Call for Research Proposals: Exploring Mental Health and Intersectionality in Universities

OPIRG is extremely excited to release our first of the year Call for Research Proposals: Exploring Mental Health and Intersectionality at Queen’s and in Post-Secondary Education.

With this Call for Research Proposals OPIRG is hoping to inspire and ignite a conversation, and action, about how we account for and address racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and all form of marginalization within our discussions and actions around mental health. Check out the full proposal, deadline, and suggested areas of discussion here.

OPIRG encourages all folks at Queen’s to consider applying; research is not something best left to academics and graduate students, it is something everyone should participate in. We strive to ensure that we root our research endeavours in the principles of community-based research. Further, OPIRG encourages collaborations between activists and academics, as well as between undergraduate and graduate students.

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1 thought on “Call for Research Proposals: Exploring Mental Health and Intersectionality in Universities”

  1. Hi,
    I have a topic of public interest that can use fresh pair of eyes and further insight into the matter.

    ‘Unregulated field’ of private police needs greater oversight, report warns

    According to the research, “The lack of oversight and a huge disparity among provinces and territories on training and background checks, complaint mechanisms, auditing and reporting raise the risk of private investigators intruding on privacy by “sleuthing around,” or “mall cops” who might abuse authority.”
    The report emphasizes that, “Provincial and federal statutes, including privacy rules, govern surveillance and the collection and use of information. But the report finds lax licensing requirements and a lack of oversight are failing to keep the activities of private investigators, analysts and guards in check.”

    The corporations like, Banks, Insurance companies and other large corporations – finance most of the Private Police activities. And the less responsible executives of such corporations take undue advantage of the gaps in the current rules regulating Private Police (PP).
    The ease with which PP can conduct unethical and/or illegal activities is alarming. What’s more concerning is the use of illicitly gathered information against the victim, causing her/him harm, with relative impunity.
    Also, in the province of Ontario, there is no way to obtain the details of complaints, filed against Private Investigators, hired by a corporate client. SAY FOR EXAMPLE; try to obtain the details of complaints filed against PIs hired by the Royal Bank of Canada.
    Furthermore, the gaps in the rules and regulations let Business commit multiple Human Rights violations. Since the real perpetrator of the violations cannot be hold accountable, the vicious cycle of the violations continues from one PP to another.
    I am aware of one victim of these gaps. It would be nice if we can get the details on more victims to effectively tackle the issue and fill the gaps.
    From the corporate viewpoint, if he wishes, Jason Drysdale from the Royal Bank of Canada should be able to provide some helpful details in to the matter.
    1. Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) regulates private investigators in Ontario through The Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 (PSISA). One can request the records of complaints filed against a PI from The Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator for the MCSCS.[

    Warm regards,
    Vipul Kadakia
    Facebook: HR AndLaws

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