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MLI welcomes prominent Indigenous leaders as senior fellows

OTTAWA, ON (June 20, 2019): MLI is pleased to formally welcome our newest Senior Fellows, Stephen Buffalo and Sharleen Gale. They will be contributing to the Institute’s growing body of work on Indigenous issues, particularly the ever-expanding role that many First Nations are playing as partners in the natural resource economy. A proud member of the Samson […]

by pnationtalk on June 24, 201929 Views

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Policy Approaches to Harmful Content Online – Summary Report

Canadian society has the resources to operate more effectively than violent extremists — and at scale — said panelists at two PPF events on countering radicalization online. Participants made recommendations in four policy areas to combat hate that festers without intervention, which not only threatens public safety, but the human rights and lived-experiences of all […]

by pnationtalk on June 24, 201924 Views

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“Everyone at the Table!” Government of Canada announces the first-ever Food Policy for Canada

From: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada June 17, 2019 – Montreal, Quebec – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Canadian foods are recognized worldwide for the highest standards of quality and food safety. Responsible for one in eight jobs across the country, our food sector is a powerhouse of the economy, particularly in our rural communities. However, more […]

by ahnationtalk on June 17, 201946 Views

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How to break the pipeline logjam: MLI study by Joseph Quesnel and Ken Coates

OTTAWA, ON (June 17, 2019):  As the June 18 deadline for federal Cabinet to approve the Trans Mountain expansion project looms and an election campaign approaches, Canadians of all regions are reminded how critical oil and gas pipelines are to Canada’s economy. Moreover, controversial bills affecting energy projects, such as Bill C-48, Bill C-69, and […]

by ahnationtalk on June 17, 201924 Views

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Governments and project managers need First Nation input at development table: Sharleen Gale In The Toronto Sun – MLI

June 17, 2019 The key to continued First Nation success will not be found in changes or advancements to government programs and services. Instead, it’s rooted in the willingness and leadership of governments and the private sector to support a new era of Indigenous business leadership. We must ask ourselves what is preventing First Nations […]

by ahnationtalk on June 17, 201930 Views

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MLI launches “A Mandate for Canada” project

OTTAWA, ON (June 14, 2019): How do we break the pipeline logjam? How do we move forward on reconciling with Indigenous peoples? Does Canada need a national pharmacare system? Is a carbon tax the best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? How should we deal with China? And the Trump administration in the US? As […]

by ahnationtalk on June 14, 201925 Views

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MLI experts available for comment on C-48, C-69 and Trans Mountain

OTTAWA, ON (June 12, 2019): It has been a busy week in the national debate over the development of energy resources and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s experts are available to comment on what it all means for Canadians. The government’s legislation banning tanker traffic on the north west coast, Bill C-48, will go to a vote […]

by ahnationtalk on June 13, 201918 Views

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Canada ranks in the middle of the pack for family-friendly policies among wealthy countries

NEW YORK and TORONTO, 13 June 2019 – Canada ranks 19th in paid leave available for mothers and is tied for last place in paid leave reserved for fathers or second parents, according to a new UNICEF report, which ranks 41 wealthy countries on their family-friendly policies. The UNICEF report — Are the world’s richest […]

by ahnationtalk on June 13, 201924 Views

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Pipelines key to raising living standards in remote, poor Indigenous communities – Fraser Institute

June 11, 2019 CALGARY—A large number of small, remote and fairly poor First Nations in British Columbia and Alberta support pipelines because they stand to gain substantially from them, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “Pipelines can be economic lifelines for many remote Indigenous […]

by ahnationtalk on June 12, 201930 Views

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MLI: Newman, Major warn of serious issues with C-262

OTTAWA, ON (June 4, 2019): The Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples is currently considering Bill C-262, which aims to bring Canadian laws into harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). MLI Munk Senior Fellow Dwight Newman will be testifying before the Senate Standing Committee on the proposed legislation on June 4 at […]

by ahnationtalk on June 4, 201921 Views

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Indigenous Access To Capital Is Necessary For Reconciliation: New MLI Report

OTTAWA, ON (May 2, 2019): By now, many Canadians understand that an increasing number of Indigenous communities are full partners when it comes to resource development in Canada.  Indeed, several First Nations are considering pursuing partial or even full ownership of the Trans Mountain pipeline. However, despite progress, many hurdles remain in place for First […]

by ahnationtalk on May 2, 2019144 Views

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Charting a Path to Economic Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples: New MLI Commentary

