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Putting a Price on Carbon: A PEI Perspective

Featuring Dr. Rémi Morin Chassé and Erin Flanagan

WHEN: Monday, March 7, 2017 | 7 p.m.
WHERE: MacKinnon Auditorium, McDougall Hall, UPEI 


Join UPEI’s Environmental Studies program for a public symposium on carbon pricing. “Putting a Price on Carbon: A PEI Perspective” will take place Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. in the Alex H. MacKinnon Auditorium (Room 242) of UPEI’s Don and Marion McDougall Hall. The speakers for the evening include Dr. Rémi Morin Chassé, an environmental economist and Assistant Professor of Economics at UPEI; and Erin Flanagan, Director of the federal policy program for the Pembina Institute.

All are welcome!


Island Lecture Series March Lecture: 
Scale and Governance on Small Islands

Featuring Dr. Peter Buker

WHEN: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 7 p.m.
WHERE: SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge

The March Island Studies Lecture is Tuesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus, featuring Dr. Peter Buker speaking about scale and governance, including its effects on small islands such as Prince Edward Island.
The relation between a political jurisdiction’s scale and how well (or poorly) its government performs is seldom addressed in scholarly literature or in practice. However, scale does affect governance. This lecture addresses the question: How do size factors of population and geography relate to accountability and responsibility, to efficiency and effectiveness? Citing political theory, public administration, economics, and social “small-scale” literature, and taking into account technological advances, Dr. Buker will focus on how scale applies to governance. The implications, especially for small island jurisdictions such as Prince Edward Island, are many. For example, the case for and against Maritime Union can be explored by looking at the tension between small governing systems supporting reciprocal relations between their citizens and their government and large governing systems supporting one-way command relations.

Dr. Peter Buker is Chair of General Studies at Yorkville University. He has a widely varied academic background in economics, politics, and community economic development, and considers scale to be one of the most important single factors affecting our experience as citizens.
Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
Watch for details for another lecture about islands – near and far – April 18! For more information, please contact Laurie at or (902) 894-2881.

Electoral Boundaries Process on Bermuda

Featuring Justice David Jenkins

WHEN: Monday, April 10, 2017 | 7 p.m.
WHERE: SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge

The timing couldn't be better. In keeping with one of the Institute's goals to see Prince Edward Island through the lens of other islands, PEI's Chief Justice David Jenkins will share with Prince Edward Islanders what he's learned as a member of Bermuda's Constituency Boundaries Commission.

In January, Prince Edward Island began the process of updating its electoral boundaries, with Islanders invited to submit their thoughts - either orally or in writing - at public consultations across the Island. Over the past several months Justice Jenkins has been on hand in Bermuda as that island underwent a similar process. This is his second stint: in 2009 he was invited to do the same thing based on the jurisdictional similarities between PEI and Bermuda - an island comprised of 36 electoral districts and a population of approximately 65,000 people. Justice Jenkins had also chaired the federal boundaries commission in 2003.

A statement released by Secretary Tenia Woolridge, on behalf of Bermuda's Commission, describes the need for the review. “The Constitution requires that, from time to time, the Commission review the constituency boundaries and report thereon to the House. In deciding whether or not to recommend any changes in the boundaries, the Commission has to ensure that the constituencies contain, as far as reasonably practicable, equal numbers of persons qualified to be registered as electors. This is to achieve equality of votes. The Commission has to consider the constitutionally prescribed factors; as geographical features, natural boundaries and contiguity of constituencies.”

The Honourable Gerard Mitchell, who is chairing Prince Edward Island's Electoral Boundaries Commission, will be on hand to provide the PEI context of reviewing its 27 electoral districts, including their names and boundaries.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

(For a complete schedule of the PEI Electoral Boundaries Commission consultations, please see

Hats off!

Congratulations to our Island Studies colleagues who were recognized for the contributions to Island heritage by the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation at the February 21 Heritage Awards! Here they are with the Hon. Frank Lewis, Lt. Gov. of PEI. Photos courtesy Government of PEI / Brian Simpson.

Award of Honour: Dr. Ed MacDonald, associate professor of History at UPEI, author, and long-time member of the IIS's Advisory Boards, Executive, and Committees.

Publication of the Year: John Cousins for New London: The Lost Dream,
published by Island Studies Press.

Heritage Activity: Dr. Tiber Falzett, Research Associate of the Institute of Island Studies, for celebrating the legacy and encouraging renewal of the Scottish Gaelic language on Prince Edward Island.

Heritage Activity: Drs. Irene Novaczek, Ed MacDonald, and Joshua MacFadyen, for Time and A Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island, published by Island Studies Press.


UPEI Seeks Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Environmental Studies

CLOSING DATE: April 1, 2017

Environmental issues typically do not respect traditional academic boundaries; instead, they are best addressed through a combination of scientific, technical, and social perspectives. As an interdisciplinary liberal arts and science program, the Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island provides students with the opportunity to integrate knowledge across academic fields and analyze current environmental concerns. In the classroom, field, and community, students are challenged to lead the way in finding innovative solutions and make a positive impact toward sustainability in their personal life, locally and globally.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Geography, Environmental Studies/Science, or closely related field.  They will have an understanding of the interaction of social, economic and ecological forces on sustainability and resilience in the context of climate change. They will be expected to teach at the undergraduate level in the areas of climate change and society, sustainability planning and environmental innovation. Expertise in geographic information science would be an asset. The successful candidate would be expected to maintain an active research program and to teach broadly across all years. They would also participate in planning and implementation of new curriculum in support of Environmental Studies programs, as well as contribute to the development and growth of UPEI’s expertise in Climate Change.

For further information, go to


The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference
is looking for papers, presentations, and stories
from across rural Canada!

We know that the world is always changing, but in rural Canada, we feel that today more keenly than at any other time in recent history. From changing environment to new work realities, from rapidly advancing technology to new economic opportunities, local governments, community groups, and rural researchers find themselves facing those changes head on. The good news is that none of us are alone and together we can piece the puzzle of a more sustainable and prosperous future for rural Canada. That’s what the 2017 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference is all about. Bringing together researchers, policy-makers, and community leaders, this is a unique opportunity to learn from colleagues, share your own successes, and hear about the latest research on issues that matter to communities and people who call rural Canada home.

The first call for abstracts is open until March 10, 2017. Click here to learn more: 




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