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November 29, 2017 | Sunil Johal

Technology will make government as we know it obsolete – and that’s a good thing

Tech advances should prompt government to radically increase efficiency and effectiveness of programs and services. More
November 27, 2017 | Andrew Parkin

Robarts’ leadership in unifying the country 50 years ago should be celebrated

The history books will say that the Confederation of Tomorrow conference was about the Constitution, the Quiet Revolution, official bilingualism, or the expansion of provincial powers. But at its heart, the conference was really about two things: leadership and dialogue. More
November 25, 2017 | Andrew Parkin

Talking is the Canadian way of life – we should export it

Has everyone suddenly forgotten how to negotiate? Glance at the news headlines, and you’ll find a series of high-stakes talks that are either deadlocked or derailed. Talks to re-negotiate NAFTA have barely begun and already there are fears that the largest player is about to walk away from the table (or never really wanted to reach a deal in the first place). More
October 10, 2017 | Mowat Centre

Fixing Canada’s EI system is critical for the future of work

Canada’s employment insurance (EI) system is a major plank of the country’s social architecture. However, the system, now 75 years old, is failing to meet its original intent. EI was established to protect workers against income loss while temporarily out of work and to provide access to job opportunities through training. In order to meet those objectives today, EI needs major reforms. Indeed, the shortfalls that exist in 2017 will only be amplified as the employment landscape continues to change significantly in the decades ahead. More
September 27, 2017 | Andrew Parkin

Provinces should lead policy innovation on Canada’s defining issues – again

With political news focused on federal tax changes, a federal cabinet shuffle, and federally-led NAFTA renegotiations, it is easy to lose sight of the where the weight of governing falls in Canada. According to the OECD, Canada’s provincial, territorial and local governments account for nearly four out of every five public dollars spent – a level of decentralization unmatched by any other developed country. More
August 9, 2017 | Andrew Parkin

We’re speaking more languages, but is our landscape more diverse?

Each fresh wave of results from the 2016 Census brings a new appreciation for Canada’s deepening diversity, and last week’s release is no exception. As of 2016, 23 per cent of Canadians have a language other than English or French as their “mother tongue.” That figure rises to 29 per cent in Ontario and a remarkable 47 per cent – almost one in two – in Toronto. More
June 29, 2017 | Sunil Johal

Future jobs: How we’ll earn a living 150 years from now

Canadians have seen the world of work rapidly reshape itself around them in the past 30 years. Globalization, technological change, declining unionization rates and new business strategies are among the forces that have combined to create a labour market characterized by stagnant wages and eroding job quality. More
May 16, 2017 | Andrew Parkin, Erich Hartmann

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

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. More