What Kind of Province Do We Want? MUN’s Harris Centre to Pose Big Questions Tuesday Night

With both provincial and federal elections afoot, Memorial’s Harris Centre is addressing some big questions: Where are we headed as a province? What sort of place are we creating for future generations?

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“For over a decade now, the Harris Centre has connected the research and expertise of the university with the needs of the province, and provided forums for respectful debate and dialogue.” Dr. Rob Greenwood.

With both provincial and federal elections afoot, Memorial’s Harris Centre is addressing some big questions: Where are we headed as a province? What sort of place are we creating for future generations?

“We wanted to take the opportunity in an election year to assemble a panel of leaders and thinkers to talk about the big questions facing the province,” said Dr. Rob Greenwood, executive director, Harris Centre, Memorial University. “It’s about sparking a good discussion that will get people really thinking about our economy, our society and our environment and engaging in our democratic process.”

The panel for the evening includes:

Daniel Bennett, Lawyer and Board Director at the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre
Shannie Duff, Former Deputy Mayor of St. John’s
Bernadette Dwyer, councillor for the town of Fogo Island
David Freshwater, University of Kentucky/Memorial University
Kim Keating, St. John’s Board of Trade
Bruce Pearce, End Homelessness St. John’s
Michael Walsh, Canadian Federation of Students

The session will take place on Tuesday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Innovation Hall (IIC-2001) at the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation. It is the culmination of the Harris Centre’s Newfoundland and Labrador Forum 2014, a conference held in November to mark the centre’s 10-year anniversary. The conference’s final report, written by Dr. Freshwater, presents the findings of the conference as well as his perspective on the major challenges facing this province and will form the basis for Dr. Freshwater’s opening remarks at the June 9 session.

“For over a decade now, the Harris Centre has connected the research and expertise of the university with the needs of the province, and provided forums for respectful debate and dialogue,” said Dr. Greenwood. “Dr. Freshwater’s report draws from 10 years of analysis and discussion and this forum will launch us into the future – our priorities, our choices, our values. We plan to build on this forum in our planning for the next decade and we hope it helps others to do the same.”

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