Video: Canada, disability rights & COVID; Are expats Canada’s most important export?

A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Video: Disability rights in the workplace during COVID-19, feat. Laverne Jacobs
  • Call for papers: 63rd Annual Western Social Science Ass’n Conference
  • Call for papers: Canada in Conversation: Crisis, Challenge and Change
  • External event: “Planet Canada: How Our Expats are Shaping the Future”
Video: Disability Rights and Workplace Discrimination in the Time of COVID-19, feat. Laverne Jacobs
In September, University of Windsor Law professor and former Canadian Studies affiliate Laverne Jacobs spoke at a flash conference convened by the Disability Rights group of the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law. The conference addressed global issues of workplace discrimination against people with disabilities during COVID-19.
Professor Jacobs, an authority on human rights and disability law in Canada and the United States, was a visiting Fulbright Research Chair in Canadian Studies at Berkeley in 2014. In the September panel, Professor Jacobs joined experts from four countries to discuss how the pandemic has confronted the disabled community with new and unique issues in the workplace. She presented on the current situation in Canada, addressing issues of accessibility, income security, and accommodation of vulnerable groups.
The entire panel is available to watch online via YouTube, or on the BCCE’s website (with a downloadable transcript). Professor Jacob’s talk begins at 36:07. Canadian Studies conducted an interview with Professor Jacobs in October, where she discussed her work in further detail.
Call for Papers: 63rd Annual Western Social Science Association Conference
Due date: January 29, 2021 | Submit proposals here
The Western Social Science Association (WSSA) is accepting papers on Canadian studies topics for its 63rd annual conference, scheduled virtually from April 12-25, 2021. Founded in 1958, WSSA draws on scholars in some 32 disciplines to foster professional study, advance research, promote the teaching of social science, and encourage professional exchange across the social science disciplines.
The Canadian Studies section accepts proposals relating to any disciplines or areas of Canadian Studies, not just the social sciences. The section covers all aspects of Canadian Studies and is happy to have panels on Canadian Literature, Arts, and Humanities as well as panels on Canadian Geography, History, Anthropology, Economics, Politics, Business, Environment, Public Policy, etc. Panels can be appropriately cross-listed with other WSSA Sections, such as Borderland Studies, Political Science, or Native Studies.
The conference will accept proposals for live Zoom sessions, recorded sessions, hybrid sessions, and document-only papers. Proposals must be submitted to the appropriate section through the organization’s website by January 29, 2021. Questions about the Canadian Studies section should be directed to Pierre Atlas at General information about the conference can be found here.
Call for Papers: Canada in Conversation: Crisis, Challenge and Change
Deadline: January 29, 2021 | Submit proposals here
The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University is pleased to invite graduate students from around the world to join their annual conference: Canada in Conversation: Crisis, Challenge and Change (scheduled virtually from April 9-30, 2021).
As the nation moves into the new decade, 2021 sees the country navigating a shifting landscape that is coming out of crisis, confronting new challenges and undergoing change. So, what are the conversations Canada and Canadians are having? How are these conversations changing (especially in a COVID and post-COVID era)? Where are they taking place? Who is changing them? What kinds of changes are occurring and/or what changes need to occur? Where is the conversation headed—and where should/could it be going?
Please submit proposals (max. 250 words) here by Friday, 29 January 2021.
External Event: “Planet Canada: How Our Expats are Shaping the Future”
December 9 | 9:00 a.m. | RSVP here
Join C100 for a special discussion with author John Stackhouse for a special discussion of his new book, Planet Canada: How Our Expats Are Shaping the Future.
Over three million Canadians live abroad, yet few know of their far-reaching impact: that Canadians have been at the forefront of almost every major global movement in modern history. In Planet Canada, Stackhouse presents fresh new data on our global Canadian community and asserts that this powerful diaspora could be the country’s greatest untapped resource.
Stackhouse a senior vice-president at the Royal Bank of Canada, leading research on economic, technological and social change. He is also a senior fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute and University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and is a former editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail.
RSVP to C100 here.
Canadian Studies Program
213 Moses Hall #2308
Canadian Studies Program | Univ. of California, Berkeley, 213 Moses Hall #2308, Berkeley, CA 94720

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