Over the past six months, the ISSP has published multiple member blogs providing concrete advice to decision-makers about the myriad impacts and dimensions of COVID-19 – everything from science advice and government responses, to data collection and modelling to the cultural dimensions of superspreader events, the future of air travel, and the impacts on human rights. This volume compiles the contributions to date. We will be continuing the series in the months ahead.
As we look forward to the speech from the throne, there is no shortage of ideas to help with the rebuild. Research from Positive Energy on the Just Transition Task Force for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities can offer lessons for leaders as they shift their focus to longer-term supports for workers and industries reshaped by COVID-19. The research examined aspects of the task force’s activities that could help depolarize Canada’s climate and energy dialogue.
What will be the plan after the pandemic is managed? Who will show the necessary leadership and how will citizens participate meaningfully? Will we see more effective national coordination on research, innovation and health strategies? Can we become technologically sovereign with vaccines, medical devices and equipment while maintaining our global science outreach? Will we go beyond the mere rhetoric of being prepared for the next global emergency?
Author: Prof. Jennifer Wallner and Prof. Patrick Leblond
Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, uOttawa
Faculty Affiliate, ISSP
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and CN – Paul M. Tellier Chair on Business and Public Policy, uOttawa
On August 17, we convened health, education and economic experts on The Benefits & Challenges of Sending Children Back to School webinar, to discuss the benefits and challenges of sending children back to school in person this fall. We wanted to bring together a wider range of people who rarely have the occasion to speak face to face. Here’s what we found out.
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).
On Monday, December 2 2019, Positive Energy hosted a debate at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, to examine and address polarization in Canadian politics, in particular its effects on energy decision-making.
The ISSP was delighted to host Professor Kin Chan, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa and Canada Research Chair in Molecular Basis of Cancer Mutagenesis.
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.