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Matthews Lecture with Margaret Biggs, Daniel Brant, Hugh Segal

Governance, politics and public policy in the face of rising authoritarianism

In-Person: Thurs November 10, 2022
4:30 PM ET (doors open 4:00 PM)
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union St, Kingston
Room 202

Margaret Biggs, Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy

Daniel Brant, Matthews Fellow iN Global Public Policy, Adjunct Professor

Hugh Segal, Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy, Director, Centre for International and Defence Policy

At a time where anti-democratic authoritarian forces around the world, from Eastern Europe, to Asia and Africa and parts of the American body politic, are gaining greater influence and control, how do proponents of liberal democracy, reconciliation and the international rules based order advance their cause?

In Canada, we need to be conscious of authoritarian colonialism in our own history at the same time as we address new international authoritarian threats worldwide. History, both ancient and recently passed, should provide us lessons on what effects and consequences authoritarianism has on society. First Nations governments in our country have been subject to essentially an authoritarian regime via legal instruments such as the Indian Act since 1867. If we look at the impact of hegemonic controls on a society of people using First Nations as the example, the consequences are clear. The issue now is what have we learned and are we doomed to repeat it at a much larger scale and what are we prepared to learn from these lessons.

Looking outward, successive Canadian governments have placed the promotion of democracy and human rights at the core of Canadian foreign policy. However the history of promoting democracy in other countries has a mixed track record and tarnished reputation in some cases. Given the stakes, what role can or should Canada play in supporting democractic forces abroad? What lessons have we learned from the past that could be put into practice now?

On November 10, 2022, a panel of Matthews Fellows – Daniel Brant, Margaret Biggs, and Hugh Segal – will explore autocratic threats, at home and abroad, and potential Canadian responses




Dr. Carolyn DeLoyde and Fernando Hernandez Leiva

Improving municipal governance through better data sharing: A data dashboard for Kingston

Thurs November 24, 2022
12:00 PM ET
Robert Sutherland Hall, 138 Union St, Kingston
Room 202

** Light lunch will be avaialble for in-person attendees

Also available via Zoom. (registration is only necessary if you are joining remotely.)

Carolyne DeLoyde, Post-Doctoral Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning

Fernando Hernandez LeivaSenior Analytics Developer, Centre for Advanced Computing, Queen’s University

Queen’s University is collaborating with the City of Kingston, Kingston Economic Development, and the Kingston and Area Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites to create a data-driven decision-making tool that can support community planning and help measure municipal resilience to COVID 19. Improving community engagement using new, web-driven tools is one way to support better policy development and local democracy. Kingston In Focus (https://kingstoninfocus.ca/) is an online interactive dashboard that provides a range of indicators and allows for comparisons with federal and provincial indicators. Dashboard indicators are grouped by overarching themes of Local Economy, Employment, Community Health, Mobility, Environment, Housing, Cultural Heritage and Demographics. The dashboard also includes links to Kingston-centric research (i.e. dissertations and theses) related to dashboard themes. The indicators provide insight into baseline and historic information and illustrate Kingston’s pandemic resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, inequities exacerbated by the pandemic as well as on-the-ground impacts influencing the everyday lives of Kingston residents. The project uses advanced computing techniques including daily data updates and visualizations to animate the dashboard and make it accessible to a wide range of users. An investigation of community engagement with use of information and the dashboard is being undertaken by way of an embedded research survey. The dashboard will ultimately provide a platform of gathered data which will help to inform policy and strengthen Kingston’s ability to (re)build post-pandemic.