Driving Policy Change: Are Governments Ready For Automated Vehicles?

Madeline Rowland At first glance it may seem as though the car, arguably one of the most significant innovations of the twentieth century, has remained relatively unchanged since its creation. Minor improvements, such as four-wheel drive or blind-spot sensors, have streamlined the driving experience, but despite these incremental improvements, the fundamental relationship between the driver and […]

Web Summit 2015: The Davos of Geeks

Shelby Challis This month  marked the 6th annual Web Summit, the largest technology conference in the world, held annually in Dublin, Ireland. The conference welcomed a record-breaking 42,000 attendees from 134 countries across the globe. On offer were hundreds of speakers discussing a range of topics that included Big Data, cybersecurity, clicktivism, neuroscience, and, of […]

STEM-ing the Achievement Gap: Looking Beyond the Classroom

Abiola Sulaiman Discussions on improving student grades, raising high school graduation rates, and increasing post-secondary enrolment often point to student-teacher ratios as a major success factor. The impact of class size on education achievement has been evidenced over time in numerous studies. Of those, Tennessee’s 1985-1989 Student Teacher Achievement Ratio (STAR) study is one of the most well […]

Behind the Scenes of the “Innocence of Muslims”

Freshta Raoufi There have been a growing number of violent acts and protests in opposition to the film Innocence of Muslims by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.  As the film gained publicity around the world, riots and demonstrations began to take place.  Why did the demonstrations become so pervasive? This complex question leads to multiple different explanations […]

People Screw Up, and That’s Okay

Dave Eaves wrote a great article that appeared in the Globe and Mail yesterday. Eaves is pretty much my hero, but I’m not quite as hopeful as he is, and it has nothing to do with the public service. Here’s an excerpt from his article: “The Clerk of the Privy Council Office – the most […]