National Newswatch

Ep.15: Leveraging Immigration & Mobility For Economic Growth Post-COVID-19

Jun 8 2020 — — What is Canada doing to attract and retain immigration in the Canadian workforce? Host Edward Greenspon sits down with Catrina Tapley, Deputy Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and Francis McGuire, President of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to discuss the after-effects of a global pandemic on immigration in Canada and what job availability […]

The Generational Squeeze of COVID-19

May 26 2020 — — As younger Canadians endeavour to make a life for themselves, they are increasingly “squeezed” by stationary incomes, strain in procuring quality employment, high costs for services, and rising debts. In this episode, Dr. Kershaw, founder of Generation Squeeze joins host Edward Greenspon to make sense of the shocking labour force numbers affecting young people in […]

Unpacking Labour Force Trends from COVID-19

May 15 2020 — — Numbers reflect what is happening in the world around us. But how has COVID-19 impacted the shift? Lynn Barr-Telford, Canada’s Assistant Chief Statistician, responsible for social, health and labor statistics at Statistics Canada and Craig Alexander, Partner and Chief Economist at Deloitte join host Edward Greenspon to discuss labour force trends. Listen in as we […]

How to Build Canada’s Competitiveness

May 5 2020 — Edward Greenspon — A challenge-driven industrial strategy can serve as a “north star” for Canadian policymakers during this period of significant technological and geopolitical change. The world is changing, and long-held policy assumptions in Canada need to adjust accordingly. PPF President & CEO Edward Greenspon invites you to read the New North Star II report and get engaged.

What’s Required to Re-Open the Economy

Apr 30 2020 — Glen Hodgson — As businesses and supply chains continue to cease operations to help stop the spread of Covid-19, the virus has resulted in a recession unlike any other in memory. As provinces and territories begin the conversation on re-opening the economy, in his first Policy Speaking blog, PPF fellow Glen Hodgson, lays out the key questions that […]

Podcast: Learnings from COVID-19 and SARS with Dr. David Naylor

Apr 15 2020 — — A Canadian Medical Hall of Famer, Dr. David Naylor was the Chair of the committee looking at Canada’s response to SARS in 2003. He joins host Edward Greenspon for a discussion about what we’re learning about and from the COVID-19 pandemic. What did Canada look like after SARS and what will Canada look like beyond […]

Is Vaclav Smil the Voice of Reason We All Need to Hear?

Apr 6 2020 — Dale Eisler — As Canada struggles with the daunting economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is understandable if people are distracted from the challenge of climate change. But the overarching national goal of reducing emissions by 2030 and reaching net zero emissions by 2050 remains. Canada and the world will eventually return to a post-pandemic […]

Oil Chaos and the M.I.A. Strategy

Apr 2 2020 — Edward Greenspon — Canada has never been an energy superpower, especially in terms of its largest energy commodity: oil. We are price takers not price makers. We export, dribblings aside, to only a single market. We are woefully non-strategic and unsophisticated in the ways of the world; our innate sense of decency distracting us with “ethical oil” arguments […]