Deadly Voyages – Call For Chapter Proposals – Deadline Nov 30

Deadly Voyages

Call For Chapter Proposals


Type: Call for Publications

Date: September 24, 2017 to November 30, 2017

Subject Fields: Human Rights, Immigration and Migration History Studies, Indigenous Studies, Law and Legal History, Colonial Violence, Drug War, Human Trafficking, U.S. – Mexico Borderlands, Boat People, Mediterranean Crossing


Migrants the world over have been compelled to make deadly voyages to escape harsh conditions in pursuit of a better life. Whether it is fatal journey made by “Boat People” to Australia; migrants desperately crossing the Mediterranean; Syrian refugees  converging at the frontiers of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt; or unaccompanied minors from “Northern Triangle” nations trekking thousands of miles on to enter the United States via Mexico; their vulnerability is certain. Many fall prey to traffickers, smugglers, violence, exploitation and death. For instance, Amnesty International reports that, at the current rate of 2.7 deaths per every 100 people, 2017 promises to be the deadliest year for refugees crossing the Mediterranean. Despite the increasing number of deaths of forced migrants, international law and communities struggle with coordinating socio-legal and humanitarian efforts to effectively address the current global migrant crisis. The purpose of this forthcoming book is to examine the efficacy of international, regional, national and local responses to deadly voyages and dangerous journeys of migrants globally.

Interested authors should send a title (12 words maximum); brief description of your proposed chapter (300-500 words maximum); and a CV to no later than 30 November 2017.

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Journal of Internal Displacement – Call for Papers – Deadline Oct 31

Journal of Internal Displacement

Call for Papers

Law and Society Collaborative Research Network (CRN 11) Displaced Peoples:
Special Issue by the Journal of Internal Displacement


Guest Editors

Megan J. Ballard, Professor of Law, Gonzaga University

Ben Hudson, Lecturer in Law, University of Lincoln


The Journal of Internal Displacement is calling for papers to be published in its Law and Society’s Collaborative Research Network (CRN 11 – Displaced Peoples) Special Issue in January 2018. Papers must be submitted no later than by 31 October 2017.


Topics could include (but not limited to):

  • Theoretical and conceptual analysis
  • Law, policy and advocacy
  • Mapping of missing migrants
  • Emergency response
  • Socio-legal dimension
  • Impact, influence and outcome
  • Challenge and opportunity with program implementation
  • Story and lived experience


About the Journal:

The Journal of Internal Displacement (JID) is a scholarly and interdisciplinary platform for raising the profile of displaced populations through discussions, critical dialogue, emerging themes, reflections and  explorations on a wide range of topics and regions. The JID promotes free and open access. The JID charges no publication fees to authors.


Submission Guidelines:

Direct all questions about this Special Issue to Veronica Fynn Bruey, Editor-in-Chief:

October is Farm to School Month!







October 11, 2017


Victoria, BC: October is Farm to School Month, and Farm to School BC is proud to be celebrating the hard work of students, teachers and school communities across the province who grow, cook and eat healthy food. We are also pleased to join the concurrent launch of Farm to Cafeteria Canada’s Canada-wide “Farm to School: Canada Digs In” initiative.


Farm to School BC is a diverse and expanding provincial network that promotes, supports, and links Farm to School activities and programs across the province. From school gardens and local food at lunch, to farm field trips and more, Farm to School activities help students learn about their local food system, teach important life skills and provide the opportunity for healthy habits to take root. Farm to School also benefits local farmers and suppliers.


“Farm to School Month is about celebrating the growing provincial movement focused on supporting our local food system, supporting local farmers and providing fresh, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to our children while at school,” said Richard Han, Farm to School BC Provincial Manager. “Farm to School BC is successful because we listen to our community partners. Instead of being prescriptive, we support schools to create programs that work for them with the help of local organizations and individuals.”


Learn about Farm to School BC activities that are sprouting across the province in the form of stories and photos via Facebook (, Twitter (@farmtoschoolbc) and Instagram (farmtoschoolbc).


