Federation News

Le budget de 2017 est axé sur l’innovation et les compétences


Le budget fédéral 2017 fixe l’objectif d’améliorer la prospérité du Canada et de veiller à une répartition plus juste des richesses dans la société. Pour y parvenir, le gouvernement compte principalement sur l’innovation et le développement des compétences tout au long de la vie.

Le nouveau budget n’annonce peut-être pas d’aussi grands investissements en science et en recherche que le budget de 2016 (lequel prévoyait une hausse substantielle de 95 millions de dollars des budgets de base des organismes subventionnaires et une enveloppe de deux millions de dollars sur trois ans pour l’infrastructure universitaire et collégiale), mais il contient des engagements importants. Il reste par ailleurs beaucoup de points à éclaircir, et la Fédération suivra de près les annonces du gouvernement et les importants rapports et examens à venir. Vous pouvez lire le communiqué de presse de la Fédération...

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Budget 2017 focuses on innovation and skills


Federal Budget 2017 sets out a goal to boost Canada’s prosperity and to ensure this prosperity is shared across society. To achieve this, the government is relying primarily on innovation and lifelong skills development. 

This budget may not have had the kind of major funding announcements for science and research as Budget 2016 (which included significant new increases of $95 billion that year to the research granting councils' base budgets and $2 billion over three years for university and college infrastructure), but it offers some important commitments. Furthermore, much of the story remains to be written, as we look for more details and watch for significant reports and reviews to come. You can read the Federation’s media release here and find a more detailed review of Budget highlights of relevance to our sector in the Federation’s...

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Le milieu de la recherche se prononce sur l’interdiction d’entrée aux États-Unis

Gauri Sreenivasan, directrice des politiques et des programmes, Fédération des sciences humaines

Les premiers décrets du nouveau président des États-Unis, Donald Trump, ont fait la une des journaux fin janvier. De nombreux citoyens du Canada et d’autres pays se sont alors inquiétés de la rapidité avec laquelle les frontières américaines se sont fermées aux ressortissants des pays à majorité musulmane. Des avocats civilistes et certains groupes de défense des libertés...

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Research community speaks out on U.S. travel ban

Gauri Sreenivasan, Director of Policy and Programs, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

As news of U.S. President Donald Trump’s early executive orders spread across news channels at the end of January, many Canadians and citizens around the world were alarmed by the swiftness of the move to close borders and target Muslim majority countries. Civil liberties lawyers and groups analyzed and challenged the text; many worried at home; thousands participated in...

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Sesquicentennial is no longer just about Canada

Paul Davidson, president, Universities Canada and Christine Tausig Ford, interim executive director, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Canada’s 150th anniversary offers up a unique moment in time -- a pause, if you will, to reflect on where we’ve been and our country’s potential for the future.

There will be many celebrations over the coming year to mark 150 years since Confederation, but our sesquicentennial is about much more than cake and fireworks. Most importantly, it’s about coming together to chart a path to 2067.

At our 200th anniversary, what kind of Canada do we want to be? What can and should we become as a nation?

That’s the challenge laid before 100 young leaders from universities...

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The Federation pilots a new webinar service for members

Eveline Oulton, Member Relations Officer, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

As the Federation’s staff member dedicated to improving the membership experience, I am always on the lookout for new and better ways of delivering value to our membership. Last year’s member survey turned up a number of new ideas for Federation initiatives — as surveys are wont to do — including one around offering additional member learning opportunities.

And so the idea of a webinar learning series was born— focused on member priority issues, complimentary and facilitated by the Federation.  

In January, we launched the new service, calling it “webinars for members.” Our first webinar was on membership recruitment and retention strategies for associations members. It attracted almost 50 registrants from across the membership and featured insight and discussion of the Canadian Sociological Association’s successful strategies for member recruitment and...

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How can Academics and NGOs work together? Some smart new ideas

Duncan Green, Strategic Adviser for Oxfam Great Britain

This blog first appeared in oxfamblogs.org and is reposted with the author’s permission. It reviews a new report published by Carnegie Trust in the UK, underscoring how academics and NGOs might better work together to affect policy and practice. Highly relevant to help inform discussions underway in Canada on how to build evidenced-based policy. Tell us what you think @ideas_idees!

Just finished ‘Interaction’, a thought-provoking report on ‘How can academics and the third sector work together to influence policy and practice’.en by ...

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Nous ne pouvons négliger plus longtemps la dimension humaine de l’innovation

Cet article d'opinion a été publié dans le The Hill Times le 4 juillet 2016

Stephen J. Toope, Président, Fédération des sciences humaines et Directeur, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Il est rassurant de constater que l’innovation émerge encore une fois à l’avant-plan des discussions dans l’ensemble du Canada. Comme l’a mis en évidence l’annonce faite le mois dernier par les ministres Navdeep Bains, Kirsty Duncan et Bardish Chagger, notre monde est en proie à une profonde mutation —économique, sociale, politique—et notre capacité d’adaptation au changement dépendra de la façon dont nous saurons innover. Parmi les plans...

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We can no longer overlook innovation's human dimension

This op-ed was published in The HIll Times on July 4, 2016

Stephen J. Toope, president, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

It is reassuring to see the subject of innovation emerge once again in conversations across Canada. As evidenced by the recent announcement by Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan and Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger, our world is changing—economically, socially, politically—and our ability to adapt will depend on how well we innovate. Among the announced plans was a commitment to consult broadly...

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On the Twentieth Anniversary of National Aboriginal Day

Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, and President of the Canadian Political Science Association

June 21, 2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of National Aboriginal Day.   Canada’s official proclamation of a National Aboriginal Day stemmed from recommendations by Indigenous groups as well as the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.

For those concerned with equity in educational institutions and practices, National Aboriginal Day also offers educators (along with all Canadians) opportunities for sharing in Indigenous cultures and traditions, as well as teaching and learning.

 For example, when I served as a “non-Aboriginal” parent volunteer for the National Aboriginal Day celebration in my son’s K-12...

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