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Series of special newsletters  coming soon

Over the last months, events in Québec City and in the United States have shaken many of us. In countries around the world, religious intolerance and xenophobia are on the rise. Respect for foundational institutions such as the rule of law, the importance of evidence, and the value of expertise, is being called into question.
Many people are looking for appropriate and effective ways to take a stand against this intolerance and the vilification of minorities. Realizing the danger of taking democratic governance for granted, they are also looking for ways to reinforce and protect our democratic institutions.
Since its inception, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation has supported evidence-based research and public engagement on issues like these. With that in mind, in the coming weeks, the Foundation will publish a series of special newsletters built on scholarship supported over the years by the Foundation. The newsletters will highlight contributions from our scholars, fellows, and mentors that address issues highly relevant to the current context, like national security, immigration and refugee policy, the treatment of minorities and pluralism. The first issue will address government responses to terrorist threats and the evolution of policy in relation to migrants and refugees.

Recent events


How Ottawa Works: Points of entry for research and evidence

Communicating findings in such a way as to be useful to policymakers, civil society, the media, and the private sector is not simple to achieve. That's why the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation organized meetings in Ottawa on 6 and 7 February with Parliament Hill research units, public servants, parliamentarians, or civil society organizations. For details, keep your eyes open for a report by 2016 scholars Heather Bullock, Anna Dion, Gerard Kennedy, and Antoine Pellerin. A warm thanks to all our speakers, who so generously contributed their expertise and their time.


The reinstatement of the Court Challenges Program

Kyle Kirkup, 2013 scholar, Policy Options.

France dives back into the Pacific

Cleo Paskal, 2015 visiting fellow, WorldToday. + 

Canada’s role in promoting democracy abroad

Gabrielle Bardall, 2012 scholar, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and CIPS. + 

Public project management in an international context

Antoine Pellerin, 2016 scholar, Presses de l'Université du Québec. + 

In 2017, let’s take back science

Timothy Caulfield, 2013 fellow, Policy Options. + 
More publications


Passing of Roy L. Heenan, Chairman Emeritus

It is with great sadness that we learned that Mr. Roy L. Heenan passed away on Friday 3 February after a lengthy illness. Roy was the first chairman of the Board of Directors of The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2001-2012) and was one of the driving forces behind the creation of our organization. He remained a director, a member, and the chairman emeritus of the Foundation until his death. +

Launch of registrations to the Canada's Drug Futures Forum

On 4 and 5 April 2017, some 120 researchers, policymakers, public health officials, law enforcement professionals, drug users and community organizers will meet in Ottawa to discuss the future of Canada’s domestic and international drug policies. This forum is organized by scholars Jennifer Peirce, Ayden Scheim, Claudia Stoicescu, Meaghan Thumath, and Daniel Werb. +

The Shattered Mirror: News, Democracy and Trust in the Digital Age

Taylor Owen, 2006 scholar, contributed to a study that informed a Public Policy Forum report on the state of news media in Canada. + 

New trustee of the Royal Ontario Museum

In January 2017, Rita Deverell, 2011 mentor, was appointed a trustee of the Royal Ontario Museum for a three-year term by Order in Council of the Premier of Ontario. +

More news

Mark your calendars!

> Zoe Todd speaks at Walrus Talks: We desire a better country
6 March | Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

> Announcement of the 2017 mentors
10 March | Online

> Growing worker power:  Innovative organizing across the food system
18 March | Vancouver, British Columbia

> Pluralism and Islam: Muslim Citizenship in Western Liberal Democracies
20 March | Toronto, Ontario

> Canada's Drug Futures Forum 
4-5 April | Ottawa, Ontario

> Summer Institute: Optional media training (Foundation community only)
6-7 May | Winnipeg, Manitoba

> Summer Institute (Foundation community only)
7-12 May | Winnipeg, Manitoba

More events

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