In an open letter to whoever may be foreign minister after the October vote, Jocelyn Coulon offers six suggestions for a much-needed revamp of Canada’s approach to foreign policy.
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A fix-it guide for Canada’s next foreign minister

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In an open letter to whoever may be foreign minister after the October vote, Jocelyn Coulon offers six suggestions for a much-needed revamp of Canada’s approach to foreign policy.
Climate strikers

Five questions with… youth climate activist, Gregory Efraim

As millions are expected to take to the streets once again September 27, we chat with 15-year-old Gregory Efraim, a Canadian activist taking part.
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Three ways to inspire more global activism

When it comes to action on the world’s leading challenges, how can we move from ‘making sense’ to ‘making change,’ or from knowledge to empowerment? Three speakers from 6 Degrees, the global forum on inclusion held this week in Toronto, share their advice. With contributions from Caro Loutfi from Apathy is Boring in Canada, Kenyan analyst Nanjala Nyabola and French journalist Aude Favre.
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10 principles to guide the transition to a green economy

In Case You Missed It: Given the climate emergency, can Canadians overcome the political obstacles to dramatically reducing their dependence on fossil fuels? Former environmental commissioner Dianne Saxe provides a roadmap to do it.

BEST OF THE WEB

Generation Greta

"For every youngster there are potentially two parents and four grandparents. So for every million students, there could be six million adults behind them. And this means that while it may be a children’s movement, its influence is massive." In this multi-authored feature from El Pais, we meet youth in Spain, Switzerland, Mexico and beyond who are leading the way on climate action. "There has possibly never been a mass movement that has spread this fast."

Oh, Canada

In this essay for The Walrus, Sarmishta Subramanian asks big questions around the causes of polarization and whether Canada is immune to the deeper divisions tearing societies apart elsewhere: "Does our society simply feel more divided because there is space for voices that were always there but not heard widely in the past? Are opinions really polarizing? Is intolerance growing?" Such questions are key to understanding what's at stake this election.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Waterloo Symposium on Technology & Society

Oct. 2, 2019, Waterloo
The Waterloo Symposium on Technology & Society seeks to promote public discourse on the societal challenges and opportunities created by innovations in four primary areas: artificial intelligence, robotics, big data and social media. This session, number three in the series, discusses what the internet and big data reveal about who we are, featuring Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Rozita Dara, Bianca Wylie and Jonathan A. Obar.
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Fake News and Elections: What We Need to Know Before Heading to the Polls

Oct. 3, 2019, Waterloo
As Canadians head to the polls on October 21 for the federal election, is fake news and social media impacting our elections?A discussion with Darrell Bricker, CIGI senior fellow, and Aaron Shull, CIGI managing director.
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The Cuban Revolution at 60 International Conference

Oct. 31, 2019, Halifax
Forty internationally renowned Cuba scholars, policymakers and policy analysts will gather at Dalhousie University in Halifax for this three-day symposium, with addresses from Josefina Vidal, now Cuba’s ambassador to Canada, and Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the first US ambassador to Cuba following the renewal of relations. All sessions will be open to the public, and free.

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