Entries by Russel MacDonald

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 […]

The 2018 Nomination Period for the College of New Scholars is now open!

The 2018 Nomination Period for the College of New Scholars is now open! Nominations are invited from Institutional Members, Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, and Members of the College. The nomination deadline is March 8. All details can be found here: http://rsc-src-college.ca/nominations/ Updates for 2018: As part of the nomination dossier, candidates must submit […]

Wave 150 – Canada into the Next 150 years: Re-imagining the People’s Constitution

The College of New Scholars will host a series of events to mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, while promoting a vision for the next 150 years. Borrowing from Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, the overarching theme for the Wave event is “Re-imagining the Constitution.” The College seeks to combine a range […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees: really hard, but not impossible

The Paris climate agreement has two aims: “holding the increase in global average temperature to well below 2℃ above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5℃”. The more ambitious of these is not yet out of reach, according to our new research. Despite previous suggestions that this goal may be […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – How can immigrant scientists give back to their homelands?

Immigrant scientists play a vital role in the science and engineering workforce. In addition to contributing to their adopted countries, they have potential to use their talents to give back to their homelands. Giving back is not necessarily about giving dollars or relocating; there are a variety of routes to follow. While I can only […]