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Rethinking capacity: on preserving the dignity of risk

Guest post by Elizabeth C. Mohler, Ph.D Student in Occupational Science at Western University.

I recently came across an article in the Walrus titled: "When Is a Senior No Longer Capable of Making Their Own Decisions?" The article outlined what is involved in a capacity assessment, who is authorized to provide said assessments, illustrated narratives of individuals who were assessed, and the consequences associated with the assessment’s results. Capacity Assessment is the formal assessment of a person's mental capacity to make decisions about property and personal care. Under the Substitute Decisions Act, many situations require capacity assessments to be conducted by specially qualified assessors who must follow specific guidelines. 


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Saying "yes" to women experts: Informed Opinions advances women's expertise during a time of increased inequality

Lily Polowin, Digital Communications Officer at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

You may have read the headlines: women with children have been getting pushed out of the workforce due to childcare demands during the pandemic; women have been submitting fewer articles for publication in academic journals since the start of the pandemic; and even when promoted to the second highest position in government, women’s qualifications still come under suspicion. It’s a well-established fact that global crises don’t affect everyone...

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Remarques de Gabriel Miller sur le rapprochement des francophonies canadiennes à travers la recherche et l'enseignement supérieur

Dans le cadre du Colloque virtuel de l’Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas)
Les 6 et 7 mai 2020

En vue du Sommet de rapprochement des francophonies canadiennes, qui mènera à la prochaine politique du Québec en matière de francophonie canadienne, ce colloque visait à réfléchir au rôle - actuel et futur - du milieu de la recherche et de l'enseignement supérieur dans le rapprochement des francophonies canadiennes. Gabriel Miller, Président et Chef de la direction de la Fédération des sciences humaines, nous livre ses remarques concernant le positionnement et les actions de la Fédération sur ce sujet.

Aujourd’hui, on m’a donné l’opportunité de discuter de deux questions : que fait la Fédération pour soutenir les chercheurs francophones dans un contexte minoritaire? Et que souhaitons-nous faire à l’avenir?

Je vais commencer par aborder la question numéro un : que faisons-nous déjà à l’heure actuelle?

De nombreuses choses me...


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Le confinement comme prétexte politique

Blogue invité par Patrick Ouadiaboutou, Enseignant chercheur et auteur, Université Marien Ngouabi,Congo Brazzaville. 

L’année 2019 s’est refermée sur une crise sanitaire d’ampleur mondiale qui augure des lendemains sombres du premier semestre 2020. En effet, commencée dans la Wuhan comme épidémie le 17 Novembre 2019, le coronavirus deviendra très vite une pandémie compte tenu de son expansion rapide sur tous les continents. Entre autres mesures prises pour endiguer ce fléau  jusqu’ici sans remède, figure le confinement des habitants en vue de stopper la chaîne de contamination. L’Afrique, un des cinq continents, n’en est pas épargné. Le Congo-Brazzaville en Afrique centrale, au pire de sa crise économique vit une nouvelle crise : la pandémie dite COVID-19. Au regard des mesures prises sur ce continent,...

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Exhausted? Slow Down and Listen (to Disabled Wisdom)

Guest blog by Erika Katzman, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), and Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at King’s University College at Western University.

When I met Gini* five years ago, I was surprised to learn that she doesn’t get any extra break time at work. The context of our meeting was that she hired me to give her a hand with everyday physical tasks: things like dressing, using the toilet, and getting in and out of bed. At home, Gini’s personal support needs are met by a publicly funded attendant care service. When Gini travels, however, she pays out of pocket for supports that can travel with her.

Because I help Gini with toileting, I know that it takes her at least 15 minutes to execute a simple pee break. When I am at work, my relatively able body can...

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