Lakehead’s Research & Innovation Week to showcase student research

Lakehead University’s annual Research & Innovation Week offers a chance for the community to learn more about the fascinating research taking place at the University. Events take place from March 7 to 9 at the University Avenue campus. All events are free and open to the public.

Lakehead University’s annual Research & Innovation Week offers a chance for the community to learn more about the fascinating research taking place at the University. Events take place from March 7 to 9 at the University Avenue campus. All events are free and open to the public. 

March 2, 2016– Orillia, ON

Students at Lakehead Orillia are busy putting the finishing touches on their research projects in preparation for showcase events next week during the University’s annual Research & Innovation (R&I) Week.

The events at the Orillia campus kick off on Monday, March 7, from 1 – 2:30 pm with an Environmental Sustainability panel featuring student research projects and hosted by Dr. Sree Kurissery, Chair of the Sustainability Sciences Department and Associate Professor of Biology.

“The projects presented will represent a range of research being undertaken with the Department,” explains Dr. Kurissery. “In addition to a number of local water quality projects, student projects also focus on wolf populations, forestry practices and the use of medicinal plants.”

On March 8, from 10 – 11:30 am, graduate students who are studying water quality in our local lakes and waterways will have an opportunity to present details of their research projects.

The highlight of R&I Week is Undergraduate Research Day on Wednesday, March 9. Between 10 am and 1 pm, the Learning Commons will be filled with poster presentations depicting a wide variety of student research projects. From 10 to 11:30 am, students in Dr. Lesley Clement’s second-year Children’s Literature course will present their projects, followed by students in fourth-year Interdisciplinary Studies and Environmental Sustainability programs from 11:30 to 1 pm. 

A special awards presentation will take place on Wednesday, March 9, at 12:30 to honour the top posters of the Undergraduate Research Day. Dr. Andrew Dean, Vice-President, Research & Innovation, and Dr. Moira McPherson, Provost & Vice-President, Academic, will be on hand, along with Lakehead Orillia Principal Kim Fedderson, to present the awards.

Lakehead University’s annual Research & Innovation Week offers a chance for the community to learn more about the fascinating research taking place at Canada’s number one research university (primarily undergraduate category), as ranked by Re$earch Infosource in 2015. All events take place at 500 University Avenue in Simcoe Hall and are free and open to the public.

 For more information about Research & Innovation Week, please visit lakeheadu.ca/ri 

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MEDIA CONTACT
Kathy Hunt, Communications Officer
705-330-4008 ext. 2014

kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

New Family Math Nights to demonstrate the fun of learning mathematics

February 16, 2016– Orillia, ON

Families at local elementary schools will soon have the opportunity to attend fun “Family Math Nights,” thanks to a new program developed by Lakehead University’s Faculty of Education in Orillia. 

Associate Professor Dr. Ruth Beatty and math instructor Sharon Malyczewsky, along with professional year Education students, developed the idea in cooperation with the Simcoe County District School Board resource teachers and principals at local schools.

The idea is for local schools to host the Family Math Nights to get students and their parents excited about math, while the Education students have a chance to work directly with children and learn more about math pedagogy. 

“This will help strengthen our relationship with local schools,” explains Dr. Beatty, “while helping parents learn how to support their children’s math lessons. Teaching mathematics is very different today than when most of these parents went to school, so this is a way to promote understanding of how math is taught today.”

Family Math Nights will begin taking place over the next few weeks at four schools: Couchiching Heights on February 22; Brechin Public School on February 29; Ardtrea–Cumberland Beach on March 1; and Harriett Todd on March 2.  The Math Nights take place from 5 – 7 pm and are open to all students and their families.

For further details, contact Dr. Beatty at rbeatty@lakeheadu.ca

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MEDIA CONTACT

Kathy Hunt, Communications Officer
705-330-4008 ext. 2014

kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead’s next In Conversation event to highlight Orillia’s role in World War II

Camp 26 military training camp, courtesy of OMAH.

Michael Stevenson, Associate Professor of History, will discuss the role of Orillia in the Second World War at Lakehead’s next In Conversation event at the Orillia Public Library on Tuesday, January 19.  Photo: Camp 26 military training camp, courtesy of OMAH.

January 12, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Do you know what prominent role Orillia played in Canada’s involvement during the Second World War? The city’s most important contribution involved the No. 26 Canadian Army Training Centre.

