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Regulating in an era of rapid technological change

May 31, 2017 | Mowat Centre 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

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

May 16, 2017 | Mowat Centre 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

An era of precarious employment calls for a new social architecture

October 28, 2016 | Mowat Centre 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

Ottawa and the provinces must be equal partners on health care

October 19, 2016 | Mowat Centre 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. Read More

On Uber, three issues Toronto needs to get right

April 4, 2016 | Mowat Centre 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. Read More

Fiscal transfers are growing. But are they effective?

January 20, 2016 | Mowat Centre The size of transfer payments can’t tell us if provincial governments are good fiscal managers. Read More

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

December 16, 2015 | Mowat Centre 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. Read More

The Sharing Economy and Why it Matters for Policy Makers

November 17, 2015 | Mowat Centre 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. Read More