OTTAWA, ON (April 25, 2019) If Canadian policy-makers are serious about reconciliation, what should they be doing about it? To help answer this question, MLI has published a new commentary titled Charting a Path to Economic Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. This commentary sets out five concrete ideas to advance a real reconciliation agenda with Indigenous peoples. This publication […]

by pnationtalk on May 2, 201945 Views

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2018/2019 Donner Prize Winner Announced

INDIGENOUS NATIONALS, CANADIAN CITIZENS: FROM FIRST CONTACT TO CANADA 150 AND BEYOND WINS THE $50,000 PRIZE TORONTO MAY 1, 2019 – The winner of the 2018/2019 Donner Prize was announced tonight by David Dodge, Chair of the Donner Prize Jury, in Toronto. The awards gala at The Carlu was hosted by broadcaster Amanda Lang. Thomas J. […]

by pnationtalk on May 2, 201974 Views

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Fraser Institute: Establishing clear consultation guidelines, recognizing Indigenous property rights key to providing certainty for pipelines, resource projects

May 02, 2019 CALGARY—The federal government could provide greater certainty for major resource development projects—such as pipelines—by establishing clear consultation guidelines and recognizing Indigenous property rights, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “Uncertainty surrounding Indigenous consultations is the biggest impediment to resource development in […]

by pnationtalk on May 2, 201934 Views

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Blood Tribe Elder coming to the Hat to speak out against upcoming federal government policy – Medicine Hat News

April 25, 2019 A Blood Tribe Elder is hosting a talk Saturday at Medicine Hat College about upcoming developments in relations between Indigenous peoples and the federal government. Ross Cross Child says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is following in his father’s footsteps by attempting to assimilate Indigenous people, as Pierre Elliott Trudeau did with his […]

by ahnationtalk on April 25, 201981 Views

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New governments in Ontario and Quebec drive surprising job growth: MLI Labour Market Report

OTTAWA, ON (April 18, 2019): Canada has been experiencing surprising growth in employment despite a consistently-sluggish economy. And, even though job numbers are looking good, wage growth remains stagnant. What explains these contradictions? To make sense of all this “noise,” the Macdonald-Laurier Institute has released its Labour Market Report for Q1, 2019. Report author and MLI Munk Senior […]

by pnationtalk on April 22, 201982 Views

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Government of Canada announces investment in Northwest Territories’ women’s organizations

From: Status of Women Canada Four projects from the Northwest Territories are receiving funding to ensure women’s organizations can continue providing essential supports to women and their families April 15, 2019 – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – Department for Women and Gender Equality Women’s organizations provide vital services in our communities, supporting women and girls to […]

by ahnationtalk on April 15, 2019121 Views

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The propriety of Wilson-Raybould’s taped conversation: Brian Lee Crowley for Inside Policy

At a difficult time, Jody Wilson-Raybould made a courageous decision to put principle before political expediency, writes Brian Lee Crowley. By Brian Lee Crowley, April 5, 2019 Last week Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former Justice Minister and Attorney General, surprised many observers by revealing that she had recorded a conversation between herself and the then-Clerk of […]

by pnationtalk on April 8, 201951 Views

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FCPP: Saskatchewan Chiefs’ Wage Disparity

April 05, 2019 In the age of transparency, fairness, and equity this infographic demonstrates how spectacularly different the Saskatchewan Chiefs’ total compensation per registered member across 13 reserves in Saskatchewan. The highest paid per capita Chief of Kinistin Saulteaux Nation makes $50 per capita while the lowest paid Chief of Mitawasis only makes $21 per […]

by pnationtalk on April 5, 201958 Views

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CIGI: Curbing Cultural Appropriation in the Fashion Industry

April 03, 2019 The fashion industry has faced several accusations of cultural appropriation over the past decade. For example, American clothing retailer Urban Outfitters made headlines in 2011 when it issued Navajo-themed items, including underwear with traditional patterns, much to the discontent of the Navajo Nation. Likewise, French designer Isabel Marant was criticized in 2015 […]

by pnationtalk on April 5, 201951 Views

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Dalhousie administrator’s controversial book shortlisted for $50K Donner Prize – Reston Recorder

