Canada 150 Research Series

Join us for a series of three events across three Western faculties – FIMS, Law and Music – in recognition of Canada 150 commemorations.


Faculty of Media and Information Studies

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7 p.m.
FIMS and Nursing Building 1220
Speaker: Edward Comor
Title: Harold Innis on Canada

To Harold Innis, Canada was an important and tragic place. A veteran of the First World War and the country’s most prodigious intellectual during the Second, by 1945 Innis was as disturbed by his country’s nationalism as he was driven forward by the potentialities of its culture.

Known today for his analysis of Canadian economic development and his theories concerning media and communications, a little known part of Innis’ legacy is his understanding of the unique position of Canada in modern civilization and, paradoxically, his deep pessimism regarding the nation’s future.

In this presentation, these and other seemingly contradictory aspects of Innis’ life, and the salience of his work for Canadians sixty-five years after his death, will be explored.


Kate Glover


Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
Moot Court Room (207), Law Building
Speaker: Kate Glover
Title: The Future of the Supreme Court


According to a well-established narrative, Canada’s Supreme Court is essential to the rule of law — it is the guardian of the constitution, the umpire of federal-provincial disputes, and home to the country’s “most important decision-makers”.

This narrative has been told again and again in law and politics. However, it is based on unsatisfying assumptions about Canada’s public order and the nature of law. These assumptions have skewed expectations of the Court and tainted assessments of its performance.

In response, this talk tells a new story of the Supreme Court and the constitution, one that accounts for pluralism, principle, and lived realities of law in Canada. Looking ahead, this revised story offers insight into what the future holds for the Supreme Court and the constitution in Canada.

Coleen Richardson


Thursday, November 30, 12:30 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
Title: … our home and native land!
Performance: Western University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Colleen Richardson


Come and join us as we pay tribute to Canada’s diversity, trials, and triumphs. Along with the premiere of Western Professor Troy Ducharme’s transcription of Colin McPhee’s Balinese Ceremonial Music, the Wind Ensemble will perform Jonathan Dagenais’s homage to those lost during the 1989 École Polytechnique tragedy, as well as perform Estacio’s new work for band, Prairie Ride and Sunset.

Concert Program:

  • Auprès de ma blonde, Milne, Ronald E.J.
  • Tabula Rasa “Life Without Limits”, MacDonald, Don/Hopkins, Mark
  • Balinese Ceremonial Music, McPhee, Colin/Ducharme, Troy
  • Polytechnique, Dagenais, Jonathan
  • Prairie Ride and Sunset, Estacio, John


Registration is not required for these events. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information on this research series, contact Karen Kueneman.

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