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The push and pull of open government

Thom Kearney, Government of Canada – Open Government Secretariat

The 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is happening at a watershed moment for Open Government in Canada. In November 2014, the Government of Canada released its Action Plan on Open Government 2014-16, a series of commitments to sustain a more transparent and accountable government. More recently, the third International Open Data Conference, hosted by the Government of Canada, the World Bank, and the International Development Research Centre, took place on May 29, 2015, in Ottawa.

At its core, Open Government is about giving Canadians free access to more public...

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Discover the capital during Congress 2015

By Erika Hansen, Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost, University of Ottawa

There is no shortage of things to see and do in Ottawa, whether it’s your first time in the nation’s capital or a repeat visit. To help you decide what to do in your spare time during Congress, we have compiled a list of some of our favourite activities on our What’s on in Ottawa page. See what piques your interest, be it touring the iconic Parliament buildings, visiting a local brewery, or urban rafting on the Ottawa River! Don’t forget that, as a Congress attendee, you are entitled to discounted visits to certain attractions, tours and restaurants through the Delegate...

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The contemporary challenges of francophone communities in Canada

Simon Langlois, President of the Academy of Social Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada

As part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Academy of Social Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada is hosting a Big Thinking presentation by Joseph Yvon Thériault on the topic of contemporary challenges of francophone communities in Canada, specifically in Quebec and in minority settings. The Academy brings together the best social science experts in Canada, specifically in law...

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SSHRC Scholarships and Fellowships 101 at Congress

SSHRC Staff

We in SSHRC’s Research Training Portfolio know that applying for a SSHRC award can be challenging. You spend all that time developing a great research question, pulling together all of your supporting documents, and getting feedback on your proposal from colleagues and peers to create something great.

This is why we’ve prepared an information session on SSHRC funding as part of Career Corner at Congress.

Join us on Wednesday, June 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the Congress Hub—East Expo Event Space for SSHRC Scholarships and Fellowships 101. There, program officers will walk you...

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An architectural gem with a green lining

Monique Roy-Sole, Research Communications Officer, University of Ottawa

One of the major hubs of activity during Congress 2015 will be the Social Sciences Building, which houses the University of Ottawa’s largest faculty. Inaugurated in the fall of 2012, the modern, light-filled structure gathers the entire Faculty of Social Sciences — more than 10,000 students, 260 full-time professors and 100 staff — under one roof. For first time in the faculty’s 60-year history, its departments, schools and institute are no longer scattered all over campus.

The 15-storey tower in the heart of campus will be the site of the Big Thinking series at Congress and of several association conferences. The Beer Tent will be located...

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