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31 May

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Regulating in an era of rapid technological change

May 31, 2017 | By |

Governments across Canada are rushing to embrace emerging technologies and their potential to drive job creation, solve thorny problems and improve service delivery. Read More

16 May

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A sum of all fears: How ‘rigid incrementality’ could be the number one threat to infrastructure spending in Canada

May 16, 2017 | By |

After decades of serial neglect, the last two federal budgets have together committed $180 billion over 12 years for investments in Canada’s beleaguered public infrastructure. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address a chronic infrastructure deficit that everyone agrees is a real barrier to our economic growth. Read More

28 Oct

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An era of precarious employment calls for a new social architecture

October 28, 2016 | By |

Recently, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau elicited strong reactions by suggesting Canadians need to get used to precarious employment because it’s the new normal. But the reality could be much worse. Read More

19 Oct

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Ottawa and the provinces must be equal partners on health care

October 19, 2016 | By |

Faced with an aging population, it will take increased funding from Ottawa but also better management by the provinces to address Canada’s health care challenges.
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04 Apr

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On Uber, three issues Toronto needs to get right

April 4, 2016 | By |

After 18 months, several traffic-halting protests, two court challenges and thousands of water cooler discussions, the moment of truth is near. Toronto’s city council is expected to develop a regulatory framework for taxis and the ride-sourcing company Uber in April.
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20 Jan

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Fiscal transfers are growing. But are they effective?

January 20, 2016 | By |

The size of transfer payments can’t tell us if provincial governments are good fiscal managers.

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16 Dec

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Uber ups the ante. So what’s the TTC going to do about it?

December 16, 2015 | By |

Uber is courting controversy again in Toronto. It launched a new service called UberHop this week that permits passengers to share a ride between selected downtown locations.

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17 Nov

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The Sharing Economy and Why it Matters for Policy Makers

November 17, 2015 | By |

In an article from the Public Sector Digest, Mowat Centre Practice Lead of Intergovernmental Economic & Social Policy, Noah Zon, discusses the sharing economy and what it means for public policy.

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13 Nov

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Trudeau signals his commitment to open government by releasing his ministers’ mandate letters

November 13, 2015 | By |

One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first responsibilities, even before assuming office last week, was to choose his cabinet ministers and assign them portfolios — a task that garnered a lot of attention given the calibre of the individuals vying for a seat at the cabinet table and the prime minister’s historic commitment to achieving gender parity in cabinet.

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10 Jun

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Getting to yes: Toronto’s legal showdown with Uber

June 10, 2015 | By |

Last week an Ontario Superior Court judge heard arguments in a court battle between the City of Toronto and Uber in a case being watched closely by policymakers and regulators from across the country.

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