Federal policy

SSH News: Congress 2015 planning, reflecting on Jim Miller’s lecture, US-Canada academic exchange and the value of university education

Planning for Congress 2015 has begun

The planning cycle for Congress 2015 has officially begun! The Congress 2015 Planning Meeting took place September 24-25, jointly hosted by the Federation and the University of Ottawa. Program Chairs (PCs) and Local Arrangement Coordinators (LACs) from each member association attending Congress were present for a two-day meeting at uOttawa, to get planning underway and to learn how to get the most out of Congress for their associations.

Ruby Heap, Academic Convenor for Congress 2015 at uOttawa, and Jean-Marc Mangin, Executive Director of the Federation, both gave words of...

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SSH News: Canada tops higher education statistics, but tuition expected to increase

 

Canada leads in higher education spending, according to the latest study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Times Higher Education writes: “Canada overtook the US as the biggest spender on tertiary education, increasing its GDP spent from 2.6 per cent in 2009 to 2.8 per cent in 2010.”

Examinant le même rapport, Le Devoir constate que Le Canada possède un des taux les plus élevés de jeunes diplômés d’université entre 25 et 34 ans (57%). Le...

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Pre-budget 2015 submission: Investments in research, scholarships, social innovation and Aboriginal students

 

Karen Diepeveen, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Each year, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance asks Canadians to identify their priorities for the upcoming federal budget. In response, the Federation puts forward recommendations pertaining to the social science and humanities community, noting ways in which federal funding could bolster these disciplines, research, scholars and students.

Last year in 2013, in addition to ask for the granting councils, the Federation recommended the federal government change the regulations for Mitacs to allow not-for-profits to participate in their internship program. When Budget 2014 was announced, this recommendation was adopted, with...

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Sociologist Irene Bloemraad Speaks about Immigration in Canada

 

Nour Aoude, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Recent changes to immigration law in Canada drew criticism from legal and human rights groups, reminding us that immigration policy is an ongoing and heated conversation in which we all have a stake. In order to engage in this conversation as effectively as possible, it is important to benefit from the opinion of expert researchers on Canadian immigration.

What are the unique strengths of Canada’s immigration policy? How do we stack up against the US and other immigrant-attracting countries? Is our system beginning to show cracks? These are the questions that Irene Bloemraad,...

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A new imagination - Catherine Dauvergne and the new politics of immigration

Samara Bissonnette

In an installment of the Big Thinking series for Congress 2014, Catherine Dauvergne delivered one of her newest big ideas yesterday at Brock University in a presentation titled "The End of Settler Societies and the New Politics of Immigration". As a member of The Trudeau Foundation, which was founded in 2001 in tribute to the humanitarian virtues of Pierre Trudeau himself, Dauvergne acts as a pro-bono lawyer, a teacher, and a student of research herself, as she researches a new understanding of the politics of immigration around the world, with particular attention to our Canadian home. As a professor, she imparts advice and assistance to young scholars in her field and maintains the belief that "to really do justice to a big idea, you need time more than anything else", to which she added that "the Trudeau Foundation is a gift of time" to her...

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SSH News: Big Thinking, Canada’s Innovation Challenge, AAAS 2014

This month’s Big Thinking lecture presented by Joseph Heath, Director, Centre for Ethics, and Professor, Department of Philosophy and School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, is now available to view online. This lecture addressed "reason versus passion" in politics and what we are sacrificing when we allow our political system to be dominated by appeals to passion rather than reason. The event was also captured in an article in The Hill Times this week: U of T prof calls for Enlightenment 2.0 to combat environment of ‘truthiness’ (available by subscription only).

On...

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SSH News: Mandela scholarships, two Tri-Agency consultations, digital infrastructure, Big Thinking

In memory of Nelson Mandela, the Government of Canada announced the launch of the African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships. Open to candidates across Africa who are early career professionals working in the public sector, the scholarships will provide opportunities for one to two years study at a Canadian institution to learn about Canadian best practices in governance, public policy, innovation and administration.

Recently, the Tri-Agencies put out a call for consultations on two issues: on open access and on digital scholarship. Under the direction of the board, the Federation made submissions...

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Incubating innovation and ingenuity at CSPC

 

Eleanor Fast, Director of Policy and Programming
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Federation took part in the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) held in Toronto last week. Founded in 2008 by a group of professionals from across industry, academia and government, the CSPC is an annual gathering of minds that aims to address current and emerging issues in Canadian science policy. The forum brings together scholars and stakeholders from across the country to engage in dialogue and encourage action around science, technology and innovation policy issues.

The theme of the event was “Incubating Innovation and Ingenuity,” and sessions were held on a range of topics such as understanding innovation, changes in graduate studies and research training, science communication and the science-policy interface...

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SSH News: Big Thinking updates, Canadian University Report, and SSHRC policy projects and videos

 

A video recording of the October 2013 Big Thinking lecture with Richard Hawkins is now available to view online. The next Big Thinking lecture takes place on November 21st with Ron Deibert, Director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. His talk, which will address cyber security, will be of particular interest in light of recent revelations about Canadian espionage activities in Brazil, new Facebook policies, and Bell Canada’s plan to...

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