A key element of the Royal Society of Canada's (RSC) Strategic Plan is to “expand the reach of the RSC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Annual Symposium”. Between 1945 and 1980, the AGM of the RSC was hosted at least once in every province of Canada, at 25 universities from coast to coast. In 2013, the RSC resumed the practice of moving the AGM around the country, beginning with a visit to Banff, Alberta.
Attitudes toward nonhuman animals are clearly changing in the many contexts in which we interact with them – from the roads that we build through their habitats, to the treatment of our companion animals, to the food we put on our plates. To say that these issues are both important to the Canadian public and highly controversial would be an understatement.
Breakthrough technologies such as CRISPR-cas9 are touted as having great promise for treating and preventing disease. But some advocates ask why we should stop there. We have the opportunity—even the duty—they say, to wrest control of human evolution from the blind, cruel forces of nature. Prof. Comfort will explore the history and motivations behind human genetic improvement, as well as what’s at stake in these debates.
The reality of assisted dying in Canada has changed rapidly since the Royal Society of Canada produced its report on End-of-Life Decision Making in 2011. The Canadian government is revising the Canadian Criminal Code on medically assisted dying following the landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision in Carter, legislation in the province of Quebec, and reports from two expert groups and one Parliamentary Committee.
An open house reception recognizing Fellows, College members, Institutional Members and various supporters who have generously donated to the RSC and to the Walter House campaign will be held from 16h00 to 18h00. Invited guests from sister organisations, some members from the diplomatic community from countries were the RSC has developed international programming will also be in attendance.
Since Confederation in 1867, Canada has identified and conducted itself as a country of two founding nations, the British and the French, while subordinating the status of Indigenous peoples. A new project is seeking to alter that narrative through official recognition, on the 150th anniversary of the 1867 confederation, of the foundational contributions of Indigenous peoples to the formation of Canada, in addition to the British and the French.
Dr. Yves Bergeron, FRSC, Professor at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue and at Université du Québec à Montréal, will discuss research collaborations that are under way to develop these new approaches. The Canadian boreal forest constitutes one of the last frontier forests in the world. But it is a forest under pressure. Traditional cutting practices have resulted in a greatly decreased percentage of old-growth forest.
10:00am - François Rouget FRSC, Department of French Studies, Queen’s University
Ronsard by Himself: the promotion of a poet in XVIth century France
11:00am - Guy Narbonne FRSC, Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Queen’s University
The Emergence of Animals: a paleontological perspective
12:00pm - Reception and Principal’s Luncheon
The Frontiers of Science meeting is a prestigious series of international meetings for outstanding early career scientists and researchers, which was initiated by the National Academy of Sciences (USA) in 1989 and which has since been adopted by a number of national academies and scientific organisations around the world.
This Open Academy Event is an evening event which brings the sciences, the humanities and the arts together for an evening of trans-disciplinary exchange on theme of the environment and the ecological challenges facing the East Coast of Newfoundland in the coming years. The event will contribute to a growing sense of the need for what Pope Francis calls an “integral ecology” if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change on the coming years.