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How Organizations Can Earn Trust In A Data-Driven World

Pamela Snively | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Business
Pamela Snively

The full value of big data will only be realized when organizations approach it in a manner that places personal privacy at the forefront. So, if we want to unlock the positive potential of big data, we need to approach it in a way that simultaneously fosters innovations that will help our society and mitigates risks associated with using data in new and different ways.

You Can't Have Real Leaders Without Followers

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Repeatedly over this past year, prompted by the American election, one hears the question: "Where are our great leaders?" And then everyone gets down to dissecting politicians, exposing their every weakness, and bemoaning their increasing lack of capability. That is surely accurate, but there's another explanation to add to this rationale: we don't have real leaders anymore because we don't have followers.

More Transparency Needed From Schools Of Foreign Policy

Yves Engler | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Independence of thought and transparency are principles that guide good research. So, what to make of a Canadian foreign policy discussion dominated by individuals with ties to the same decision-making structures they study? The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) is a prime example.

Who Can We Hold Accountable For The First Nations Water Crisis?

Liam Massaubi | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Liam Massaubi

As of this summer, there are 158 boil-water advisories in place for 114 First Nation communities and while that may seem startling enough, it does not reveal the full extent of water problems facing First Nations communities. There are reservations that lack basic housing let alone running water, which leaves people relying on overpriced bottled water, cisterns and water brought in on trucks and well water which causes illnesses such as gastrointestinal disorders due to contamination.

34 Pictures Show Why Trudeau's Latest Cabinet Shuffle Is A Big Deal

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 08.21.2016 | Canada Politics

History has been made in Canada.

A New Board Game For Public Servants

Robert Bolton | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada
Robert Bolton

Just over a year ago, I was briefed on one of the most interesting design challenges of my career. The ask came from Policy Horizons Canada, an innova...

Bring Back Our Conscience

Glen Pearson | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Glen Pearson

Every day, the news through all its venues reaches us with increasing calls to humanity to rise to the occasion and effect change. Our great danger is the temptation to move from one issue to another, like a stone skipping over a quiet pond, instead of sticking to our original commitments, seeing them through to the end. Just such a cause occurred 842 days ago, when the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram captured 276 Nigerian schoolgirls, dragging them off into captivity and the kinds of horror that are too easy to imagine.

Electoral Reform Is An Important Debate For This Country

Jerry Dias | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada
Jerry Dias

Vote with your heart. Vote for the person in your area and the national party you believe will best address your biggest concerns. That is the ide...

The Dilemma Facing Canadian Farmers

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

Ontario produces more asparagus than the rest of Canada combined, with 90 growers alone in the province; this amounts to 3500 acres worth of asparagus to harvest from. It is a $25 million dollar industry. Due to asparagus farmers investing in this kind of research and breeding, initially, it was a success story. But circumstances quickly changed.

Indigenous-Led Innovation Can Help Build A Better Canada

George Poulakidas | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Politics
George Poulakidas

As we take pride in our diversity and innovative ideas, why keep neglecting such a large asset of our society? Instead of aiming simply to improve indigenous peoples' relationship with the state, let's cultivate innovation for economic and social development and benefit the whole country.

Dear Premier Wynne, It's Not Too Late To Fix Health Care

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

So I hear you are thinking of proroguing the Provincial Parliament, likely as a prelude to a cabinet shuffle in the hopes of raising your incredibly poor poll numbers. While there has been no shortage of scandals for your government, the reality is the biggest issue facing you is health care.

We Need To Do More To Address The Gender Wage Gap

Duff McCutcheon | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Business
Duff McCutcheon

While "equal pay for work of equal value" is enshrined in law under Ontario's Pay Equity Act, the gender wage gap is a serious issue. Statistics Canada data estimates the gap to be anywhere between 12 to 31.5 per cent and RBC estimates it is costing the Canadian economy $168 billion in lost income.

For The Federal NDP: Power Or Purpose, Which Is It?

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The belief in a fairer and more just world, never fully prioritized by the other parties, has been the shining "city on a hill" for the NDP for decades and remains a stirring vision. It still sustains them as they move forward and Canadians still require their outlook. The question is: will it remain their principal and overriding passion or will their recent nearness to power have them seeking more power than purpose?

