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Feb. 12, 2016

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Feb. 12, 2016
For immediate release

WATERLOO – February 12 marks 100 days since Justin Trudeau’s government took office. There are several Laurier experts available to comment on initiatives implemented by this government in the first 100 days:

Trudeau government reinstates mandatory long-form census:

Tammy Schirle, associate professor in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics and Director of the Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (LCERPA). Schirle is an expert labour economist and applied econometrician with interests in public policy, senior poverty initiatives and child benefits. Contact information: 519.884.0710 ext. 3849 or

Canada’s Commitments at the Paris Climate Change Summit:

Tracy Snoddon, associate professor in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics and associate director of Laurier’s Viessmann European Research Centre (VERC), is an expert on the federal-provincial dimensions of climate change policy. She is also an organizer for the Climate Choices Canada conference, Feb. 18–20, which will consider Canadian climate policy options based on the recent outcomes of Canada’s federal election and the UN Climate Change Conference. Contact information: 519-884-0710 ext. 2673 or

Simon Dalby, professor in Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and CIGI chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), is an expert on political ecology, geopolitics and global security. He is the co-author of Reframing Climate Change. Contact information: (Cell) 250-222-7698 or

Canada pledges to bring 25,000 Refugees to Canada:

Jenna Hennebry, associate professor in Laurier’s Communication Studies department and director of the International Migration Research Centre, is an expert on International migration. Her recent research has focused on completing studies on Canada’s changing immigration system, migration governance and migrant rights. Contact information:

Kim Rygiel, is an associate professor in Laurier’s Political Science department and teaches in the Master of International Public Policy Program (MIPP) at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her research focuses on border security, migration and citizenship within North America and in Europe particularly Calais, France and the Turkish-Greek border. Rygiel’s current research investigates why, how and under what conditions some communities are more open to newcomers. Contact information: 519-884-0710 ext. 2032 or

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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