The Legality of Paying for Plasma (and the Limits of the Law)

By: Alana Cattapan, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo; Adjunct Faculty Member, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

In the last few years, attempts to establish pay-for-plasma clinics in Canada have brought urgency to debates about the commercialization of the Canadian blood supply.

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Re-discover the Value of "Basic" Life Skills

By: Crystal Chan, Master of Public Policy student, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan

It appears that the coronavirus pandemic has triggered several unusual trends in the household. The first one that makes me scratch my head is “baking bread with sourdough”.

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Clusters as Drivers of Innovative Activity and Economic Growth

By: Peter W.B. Phillips, JSGS Distinguished Professor and CSIP Researcher

The area of innovation is both over theorized and under examined, with dueling theories everywhere about how we get something new into the market.

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We know we have a problem, but what exactly is it? A call for data collection on the Canadian food system in response to COVID-19

By: Peter Phillips, JSGS Distinguished Professor and CSIP Researcher; and Crystal Chan, JSGS MPP student

The following blog post was originally published by the Canadian Science Policy Centre. https://sciencepolicy.ca/news/weknow-we-have-problem-what-exactly-itcall-data-collection-can...

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Knowledge in a blender: Why we're so mixed up about evidence in public policy

By: Peggy Schmeiser, CSIP Associate Director and JSGS Assistant Professor

There is a lot of concern about recent trends that appear to be undermining the perceived role and credibility of science and evidence in policy making processes. Many factors cont...

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Accelerating the pace of local energy innovation in Saskatchewan

By: Martin Boucher, JSGS Faculty Lecturer and CSIP Energy Policy Researcher

Municipalities across Saskatchewan will soon have a decision to make as to whether they support a policy known as Property Assessment Clean Energy (or PACE).

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Are we really at war with COVID-19?

By: Peter W.B. Phillips, JSGS Distinguished Professor and CSIP Researcher

The following blog post was originally published as part of the Canadian Science Policy Centre Editorial Series: Response to COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impacts. https://sciencepolic...

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Big enough questions

By: Peggy Schmeiser, Jennifer Poudrier, Dean Chapman, Anne Ballantyne, Karen Wood, Joelena Leader, University of Saskatchewan

The following blog post was originally published as part of the Canadian Science Policy Centre Editorial Series: Response to COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impacts. https://sciencepolic...

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Sitting on our hands with big data in our pockets

By: Tarun Katapally, Associate Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy; and Patient- Oriented Research Leader

The following blog post was originally published as part of the Canadian Science Policy Centre Editorial Series: Response to COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impacts. https://sciencepolic...

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The Elephant in the SMR

By: Jeremy Rayner, Director, Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy; Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

In a previous blog post on small modular reactors (SMRs) in Saskatchewan, I noted the evidence that SMRs have enormous potential to provide clean energy across a range of applicati...

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Artificial Intelligence and Decision-Making

By: Peter W.B. Phillips, JSGS Distinguished Professor and CSIP Researcher

Artificial intelligence (AI) presents an interesting set of opportunities and challenges for regulatory systems writ large. AI has a spectrum of possible outcomes. Some people thin...

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Multidisciplinary Collaboration and Evidence in Decision-Making

By: Peggy Schmeiser, CSIP Associate Director and JSGS Assistant Professor

The fundamental question in collaborative research is how to construct more inclusive, multidisciplinary teams of individuals who are willing to move beyond their own understanding...

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