TORONTO — A book on campus debate by Dalhousie University’s interim president that stirred controversy at the Halifax school is among the books shortlisted for the $50,000 Donner Prize. Peter MacKinnon’s “University Commons Divided: Exploring Debate and Dissent on Campus” (University of Toronto Press) is one of five finalists for the award recognizing the best […]

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 201948 Views

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Donner Prize Announces the 2018/2019 shortlist

TORONTO, APRIL 2, 2019 – Ken Whyte, Chair of the Donner Canadian Foundation, today announced the shortlist for the 2018/2019 Donner Prize, the award recognizing the best public policy book by a Canadian. “The Donner Prize jury has always selected books that are exceptional works of public policy research, writing and thinking from leading Canadian […]

by ahnationtalk on April 2, 201948 Views

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Resource Works – Policy Note: A closer look at Bill C-48, the proposed ban on shipping oil along British Columbia’s north coast

After careful consideration, we’ve found that Bill C-48 comes up short in striking a balance between environmental and economic interests. One of the most difficult tasks facing any Canadian government in recent years (and for years to come) is striking the right balance between the vast benefits Canadians derive from their natural resource industries and […]

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 201979 Views

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Getting past the politics of the SNC-Lavalin case: New MLI Commentary

OTTAWA, ON (March 21, 2019): News watchers in Canada have had front row seats to the so-called “LavScam,” along with all the political games that accompany such a scandal. Putting aside optics and politics though, what does the SNC-Lavalin case actually mean? And what changes should the government implement to prevent similar scandals from erupting? A […]

by ahnationtalk on March 21, 2019297 Views

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MLI Explains: Indigenous Participation in the Resource Economy – MLI

March 18, 2019 MLI Munk Senior Fellow Ken Coates debunks some misconceptions regarding Indigenous peoples in Canada and their role in the natural resource economy. Read More: https://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/mli-explains-indigenous-participation-resource-economy/

by ahnationtalk on March 19, 201959 Views

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Province Releases Our Way Forward: Manitoba’s Culture Policy and Action Plan

March 12, 2019 First New Culture and Creative Framework in a Generation: Cox Following the first review of Manitoba’s cultural policy in nearly three decades, the province has released an action plan that will guide the decision-making process for Manitoba’s cultural and creative industries, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Cathy Cox announced today. “Our government […]

by pmnationtalk on March 12, 2019105 Views

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Fraser Institute: Ontario plummets in annual ranking of mining investment attractiveness; four other Canadian jurisdictions among top 10 worldwide

February 28, 2019 CALGARY—Saskatchewan is the world’s third most attractive jurisdiction for mining investment, while Ontario fades in the eyes of mining investors amid increased regulatory uncertainty and concerns about disputed land claims, finds the latest Annual Survey of Mining Companies released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “The […]

by ahnationtalk on March 1, 201991 Views

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Public needs to know pipelines are the best way to go: Joseph Quesnel in the Hill Times – MLI

February 26, 2019 The issue of increased pipeline capacity is front and centre on Parliament Hill as protesters with a truck convoy originating from the West converged on Ottawa last week to push legislators to end delays on critical pipeline projects. Provincial politicians—in response to federal inaction on pipelines—are acting on their own. Just recently, […]

by ahnationtalk on February 28, 201971 Views

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Montreal Economic Institute – Trans Mountain: Some good news, but the saga is far from over

Montreal, February 22, 2019 – The MEI salutes the National Energy Board’s decision to recommend that the federal government move forward with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Nonetheless, this saga is far from over, and shows once again that Canada’s energy project approval process remains burdensome and inefficient. “It takes forever to get an […]

by ahnationtalk on February 25, 2019104 Views

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Cornwallis And Ryerson: Heros Or Villians? – FCPP

February 20, 2019 How much of a hero do you have to be to warrant a statue? How much of a villain do you have to be to have your name stripped from streets, bridges, or schools? The brouhaha surrounding the memory of Edward Cornwallis and Egerton Ryerson means that Canadians and their governmental representatives […]

by ahnationtalk on February 20, 2019104 Views

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Northern Policy Institute Welcomes New Executive & Directors

