Public Policy

Reining In Payday Lending Should Be Top Of Mind For Ottawa

Jerry Buckland | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Buckland

Sherry's financial needs were not met through payday loans, but made worse by them -- and, as a result, she and her family were caught in a long-term cycle of debt from which they could not escape. Unfortunately, Sherry's form of repeat payday loan borrowing is common and it can sink families into poverty.

In Emergency Management, Strategy Rarely Translates Into Action

Johanu Botha | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

In my research on Canadian and American emergency management agencies, I've found significant differences between official disaster strategies and how disaster responses actually unfold. For example, 'lessons learned' and theories of emergency management consistently call for formal coordination of all the organizations involved in disaster response.

Building A Fairer, More Sustainable Health-Care System For Canada

Sean Speer | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

The reality is that Canada's present system is failing to live up to the principle of universality. By subsidizing hospital and doctor costs for all Canadians we have little public monies left over to help low- and middle-income Canadians pay for uninsured services and treatments.

Taking Public Policy Online Gives Canadians A New Voice In Politics

Victor Choi | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Victor Choi

Under the leadership of the Liberals, our federal government is investing in digital staff and infrastructure (Conservatives have done so as well, but not to this scale and depth). We are catching up to corporations in how they listen to and engage customers to manage issues, drive innovation and build loyalty.

We Need To Adjust Our Expectations For Personalized Medicine

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

We are a long way off from identifying definitive biomarkers and personalized gene therapies are likely generations away. The hype is big, but our hope is misplaced. The science isn't there yet, and the sooner we stop putting our faith in near-miraculous breakthroughs, the sooner we can realistically survey the options at hand.

Multicultural Communities Are Transforming Canadian Politics

Victor Choi | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Victor Choi

We are transitioning to a new era. A new era in which multicultural communities are what Quebec used to represent to Canada as a whole in terms of influence. They are increasingly the bloc of voters that all political parties constantly think about to placate and please, with good reason.

When Equality Trumps Reason And Law

Adam Parachin | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Business
Adam Parachin

Last week the Ontario Court of Appeal in Spence v BMO Trust overturned a lower court's decision to set aside the will of the late Mr. Eric Spence on the ground that the will was discriminatory and thus against public policy. The most astounding aspect of the appeal judgment is that it was necessary in the first place.

A Conservative Plan To Revive Canadian Civil Society

Sean Speer | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

A fresh start begins with a refreshed agenda and here's where conservatives ought to focus their attention in 2016. The role of civil society is too often ignored or undermined by public policy. The expansion of the state in the second half of the 20th century came largely at the expense of civil society. Leviathan grew and civil society contracted.

I Addressed the United Nations on Political Corruption

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

The world is littered with women and men who feed on the misery of entire societies, who have grown fat in their spoils and comfortable in their impunity, sheltering behind national jurisdictions and national institutions they have been able to twist to their benefit. But there is a higher law. There is a deeper justice. And we will stand up for it.

How We're Trying to Inject Health Policy Into Mainstream Media

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 06.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Kathleen O’Grady

For the last 30 years or so, Canadians have repeatedly flagged healthcare as the most important national concern and the issue they want their political leaders to prioritize. Surveys and studies and polls and panels -- there have been plenty -- all come up with the same finding: Canadians care about healthcare.

Cities Are Right About Uber, But Wrong About Regulating It

Mark Towhey | Posted 06.04.2016 | Canada Business
Mark Towhey

Cities and states around the world are engaged in hand-to-hand combat with mobile tech upstart Uber, a company that is rapidly disrupting the traditional taxi business everywhere. Viewed from an impartial distance, it is pretty clear that, whatever it is, Uber is providing a service traditionally provided by taxis. Complicating matters is that many cities have a chaotic and nonsensical approach to regulating public taxis. Before trying to make sense of where Uber fits into the chaos of its taxi ecosystem, cities such as Toronto would be smart to consider why it regulates the industry in the first place.

