It’s no secret that debates over Canada’s energy and climate future are divisive and contentious — if not outright polarized. There is no common vision for the country’s energy future in an age of climate change. Could COVID-19 change that?
Personal data has become essential both to mitigate COVID-19 and to rescue our slowing economy. For example, Google is using its large trove of personal data to track the effectiveness of social distancing. Firms are also using personal data to supply us with goods and services from toilet paper to in-home meetings. Meanwhile, policymakers are using personal data to provide individuals with stimulus checks and unemployment insurance.
Advisory Council Member, ISSP, uOttawa
Guest Scholar, Centre de recherche en droit public, Université de Montréal
Former Deputy Minister of Health for Canada from 1993 to 1998
I would like to offer some reflections agreed upon on my experience as a former Deputy Minister of Health for Canada from 1993 to 1998. During this period, I experienced the Krever survey on contaminated blood, the redesign of the Canadian tobacco law, the aftermath of the Baird report on new reproductive technologies, the impact on Canada of a plague outbreak in India and Ebola in Nigeria.
The world has not known, in living memory, a pandemic on the scale of what we are experiencing with COVID-19. Nor has the world had access to data and analysis, much of it being generated rapidly and disseminated freely, on the SARS-CoV-2 virus itself. Navigating a path out of this crisis will require effective integration of this data into decision making.
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).
The ISSP and the Institute on Governance (IOG) were delighted to host an event for Senior Fellows Paul Dufour and Jeff Kinder for the launch of their edited volume The Lantern on the Bow: A History of the Science Council of Canada and Its Contributions to The Science and Innovation Policy Debate.
New technologies open exciting opportunities for knowledge, research, and education to cross borders. From massive online university courses to artificial intelligence mining big data to social media - innovations like these hold a promise of progress toward a vision of a global knowledge society - one where knowledge, shared freely across the globe, becomes key to achieving sustainable development, peace, and empowerment for all.
The Institute for Science, Society and Policy and the Royal Canadian Institute for Science were delighted to host the first panel of the second year of the ISSP-RCIScience Panel Series.
The series focusses on the impact of emerging science and technologies on society and policy. At this year's first panel, we discussed the science, policy and societal implications of new technologies designed to allow people with disabilities to communicate and interact with the world around them.
This roundtable discussion kicked off with a presentation on U.S. science priorities and policies and opportunities for U.S.-Canadian research collaborations. Currently an Embassy Science Fellow in Ottawa, Dr. Claire Hemingway is a program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF).
In the UK, the residential sector currently accounts for approximately a third of the energy used and so energy demand reduction in this sector is a key part of our strategy for carbon reduction. However, energy demand reduction has typically been addressed from an engineering perspective, with only recent consideration of the requirements of users and the implications for design.
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.