February 15, 2019 – Northern Policy Institute (NPI) is pleased to announce the appointment of our Officers for 2018-2019 as well as the addition of two new Directors to our Board. Dawn Madahbee Leach was appointed Chair of NPI at our AGM held in Thunder Bay on December 11, 2018. Madahbee Leach, Executive Director of […]

by pmnationtalk on February 20, 2019129 Views

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Fraser Institute: First Nations focused on economic development enjoy higher living standards than those relying on government transfers

February 20, 2019 CALGARY—First Nations that focus on developing businesses in the broad economy enjoy higher living standards compared to those that rely more heavily on government transfers and court settlements, finds a new book released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank. “By participating in the economy—in tourism, resource […]

by pmnationtalk on February 20, 2019117 Views

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Government spending will not increase the wealth of First Nations – The Globe and Mail

Tom Flanagan is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Calgary and a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute, which is publishing his new book, The Wealth of First Nations Adam Smith wrote in his 1776 book, The Wealth of Nations, that the “propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing for another […]

by ahnationtalk on February 20, 2019111 Views

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First Nations water problems a crisis of Canada’s own making – Policy Options

February 6, 2019 It is hard to imagine that in 2019, First Nations in Canada could lack access to clean drinking water in their own territories — but many do. In fact, 400 of 618 First Nations were under at least one water advisory between 2004 and 2014. A recent CBC investigation revealed that 180 […]

by ahnationtalk on February 6, 2019170 Views

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CCPA – Saskatchewan child care gets a failing grade: report

February 01, 2019 Regina — Canada ranks very poorly among peer nations for overall quality measures and rates of access to regulated child care, and Saskatchewan ranks the lowest of all Canadian provinces. A new report from the CCPA-Saskatchewan explores the piecemeal way in which child care policy has been developed by successive governments of all […]

by pmnationtalk on February 6, 2019113 Views

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Canada’s “prove it” approach to Aboriginal title – IRPP

The world watched in early January as an armed RCMP force entered Wet’suwet’en territory and arrested 14 people. The RCMP was enforcing an interim injunction obtained by Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. (a subsidiary of TransCanada Pipelines) to prevent interference with work on its planned natural gas pipeline crossing Wet’suwet’en territory. On January 6, just prior […]

by ahnationtalk on February 5, 2019127 Views

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Indigenous Self-Determination in Northern Canada and Norway

Over the last several decades, two circumpolar Indigenous peoples — the Canadian Inuit and the Norwegian Sámi — have made great strides in developing innovative governance regimes to foster greater Indigenous self-determination within their respective states. Their experience, say authors Gary N. Wilson and Per Selle, highlights two different yet complementary dimensions of Indigenous self-­determination: […]

by ahnationtalk on February 5, 2019109 Views

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Despite progress on water, the threat of an Indigenous Walkerton remains: Joseph Quesnel for Inside Policy – MLI

While boil water advisories are down, real reform is required to give Indigenous communities control over water safety and bring quality up to national expectations, writes Joseph Quesnel. By Joseph Quesnel, February 4, 2019 The Liberal government recently announced that it was on track with reducing long-term boil water advisories on First Nations in Canada […]

by ahnationtalk on February 4, 2019136 Views

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Canada signs deal with Native Women’s Association, promises greater role for Indigenous women in policy development – APTN News

On Friday Canada and the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) signed an agreement they say will give Indigenous women greater say in federal decision-making processes that impact Indigenous peoples. “Today is an important step towards reconciliation in Canada,” NWAC President Francyne Joe said during a signing ceremony in Ottawa. “After 45 years of NWAC […]

by ahnationtalk on February 1, 2019169 Views

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AUMA: Province defers the renewal of the First Nations and Metis Settlements consultation policies

January 30, 2019 In September 2018, AUMA informed members about its advocacy on the province’s plans to update the policies that guide how First Nations and Métis Settlements are consulted regarding the development of land and natural resources. After three years of stakeholder engagement, Alberta Indigenous Relations released a discussion guide in November that proposed four immediate amendments to […]

by pmnationtalk on January 31, 2019108 Views

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Political leaders are still sowing confusion about the duty to consult: Joseph Quesnel for Inside Policy – MLI

