February 2017


Budget should reflect that humanities, social sciences are key to resilient economy


This article was published in Research Money on February 15, 2017.

By Christine Tausig Ford, Interim Executive Director of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The morning that the report of the influential Advisory Council on Economic Growth was released, its chair Dominic Barton, global managing partner of McKinsey & Company, was in Ottawa, speaking to students, university presidents, community, government and business leaders at Converge 2017, an event organized by Universities Canada to promote fresh thinking on Canada’s future.

Barton spoke about several of the themes in his report — the need for next generation skills development to build a highly skilled and resilient Canadian workforce; the critical importance of unlocking Canada’s growth...

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Research community speaks out on U.S. travel ban

Gauri Sreenivasan, Director of Policy and Programs, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

As news of U.S. President Donald Trump’s early executive orders spread across news channels at the end of January, many Canadians and citizens around the world were alarmed by the swiftness of the move to close borders and target Muslim majority countries. Civil liberties lawyers and groups analyzed and challenged the text; many worried at home; thousands participated in...

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Sesquicentennial is no longer just about Canada

Paul Davidson, president, Universities Canada and Christine Tausig Ford, interim executive director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Canada’s 150th anniversary offers up a unique moment in time -- a pause, if you will, to reflect on where we’ve been and our country’s potential for the future.

There will be many celebrations over the coming year to mark 150 years since Confederation, but our sesquicentennial is about much more than cake and fireworks. Most importantly, it’s about coming together to chart a path to 2067.

At our 200th anniversary, what kind of Canada do we want to be? What can and should we become as a nation?

That’s the challenge laid before 100 young leaders from universities...

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