Topic: Politics

Ontario’s ‘Open for Business’ law will erode workplace rights

The purpose of Bill 47 is to “bring jobs and investment back to our province” and to increase “opportunities” for workers. One needs to look harder for any mention of fairness for workers or the creation of decent jobs, although the government claims to wish to “protect” workers. At the end of the day, however, Bill 47 will do none of the above.

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Protecting free speech on campus: A solution in search of a problem

This summer, mere days before the beginning of the semester at most universities in Ontario, Premier Doug Ford announced a new policy requiring “every publicly assisted college and university to develop and publicly post its own free speech policy by January 1, 2019, that meets a minimum standard specified by the government.”

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Trump, Brexit, and the academy

By Peter Scott

There is some truth in the populist attack that the academy has sold-out to corporate interests and become inaccessible to many. Universities […]

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Populist citizen politics — Beyond the Manichean mindset

By Harry C. Boyte

A positive political alternative to the rise of demagogic populism will require a vibrant vision of democratic society and the empowerment of […]

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The political challenge of academic commitment

By Robin Vose

As we approach this year’s federal election, professors and academic librarians have a responsibility to speak out.

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Academic Research vs. Political Propaganda: Lessons from the Fraser Institute’s Study of Minority-Language Education

By Edmund A. Aunger

In 2012 the Fraser Institute published a 138-page study entitled Official Language Policies of the Canadian Provinces: Costs and Benefits in 2006 […]

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Where have all the academics gone?

By Graeme Stewart

Writing in today’s Ottawa Citizen, Lawrence Martin observes that Canada’s academic are “missing in action”. That is, almost totally silent on the […]

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Harper and the “dumbing down” of Canadian society

By Erica Rayment

It’s almost like we planned it! But even though we didn’t, the micro-lecture roundtable discussion sponsored jointly by the Canadian Political Science […]

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Conference Board of Canada announces skills and post-secondary education project

By Erica Rayment

There seems to be a recurring theme in discussions about post-secondary education policy – we talk a lot about big ideas (innovation, […]

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Good government and Statistics Canada: The need for true independence

By Munir A. Sheikh

The cancellation of the long form census in 2010 raised serious questions about the independence of Statistics Canada. Munir A. Sheik, former Chief Statistician of Canada, argues that Statistics Canada needs to be insulated from political interference to ensure good data and good public policy.

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