Who Judges The Judge?

Jordana Goldlist | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jordana Goldlist

The reality is that crime fuels a multi-billion dollar industry; I am not talking about the money generated from those who commit crimes, but the system designed to stop them: The Justice System. Not only does it contribute to our economic system but it actually gives the majority of its participants a purpose and an identity. How many lawyers do you meet and don't learn of their occupation within minutes? Officers and Judges are no different: They define themselves by their roles in the system.

Prioritize Federal Spending On Federal Responsibilities

Susanne DiCocco | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Susanne DiCocco

The first budget delivered by the Liberals signaled a return to 1970s Trudeaupian Liberalism, not just with its flagrant disregard for balanced budgets and ballooning debt, but also by disregarding a core accountability under our Constitution: Canada's military.

Canada's Outdated Income Tax Act Begs A Top-To-Bottom Review

Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Business
Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA

By making it easier to navigate the tax rules and meet their obligations, Canadians will spend less time and less of their money on preparing their taxes, leaving more in their pockets. For Canadian businesses, productivity could improve as they spend less time, effort and capital dealing with tax compliance and red tape.

Investing In Energy Efficiency Can Jump-Start Alberta's Economy

David Dodge | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Business
David Dodge

If Alberta invested $34 per capita, the average of other provinces, Alberta would generate $510 million in energy savings and 3,000 jobs while reducing emissions and making Alberta more competitive.

Why VIA Passenger Rail Is Worth Saving

Bruce Hyer | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada Business
Bruce Hyer

Across its 4,440-km route, the Canadian provides an essential service to many communities without other public transportation options. It attracts large numbers of international tourists to the Canadian Rockies and communities like Jasper, Alberta. It is a globally-recognized symbol of Canada, and graces our $10 bank notes.

Watch The Trudeau Town Hall On Canada's Place In The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics

Replay our chat with the prime minister.

Vancouver Needs Mental Health Funding, Not Suicide Fences

David Fine | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
David Fine

The city starts its $35-million makeover of Burrard Bridge this month, so expect traffic chaos. Mostly, though, I feel hoodwinked by the consultation process, which changed nothing except for adding a major element which was not spoken of at all. The city decided, after the consultation, to include suicide prevention barriers after one single health officer spoke to the city to insist they should be done.

What Comes First: Society Or Government?

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Rabbi Ben Hecht

I saw a clip of a woman asking Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson how he reconciles traditional Christian values, specifically the caring of...

Ontario's Public Sector Accountability Problem

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Saqib Qureshi

Forcillo and Yatim didn't live in a vacuum. Ontario has hundreds of thousands of public sector employees, and millions of citizens. The point that is conveniently missed is the lack of accountability in Ontario is not something unique to the relationship between police and citizen. It's not as if the police has a unique culture, interfacing with a society that the rest of the public sector doesn't engage. Accountability is a two-way process. We have a cultural accountability problem.

Embracing Human Rights Could Lead To The End Of Poverty In Canada

Michele Biss | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Michele Biss

It seems that far too often the government and people here at home are more willing to rally around civil and political rights violations. Bill C-51, for example, drew waves of protest across the country. Compare that to how Canadians responded to the squalid conditions faced by 4.9 million people living in poverty. But rights are so important to the way that we understand poverty in Canada. Rights put people at the centre of policy decisions that affect them -- they bring dignity and humanity back to the conversation.

Throne Speech Signals Trudeau Government Wants To Be Different

Althia Raj | Posted 12.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Althia Raj

Just as Trudeau did when he invited the public to the swearing-in of his cabinet ministers at Rideau Hall, or by meeting with the provincial and territorial ministers for the first time since 2009, or by attending the UN climate change summit with his provincial counterparts and opposition leaders, Trudeau is signalling that his is a different government. Gone is Stephen Harper's uncaring, exclusionary and secretive government. Instead, the Liberals are saying, they will be open, transparent, collaborative and caring. Time will tell whether they hold true to those promises.

Protecting The World's Forests Needs To Be A Top Priority at COP21

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

The world needs the leaders to agree to a shared vision, matched by commitments, so that all of us -- the industry, governments, civil society and consumers -- can work together to halt and reverse the demise of the world's precious forests. We cannot stand by idly hoping to reverse recent devastation.