January 28, 2019 NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s recent remarks show the need to adopt factual and reasonable language when engaging on issues related to the duty to consult, writes Joseph Quesnel. Recent comments by the leader of the federal New Democratic Party (NDP) suggest that the party needs to adopt reasonable and legally sound positions […]

by ahnationtalk on January 28, 2019143 Views

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Cannabis bump won’t make up for oil slump impact on employment: New MLI labour market report

OTTAWA, ON (January 23, 2019): Record low prices for Alberta oil mean bad news for employment figures across the country, according to the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Labour Market Report for Q4, 2018. The report also reveals that the leading indicators of the economy, including commodity prices and the stock market, have softened. “Energy is our leading […]

by ahnationtalk on January 23, 2019124 Views

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Ep. 20 – The Concept of “Indigenomics” with Ken Coates and Carol Anne Hilton

January 17, 2019 In this episode of Pod Bless Canada, Ken Coates is joined by Carol Anne Hilton to further an enduring dialogue at MLI around Indigenous economic development and opportunity. Their conversation explores how the last 20 years of Indigenous legal and economic progress have created a platform for collaborative, nation-to-nation economic growth. Hilton […]

by pmnationtalk on January 18, 2019129 Views

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New First Nations Governance Trends Complicate Resource Agreements: Joseph Quesnel for Inside Policy – MLI

January 11, 2019 Internal governance disputes within a First Nation can complicate relations with resource companies, particularly in the current politically loaded atmosphere. Take for example the situation on the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in the northwestern central interior of British Columbia. A group of hereditary elders erected a blockade on a remote forestry road at […]

by ahnationtalk on January 14, 2019111 Views

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Gap Exists Between Intentions and Actions of Canadian Organizations When It Comes to Diversity and Inclusion

Ottawa, January 10, 2019—Many Canadian organizations have good intentions, but their diversity and inclusion strategies, investments, and actions are not always aligned, according to a Conference Board of Canada report released today. The report, Measuring Up: Benchmarking Diversity and Inclusion in Canadian Organizations, reveals that while Canadian organizations indicated an intent to focus on inclusion efforts, […]

by pmnationtalk on January 10, 2019159 Views

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RSC Position Paper: The Next Steps for Sustainable Science Advice in Canada – A Royal Society of Canada Position Paper

We live in an epoch of human history when social, technological and environmental changes are accelerating in ways that increase exponentially the complexity of policy-making and regulation. It is therefore more urgent than ever for governments to obtain sound expert advice before acting, especially in formulating public policies. Yet, paradoxically, falsehoods can now propagate globally […]

by ahnationtalk on December 18, 2018112 Views

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Ep. 19 – The Resource Economy and Indigenous Rights with Ken Coates and Dwight Newman – MLI

In this episode of Pod Bless Canada, Ken Coates is joined by MLI Senior Fellow Dwight Newman to discuss the current state of affairs in Canada with respect to Indigenous rights in law, recent court cases, and what this all means for the resource economy. Their discussion traces watershed events in Canadian legal history to […]

by ahnationtalk on December 18, 2018139 Views

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Canada’s resistance to fear and populism being tested by economic turmoil: New MLI Commentary by Sean Speer

OTTAWA, ON (December 14, 2018): Over the last few years, Canadians have been hearing more and more about political populism rising across the Western world. But what is causing it, what can we learn from elsewhere, and how might it manifest itself in Canada? In a new commentary Working-Class Opportunity and the Threat of Populism […]

by ahnationtalk on December 17, 2018100 Views

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Cool Idea: 3D-Printed Homes Could Help Address Long-Standing Northern Housing Challenges

Ottawa, November 29, 2018—The Conference Board of Canada’s new research series on emerging technologies launches with a look at how 3D-printed homes could be considered for Canada’s northern and Indigenous communities. The Cool Ideas series aims to spark discussion about how emerging technologies could potentially improve or disrupt the quality of life in Canada’s North. […]

by pmnationtalk on November 29, 2018145 Views

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Reconciliation Efforts Missing the Main Target: C.D. Howe Institute

“Any meaningful attempt at reconciliation requires not just an on-reserve agenda, but also an off-reserve urban agenda,” said Richards. November 27, 2018—Current reconciliation efforts between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples are missing the main target, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Pursuing Reconciliation: The Case for an Off-Reserve Urban Agenda,” author […]

by pmnationtalk on November 27, 2018188 Views

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