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Between September 14 and October 5, 2017 students enrolled in Sociology of Poverty set out to plan and facilitate small fundraisers to generate funding for the Calgary Dream Center’s Toonies for Turkeys campaign.

The Calgary Dream Center is a faith-based organization that provides services to those seeking to recover from addictions and transition into housing. The Toonies for Turkeys campaign called for donations in order to provide homeless and low-income Calgarians with a warm Thanksgiving dinner. Students in the class formed small teams, each in charge of developing their own fundraising strategy. In addition, we placed a donation box in the department’s main office, which generated $71 from faculty, staff and graduate students. The Sociology Student Association also collected donations, generating $78.Thank you to everyone who contributed so generously.

The students were exceptionally successful in soliciting donations over a fairly short period of time. As a group, we raised a total of $3151.85, which we delivered on October 5th during the Calgary Dream Centre Shine FM Radiothon, when students had the opportunity to go on air to talk about their fundraising efforts.

The campaign was a great success and we are looking forward to collaborating with The Calgary Dream Centre and other community organizations in the future.

Linda McKay-Panos, Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, has been named one of YW Calgary's She Who Dares award winners. The awards celebrate and explore the stories of 150 women, both known and lost to history who have impacted our community through the last 150+ years. This Canada 150 inspired project is a creative, interactive and engaging journey through the empowering, tenacious and ground-breaking work of women in Calgary and surrounding areas.

"Social Policy in Canada is an important and timely examination of the past, present, and future of Canadian social policy. Organized around the premise that economic policy is a subset of social policy, this fully revised second edition provides a detailed exploration of how social benefits are allocated and explains the mechanisms and tools of income transfer and redistribution that are central to all aspects of social policy. With up-to-date examples and enhanced attention to critical thought throughout, Social Policy in Canada offers students the foundations they need to examine the intricacies of social policy through an economic lens and consider how future policy initiatives best promote greater equity and inclusion for all Canadians”.

Canadian legal historians will convene in over two days this July. Canada’s Legal Past: Future Directions in Canadian Legal History will feature historians from across Canada and around the world in an exploration of the new approaches to Canadian legal history. The conference, hosted by the faculties of Arts and Law, will feature both established and emerging scholars.

The conference was conceived by Lyndsay Campbell (History and Law) and Ted McCoy (Sociology) who hope to create an opportunity for reflection on the eve of Canada’s sesquicentennial. The conference will forge links among institutions and across linguistic, historiographical and disciplinary divides, in order to rethink assumptions and develop new questions and directions. Bilingual panels will include new research on children and the family, First Nations and Indigenous law, Confederation, Crime and Punishment, Sexuality, and Race. 

In an article titled “Chinese techno-immigrants in Western Canada,” two sociologists describe how U.S. corporations, including Microsoft, have opened high-tech arms in Metro Vancouver to capitalize on Canada’s less-restrictive approach to migration.

“High-tech computer programming and computer systems analysis have been the two most common intended occupations of all skilled immigrants to Canada, most of whom come from Asia,” write SFU’s Karl Froschauer and the University of Calgary’s Lloyd Wong.

In an article titled “Chinese techno-immigrants in Western Canada,” two sociologists describe how U.S. corporations, including Microsoft, have opened high-tech arms in Metro Vancouver to capitalize on Canada’s less-restrictive approach to migration.

“High-tech computer programming and computer systems analysis have been the two most common intended occupations of all skilled immigrants to Canada, most of whom come from Asia,” write SFU’s Karl Froschauer and the University of Calgary’s Lloyd Wong.

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