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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

Mind the gaps: Integrating Human Rights and sustainable development goals into evaluation practice

Max Bell School Professor Pearl Eliadis has authored the chapter Mind the Gaps: Integrating Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals into Evaluation Practice inThe Realpolitik of Evaluation, a recently published book edited by Markus Palenberg an Arne Paulson.

Published: 4 Jan 2021

As time runs out for Trump, the volatility becomes more intense | Globe and Mail

January 3, 2020 | Days from the routine tallying of the electoral votes to select the next U.S. president, a formality that for almost a century and a half has attracted virtually no attention, this ritual is being transformed by President Trump into a fraught flashpoint, writes David Shribman in his latest article in the Globe and Mail.

Published: 4 Jan 2021

COVID-19 puts Big Tech under the microscope, again | CBC News

Global pandemic mitigation efforts continue to be disrupted by the spread of misinformation. In this CBC interview, Taylor Owen (Director of the Centre for Media, Technology, and Democracy) shared his thoughts on the implications of misinformation in the age of COVID-19.

Published: 9 Dec 2020

After looming so large in Washington, Donald Trump has shrunk into a small, petty man | The Globe and Mail

November 23, 2020 | Four years ago, when he won an upset victory to become President of the United States, Donald Trump was a powerful and intimidating force with a penchant for erratic behaviour, leaving even his closest allies on their toes.

Published: 23 Nov 2020

Presidential projections are indispensable, but not infallible | The Globe and Mail

November 10, 2020 | Early American presidential projections raised controversy throughout this year's extended ballot-counting period. In this piece from the Globe and Mail, David Shribman examines past occurrences of early projections, and its repercussions for American society.

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Published: 19 Nov 2020

The clamour for a Trump concession shows the enduring power of admitting defeat | The Globe and Mail

November 9, 2020 | A week has past since the American presidential election, and current President Donald Trump has shown resistance in conceding to winning candidate President-Elect Joe Biden. In this piece, David Shribman elaborates on the implications of a tumultuous transition of power.

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Published: 18 Nov 2020

It wasn’t a good election, and it won’t cure what ails the U.S. | The Globe and Mail

November 7, 2020 | This year's American presidential race has faced a myriad of threats to its democracy. With prolonged waiting times for ballot counting, and a predicted unstable transition of power, David Shribman affirms that "in modern American politics, the elections may end but the politics continue".

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Published: 18 Nov 2020

The people who fought Donald Trump will miss him when he’s gone | The Globe and Mail

November 12, 2020 | Critics of US President Donald Trump rejoiced when networks called the 2020 election for former Vice President Joe Biden. But for all the fanfare, will they miss Trump once he has left office? In this Globe and Mail article, Max Bell School Professor Andrew Potter argues that we should consider how Trump has played a perfect foil for liberals and progressives, providing them with a galvanizing sense of purpose.

Published: 16 Nov 2020

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