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Report by David Wolfe offers solutions for regional economic growth

July 9, 2010

Canada emerged from the global economic crisis in better shape than many countries, but we have lessons to learn from other nations about regional economic development. Many countries around the world are pursuing strategies that are far more innovative than Canada’s traditional approach. Regional economic development (RED) often gets a bad rap in Canada. Much […]

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Professor Stephen Clarkson appointed to the Order of Canada

July 7, 2010

On June 30, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced that Professor Stephen Clarkson was among the 74 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Prof. Clarkson has been named a Member of the Order of Canada.

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Harper consolidates his powers, writes Nelson Wiseman

July 5, 2010

The steady centralization and concentration of executive power, specifically in the prime minister and his office, is not exclusive to Canada; it has occurred in Britain, Australia, continental Europe, and elsewhere. In Canada, however, the phenomenon extends to an exceptional degree and the media have contributed to it by focussing more on leaders and less […]

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Aurel Braun comments on the "disturbing" return of Russian espionage

July 2, 2010

Phone home, John le Carré — all is forgiven. In recent years, the British novelist and acknowledged master of the Cold War spy thriller has seemed typically prolific but topically adrift, obliged by changing geo-political realities to look beyond the post-war conflict between the Soviet Union and the West to locate the plots of his […]

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John Kirton reflects on past summits in the Globe and Mail

June 28, 2010

The last time Toronto hosted a great global summit at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Amik almost stole the show. In that splendid summer of 1988, she was the beaver brought down from cottage country with her babies to show otherwise jaded reporters flying in what the real Canada was like. During the day, the […]

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Department of Political Science welcomes new faculty member Wilson Prichard

June 28, 2010

On July 1, the Department of Political Science welcomes Wilson Prichard, an Assistant Professor jointly appointed to the Department and the School of Global Affairs. Wilson Prichard holds a PhD and MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies and a B.A. from Harvard University.  His broad research focus is in international development, with a particular […]

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Richard Simeon receives major APSA award

June 16, 2010

Richard Simeon, who retires from the faculty of the Department of Political Science in June, has been honoured with the Daniel Elazar Distinguished Scholar Award in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the study of federalism and intergovernmental relations. A list of previous winners of this award is available on the APSA website.  The award […]

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Russian intelligentsia shocked by Harlequin romances, says Aurel Braun

June 16, 2010

There are all kinds of things musicians say you can’t do with love — buy it, hurry it or stop from fallin’ in it. But you can apparently turn it into a viable export commodity. And that’s what Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. is doing. The global leader in romance literature for women is continuing with its […]

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Give Iranian dissidents hope, writes Ramin Jahanbegloo in the Bangkok Post

June 14, 2010

As necessary as sanctions may be in thwarting Iran’s nuclear programme, they are a secondary issue. Challenging the moral and political legitimacy of violence by the Iranian state against its own citizens ought to be the urgent priority of the international community. After enduring a year of extraordinary cruelty, solidarity with those struggling for democracy […]

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The Department of Political Science bids farewell to three retiring faculty members

June 14, 2010

On May 31, the Department of Political Science held a lunch for faculty and staff to celebrate the end of the academic year and to recognize three faculty members who are retiring: Don Forbes, Richard Simeon, and Peter Solomon. Three members of the faculty gave speeches to recognize each retiree, and these are reprinted below. […]

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