The military training centre, popularly know as the Champlain Barracks or Camp 26, will be the focus of the next In Conversation talk at the Orillia Public Library.

“The camp was erected on 20 acres of private property adjacent to the Orillia Armoury, where thousands of home defence and active service troops were trained,” explains Lakehead’s Dr. Michael Stevenson, Associate Professor with the Department of History, who will present the talk.

Dr. Stevenson’s presentation will document the 1942 construction, wartime operation, and postwar dismantling of the Camp 26 training facility, and will include a discussion about its major impact on Orillia.

“Camp 26 and Orillia’s Mobilization for the Second World War” will be presented at the Orillia Public Library on Tuesday, January 19 at 6:15 pm. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required, and is accepted by email at info@orilliapubliclibrary.ca; by phone at 705-325-2338; or in person at the Library (36 Mississaga St. West).

For a full schedule of In Conversation topics and dates, visit the Lakehead University website at lakeheadu.ca and check the calendar of events. 

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In Conversation series website link: https://www.lakeheadu.ca/about/orillia-campus/community-programs/public-lectures

Media Contact
Kathy Hunt, Communications Officer
705-330-4008 ext. 2014
kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University’s first Giving Tuesday was an exceptional success

Photo of Dr. Michel Beaulieu

Dr. Michel Beaulieu, Professor of History and Alumni Association President, was one of many people who participated in Giving Tuesday at Lakehead University.

December 1, 2016 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, ON  

On Tuesday, November 29th, Lakehead University initiated its first-ever Giving Tuesday event, which officially kicks-off the giving season. 

The University’s Social Media Champions did a tremendous job all day long sharing the message and encouraging others to support Lakehead’s students through an online or in-person gift – thank you!  A huge debt of gratitude is owed to Lakehead’s students, faculty, and staff.  The University, alumni, and civic leaders were so generous and we are most grateful. 

In total, $19,684 was donated online, in-person and over the phone in support of Lakehead’s exceptional and unconventional students.  These gifts were generously matched by the Alumni Association for a combined total, to date, of $39,684.  Any gifts received by December 6th will be included in the Giving Tuesday total. 

“I’m very grateful for this support of our hard-working students,” said Dr. Michel Beaulieu, Professor of History and Alumni Association President.  “Without the help of our dedicated alumni and many friends living across the country and beyond, we could not have achieved this amazing result.” 

“The Alumni Association of Lakehead University has shown tremendous leadership with their matching gift on Giving Tuesday,” said Deb Comuzzi, Lakehead’s Vice-President External Relations. “On behalf of our students, who will benefit from these gifts, let me express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in our first ever Giving Tuesday initiative.” 

If you would like to donate to Lakehead University, please visit donate.lakeheadu.ca.

 

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Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177, or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

 

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies. In 2016, for the second consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

 
 

Students from across the province will explore Lakehead University at Fall Preview Day

December 5, 2016 – Thunder Bay, ON 

Staff, faculty and students at Lakehead University look forward to welcoming prospective students to campus for an exciting day of exploration and discovery at the annual Fall Preview Day on Tuesday, Dec. 6. 

Prospective students of all ages will tour the campus from 9:30 am to 4 pm, discovering the wide range of programs through specialized presentations, and exploring everything they can do at Lakehead at the Student Life Expo. The students also have a chance to win a Freshman Prize Pack valued at $2,500! 

“Last year we welcomed close to 500 visitors from across the city, region and province for Preview Day at Lakehead, including students from southern Ontario,” said Emily Shandruk, Manager, Undergraduate Recruitment. 

“Preview Day shows prospective students what we offer at Lakehead University and why Lakehead is a great way to realize your potential. Through specialized program sessions and tours, you can see all our facilities and explore the environment you will learn in,” Shandruk said. 

Fall Preview Day is not only for prospective students – families and friends can explore together to see their future university and participate in the program and information sessions. 

For more information, visit mylakehead.ca/events.  

Major funding for research on when oxygen first entered Earth’s atmosphere

Photo of Dr. Phil Fralick

December 8, 2016 – Thunder Bay, ON 

A Lakehead University professor is part of a research team receiving more than $2.7 million to explore when oxygen first entered Earth’s environment by examining rocks near Red Lake, Ont. 

