6 / Winter 2012 / RECORD
heila Watt-Cloutier, an Inuk climate change advocate and
nobel Peace Prize nominee, recently delivered a lecture at
Mount Allison on the human dimensions of climate change. The
event drew a crowd of nearly 1,000 people to Convocation Hall and
approximately 100 computers connected to the live web cast by Inuit
broadcasters, Isuma Tv. Screenings were organized by universities
from every Canadian province, a number in the U.S., including Harvard
University, as well as internationally.
Entitled "not the Time to COP Out," the lecture marked the second
day of the international Un COP-17 climate change negotiations in
Durban, South Africa. As a former international chair of the Inuit
Circumpolar Council (ICC), Watt-Cloutier has worked extensively at
the Un level to advocate on behalf of Inuit, who are disproportionately
affected by climate change. She was amongst the first to link climate
change within a human rights framework and as a result was co-nomi-
nated with Al Gore for the nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
"As northerners, we see the dramatic impacts climate change is having
on our environment and communities, indeed, it is changing the very
nature of our lives. The changes we see in the Arctic are now starting to
impact others globally and, in this context, it's important for the world
to come together at COP-17 to find solutions. It's not the time to COP
out," she says.
The event was organized by the Arctic Environmental Change class,
facilitated by Watt-Cloutier and Dr. Ian Mauro, Canada Research Chair
in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change. The lecture can be
Visiting scholar sheila
public lecture on the human
dimensions of climate change
he Garnet and Gold Musical Theatre Society presented a
feast for the eyes with its production of
Willy Wonka, held
Jan. 19 to 21 in Convocation Hall.
This year marks Garnet and Gold's 80th anniversary, making it
one of Mount Allison's oldest student groups.
Founded in 1932 as an offshoot of the Mount Allison Choral
Society, Garnet and Gold was originally a Gilbert and Sulli-
van society. Its first production was
H.M.S. Pinafore in 1932,
The Mikado in 1934. The society diversified into
Broadway musicals beginning with the 1979 performance of
and Dolls and has presented a full-scale production every year
since 1987, including
Hello Dolly, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music,
Footloose, and The Wizard of Oz.
About 100 people were involved in the production of
Wonka, including 12 children from the Sackville area.
"We like to have shows where we can incorporate youth from
the community," says Garnet and Gold president Justin Thomas.
Willy Wonka has a large chorus and lots of featured leads, so we
were able to give more people the opportunity to be the star."
The show was directed by Mount Allison alumna and Live Bait
Theatre artistic director Karen valanne ('86).
The musical theatre society celebrated its anniversary with a fund
raiser, which helped buy two new microphones with the support
of Renaissance Sackville and Garnet and Gold alumni.
An exhibit highlighting the achievements of the society was also on
display in the foyer of Convocation Hall during the run of the show.
Garnet and Gold celebrates 80th with
Visiting Scholar Sheila Watt-Cloutier
The Oompa Loompas make the final preparations as Charlie
(Tom Hearn), Willy Wonka (Francis Dowlatabadi), and Grandpa Joe
(Oluwamuyiwa Abolarin) get ready for liftoff in the Great Glass Elevator
during Garnet and Gold's production of Willy Wonka