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Political science students celebrated at award reception

December 7, 2010

The Political Science Lounge was brimming with faculty, staff, donors and proud parents on November 25th in celebration of the undergraduate community. Sixteen undergraduate award recipients were present to pick up their prizes in the presence of their professors and classmates.

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Ron Deibert and his colleagues are among the "top 5 influential IT security thinkers"

December 1, 2010

SC Magazine, a magazine for online security professionals, has named Ron Deibert, along with his colleagues Rafal Rohozinski and Nart Villeneuve , as three of the most influential thinkers for IT security. They chose “people who represent the highest degree of professionalism in the IT security space, individuals who stand out for their technical skills, […]

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Canada should lead by example, Janice Stein tells Wall Street Journal

November 30, 2010

After years of being treated like the U.S.’s poor cousin, Canada is increasingly demanding a place in the global spotlight. The country has pulled through the downturn in better shape than most of its peers, with the healthiest banking system and strongest economic recovery in the Group of Seven wealthy nations. And that solid performance […]

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David Wolfe suggests practical solutions for Toronto's economy at Workforce Innovation panel

November 26, 2010

In economics, a bulging middle is a good thing. Toronto used to have a healthy oval-shaped economy that produced full-time jobs, prosperity and a good standard of living. But over the last 20 years, it has assumed an hourglass shape, top heavy with highly paid knowledge workers and bottom heavy with minimum wage service workers. […]

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Citizen Lab wins CJFE Vox Libera award

November 18, 2010

The Citizen Lab, a research program led by Ron Deibert, that ferrets out cyber attacks and espionage, has been awarded the  Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) 2010 Vox Libera Award. The Citizen Lab was selected for its dedication to free expression and access to information online. World leaders in the field of “hacktivism,” the […]

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David Rayside comments on study showing the low rates of abuse for kids of lesbian mothers

November 16, 2010

Adolescents raised in lesbian-headed households are less likely to endure physical or sexual abuse by a parent or caregiver, suggests a new report from a long-term U.S. study of lesbian families. Out of 39 sons and 39 daughters of lesbian mothers, all aged 17, who completed an online questionnaire, none reported ever being physically or […]

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Clifford Orwin writes about Obama's great "refudiation" in the Globe and Mail

November 15, 2010

Sorry about the headline. I just couldn’t help it. Liberals made such fun of Sarah Palin’s gaffe, and who’s smiling now? “The Great Repudiation” is James Ceaser’s coinage, and you’ll find his astute reading of the U.S. midterm elections on As even Freud conceded, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Sometimes a drubbing […]

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David Cameron co-authors article in the National Post about Ontario's changing role

November 12, 2010

PART ONE: Thinking like an Ontarian. Next week, academics and representatives from government, business and civil society are gathering from across Canada to discuss Ontario, its politics and its relationship with the rest of the country. This is unusual. Ontario, despite being home to nearly 40% of Canada’s population, barely registers as a topic of […]

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The Department of Political Science is saddened by the death of Professor Emeritus Albert Johnson

November 11, 2010

He died peacefully following a long illness on November 8, 2010 in Ottawa, Ontario. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ruth, his children Andrew (Moira), Frances (David), Jane (Robert), Geoffrey, granddaughter Hannah, sisters Mae Barichello, Ollie Miller and many nephews and nieces. Read the full obituary in the Globe and Mail.

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Kent Roach comments on why G20 charges were dropped

November 5, 2010

Police conducted one of the largest pre-emptive raids during Toronto’s G20 summit weekend without a warrant because they thought they didn’t need one. The Crown decided otherwise, and ended up dropping all charges against about 100 people arrested on University of Toronto campus on June 27. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair told a Commons committee […]

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