Want to start your own Farm to School BC program? Visit our website at for resources and toolkits.


For more information about Farm to School BC, contact Provincial Manager, Richard Han at



The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia and

the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Government of Canada Supports National Farm to School Initiative

News Release 

For Immediate Release

Government of Canada Supports National Farm to School Initiative 

New national program will bring more of the local harvest into school cafeterias 

October 3,                            2017 Ottawa, Ontario                                 Public Health Agency of Canada

Improving food literacy – the ability to make healthy food choices – through activities such as hands-on cooking, exposure to new foods, and farm and gardening activities can help build the skills required to plan, purchase and prepare healthier foods. These activities help encourage children to make healthy eating choices and supports healthy living.

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CPHA Election 2017 – Two PHABC Board Members Candidates for Director Positions

Canadian Public Health Association Election 2017


We are excited to announce that two members of our Board of Directors have been selected as candidates for the Canadian Public Health Association’s 2017 election; our Treasurer, Roger Wheeler, and one of our Director’s-at-large, Veronica Fynn-Bruey.

There are currently four directors positions up for election and one student director position, we encourage all PHABC/CPHA conjoint members to review Roger and Veronica’s biographies and consider voting for them between Tuesday October 10th and Thursday November 16th, 2017.

Roger Wheeler

To begin, I would like to thank my nominators, Irving Rootman and Shannon Turner.  Their dedication to public health has been inspirational.  I have accepted their nomination to serve as a CPHA Director, and feel well-positioned to add value to CPHA in a governance role by sharing my public health experience, my business knowledge, and my passion: to increase attention to public health goals – and expand action toward improved health outcomes – by those outside the health sector.  I see a strong link between my passion and CPHA’s mission, and I seek a Director role in order to help the organization pursue its six interconnected goals.

My education includes an undergraduate degree in physical and health education, and Master’s degrees in science (MSc), and business administration (MBA).  My career evolved from a frontline allied health practitioner, to a healthcare administrator, to a business professor in post-secondary education.  During my time in healthcare, I was recruited to the position of Public Health Administrator by a Medical Health Officer, where I spent the most enjoyable and meaningful years of my healthcare career collaborating with a strong team of senior leaders in health promotion, epidemiology, public health nursing, health protection, and aboriginal health services.  In this leadership role, I was directly involved in the strategy and operations of a broad spectrum of public health services, and acted to support public health leaders and practitioners in their efforts to overcome challenges and advance best practices in public health advocacy and services.  Although my career has since moved outside the health sector, my passion for public health remains, and my public health work continues in a different form.

My current role as professor in post-secondary business education has provided me with the opportunity to engage in public health advocacy and intersectoral knowledge sharing.  Moving outside the health sector has heightened my awareness of the need to foster partnerships across sectors to advance public health goals.  In fact, it has become my professional passion.  I developed and teach an upper-year course on Sustainable Management in order to bring concepts such as social responsibility, social innovation, determinants of health, health equity and sustainable development goals into the classroom to positively influence the thinking of future business leaders.  As well, I have been enabled to pursue opportunities to share business knowledge and business/health collaboration insights with public health practitioners via presentations, workshops and symposia at provincial, national and international public health and health promotion conferences.

In closing, I wish to acknowledge my colleagues on the Board of the Public Health Association of BC (PHABC), who have often expressed their appreciation for my business perspective and governance skills as I fulfil my role as Treasurer of the Board.  It is very rewarding volunteer work, and I wish to further my contributions in the field of public health by taking on a governance role at the national level with CPHA.  I believe that I have the capacity to add value to the organization, its mission, and its membership.

To read more about my PH research and presentations please follow the link below:


Veronica Fynn Bruey


Background: With almost six university degrees from across four continents, I have travelled to some 20 countries, teaching, researching, consulting and speaking at conferences. I am completing my PhD in Law at Australian National University with focus on “systematic violence and the rule of law in Indigenous Liberia and Australia.”

