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The Emergencies Act is Dead | Canadian Science Policy Centre

February 10, 2021 | As each province deals with their respective struggles in healthcare capacity, vaccination rates, travel restrictions, and other COVID-19 related policies, the federal government weighs the possibility declaring a national crisis. Take a look at what Max Bell School alumni Anil Wasif, Alexandra Ages, Ellen Rowe, and Leonardo Lozano have to say about the evolving landscape of federal pandemic policy in Canada. 

Published: 23 Feb 2021

The 'safe bets' and 'wild cards' needed to meet Canada's net zero emissions target | Maclean's

February 17, 2021 | Max Bell School Director Christopher Ragan and Carleton University economist Dave Sawyer penned this op-ed that takes a critical look at the widespread economic and industry reforms needed to achieve Canada's goal of "net zero" greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Published: 17 Feb 2021

Democrats take a ‘show, don’t tell’ approach in Trump’s impeachment trial | The Globe and Mail

February 10, 2021 | David Shribman of the Max Bell School analyzes the recent deliberations occurring at Donald Trump's ongoing impeachment trial. Read more to understand how the insurrection at the Capitol in January has affected the proceedings. 

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Published: 15 Feb 2021

New report on protecting democratic expression online | Public Policy Forum

Supported by the Max Bell School's Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy, the Canadian Commission on Democratic Expression has released a new report detailing six recommendations to enable citizens, governments and platforms to deal with online hate speech in Canada.

Published: 3 Feb 2021

Trump’s social-media ban clouds a bigger crisis: the power and systemic failure of Big Tech | The Globe and Mail

January 14, 2021 | In his opinion piece in The Globe and Mail, Max Bell School professor Taylor Owen discusses the effects of the recent social-media ban imposed on Donald Trump. Take a look at the article to understand how Trump's de-platforming scratches the surface of the deeper issues plaguing the current online ecosystem. 

Published: 2 Feb 2021

Advancing Human Protection Through Multilateralism | PeaceLab Blog

February 2, 2021 | As the tide of nationalism sweeps across the globe and countries increasingly turn inwards, it is crucial that the protection agenda–including the Protection of Civilians (PoC) and the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP)–is reaffirmed. Max Bell School Professor Jennifer Welsh writes on the PeaceLab Blog about what measures Germany can take to achieve this objective, including embracing multilateralism and seeking out new partners to promote civilian self-protection.

Published: 2 Feb 2021

Canada's lack of interest in self-defence explains COVID failures | The National Post

January 15, 2021 | In this article for the National Post, Max Bell School Professor Andrew Potter discusses the unique logistical challenges that Canadian government bodies face as the issue of vaccine supply becomes more relevant, and how their response measures up to the actions of other nations. 

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Published: 19 Jan 2021

Towards an Understanding of Open Innovation Ecosystems Dynamics: The Case of Montreal New Tech

December 7, 2020 | By observing the Montreal region's innovation ecosystem, this research paper, co-written by Max Bell School MPP student Eunice Mercado-Lara, presents a study case that aims to understand the main success factors for open innovation ecosystems (Chesbrough, 2003; Grandstrand & Holgersson, 2020).

Published: 18 Jan 2021

The Capitol – a long-time symbol of optimism – has lost its shine | Globe and Mail

January 8, 2021 | In this Globe and Mail op-ed David Shribman reflects on the mayhem at the U.S. Capital, looking back at a time when the American political system seemed "rugged, not rigged".

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Published: 12 Jan 2021

What Should Canada Do Next? | Hot Talk Podcast

December 23, 2020 | In this episode of the Hot Talk podcast, Max Bell School director Chris Ragan comments on the federal government's newly announced plan to raise the price of carbon and implement other climate policies.

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Published: 12 Jan 2021

Two Americas are about to go head to head on the Senate floor | The Globe and Mail

February 3, 2021 | David Shrimban's latest op-ed for the Globe and Mail paints a stark picture of a polarized America, with the deep divisions between Republicans and Democrats set to play out on the floor of the Senate.

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Published: 12 Jan 2021

The Liberals need to have faith that their carbon tax will do its job | The Line

In this article for The Line newsletter, Max Bell School Professor Ken Boessenkool and Director Chris Ragan argue that the government should have more confidence in the newly increased carbon tax to do its job and resist the temptation to throw in all sorts of other popular, but expensive, policies as well.

Published: 12 Jan 2021

The vaccine will only work if enough people take it | Globe and Mail

January 5, 2020 | While the COVID-19 vaccine offers us an eventual way past the pandemic, many Canadians are unsure about taking or unwilling to take a vaccine. In this Globe and Mail article, Max Bell School Professor Taylor Owen and other researchers at the Media Ecosystem Observatory unpack the cause and solutions to vaccine hesitancy in Canada.

Published: 5 Jan 2021

Understanding vaccine hesitancy in Canada: attitudes, beliefs, and the information ecosystem

December 2020 | This new report by the Media Ecosystem Observatory looks into vaccine hesitancy in Canada in the lead-up to the development of a vaccine. Key findings included that 65% of Canadians intend to take a vaccine, and that the best opportunity to reach those who are unsure is to address important concerns around the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

Published: 5 Jan 2021

The political and security dimensions of the humanitarian health response to violent conflict

January 24, 2021 | In this paper, Max Bell School Professor Jennifer Welsh and her co-authors address the challenges and opportunities the fluid geopolitical and security environment poses for humanitarian policymaking and practice.

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Published: 5 Jan 2021

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