National Newswatch

Episode 54: Critical casualties? The Dichotomy & Discrepancy of Essential Work and Emerging Industries

Jun 30 2021 — — In this week’s episode of Policy Speaking, Edward Greenspon connects with Jerry Dias, President of Unifor Canada. They reflect on the state of the ‘union’, the impact of the pandemic on Canada’s auto, manufacturing & service industries and the constant transition to new & different work. Jerry shares thoughts on industrial policy based on U.S. […]

Ep.53: Brave New Data

Jun 20 2021 — — Vass Bednar takes over as host of Policy Speaking, for a special Brave New Work discussion on new data policymakers can use in this digital era. Joining the podcast is Paul Cowan, Chief Marketing Officer at FreshBooks who talks about the birds-eye-view insights his accounting company gleaned during the COVID economic crisis, and how sharing […]

Ep.52: When Your Boss is an Algorithm

Jun 11 2021 — — Vass Bednar takes over as host of Policy Speaking, for a special Brave New Work discussion on algorithms that pit workers – especially precarious workers – against the clock. Joining the podcast is Emily Guendelsberger, author of ‘On the Clock’, who wonders: how do you measure misery at work and what do political solutions for […]

Ep.51: Skills and Surveillance

Jun 3 2021 — — Vass Bednar takes over as host of Policy Speaking, for a special Brave New Work discussion on how to think more fully about technological change. This week’s focus is on skills and surveillance, with special guests: Unifor economist and policy analyst Kaylie Tiessen who talks trends in workplace training and how truck driving has been […]

Ep.50: Can Canada Build Better Infrastructure?

May 20 2021 — — Canada’s track record with infrastructure is world renowned, yet as Ehren Cory, CEO of Canada’s Infrastructure Bank says, nationwide the country is in a persistent infrastructure gap – especially in Northern or remote communities. Cory joins Policy Speaking host Edward Greenspon to talk about the infrastructure bank system, how to leverage investment in Canada’s infrastructure […]

Ep.49: Does Canada Have a Plan for Economic Growth?

May 14 2021 — — Manulife Financial’s Chief Economist Frances Donald and former governor of the Bank of Canada David Dodge face off for a productive conversation about supporting our economy at home. From housing prices pushing a generation out of the market, to a debate on a national childcare program, these two eminent Canadian financial minds discuss the historic […]

Ep.47: The Cutting Edge of Carbon

Apr 30 2021 — — Canada is presented with a smorgasbord of solutions to reduce, reuse, or better use the carbon that’s heating up the Earth. Policy Speaking is joined by Bruce Lourie, President of the Ivey Foundation and Janet Annesley, Senior Director, Energy and ESG at Invest Alberta Corporation for a wide ranging discussion on what Canada’s provincial and […]

Ep.46: Caring for Canada’s Seniors

Apr 23 2021 — — Canadians have seen the inadequacies of Canada’s senior home system in this pandemic. What’s less clear – how do we solve these? Policy Speaking is joined by Deloitte Canada’s Georgina Black to talk about what good senior support looks like around the world, and where Canada can start to innovate. Should we be looking for […]

Ep.45: Canadian Railroad Trilogy – Pandemic Edition

Apr 8 2021 — — The pandemic presents an opportunity to breathe new life into the story of rail in Canada. Former Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Yves Desjardins Siciliano, CEO at Siemens Mobility Canada and former VIA Rail CEO join Policy Speaking to talk the ghost of divestment past, Canada’s present inter-city train network, why Quebec’s system seems different, […]

Ep.44: More Than an Economic Recovery

Apr 1 2021 — — Vaccines are rolling out and many Canadians are hoping for an economic upswing in the summer and fall. Is that what we should expect? David Dodge, former Governor of the Bank of Canada, joins us to talk about the economic factors he’s following and the impact of the economic stimulus so far in Canada versus […]

Ep.43: Keep Calm and Supply Vaccines

Mar 25 2021 — — Canada has four COVID-19 vaccines ready for distribution in half (if not 1/3) the time many predicted. Yet none are homegrown. Dr. Alan Bernstein, CEO of the global research organization CIFAR, and Dr. Vivek Goel, soon-to-be President of the University of Waterloo and a public health physician on the federal government’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force, […]

Ep.42: Our Forced Telework Experiment

Mar 18 2021 — — When the pandemic ends, do we return to the office of 2019? Over half of surveyed workers would like to continue working from home, even just a bit. Managers, employees, commuters and families have lived new options and Tania Saba, professor and expert on workforce and digital transformation, explores how back-to-office may – or may […]

Ep.41: She-cession – Unprecedented and Uneven

Mar 11 2021 — — Women are the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. From nurses to doctors, school teachers to orderlies, women represent 50% (or much more) of many front-line professions. Yet employment outcomes for women, particularly young women and racialized women, are the most troubling. Lynn Barr-Telford, Assistant Chief Statistician at Statistics Canada, joins Policy Speaking to share these […]

Ep.40: Realities for Black Canadians in COVID-times

Feb 25 2021 — — Nadine Spencer, President of the Black Business and Professional Association and Mohamed Elmi, Director of Research at the Diversity Institute discuss walking the talk when it comes to addressing systemic racism. Nadine and Mohamed share the challenges black business people have long faced, and society has only recently begun to acknowledge. From financing in the […]

Ep.39: Are Rural Areas Being Left Behind?

Feb 18 2021 — — U.S. President Joe Biden’s recent inauguration speech spoke of the “uncivil war” that polarizes American society across different fault lines including the urban-rural divide. But Canadians shouldn’t assume that these are merely American problems. Sean Speer and Peter Loewen share their recent research, and sketch a blueprint for how we can go about building empathy […]