Science and innovation policy for the 21st century: Shaping the dialogue

Science and innovation policy for the 21st century: Shaping the dialogue

By: Peter W.B. Phillips, Distinguished Professor, JSGS; Director, Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy; Peggy Schmeiser, Assistant Professor, JSGS; Associate Director, Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy

Generating, developing and applying science and innovation to benefit humanity at local and global levels has never been more important and challenging for decision-makers in the public, private and civil sectors. Keeping in mind that scientific discovery may be a necessary condition for change, it is seldom sufficient for economic development. Innovation involves the application and use of both old and new science and technology in new ways. Making that system work is a challenge no country has completely solved.

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Energy inefficiency of Canadian goods producing industries: Policy opportunities

Energy inefficiency of Canadian goods producing industries: Policy opportunities

By: Jason Childs; Samuel Gamtessa

Canadians face a daunting challenge. The Government of Canada has committed to reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) to 522.9 million tonnes by 2030, a 32 per cent reduction from current levels. In 2014 Canada emitted 7681 million tonnes of CO2, which means Canadians will be required to reduce emissions by 245.1 tonnes to meet this objective. Given the magnitude of the challenge, it’s critical to recognize the reality Canada faces. There are really only two ways Canadians can meet the national target - by reducing energy inefficiency, or by reducing their material standard of living. In this Policy Brief, we explore the potential for reducing CO2 emissions by eliminating inefficiency.

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Legalization of Cannabis: The Policy Challenges and Opportunities

Legalization of Cannabis: The Policy Challenges and Opportunities

By: Kathleen Thompson, PhD, MSW, RSW, BA (Hons)

As Canada looks at legalizing Cannabis, Dr. Kathleen Thompson examines how we might do that and which part of the country might benefit the most.

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Post-Secondary Education in Canada: A Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Post-Secondary Education in Canada: A Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

By: Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Regina and Peter Stoicheff, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Saskatchewan

The efforts being made in response to the TRC recommendations and what still needs to be done.

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Democracy and the Decline of Newspapers

Democracy and the Decline of Newspapers

By: Dale Eisler

The reality in Canada and other nations is that traditional, printed and widely circulated newspapers are in serious decline. The business model that sustained them for more than a century, and made many newspaper moguls fabulously wealthy, is no longer sustainable.

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 The Challenge of Managing Carbon Emissions in Saskatchewan’s Mining and Mineral Sector

The Challenge of Managing Carbon Emissions in Saskatchewan’s Mining and Mineral Sector

By: Victoria Taras and Peter W.B. Phillips

The global consensus reached in the Paris Agreement is that governments and industry need to reduce the carbon footprint and “to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments necessary for a sustainable low carbon future.” According to the national climate action plan that Canada submitted in relation to the agreement, “Canada intends to achieve an economy-wide target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.” Various countries are adopting distinct strategies to achieve their national goals, and Canadian provinces, which have different prospects from one another, have likewise signalled plans to pursue distinct strategies. The federal government must recognize provinces’ diverse needs and opportunities as it creates policies to honour its commitments under the Paris Agreement. Recognizing Saskatchewan has unique challenges as a hub of uranium and potash production, a group of Saskatchewan’s experts gathered in early June 2016 to explore the issue. Operating under the Chatham House Rule, they included representatives from the Saskatchewan Ministries of the Economy and the Environment, Cameco, Potash Corp, the Saskatchewan Mining Association, and the International Minerals Innovation Institute, along with academics from economics and public policy. They examined Saskatchewan’s mining and minerals sector and carbon management challenges, and made a series of observations about policy choices available as input to federal government national carbon mitigation plan deliberations.

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