Julie Payette honours literary award winners

The Governor General’s Literary Awards honoured several Canadian authors for their written work at Rideau Hall on Nov. 29. The black-tie event, now in its 81st year, recognized 14 works of literature; half in French and half in English. Each winner received $25,000, and a copy of their book with an artistically interpreted cover, courtesy of Lorraine Choquet, a bookbinder of over 20 years. The ceremony took place in the ballroom, with towering Victorian architecture and cascading golden drapes. The 200-member audience sat below, facing the windows rather than the painting of the Queen of Canada, as in previous years. This change of layout was an attempt to create a more intimate event inclusive of the larger audience, according to […]

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Letter: Science should engage, rather than alienate

Governor General Julie Payette recently delivered a speech at the ninth annual Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa, in which she attempted to shed light on the overwhelming lack of acceptance of science in the general public. In this speech, she joked about a wide range of issues, from the refusal to acknowledge human contribution to climate change, to the belief in horoscopes. As a science student watching what is unfolding in the White House, I am absolutely on the same page as Payette in terms of her disbelief at the lack of acceptance of many theories in science that are supported by overwhelming evidence. However, while I admire her passion for uniform understanding and acceptance of science, I do […]

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