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13 Jun

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Canada needs more of the world

June 13, 2017 | By |

Rethinking the nation state in the 21st century

The next 50 years will see new global challenges arise – largely driven by technological, demographic and environmental change. We have already begun to see these trends manifest themselves in areas such as cyber-warfare, mass migration and rising rates of poverty and inequality.
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08 Jun

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Connecting Canadians through a renewable energy supergrid

June 8, 2017 | By |

Just like the rest of the world, Canada faces the big challenge to decrease the carbon emissions that result from our energy use. One way to do this is to produce more low-carbon renewable electricity while at the same time rapidly electrifying other sectors, like heating and transportation. Read More

07 Jun

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Video: The Uber of Public Policy with Ted Graham on CBC’s On the Money

June 7, 2017 | By |

Ted Graham, Head of Open Innovation at General Motors, on CBC’s On the Money discussing his Mowat bold idea to embrace disruption in modernizing government policymaking. Read More

06 Jun

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Video: Bold Ideas – “The Uber of public policy”

June 6, 2017 | By |

In the latest release in Mowat’s Bold Ideas series, Ted Graham, Head of Open Innovation at General Motors, calls on Canadian governments to embrace disruption and lessons learned through the sharing economy to modernize the policymaking process. Read More

30 May

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Bringing human rights back into balance

May 30, 2017 | By |

The case for social and economic rights in the Charter

With all the commotion around the Charter’s 35th birthday this year, you would be forgiven for thinking that human rights in Canada are a fait accompli. You would also be forgiven for, upon reading the words “human rights” just now, thinking first and foremost of the civil and political rights that our constitution explicitly sets out to define and protect. After all, most conversations around rights in Canada revolve around our civil and political liberties. Read More

24 May

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An Old Idea is New Again

May 24, 2017 | By |

A Royal Commission on a new amending formula for Canada’s Constitution to fix our fiscal imbalance

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17 May

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Cooperation Rather Than Coercion

May 17, 2017 | By |

An Informal Approach to Effective Regional Governance in Canada

For the last few decades, there has been a growing commentary on Canada’s anachronistic approach to its biggest cities. Over the 150 years of our country’s history, our large cities have become economic, social and cultural engines. Read More

15 May

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Video: Morden on CBC discussing his Bold Idea regarding closer ties with the EU

May 15, 2017 | By |

Mowat policy associate Mike Morden on CBC TV’s On the Money discussing his Bold Idea regarding closer ties with the EU. Read More

15 May

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Canada Should Join the EU (sort of)

May 15, 2017 | By |

Canadians have always aspired to a kind of open, cosmopolitan citizenship. Wilfrid Laurier said freedom was our nationality. Pierre Trudeau declared himself a citizen of the world. Read More

09 May

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Video: Jennifer Keesmat on CBC TV’s On the Money discussing her Mowat Bold Idea

May 9, 2017 | By |

City of Toronto chief planner and executive director Jennifer Keesmat on CBC TV’s On the Money discussing her Mowat Bold Idea on the future of governance and finance in major Canadian cities. Read More