Experience: I am a board member of the Public Health Association of British Columbia. I also sit on the Board of the World Computer Exchange (Canada). I am an active member of the Law Section and International Health Section of the American Public Health Association. I regularly volunteer at the Seattle/King County Clinic. In Australia, I am an active member of the Indigenous Health Network, Refugee Action, ANU Gender Institute and the RECOGNISE Movement. In the past, I sat on the board of the African Peace Festival (Vancouver) and the Winnipeg Refugee Education Network (Manitoba); chaired the Centre for Refugee Studies’ Student Caucus (Toronto) and was a student board member of the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (Toronto). Between 2002 and 2005, I founded and chaired Africa Awareness at the University of British Columbia. In 2006, I worked with the International Organisation of Migration (Switzerland) on Migrant Health and Human Trafficking. I was appointed a Research Analyst of the BC’s Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons 2007-2008. In 2008, I founded the Journal of Internal Displacement and have served as the Editor–in-Chief since. I am a peer-reviewer of the Journals of Human Trafficking, Health and Human Rights, Public Health Reviews and CPHA Conference abstracts. In 2014, I contributed toward drafting the Mental Health Law and domesticating the African Union Convention on Internally Displaced Persons (Liberia). Between 2011-2015 I taught Public Health Law at the School of Population and Public Health (UBC). Currently, I am an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law, a Director of Flower School of Health Sciences and a Senior Researcher at the Liberia’s Centre for Policy Studies. Last year, I founded the “Displaced Peoples” Law and Society Association Collaborative Research Network.

Skills: I bring over 15 years of experience in advocacy, administration and management.  As an international research scholar, I embrace interdisciplinary learning exchange. My passion for social justice affords me a broader perspective into cross-cutting intersections of law and public health. The strong sense of responsibility, attention to detail, and negotiation skills I have developed, is a reflection of several years of advocating for public health law and policy reform. I am confident that my cross-cultural communication skills, collaborative leadership and affable personality will ensure my success as a director of CPHA. Since community engagement and good governance require eloquence and respectful representation, I believe that my unique academic and practical expertise will legitimise CPHA’s commitment to equity and diversity as the voice of the public’s health.

Goals: If elected, I will work toward: 1) strengthening interest in public health law research; 2) expanding advocacy for migrant health; and 3) promoting Aboriginal health through cross-cultural exchange


Welcome Ida Holland-Letz: Student Intern at the Public Health Association of BC

Welcome to the PHABC Team

Ida Holland-Letz

Student Intern



PHABC’s office coordinator, Christina (left), and student intern, Ida (right)



The Public Health Association of BC is pleased to introduce, Ida Holland-Letz, who will be interning for PHABC until the end of January 2018. Ida is a 3rd year student of public health hailing from Germany; born in Cologne and currently living in Bremen, just outside of Hamburg. Her bachelor’s degree will be supplemented by her internship with PHABC and provide her with the opportunity to gain practical knowledge, a greater understanding of public health, and network with public health and health professionals across the province.


Ida Holland-Letz is incredibly interested in public health, especially in the topics of health prevention and promotion. This interest grew after she completed her high school education and traveled to India as a volunteer English teacher for 11 months. Through this volunteer service and her subsequent work in a refugee centre back home in Germany, she gained extensive experience working with disadvantaged people and navigating intercultural and social interactions with care and compassion. Ida Holland-Letz looking forward to using her growing skill set to help fulfill PHABC’s vision of a healthy and accessible British Columbia for all.


Throughout her internship Ida will be given the opportunity to provide support to PHABC in a myriad of ways and will work closely with the executive director, office coordinator, various project managers, contractors and partner organizations across the province. We hope to impart with Ida a keen understanding of all aspects of public health over the next six months.


If you see her at this year’s conference (November 16th & 17th, 2017 at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver) be sure to introduce yourself and welcome her to Canada!