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Quick wins for Canada’s chief science advisor

Mar 23 2017 — — While Ottawa’s chief science advisor has yet to be named, the biggest question isn’t so much who will be named to the role, but what that person will do with the job. Much of the impetus for the position’s appearance in the 2015 Liberal campaign platform was to reverse the Harper government’s crackdown on federal […]


Linking the classroom and the workplace

Mar 22 2017 — — We are living in rapidly changing times. The pace of innovation, disruptive new technologies and rising global competition for talent mean that today’s graduates are entering a labour market dramatically different from the one that awaited previous generations of Canadians. With career trajectories less linear, and jobs requiring a very different mix of skills, Canada […]


The nonprofit sector as a champion for decent work

Mar 21 2017 — — There is no shortage of evidence that Canadian workplaces — and our workforce — are undergoing a major transformation. Precarious work is on the rise, while pensions and benefits are disappearing. There are also ongoing demographic shifts: the impending baby boom retirement, the rising prominence of millennials in the workforce, high youth under/unemployment and the […]


Exploring Security Cooperation Between Canada and Australia

Mar 17 2017 — — It’s often tempting for analysts to note a broad alignment of interests and values between countries and decide that there’d be value in them “doing more together.” Australia and Canada are two countries with much in common. Both have relatively small populations in large land areas, and both have economies that depend in no small […]

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Playing Russian Roulette on a Powder Keg

Mar 17 2017 — Franz Paul Helms — Following the conditions of a loan-agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Central Bank of Egypt floated1 its national currency, which resulted in skyrocketing consumer price inflation. However, this creates further tensions for  an already combustible mixture of social and political tension. Since 2003, the Egyptian pound has been pegged to the US dollar, […]

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Syria’s Public Health Plight: A Long-Term Threat Multiplier

Mar 17 2017 — Aminata Kone — Years of destruction brought upon industrial infrastructure in Syria are likely to have consequences beyond the economic cost of reconstruction. Attacks on water and oil facilities in particular present both direct and indirect risks for the public health of Syrians. These risks may prove to outlast the conflict itself, and thus constitute important threat multipliers […]


The policy disconnect on the labour market

Mar 10 2017 — — If Canada’s Finance Minister tabled a federal budget announce this year a new comprehensive strategy of tax cuts and grants to support farriers, telegraph operators and typesetters, the media and public would be dumbfounded. Why introduce 1920s-era policies in 2017 to support jobs that have all but disappeared as a result of technological innovations?


Young Canadians and the digital job search

Mar 8 2017 — — The Expert Panel on Youth Employment has been asked to assess the barriers that young workers (aged 15 to 29) face in finding and keeping jobs, and also to propose “innovative practices used by governments, nongovernmental organizations and employers both at home and abroad to improve job opportunities for vulnerable youth.” Some colleagues have gently […]


The real cost of raising children

Mar 7 2017 — — The Trudeau government has made supporting the middle class and “those who want to join it” a central narrative of both its political strategy and its policy agenda. For example, in its platform document for the 2015 election, the Liberal Party said, “We will give families more money to help with the high cost of […]


The automation elephant in the room

Mar 6 2017 — — Today’s information technologies – big data, artificial intelligence, robotics, and embedded computing (the so-called Internet of things) – are transforming every industry and raising widespread concerns about job losses and economic inequality. Analysts differ on whether the issue is about jobs, tasks or work activities; they disagree on the extent of automation; and they’re not […]


How BC politicized electricity rates

Mar 3 2017 — — The Liberal government in Ontario is facing a major political crisis due to consumer opposition to the rapid increase in electricity prices, which have jumped by about 70 percent for peak consumption in the last five years. The rising price of electricity in Ontario has been attributed to growth in fixed costs, longer-term lucrative contracts […]


Steps along Reconciliation Road

Feb 28 2017 — — There are a number of incremental steps Trudeau could take to bring substance to his nation-to-nation declaration. At a First Nations education conference in late January in Calgary, sponsored by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, one of the presenters used the term “incrementalism.” She was discussing some initiatives in her school district to […]

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John McCallum’s imprint at Immigration

Feb 27 2017 — — On January 10, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Ahmed Hussen as the minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship. Hussen replaced John McCallum, who had been the minister since November 4, 2015. This is the third time that I am weighing the good, the bad and the ugly about a Canadian immigration minister. It is […]