National Newswatch

Freeland doubles down despite dismal pre-COVID economic numbers

Jun 19 2021 — Jason Clemens, Milagros Palacios and Niels Veldhuis — In a recent interview, federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland explained the need to focus on economic growth to deal with many of Canada’s fiscal issues including our high debt levels. Minister Freeland is correct that higher rates of economic growth would solve many of the country’s issues. Unfortunately, her policy prescription for higher growth is […]

What are Budget Consultations Good for, Anyway?

Jun 19 2021 — — This past April, the Liberal government announced the first federal budget since 2019. In hopes of a strong pandemic recovery, the budget promises massive policy measures. With transformative spending and net debt now reaching an unbelievable $1 trillion, it’s shocking what little say we actually have in the budget process. In fact, when it comes […]

Budgeting for Wellbeing—Beyond GDP

Jun 19 2021 — — Thomas Jefferson once said, “The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness”. As we try to fully digest the 700-page April 19 budget one might ask: Is the government succeeding in its mandate of making us happier? It is often said that if you cannot […]

Home Prices Booming Because the System Encourages It

Jun 17 2021 — Mikayla Zolis — Canada is facing an unprecedented moment in housing market history. The Canadian Real Estate Association’s latest data cites a 23.1 percent increase in April’s home price index from the previous year. Set against the highest real house price growth rates among rich countries globally, and Vancouver, Toronto, and Hamilton topping the list of North America’s […]

Race to the Top — Fixing Childcare Once and for All

Jun 17 2021 — Anil Wasif — We have a problem. Some 50 years, a couple of task forces, and a pandemic later, we are still figuring out what kind of childcare we want. We use words like “equalizer” and say things like “she-covery” — yet, how easily we forget that when push comes to shove, we just like to shuffle like […]

Police Use of Body Cameras: No Quick Fix

Jun 16 2021 — — In the wake of the high-profile incidents of police violence against African Americans, the world has been confronted by a reality long known by Black people and reluctantly accepted by others–the presence of racism within policing. As protests against police brutality have broken out in many major cities worldwide, a global outcry has arisen for […]

Re-envisioning the Global Framework for the Next COVID-19

Jun 15 2021 — Asif Imran Khan — More than a year after the emergence of COVID-19, the much-anticipated World Health Organization (WHO) investigative report on the zoonotic source of the virus was finally published last March. The findings of the report have been underwhelming, to say the least. A US led multi-country joint statement stated that report “lacked access to complete, original […]

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 […]

Environment Week: The species we have saved

May 31 2021 — Dan Kraus — For many of us, wildlife is the symbol of nature conservation. This isn’t surprising; humans have lived closely with other living things for most of our history. We knew the names and habits of animals, and we held knowledge of the plants that would heal or harm. Despite our ancient connection to wildlife, we have […]

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 […]