Dr. Samantha Nutt Speaks as part of Citizenship Awareness Week, January 15

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Written by Janet Doner

Samantha Nutt is a medical doctor with more than 10 years experience working in war zones. Chosen by Maclean's as one of 12 Canadians Making a Difference, Nutt is also the recipient of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award (as featured in the Globe and Mail), has been profiled by Time as One of Canada's Five Leading Activists, and celebrated on CTV News as a Canadian Success Story, among many other honours.

War Child Canada (www.warchild.ca) is operational in 10 war-torn regions around the world, where it partners with local organizations to do innovative humanitarian work supporting women and children affected by war.

Admission is free for the university community. Tickets will be available from January 5th on Reg (www.studentaffairs.uoguelph.ca/reg), and doors open at 6:30pm. You must arrive before 6:50pm; unclaimed seats will then be open to the general public. There will also be 50 tickets available at the door on a first come first served basis. Citizenship Awareness Week runs from January 11 to 18 and also includes many other activities.

“We have organized events that look at different aspects of citizenship and civic engagement, from volunteering and chatting with your members of provincial and federal parliament, to developing a deeper appreciation and understanding for what it is like for new immigrants in our country”, said Janet Doner, Coordinator of Citizenship and Community Engagement in U of G’s Student Life Office. “We hope that students will take the opportunity to explore and reflect upon what citizenship means to them both in a local and global context.”

Besides Dr. Nutt’s keynote address, there are many other events happening during Citizenship Awareness Week. On January 12 there will be a Tenants’ Rights workshop in UC 103, 12-1pm hosted by CSA and Off-Campus Living. In the evening of the 12th, the documentary When Strangers Reunite will be shown in UC 442 from 6-7:30pm, which highlights the life of Philippino live-in caregivers in Canada. On January 14, stop by Mackinnon, Creelman or Thornborough foyers between 10am – 2pm and challenge yourself to the Mock Citizenship Exam: if you had to write it would you pass? On Thursday January 15 there will be a Global Citizen’s Guide to Responsible Travel hosted by Centre for International Programs in UC 103 from 12-2pm. On January 16, come out to the Bullring between 10-11:30 am and have a coffee with Guelph’s MP Frank Valeriote and MPP Liz Sandals and discuss political issues that are relevant to you. On January 18 there will be a tour of Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist places of worship in the Guelph community, hosted by the Multi-Faith Resource Team. The Positive Social Action Conference will be hosting a Mini-Project Serve at the Green Legacy and Donkey Sanctuary. For more information on all of these events please visit: http://www.studentlife.uoguelph.ca/lce/CCE_caw.shtml or contact Janet Doner at 519-824-4120, ext 52782, .

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  1. Posted by: George on Jan 7, 2009 @ 4:43pm

    She's cute, who cares what it is about, I will definitely be there!!

  2. Posted by: fail on Jan 13, 2009 @ 10:16pm

    You're an ass.

  3. Posted by: George on Jan 14, 2009 @ 1:39pm

    I'm an ass for thinking someone is attractive??? Pardon me, last I knew humans are allowed to be attracted to other people. Geezz!

  4. Posted by: Chad on Jan 14, 2009 @ 6:35pm

    I'd go one further than "ass", in fact.

    That latent [pah, hardly latent. Palpable is more apt] sexism is something you should work on, George.

    If you don't see it, perhaps talk with one of the counsellors on the 3rd floor, UC South, and they can help you understand exactly what you're communicating.

  5. Posted by: itshardtopost on Jan 14, 2009 @ 7:16pm

    Because finding someone attractive is sexism! oh and oppressive, you can never use that word enough!

  6. Posted by: monique on Jan 14, 2009 @ 8:37pm

    I think it's great that George is not afraid to express how he feels. That's the wonderful thing about living in a democratic society. Since this is Canada, and not a communist regime, George is free to do so ...

  7. Posted by: Cosmopolitan on Jan 14, 2009 @ 11:52pm

    Probability that George has a pornography addiction: 99%

  8. Posted by: Libertarian_1 on Jan 15, 2009 @ 12:48am

    i don't think what george said was necessarily wrong. on the other hand, this article is about dr. nutt's experience and accomplishments so it may be a bit degrading to her and, hence, inappropriate. yet i believe there's a little of george's behavior in all of us. to chastise him over what he said by implying he has a porn addiction or is sexist is, in my opinion, just as unwarranted as his initial comment.

  9. Posted by: George on Jan 15, 2009 @ 9:55am

    Probability that Cosmopolitan is from Campus for Christ: 99%

    Dr. Nutt’s accomplishments are impressive to say the least and I also think she is very attractive. I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone out there that doesn’t agree with this.

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