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Two weeks to Congress: It's not too late to register!
With over 7,000 attendees registered, Congress 2015 is shaping up to be a veritable academic feast! It's not too late to benefit from this year's exciting programming. Register for Congress now! 
Delve into equity and diversity issues at Congress
Examine the legacy of residential schools, explore how federalism can contribute to improving relations between Canada's Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples and re-think multiculturalism from a sociological perspective at Congress. Explore more of our programming here.
Canada Prize winners honoured at awards ceremony
The four Canada Prize winners for 2015 were honoured at a ceremony co-hosted by York University, with a keynote speech by world-renowned author M.G. Vassanji and emceed by CBC senior correspondent Brian Stewart. Read more about the winners and see photos of the awards ceremony.
Open Access policy has been released
The Federation has now released its final Open Access policy for the ASPP. Following consultations in 2014, the policy now expresses the Federation's commitment to act as a facilitator and promoter of Open Access for ASPP-funded books. For more details, see our website.

Federation welcomes federal investment in research funding 

The Federation welcomed several new commitments to research and higher education in the Federal Budget 2015, while noting that the rollout for some of the investments raises a few issues that require monitoring. Learn more in the Federation's media release and briefing note to members.

Economist questions austerity at Big Thinking on the Hill
Economist Marjorie Griffin Cohen critically assessed the hypothesis that austerity measures lead to economic prosperity at her Big Thinking presentation on Parliament Hill, April 28. Watch the Big Thinking video and listen to Dr. Cohen's CBC interview here.
World Book & Copyright Day celebrated through blog series
The Federation marked this international day in four posts reflecting on Canada's open access tipping point, why tweets aren't always enough, the publisher's role and its challenges, and the history of the ASPP
Council of Canadian Academies report suggests STEM alone insufficient for innovation
The Federation has welcomed the interdisciplinary approach to innovation suggested by a recent Council of Canadian Academies report. For more information on the report, we recommend this summary by Léo Charbonneau of University Affairs.
Academic events in May and June
Save the date of these upcoming academic events: Future Humanities: Transforming Graduate Studies for the Future of Canada (May 21-22) at McGill University, Le Congrès de l'Acfas (May 25-29), C²UExpo (May 26-29) at Carleton University and the 3rd Annual Professional Training Program on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities (June 15-17) organized by human rights centres at Concordia University and the University of Ottawa.
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Off the Shelf

This section features past activities and initiatives that warrant another mention. 


The Federation's bubble board at Congress 2014 was a chance for all Congress-goers to share what "Ideas can" do for them. Our bubble board will be back at Congress 2015, so come prepared with new ideas to share!