Author Archives: Ghoussoub

Did you say, Father’s day?

Last Monday, I wasn’t feeling great, so I asked a good friend of mine to come over and give me company, which he promptly did. Yes, this may be uncommon in this part of the world, but both he and … Continue reading

Posted in Honouring friends | 2 Comments

The Problem with Naylor’s Panel Report

The report of Naylor’s panel reviewing Canadian Science is out. It is an incredibly eloquent “plaidoyer” for basic research both in terms of its role, past and present, in the advancement of society. It is of course music to the ears … Continue reading

Posted in Op-eds, R&D Policy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Berdahl vs. Potter: The Tale of Two “Globe and Mail” Editorials

Oct. 22, 2015, Globe and Mail Editorial re: Jennifer Berdahl: “It’s far from clear, though, that her blog post was an exercise in academic freedom. Her post was one remark about one unexplained kerfuffle in a university’s administration, not a piece … Continue reading

Posted in Board of Governors, Op-eds | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Budget 2017, Naylor’s review, and the Mathematical Sciences in Canada

James Colliander, Director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)  Nassif Ghoussoub, Director of the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) Ian Hambleton, Director of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (Fields) Luc Vinet, Directeur du Centre de Recherches Mathématiques (CRM) The … Continue reading

Posted in R&D Policy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Open Letter to the UBC Chancellor Reappointment Committee

Originally posted on Commentaria:
This letter will have more impact if it comes from a group of faculty.  I will submit it to the committee with the names of all signatories on 24 April. I will in the interim periodically…

Posted in Board of Governors | 2 Comments

Canada has two ministers of Science, yet Budget 2017 barely mentions Science

University researchers across Canada are stunned and puzzled. What happened to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals promises to undo the damage that the Harper years inflicted on the nation’s research capacity? The Liberals campaigned to end the “war on Science,” yet they … Continue reading

Posted in Op-eds, R&D Policy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Latest Attack on Academic Freedom in Canada: McGill Turns Away from Controversy and Provocation

Originally posted on Commentaria:
? “While the Institute itself is non-partisan, MISC is no stranger to debate and controversy.”—https://mcgill.ca/misc/about “It is not a role to provoke, but to promote good discussion.”—McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier as quoted in The Globe and…

Posted in Board of Governors, Op-eds | Leave a comment