Entries by Russel MacDonald

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Hope and mourning in the Anthropocene: Understanding ecological grief

Neville Ellis, University of Western Australia and Ashlee Cunsolo, Memorial University of Newfoundland We are living in a time of extraordinary ecological loss. Not only are human actions destabilising the very conditions that sustain life, but it is also increasingly clear that we are pushing the Earth into an entirely new geological era, often described […]

IANAS Food and Nutrition Security

Assuring food and nutrition security is generally regarded as one of the key global challenges for the 21st century. Population growth, climate and environmental change and technology development will all interact to determine how our various nations will assure an adequate food supply to the citizens of the Americas. Equally important will be national agricultural […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Beyond beasts of burden: How to reward our animals for their work

Kendra Coulter, Brock University Animals do a lot for us. So what should we do for them? Dexter, an emotional support peacock, made global headlines recently when United Airlines refused to allow him on a flight. His story is the latest to reanimate the public discussion about the certification and regulation of service animals, and […]

Merritt Turetsky Selected as 2018-19 Leshner Fellow

College Member and University of Guelph Integrative Biology professor Merritt Turetsky has been selected as one of 15 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Leshner Fellows for 2018-19 – the only Canadian chosen this year. Now in its third year, this program is affiliated with the Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Social media full of vitriolic myths in the aftermath of the Stanley trial

Keith Thor Carlson, University of Saskatchewan Social media posts on Facebook and Twitter, and online comments in the days since Gerald Stanley’s acquittal have been saturated with disturbing rants. Many of them are written by Canadians who — from my perspective as a researcher of Indigenous and settler history — are expressing anxiety that the […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Women’s NGOs are changing the world—and not getting credit for it

Dr. Bipasha Baruah, Western University and Dr. Kate Grantham, McGill University In contemporary global development circles, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are now performing many more roles and activities than they did a few decades ago. NGOs work with governments, community groups and the private sector — to develop and implement programs, monitor and evaluate their progress […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – How artificial intelligence will be used for social control

Mass surveillance and manipulation by powerful AI algorithms represent a much more imminent and tangible threat to our democratic values than killer robots. The scientific breakthroughs of pioneer artificial intelligence researchers in Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are fuelling record public and private investments seeking to turn Canada into a global AI powerhouse. Federal and provincial […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – The Ongoing Muskrat Falls Debacle: How not to Develop the North

On the 22nd and 23rd of Feburary 2018, the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada, in collaboration with Memorial’s Department of Philosophy and the Labrador Institute, will host a public symposium dedicated to an interdisciplinary discussion of the scientific, cultural, and social-political dimensions of the controversial Muskrat Falls hydro-electrical project on […]