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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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Après la valse, l’attente…

Pierre Normand,  Directeur des communications

Courtesy of abdallahh on Flickr

Janvier, à Ottawa, est un mois où tout semble suspendu et s’installe une sorte de veille surréaliste dans l’attente du budget fédéral.  Alors que les Canadiens se livrent aux joies de l’hiver, le personnel du ministère des Finances et des agences centrales est à calculer, à préparer les tableaux comptables et à rédiger le texte du budget. C’est le calme après  la grande valse des consultations pré-budgétaires qui se tient chaque année de septembre à décembre. Pendant cette période, les groupes d’intérêts et les lobbyistes rencontrent les élus, le personnel politique et les décideurs du gouvernement pour partager leurs idées sur ce que devrait être le prochain budget.

La Fédération a...

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Yaffle your way to collaborative research?

Ryan Saxby Hill, Media Relations Ever had a tough problem that you wished you could run past an eminent expert in the field? Do you have a big question that might benefit from interdisciplinary collaboration? Sometimes the first problem is locating the right expert. Memorial University is working to make sure that you won’t have that problem with their researchers, and at the same time, testing an example of how universities might be able to encourage links between researchers and the community using online technology. Researchers at Memorial have created an online search tool for research taking place at the University called “...

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