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The 2016 Calgary Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada: Some thoughts on the university as a community

Guy Laforest, President-Elect of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor, Departement of Political Science, Université Laval

This blog was published on Guy Laforest's website on May 25th, 2016

The University of Calgary, placed at the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, will be the host, from May 28 to June 3, 2016, of the congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. More than 8,000 participants, representing over 70 scholarly associations in the great family of the humanities and the social sciences will hold their annual meeting in the economic metropolis of Alberta, united around a federating topic: energizing communities. In a country as immense as Canada,...

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Réflexions sur la fondation du Canada

Guy Laforest, Professeur, Département de science politique, Université Laval

Ce blog a été publié sur le site web de Guy Laforest's le 15 mai, 2016

« La conférence de Québec de 1864 150 ans plus tard : comprendre l’émergence de la fédération canadienne ». Tel est le titre d’un ouvrage collectif, préparé par Eugénie Brouillet, Alain-G. Gagnon et moi-même, qui vient d’être publié par les Presses de l’Université Laval (https://www.pulaval.com/produit/la-conference-de-quebec-de-1864-150-ans-plus-tard-comprendre-l-emergence-de-la-federation-canadienne). Ce livre s’inscrit dans...

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Some reflections on the founding of Canada

Guy Laforest, Professor, Departement of Political Science, Université Laval

This blog was published on Guy Laforest's website on May 15th, 2016

« The 1864 Conference of Québec 150 years later : understanding the emergence of the Canadian federation ». Such is the title of a collection of essays, edited by Eugénie Brouillet, Alain-G. Gagnon and myself, that just got published in French by Presses de l’Université Laval (https://www.pulaval.com/produit/la-conference-de-quebec-de-1864-150-ans-plus-tard-comprendre-l-emergence-de-la-federation-canadienne). This book is part of a...

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Remembering Stephen Clarkson: Public intellectual, teacher and scholar

Mel Watkins, Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, University of Toronto

Stephen Clarkson was my colleague and friend for more than 50 years. Gracious and congenial, he was an intensely private person.

He was a legendary teacher who could give a polished lecture without notes. I taught a course with him for many years and he set the bar high. He was much respected by students, who gave him high evaluations.

He was a prolific researcher and writer who received many awards. Fittingly, indefatigable at 78, still not retired and with serious health problems, he was in Portugal on a research tour with students when he fell fatally ill. He died on the go, students in his wake, with pen in hand.

He was proficient in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian...

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Remembering Stephen Clarkson: Public intellectual, teacher and scholar

Mel Watkins, Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, University of Toronto

Stephen Clarkson was my colleague and friend for more than 50 years. Gracious and congenial, he was an intensely private person.

He was a legendary teacher who could give a polished lecture without notes. I taught a course with him for many years and he set the bar high. He was much respected by students, who gave him high evaluations.

He was a prolific researcher and writer who received many awards. Fittingly, indefatigable at 78, still not retired and with serious health problems, he was in Portugal on a research tour with students when he fell fatally ill. He died on the go, students in his wake, with pen in hand.

He was proficient in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian...

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Budget 2016 signals important research and innovation discussions coming in 2016

 

Here at the Federation, we’ve been picking apart the 2016 federal budget and also keeping an eye out for what our colleagues are saying. There seems to be a solid consensus growing: March 22 was a good day for Canadian scholarship in its many forms.

The Federation’s overall impressions are articulated in our post-budget media release, and a detailed analysis of the budget is available in our 2016 budget briefing note. The following is a brief overview of a few key topics, including issues that we feel are likely to be highly relevant in the coming year.

The 2015 Liberal election platform had no specific promises relating to research funding, so it was a welcome surprise to see a funding increase of $95 million split between the...

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Budget 2016 signals important research and innovation discussions coming in 2016

 

Here at the Federation, we’ve been picking apart the 2016 federal budget and also keeping an eye out for what our colleagues are saying. There seems to be a solid consensus growing: March 22 was a good day for Canadian scholarship in its many forms.

The Federation’s overall impressions are articulated in our post-budget media release, and a detailed analysis of the budget is available in our 2016 budget briefing note. The following is a brief overview of a few key topics, including issues that we feel are likely to be highly relevant in the coming year.

The 2015 Liberal election platform had no specific promises relating to research funding, so it was a welcome surprise to see a funding increase of $95 million split between the...

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Canada needs a Chief Research and Knowledge Advisor

 

It has been exciting to see the Canadian government make progress on its knowledge agenda, beginning with the reinstatement of the long-form census. The Federation is thrilled to be participating in another exciting development: the creation of a new senior research advisor in the federal government. The Federation recently submitted its recommendations to Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan for the creation of a Chief Research and Knowledge Advisor.

In their 2015 election campaign, the Liberal party committed to creating a new Chief Science Officer. As a new government, they’ve so far followed through on that promise, with the prime minister mandating Minister Duncan to create the post. The Federation strongly supports this project, and we have submitted a set of recommendations that we feel can help make Canada’s research-advisory system the best in...

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Le Canada a besoin de se doter d’un Conseiller principal à la recherche et au savoir

 

Il est très encourageant de constater que le gouvernement canadien progresse dans son programme du savoir en commençant par le rétablissement de la version longue du formulaire de recensement. La Fédération est ravie d’avoir à participer à un autre développement stimulant : la création d’un poste de conseiller principal en recherche au sein de l’administration fédérale. Récemment, la Fédération a adressé ses recommandations à la ministre des Sciences Kirsty Duncan en prévision de la création d’un poste de Conseiller principal à la recherche et au savoir. 

Au cours de la campagne électorale de 2015, le Parti libéral du Canada s’était engagé à nommer un Directeur scientifique. Peu après la formation du nouveau gouvernement, le premier ministre donne suite à la promesse en chargeant la ministre Duncan de créer le poste. La Fédération soutient sans...

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Transformer notre relation avec les membres : lancement du Plan stratégique 2016-2020

Jean-Marc Mangin, Directeur général, Fédération des sciences humaines

Lisez le Plan stratégique 2016-2020.

Nombreux sont ceux qui, au sein de la communauté universitaire, considèrent la planification stratégique avec un certain scepticisme. Soit parce qu’à leurs yeux le propos est une enfilade de vœux pieux ou qu’il est rédigé en langue de bois, beaucoup de critiques n’observent aucune modification significative du comportement ou du rendement organisationnel par l’adoption d’une telle démarche. La Fédération vient tout juste d’achever l’exécution de son plan stratégique 2011-2015. Qu’est-ce qui a changé? Quel bilan pouvons-...

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