février 2010

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Après la fièvre olympique, au tour du budget fédéral

Pierre Normand, CFHSS Director of Communications

Photo courtesy RobMan170 on Flickr.

Alors que les Canadiens continuent d’être captivés par le drame personnel de la patineuse Joannie Rochette et regagnent espoir de décrocher une première médaille d’or en hockey masculin, on commence à en apprendre un peu plus sur les plans du gouvernement quant au prochain budget fédéral. Les signaux envoyés aux médias il y a quelques jours pointaient vers un budget poursuivant les efforts de relance économique amorcés avec le budget 2009 mais surtout vers un budget sans nouvelles dépenses.   Or, voilà que ce matin on a adoucit le...

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Why gender still matters in politics

Brenda O'Neill, University of Calgary
Guest Contributor

It’s safe to say that the issue of ‘women in politics’ no longer generates the attention that it once did. The 1984 leaders’ debate between John Turner (Liberal), Brian Mulroney (Progressive Conservative) and Ed Broadbent (New Democratic Party) on such issues as pay equity, affirmative action, abortion and child care seems unlikely to be repeated in the near future. Women’s issues simply do not generate this level of attention. An exception can be the appearance...

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e-Dialogue on the future of the social sciences

Ryan Saxby Hill, CFHSS
Media Relations

Noreen Golfman, president of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, joined a rock star lineup of speakers for an e-dialogue hosted by Royal Roads University this month. The discussion is now available online here.

Noreen offered her take on the value of the social sciences and provided examples of where innovation and creativity can be found in our community. There was also a heated discussion on what AVATAR can tell us about the Social Sciences...

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Gender, culture and violence: Toward a "paradigm shift?"

Maneesha Deckha, University of Victoria
Guest Contributor

In analyses of gender equality and violence against women, “tradition” and “culture” frequently are invoked to explain the phenomenon in non-western societies. Specifically, violence against women in non-western societies often is blamed on some lack or deficiency in those cultures, whereas in our society the problem of violence tends to be attributed to a disturbed individual. We see this with the case of, for example, the 1989 Montreal Massacre and Marc Lépine’s...

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Gender gap distribution of Canada Research Chairs and Canada Excellence Research Chairs

Wendy Robbins, University of New Brunswick
Guest Contributor

“Many of us in this room have worked our whole career to make things fairer, and now you are pushing us right back!” My comment was a spontaneous reaction to René Durocher, who was outlining the Government of Canada’s new multimillion-dollar Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program to a meeting of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada (HSSFC) in 2000. The several hundred HSSFC members on the Chateau’s ballroom...

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The electoral glass ceiling for women: Representation and political equality

Linda Trimble, University of Alberta
Guest Contributor

Seven years ago Jane Arscott and I wrote a book called Still Counting: Women in Politics Across Canada.  We gave stark evidence of the electoral glass ceiling for women. At that point, 85 years after most women won the right to vote and stand for office, women held only 20% of the seats in Canada’s parliament and legislatures. Sure, 20% was better than nothing. It was better...

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Social networking through your citations

Ryan Saxby Hill, Media Relations If there is one thing I love it's a good citation. If there is another thing that I love it's probably the Internet. I've noticed that these two things are slowly coming together in the form of online or social-network-oriented citation tools. The UK startup Mendeley got some attention late last year when it was featured on Techcrunch. The tool is billed as the "Last FM of...

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Gender equality and child development: Re-thinking family policy

Paul Kershaw, University of British Columbia
Guest Contributor

Forty years ago the Royal Commission on the Status of Women recommended family policy innovation. It did so because the gender division of caregiving is a primary source of inequality for women. Today, Canadian women still do not have the family policy they deserve. A 2008 UNICEF Report Card ranked Canada last among 25 countries. It shows Canada lacks policy to promote time to care personally; policy to synchronize...

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« L’égalité-déjà-là » dans une société post féministe?

Louise Langevin, Université Laval, Québec
Article invité Il y a quelques années, la féministe française Christine Delphy avait dénoncé l’idée qu’elle voyait poindre : « L’égalité-déjà-là » pour les femmes. Puisque les femmes étaient présentes dans toutes les sphères de la société, qu’elles étaient égales en droit et que la plupart de leurs revendications avaient été satisfaites, elles étaient maintenant les égales des hommes. Selon cette idée ou cette perception, nous étions maintenant dans une société «...

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