With the first Canadians getting the COVID-19 vaccine this week, the importance of effectively monitoring the rollout of vaccinations is coming to the fore. The federal government has recognized the importance of monitoring data, at least within federal jurisdiction, and the Prime Minister himself recently emphasized the federal government will “be a partner with the provinces …[for] better co-ordination of data.”
Canada Research Chair in Science and Society and Core Member of the ISSP
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, uOttawa
With any technology there come gains as well as new ethical and social justice issues. We know this from historical experience, such as the widespread application of computer technologies, which has been enabling for some (e.g. allowing many “creative economy” workers to operate remotely) but disabling for others (e.g. technological unemployment for some labourers).
It seems that the world is awash these days in grand challenges. But perhaps grand challenges also present grand opportunities. For Canada’s Science and Technology community, let’s look at where the grand opportunities may lie.
Canada’s energy future will be very different than we know it today. The future will include both clean hydrocarbon energy and renewable resources. It is vital that our policy environment allows for diverse and inclusive pathways built through collaboration to achieve our Paris targets and beyond.
On Wednesday, March 3, at 12:00 PM, in the week of celebration of womxn and gender awareness, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, in collaboration with the Idea Connector Network, will host a panel with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous experts.
On Thursday March 4, 2021, at 12:00 PM, The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities (CIRCEM) and The Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa will be delighted to host Alain Loute, Senior Lecturer at the Université Catholique de Lille and co-holder of the Law and Ethics of Digital Health Chair, to examine the relationships between knowledge and power that underlie the political management of the health crisis.
On Thursday, March 25, at 12:00 PM, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy will host Tosh Southwick, co-owner operator of IRPotential and ISSP Advisory Committee member, to discuss the challenges of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
On April 15, 2021, The Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa and the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy at George Washington University will be delighted to host Sethuraman Panchanathan, the Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).
New survey analysis by Positive Energy focuses on three issues that matter for Canada’s energy future in an age of climate change: the country’s climate performance; the present and future of renewables and nuclear energy; and the role that local communities should play in energy infrastructure projects.