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Change a Life, Change your Own: Child Sponsorship, the Discourse of Development, and the Production of Ethical Subjects

Guest blog by Peter Ove, faculty member at Camosun College

It was January 1996, and I was standing on a gangway in a Cuban cement factory. There was no safety railing between me and four massive cylinders crushing limestone some five meters below. The air glittered with dust, and the noise was deafening. At that moment, I was reconsidering my participation in the inaugural Canadian World Youth exchange to Cuba, which I had happily begun the year before. In the end, I stayed for four months, working just outside the small town of Taguasco, although I was eventually able to secure a “cushy” job in the plant’s physical-testing laboratory. Living together with Cubans was an eye-opening experience for me. While it was...

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Mexican student brings new perspectives to Indigenous treaties in Saskatchewan

Guest blog by Robyn Dugas, Content Specialist, Mitacs

Wendy Ortega Pineda is determined to do her part to make the world a more equitable place. As a law student at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in Mexico, Wendy learned much about the profound differences between nations regarding access to basic resources, issues of discrimination, and justice for human rights violations. In Summer 2015, she gained even greater knowledge through a 12-week Globalink Research Internship at the University of Saskatchewan. The program matches top-ranked international undergraduates with summer research projects at...

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Top tourist destinations in Regina

Guest blog by the University of Regina communications team

Located smackdab in the middle of the prairies, Regina is Saskatchewan’s capital city and home to countless exciting attractions. Whether you’re a fan of beautiful parks, lively sporting events, arts and culture, great shopping, or unique culinary experiences – Regina truly offers something for everyone.

Wascana Centre is a stunning 930-hectare park located in the heart of Regina (and it’s where the University of Regina main campus is located!). Take a picturesque stroll or run around Wascana Lake and enjoy being close to nature. Wascana, the largest urban park in Canada, is also home to many other tourist attractions, including the Legislative Building,...

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Gabriel Miller addresses March for Science 2018

Speech made at the March for Science in Toronto on April 14, 2018

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Thank you. It’s wonderful to be here with you marching for knowledge, for evidence, and for science!

And I want to thank the organizers. Thank you for all the hard work that you put into today. And thank you for inviting me, someone who represents the humanities and social sciences to be part of today’s festivities.

You understand that there’s lots of space for everyone in this parade – everyone, that is, who cares about learning. Who cares about facts. Who cares about truth.

The tools and methods we use will differ depending on the subject, but beneath those differences is something much bigger and more important that unites us – a drive to better understand ourselves and the world we...

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How debate about taxation reveals social inequality

When it comes to taxes, there is a widespread popular belief that we all agree on one thing: others don’t pay their fair share of income tax.

The feeling was much the same among early Canadians, as we learn from reading Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History of Canada, 1867-1917. The book, by Elsbeth A. Heaman, a professor of history at McGill University, won a 2018 Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Power struggles between the inhabitants of Upper and Lower Canada regarding taxes...

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