The European Research Council has announced the major grant to study Earth’s early ocean and atmosphere.

Funding will be allocated over five years to Dr. Stefan Lalonde, European Institute for Marine Studies, Brest, France, and Dr. Philip Fralick, Department of Geology, Lakehead University, to perform the research. 

Primitive photosynthesizing organisms were responsible for adding oxygen to the planet’s ocean-atmosphere system, but it is unknown when this occurred. 

The study by Drs. Lalonde and Fralick will focus on rocks in the Red Lake area of Northwestern Ontario where 2.93 billion year old limestone, which formed in the ocean, is present. 

Fossil structures in these rocks hint at the presence of photosynthesizing organisms, which this study will more fully investigate. These structures are called stromatolites, and modern ones are built by bacteria that can photosynthesis, but it is unknown whether the very old fossils were also built by photosynthesizing bacterial. 

This study will use the chemistry of the limestone to ascertain if photosynthesis was adding oxygen to the marine environment almost three billion years ago. Knowing when oxygen was first added to the atmosphere on Earth is important as its presence created the largest change to surface conditions since this became a solid planet. 

The presence of oxygen allowed for more complex organisms than bacterial to develop, and thus was critical for the evolution of animals and plants, Dr. Fralick said, adding that he is very excited about the upcoming research project. 

“This funding will allow us to explore when photosynthesis started on our planet, paving the way for the development of multicellular life,” Dr. Fralick said. “It also validates the level of research that is being conducted by Dr. Lalonde’s group at Brest and here at Lakehead.”

Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation, said this is more great news for Lakehead. 

“Lakehead was recently named research university of the year for the second year in a row – and this is another example of the exciting research being conducted at the University,” Dr. Dean said. “Thank you to Drs. Fralick and Lalonde for all of their work, and thanks to the European Research Council for recognizing the importance of this research.”

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Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177, or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies. In 2016, for the second consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Federal Government announces new Canada Research Chair at Lakehead University

Photo of Dr. Charles Levkoe

Dr. Charles Levkoe

December 2, 2016 – Thunder Bay, ON

An assistant professor in Lakehead University’s Department of Health Sciences, Dr. Charles Levkoe, has been named the Tier II Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems.

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, made the announcement today in Toronto.

Dr. Levkoe’s research project will investigate ways that academics and community-based practitioners, such as food producers, public health workers and Indigenous communities, can build more equitable and sustainable food systems to address social, economic and environmental challenges.

"As the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems I am excited to engage with the research and lived experiences of scholars, practitioners and social movements to build more sustainable food systems for all,” Dr. Levkoe said.

“I look forward to working closely with faculty and students at Lakehead University and with people in Thunder Bay and the surrounding region to better understand solutions that are socially just, ecological regenerative and have a regional economic focus.”

With this announcement, Lakehead now has 11 Canada Research Chairs.

“This is great news for Lakehead University, for Northwestern Ontario, and for Dr. Levkoe,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation.

“I want to congratulate Dr. Levkoe and thank the Federal Government for once again recognizing the important research happening at Lakehead,” he said.

Recently, and for the second consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead University research first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

“It is fantastic news that Lakehead University is among this year’s Research Chair recipients,” said the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women.

“Lakehead continues to be a leader in research and innovation. This announcement will allow the University to continue to attract the world’s most accomplished and promising minds and further their excellence in research.  Lakehead University truly is exceptional and a tremendous asset for Northwestern Ontario,” she said.

 

 

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Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177, or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies. In 2016, for the second consecutive year, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Giving Tuesday an opportunity to support students

Giving Tuesday

November 25, 2016 – Orillia, ON

Lakehead University is participating in Giving Tuesday for the first time on Tuesday, November 29.

Giving Tuesday is a Canadian movement for giving.  Seen as the "opening day of the giving season," it is a day where charities, companies, and individuals join together to share their commitment, rally for their favourite causes, and think about others. 

On Lakehead’s first Giving Tuesday, the Lakehead University Alumni Association has agreed to match the first $20,000 in gifts. This is an exceptional opportunity to double the impact of everyone's gift. 

