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Ep.36: Measures to Help the Internet Fulfill its Democratizing Potential

Jan 28 2021 — — In the season three opener, Policy Speaking sits down with two Commissioners from the Canadian Commission on Democratic Expression Amira Elghawaby & The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin. Public opinion and these experts agree: the time to regulate social media has arrived. They discuss findings of a new report “Harms Reduction: A Six-Step Program to Protect […]

Ep.33: 5G on the Horizon

Nov 26 2020 — — With a Canadian workforce of 50,000, Bell Canada is a major player in Canada’s telecom industry and the cornerstone of so many of our work-from-home setups during the pandemic. President & CEO Mirko Bibic is at the helm of this historic company, and he joins Policy Speaking to discuss what’s on the horizon with key […]

Ep.31: Will the U.S. See a Normal Transition from One Government to Another?

Nov 13 2020 — — Nixon conceded to John Kennedy. Al Gore conceded to George W. Bush. Will Trump concede to Biden? Anxieties are increasing as a transition becomes increasingly contentious and politicized. Host Edward Greenspon is joined by Maryscott “Scotty” Greenwood and PPF Fellow Sean Speer to discuss how the Democrats and Republicans did, the polarization of this U.S. […]

Ep.30: U.S. Election Special – Narrow Defeat and a Divided Country

Nov 4 2020 — — With final results potentially still days away, the U.S. election has turned out to be a cliffhanger and not a landslide. Frank McKenna is a former Ambassador to the U.S. and 27th Premier of New Brunswick, and he joins Policy Speaking to share his initial reactions as Trump’s results in key states have blown polling […]

Ep.29: More Runway for Airports and Canada’s Aviation Industry

Oct 29 2020 — — Billion dollar infrastructure investments are on hold and airport passenger volumes are down 90% at two of Canada’s biggest airports. The CEOs of Toronto and Vancouver airports – Deborah Flint and Tamara Vrooman respectively – join Policy Speaking to talk about the tensions airports face in the pandemic. Facing stiff competition from airports in the […]

Ep.23: New Ventures into Democracy

Sep 17 2020 — — New digital frontiers have renewed old problems: conspiracy theories, hate speech and disinformation. This conversation with Peter MacLeod, founder of public engagement firm MASS LBP, and Amira Elghawaby, journalist and human rights advocate, gives us insights on the health of our democracy and explores innovative approaches to civil dialogue in a social media age – […]

Ep.22: From Old School, to (Mostly) Online School

Sep 11 2020 — — Denise Amyot, CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada, and Paul Davidson, President of Universities Canada, saw the move online of 1.4 million learners in the 10 days after the pandemic struck. Now those students are going back to school in new ways – ways we didn’t expect to be the norm for 10 years. Join […]

Navigating the New World Disorder

Jul 17 2020 — Roland Paris — The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated developing geopolitical shifts that are unlikely to dissipate even after the pandemic’s economic shock wanes. As a country long used to a more benign international environment, the future prosperity, security and well-being of Canadians will depend in no small measure on how well we navigate this unfamiliar world.

A Policymaker’s Recovery Agenda for Higher Education

Jul 7 2020 — — COVID-19 has exacerbated many issues across many sectors including Canada’s higher education sector. With classes moving online and no clear end date, students face the challenge of education from home, some without skill or resource. In this article a number of esteemed authors compile an agenda from a policy perspective on what needs to be […]

Ep.19: The Future of Energy: Re-stabilizing an Industry

Jun 30 2020 — — Three months into a pandemic and the Canadian economy finds itself in an induced coma with a long journey ahead to recovery. The Bank of Canada contests that we have a bumpy road to recuperation but few have been hit as hard as the Canadian energy sector. The Public Policy Forum has been working with […]

Ep.18: Getting the Future of Work Right in Unprecedented Times; Part 2 of 2

Jun 22 2020 — — Unprecedented times have called for the future of work to become the present. The rapid acceleration of automation and technology integration into the workplace is thought to either cause displacement or upgrades. Bridging the skills gap and upskilling employees and businesses will become imperative in not leaving anyone behind. We know that diversity and inclusion […]

Ep. 17: Getting the Future of work right in unprecedented times.

Jun 16 2020 — — Episode 17 I The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly accelerated the future of work, the issue of lack of diversity and a skills gap in the workplace. We know that diversity and inclusion can improve organizational performance, can provide access to well-qualified talent and can help meet the changing needs of the global environment. But there’s […]