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Orientation for new Massey junior fellows begins on September 3rd. Massey lunches resume on September 5th. Access to the Hart House gym and U of T Athletic Centre resume on the same day. Non-academic objectives for the fall: get to know new junior fellows and students in the political science department; eat lunch at Massey […]

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Life has suddenly become exceptionally lonely. August is always a trying time in a PhD program. The lack of any real income since spring is naturally biting, and I have always had trouble dealing with the heat. There’s a breakdown of social structure and support, with no classes to teach or take, and friends and […]

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In an effort to control my insomnia, I bought some protective goggles which exclude blue light. On the first night, when I put them on at 9pm, the psychological effect is profound. Suddenly, it seems obvious everywhere that I should be asleep or preparing for sleep. I will try putting them on sometime between 9pm […]

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After the comparative aimlessness of the long summer, I am looking forward to September. I will be teaching tutorials for a first year Canadian politics course out at U of T Mississauga and persisting with my own PhD research. I’m looking forward to the resumption of life and lunches at Massey College, meeting new junior […]

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After many shorter spans which left us sweating in our third floor rooms, Toronto is now immersed in the longest and most intense heat wave of the summer so far. This leaves me feeling awkward about actually owning an air conditioner, which I have never moved from its storage location in our living room. During […]

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As an undergraduate, as a mechanism for managing emotional instability, I developed a doctrine in which I would try to maintain five independent streams of activity in life: each important to me, and capable of going well or badly. A typical undergraduate set might include academic coursework; the debate society; photography; perhaps a romantic relationship; […]

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Early this afternoon, I photographed a rally at Queen’s Park calling on the provincial government to remediate mercury contamination around Grassy Narrows which they authorized over fifty years ago. Later, I took some portraits of a past professor of mine.

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In each year of my PhD, I have applied for all the summer teaching assistant (TA) positions offered in the Department of Political Science (and, after second year, in the School of the Environment too). I never heard anything back as the result of my applications, including for frequently-advertised ’emergency’ positions and jobs in statistics […]

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