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Un nouveau directeur général nommé à la Fédération

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Il nous fait plaisir d’accueillir Jean-Marc Mangin à la Fédération. Au moment d'accepter sa nomination, M. Mangin remarquait : «Depuis plus de 20 ans, j'ai été le témoin de situations parmi les plus difficiles à imaginer telles que les génocides, les guerres civiles, le changement climatique et la pauvreté extrême. Dans plusieurs cas, nous avons fait appel aux chercheurs en sciences humaines pour comprendre, trouver des solutions et innover au plan des politiques sociales. À titre de directeur général de la Fédération, mon objectif est d'aider à faire le lien entre l'incroyable richesse en connaissances qui existe partout au pays et des partenaires au...

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Equity and Collective Bargaining in Canadian Universities

Linda Briskin, York University
Guest Contributor
Interventions to promote employment and pay equity often focus on legislation. However, collective bargaining is a significant although often invisible instrument for promoting workplace equity. Unions, which seek to promote both social transformation and the institutional mainstreaming of equality, can empower women to act collectively in their own interests, especially in the current global context.

‘Bargaining equity’ may well depend on what I have called ‘equity bargaining’. The former refers to the equity issues themselves while the latter to the process of bargaining, bargaining strategy...

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"Haitians...you are not alone"

Malinda S. Smith, vice-president Equity Issues

This photo shows Haiti's Presidential Palace, which collapsed during the earthquake of Jan. 12. Photo courtesy M Eriksson on Flickr.

There is a saying in Haiti, Tonia Dyer tells us, “When the nose is hit, the eyes cry. You have to look at the ripple effect of something like this.” On Tuesday, 12 January 2010 the Republic of Haiti experienced a devastating 7.0 earthquake, which was followed by some 34 aftershocks. The quake has been categorized as a “...

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Equity (Still) Matters

Malinda S. Smith, University of Alberta
Vice President,

Equity Issues Equity matters. It matters in our homes, in parliament, on corporate boards and in the halls of academe. Equity matters to individuals as an expression of our desire to be treated fairly and to be fair, even or perhaps especially, when it is not popular or easy to do so. It matters in law as a body of rules based on principles of fairness and justice. Equity matters in politics as an expression of democratic equality and human rights. And it matters in policy as an expressed commitment to ameliorating systemic discrimination and pervasive unfairness in social outcomes. Equity, in...

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