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Vass Bednar

Graduate, Master of Public Policy University of Toronto

Vass Bednar is a graduate of the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program at the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy & Governance (2010).
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TEDxToronto: Making Policy Fun

Right now, except when you go to the ballot box, the only time you're in touch with government is when you're complaining about something. You never just call to say, "Hey my garbage pick up is always on time and my bins are always upright. And I appreciate that." It's almost never a positive exchange of appreciation, and it's light-years away from being playful. I think the TEDx audience will be receptive to thinking about how something super-serious and formal can be playful.
10/24/2012 05:36 EDT

How Can We Have Evidence-Based Policy Without Evidence?

Statistics Canada has been hit by another round of cuts. These reductions have been masked under the compelling veil of "efficiency." But how might Canada expect to meet the policy challenges of the future when we no longer have the ability to understand where we are today? Evidence-based policy-making requires just that -- evidence -- standard, reliable metrics whose quantification and legitimacy is widely agreed upon.
07/13/2012 11:38 EDT

Time to Occupy the Budget

Though "Occupy the Legislature" may not have had the same ring, our policy decisions offer mechanisms that will either perpetuate or diminish the income divide in the years to come. With any luck, pending budget announcements will occupy our mutual scrutiny with the same fury that the protests have.
03/13/2012 11:17 EDT