By donating to Lakehead on Giving Tuesday, contributors support the University's students, as donations will help fund scholarships and bursaries, enhance the student experience, and support student athletes.
Everyone is encouraged to:

  • Make a gift early – the Giving Tuesday portal (donate.lakeheadu.cais open as of Friday, November 25.
  • Take a selfie or pose for a photo and post it to your social media page using the hashtag #GivingTuesday and #lakeheadu.  The Alumni and Community Relations office will be sure to share your posts on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 

The University looks forward to making its first ever participation in Giving Tuesday a success and thanks the Alumni Association for its continued generosity.

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Media: For more information, please contact Communications Officer, Kathy Hunt, at 705-330-4008 ext. 2014 or kjhunt3@lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

 

Lakehead University participating in Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday poster

November 25, 2016 – Thunder Bay, ON 

Lakehead University will be participating in Giving Tuesday for the first time on Tuesday, Nov. 29. 

Giving Tuesday is a new Canadian movement for giving.  Seen as the “opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies, and individuals join together to share their commitment, rally for their favourite causes, and think about others. 

On Lakehead’s first Giving Tuesday, the Alumni Association has agreed to match the first $20,000 in gifts. This is an exceptional opportunity to double the impact of everyone's gift.   

By donating to Lakehead on Giving Tuesday, you support the University's hard-working students. Your donation will help fund scholarships and bursaries, enhance the student experience and support student athletes.  These are the four pillars of the Lakehead Annual Fund.

 
Everyone is encouraged to: 

  • Make a gift early – the Giving Tuesday portal (donate.lakeheadu.ca) will be open on Friday, Nov. 25.
  • Take a selfie or pose for a photo and post it to your social media page using the hashtag #GivingTuesday and #lakeheadu.  The Alumni and Community Relations office will be sure to share your posts on their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages. 
  • Come see staff at the Giving Tuesday booth in the Agora on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in Thunder Bay and show your support.  

 

Thank you in advance for helping to make Lakehead University’s first ever Giving Tuesday event a success and thanks to the Alumni Association for its continued generosity.

 

 

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Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177, or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

 

 

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

Maclean’s 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

Lakehead University’s Report to the Community Celebrates Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Photo of Matt Pearson
Lakehead alumnus Matt Pearson discussed the challenges and successes in being a part owner of the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company.

November 23, 2016 – Thunder Bay, ON 

Lakehead University’s Report to the Community luncheon celebrated the innovative changemakers and events from the last year with a roomful of important stakeholders. 

The gathering was held on Wednesday, November 23 in the Embassy Room at the Victoria Inn to celebrate the 2015-16 Annual Report, hosted by CBC Thunder Bay’s Lisa Laco.

One of the luncheon speakers was alumnus Jeff Burke (HBESc’07), who launched Brule Creek Farms with his wife Andrea in 2008 after being involved in a research project with Lakehead University’s Food Security Research Network (FSRN). Dr. Mirella Stroink, a member of the FSRN, described the important work that the group does to improve access to food.  

One of the owners of the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company, Lakehead alumnus Matt Pearson (Bed’14), discussed the brewery’s challenges and successes. 

Laco also interviewed Sasha Bubon, a PhD student studying chemistry at Lakehead and a research physicist with the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute. Bubon talked about the positron emission tomography scanner he is developing to detect breast cancer. 

At the luncheon, Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson described the excellent work being done by the University’s researchers and alumni.

“This year’s Annual Report shows the exceptional impact our students, faculty, and alumni are having on the economy and society – and that’s why we are calling them changemakers,” Dr. Stevenson said. 

In addition to the academic, research, and community accomplishments, Lakehead’s operating expenditures had an economic impact of $319 million on the City of Thunder Bay in 2015-16.

Other Report highlights included being named Canada’s #1 research university in its category by Re$earch Infosource and first in total research dollars in Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings. 

In November 2015 Lakehead’s Faculty of Business Administration received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which involved a rigorous five-year process. 

Established in 1916, AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and less than five per cent of the world’s business schools have earned it. 

Read more about the exceptional work being done by Lakehead’s researchers, students, and alumni by clicking here.

 

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Media: For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Brandon Walker, Media Relations Officer, at (807) 343-8177, or mediarelations@lakeheadu.ca.

 

Lakehead University has about 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.

 

Maclean’s 2016 University Rankings place Lakehead University second in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and first among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2015, Re$earch Infosourceranked Lakehead first among Canada’s undergraduate universities.

 

Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.

 

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