, student-centred spaces.

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Bishop’s hosts the “Electric Ride” event

Bishop’s University will host the “Electric Ride” event which will take place on Thursday, October 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the John H. Price Sports and Recreation Centre.

Launched by Équiterre, supported by Transition énergétique Québec and deployed in Estrie by the Conseil régional de l’environnement de l’Estrie (CREE), the “Electric Ride” campaign supports the government’s goal to have 100,000 electric vehicles on Quebec roads in 2020.

Bishop’s University’s students, faculty, staff member as well as members of the broader community who wish to try an electric or hybrid car for free will be able to do so for a 15 minutes test drive. For the occasion, JN Auto, Audi Sherbrooke, Thibault Chevrolet, Nissan Sherbrooke, Hyundai Sherbrooke and Val Estrie Ford will present the seven following models:

  • Tesla (3, S or X)
  • Audi e-tron
  • Chevrolet Bolt EV
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Hyundai Kona electric
  • Hyundai Ioniq electric
  • Ford Fusion Energi SE

Electric bikes from Café-vélo des nations will also be available for trials.

It is strongly recommended to book a test drive ahead of the event through the online platform www.roulonselectrique.ca. This will ensure the availability of the desired vehicle at the desired time. All drivers must be over 21 years old and have a driver’s license valid in Quebec.

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Did you know?

Québec’s transportation sector contributes 43 per cent of the province’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)? One of the ways to reduce these emissions is to opt for an electric vehicle. Indeed, over its entire life cycle, an electric car emits less GHGs than a gasoline vehicle. Over 150,000 km, an electric car emits 65 per cent less GHG than a gasoline car and over 300,000 km, it’s 80 per cent less!

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Divinity House to become Indigenous Gathering Space – Quebec Government’s $ 5.9 M investment greenlights project

Jean-François Roberge, the Quebec Minister of Education and Higher Education announced an investment of $5.9 M to transform Bishop’s University’s Divinity House into an Indigenous Students’ Gathering Space and Resource Centre.

Bishop’s University is proud to be located on the traditional territory of the Abenaki people. Divinity House, built in 1892, is one of the oldest and most iconic buildings on campus. However, it has been vacant since 2014, when structural damages forced its shutdown for security reasons. Following the calls to action of the 2015 Commission on Truth and Reconciliation, Bishop’s University has sought to create a dedicated space for its Indigenous students – including the Indigenous Cultural Alliance student club – and to foster the exchange of ideas and knowledge between Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the community.

“As an indigenous student here at Bishop’s University, I am deeply grateful personally for further initiatives such as this one being put forward for the Indigenous students and community, and I know my feelings are shared by many of my peers,” declared Shawna Chatterton-Jerome, co-Lead of Bishop’s Indigenous Cultural Alliance and Turtle Island intern.

“Our hope is that this Indigenous Students’ Gathering Space and Resource Centre will be a place of discussion, learning and sharing for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of our community to help foster reconciliation, healing and understanding” said Bishop’s University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Michael Goldbloom, C.M.

The Indigenous Gathering Space and Resource Centre will help ensure Bishop’s University’s Indigenous students have the most adequate resources available in their journey towards academic excellence. It illustrates Bishop’s University’s deep commitment to seeing them succeed and reach their full potential.

The Indigenous Gathering Space and Resource Centre will feature spaces for seminars and resource centres, and classrooms and offices for faculty and staff. It will also feature apartments for visiting elders and academics, as well as areas for rest and quiet recreation and other resources.

In addition to the Quebec Government’s $5.9 M investment, Bishop’s University has also committed to raising $1M in private donations towards project completion. To date, about $100,000 has been raised to that end.

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Important Ministerial announcement at Bishop’s – Minister of Education and Higher Education

Members of the media are invited to attend an important announcement by the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Mr. Jean-François Roberge, that will take place in the McConnell Agora of the Library Learning Commons on October 4th.

WHAT:  Ministerial announcement

WHERE:
McConnell Agora
Library Learning Commons
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:
Friday, October 4, 2019
10:00 a.m.

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Orange Shirt Day March on September 30 – Students raise awareness of residential schools

Students of Bishop’s University, Champlain Regional College, Bishop’s College School and Alexander Galt Regional High School will gather to march on Orange Shirt Day, which aims to honour and remember the memory of residential schools survivors and victims, and raise awareness of residential schools among members of the public.

Orange Shirt Day commemorates the experience of Phyllis Webstad, from Dog Creek reserve in British Columbia, who had the new orange shirt her grandmother had given her taken away from her on her first day in residential school.

The march will begin on the Bishop’s University Campus, and will end at Bishop’s College School, crossing the St. Francis bridge.

WHAT: Orange Shirt Day march

WHERE:
March begins in front of McGreer Hall
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:
Monday September 30, 2019
12:30 p.m.

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Ten Quebec universities unite to declare climate emergency

At the invitation of the Réseau universitaire québécois en développement durable, ten Quebec universities are joining the worldwide movement of higher learning institutions that aims to declare a state of climate emergency. By signing the declaration, these universities recognize the need for societal change in the struggle against the growing threat of climate change by making three overarching commitments:

  1. A commitment to become carbon-neutral by 2030 or 2050 at the very latest.
  2. Allocating more resources for research aiming to fight climate change and related skills.
  3. Increasing the availability of environmental and sustainability education in academic programs, on campuses, and in community-awareness programs.

This movement was initiated by The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education (EAUC), Second Nature and the Youth and Education Alliance of the UN Environment Program. It represents 45 higher education learning networks spanning 8,411 institutions on six continents. In addition to these, 164 higher learning institutions have signed the declaration on an individual basis.

This declaration will be made official and broadcast to the main government representatives and media during the Conference of Parties (COP 25) which will take place from December 2nd to 13th, 2019 in Santiago, Chile. This collaboration between many Quebec universities illustrates the necessity of acting all together to face this global challenge. Universities signing the declaration intend to deploy every effort necessary to support this commitment with concrete, measurable actions in order to play a leadership role and to set an example within their community.

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Human rights of federally-sentenced persons

Bishop’s University will host Senator Kim Pate as well as Sheri Pranteau, an Anishnaabe and Cree woman who was formerly federally incarcerated, for a conference about the human rights of federally-sentenced persons at the inauguration of Incarcerated Spirits, the third annual prison art exhibition at Bishop’s University.

The event, hosted by the Centre for Justice Exchange and Bishop’s University’s Department of Sociology is free and open to all, and will take place at the McConnell Agora of the Library and Learning Commons on Wednesday, September 25, starting at 6 p.m.

WHO:
Kim Pate
Senator

Sheri Pranteau
Anishnaabe, Cree and formerly incarcerated

WHAT:
Centre for Justice Exchange presents: Incarcerated Spirits
Third annual prison art exhibition
Conference on human rights of federally-sentenced persons

WHERE:
McConnell Agora
Library and Learning Commons
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
6 p.m.

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Donald Lecture Series: Dr. Charles Taylor, C.C.

World-renowned philosopher Dr. Charles Taylor, C.C. will launch the 2019-20 Donald Lecture Series at Bishop’s University’s Centennial Theatre on Thursday, September 26, at 7 p.m.

The McGill University Professor Emeritus has been recognized for his contributions to many branches of philosophy. He was co-Chair of the Bouchard-Taylor commission on reasonable accommodation and he is an outspoken critic of Quebec legislation prohibiting some public sector employees from wearing religious symbols.

WHO:
Dr. Charles Taylor, C.C.
Philosopher

WHAT:  Donald Lecture Series

WHERE:
Centennial Theatre
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

WHEN:
Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:00 p.m.

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