Tech Company Innovation Outweighs Policy Headaches

Saeed Selvam | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

Tech giants like Google, Facebook, Uber and Airbnb have entered unchartered policy territory where ethics debates, grey areas and government relations are the daily norm. While the seeming nuisance of having to deal with all these new policy implications all at once may seem cumbersome, the economic benefits and progress that has been made far outweigh the work.

Five Ways to Control the Cost of Canadian Healthcare

Gregory Marchildon | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Gregory Marchildon

While policy should be evidence-informed rather than belief-based, the complexity of health-system change makes it difficult to draw a straight line from one evidence-based improvement to health-system change as a whole. Improving the quality and quantity of evidence-based decision-making is perhaps the greatest challenge in systematically devising policies for bending the cost curve.

Canada Needs To Adopt a 'Health In All Policies' Approach

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Dr Ryan Meili

Beyond Quebec, despite the endorsement of the public health and policy community, a Health in All Policies approach has not found the political will necessary for meaningful change. But the past year offers signs of hope, with governments in Canada from across the political spectrum beginning to see the potential.

Young Canadians Are Hurting the Oil Sands Debate

Joshua Belick | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Joshua Belick

The typical young Canadian professional's engagement with the oilsands is like this: You pull your smart phone out and skim through your social media feed. You see post after post about the Canadian oilsands and its negative impact on the environment. You see countless re-posts about celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio protesting Canada's poor environmental standards. After a quick read you "like" the post or possibly share it with a short comment to the effect of "This needs to change!" You lock your smart phone and head out the door with a new sense of accomplishment, thinking to yourself "I just effectively contributed to the debate on the oilsands." But what exactly did you really accomplish?

The Real Problem With Public Perception of Climate Change

Peter McCaffrey | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada
Peter McCaffrey

The real problem is that the public doesn't actually get climate science information from scientists. We get it from government departments and international governmental panels. We get it from a sensationalist media and from politicians. While the IPCC tells us there will be 17 inches of sea rise by 2100, Al Gore scares voters by claiming it will be 20 feet.

Why Family-Focused Policies Are Good for Everyone

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

On every metric, children from disadvantaged homes face greater challenges to success than their more privileged peers. As a result, they do worse in school, get poorer paying jobs and suffer disproportionately from violence, addiction and mental health issues.

The Walter Scott Centre

Cole Hogan | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Alberta
Cole Hogan

Today I am announcing the launch of the Walter Scott Centre, a Saskatchewan focused think tank named after our first premier.

The Government Is Spending How Much on Corporate Welfare?

Mark Milke | Posted 08.26.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Canadians who don't regularly track how governments spend money might be surprised to find how myths crop up about government expenditures. Exhibit A is a new report that claims Canada needs even more "industrial policy," more colloquially known as corporate welfare. Governments are less eager to be frank about the cost of corporate welfare, including chronic government failure on collecting on past loans.

How to Run Your Non-Profit Like a Business

Jeffrey Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada
Jeffrey Bernstein

The non-profit organization, just like the technology start-up with a disruptive, yet unproven, new innovation, must sell its vision as much as its financial model and its metrics for measuring impact. But by reducing organizational survival to a simple sales-pitch ignores the fundamental truth that not all organizations are created equally.

The Income Gap, Public Interest and the Economy

Kelly Ernst | Posted 04.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Kelly Ernst

In its Global Risks 2013 report, The World Economic Forum (WEF) identified income disparity as one of the world's greatest risks. Statistics Canada re...

Gross National... Happiness?

Andrew Cooper | Posted 12.03.2011 | Canada
Andrew Cooper

As a big idea, happiness needs to be taken seriously. As many civil society groups recognize, privileging happiness helps fill a missing "human" gap between the organizational objectives they are advocating and the needs of people on the ground.

Will a Junk Food Tax Work in Canada?

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 11.11.2011 | Canada
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Obesity has become a "collective" issue that presumably concerns us all. Just last week, a coalition of health and education experts repeated their call for the Quebec government to introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks and so-called "energy drinks."