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Hiking minimum wages has slowed income growth: MLI’s Labour Market Report

OTTAWA, ON (October 19, 2018): The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Labour Market Report for Q3, 2018, has been released, with key indicators suggesting that minimum wage hikes have actually slowed real income growth. “Overall the hoped-for boost to household incomes did not materialize for several reasons,” writes MLI Munk Senior Fellow and report author Philip Cross. “The number of […]

by pmnationtalk on October 19, 201815 Views

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Indigenous Canadians and the future of the natural resource economy: Gale and Coates for Inside Policy – MLI

October 15, 2018 It is important to recall all the stories attributing the delays in the Trans Mountain Pipeline, the collapse of the Enbridge Northern Gateway project, and the general malaise in the natural resource economy to Indigenous resistance. The symbolism of Indigenous protest has been too powerful for most commentators to pass up. It […]

by ahnationtalk on October 15, 201836 Views

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Welcome movement on progressive trade agenda in USMCA – Policy Options

The final text of the USMCA made important strides forward in areas such as Indigenous and labour rights, less so on gender and the environment. October 12, 2018 The Trudeau government entered NAFTA negotiations last August with an ambitious progressive trade agenda. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland used her testimony to the House of Commons […]

by ahnationtalk on October 12, 201823 Views

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OHRC releases new policy guidance on human rights and cannabis

October 11, 2018 Toronto – Today, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a new policy statement on cannabis and Ontario’s Human Rights Code. “The legalization of cannabis is a new reality in Ontario,” said OHRC Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane. “But while cannabis laws are changing, this policy statement reminds us that human rights protections […]

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201822 Views

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Federal policies undermine Indigenous dental health – Policy Options

October 5, 2018 The government’s Indigenous dental health program is ignoring the role its policies played in causing Indigenous-non-Indigenous dental health disparities. Starting in 2016, a Cree child’s struggle to get braces became national news. Thirteen-year-old Josey Willier from the Sucker Creek First Nation suffered from chronic pain from her crooked teeth. Her dentist said […]

by ahnationtalk on October 5, 201832 Views

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Creating the conditions for a dynamic, growing, and inclusive economy: Crowley and Speer for Inside Policy

Rather than a “high-tax, high-transfer agenda,” governments should focus instead on expanding work and opportunity for all Canadians, write Brian Lee Crowley and Sean Speer. By Brian Lee Crowley and Sean Speer, October 3, 2018 A series of MLI studies, commentaries, op-eds, speeches, and presentationshave long warned about the limits of an over-emphasis on income redistribution and an inattention to […]

by pmnationtalk on October 4, 201821 Views

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A work and opportunity agenda for Canada: MLI study by Brian Lee Crowley and Sean Speer

OTTAWA, ON (September 27, 2018): Fears surrounding economic, social, and political disruption loom large in the minds of policy-makers throughout the West. In response, many governments – including governments in Canada – have renewed their focus on income redistribution, hoping that tackling income disparities will help restore political tranquility. One such policy has been the previous […]

by pmnationtalk on September 28, 201816 Views

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Legal and systemic issues left unexamined in Stanley trial – Policy Options

The trial about Colten Boushie’s death exposed flaws in the criminal trial process and the justice system, including a reluctance to consider racism. In many ways, I am inherently made and professionally paid to witness what the Stanley trial verdict in February 2018 revealed about the justice system, criminal trials and the place of Indigenous […]

by ahnationtalk on September 24, 201863 Views

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Canadian federal and provincial governments have treated Indigenous consultation and rights as a burden, always seeking to do the least possible. – Policy Options

September 20, 2018 Canadian federal and provincial governments have treated Indigenous consultation and rights as a burden, always seeking to do the least possible. The Federal Court of Appeal (FCA) decision that quashed the federal approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and tanker project on August 30 was big news across the world, because […]

by ahnationtalk on September 20, 201867 Views

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IISD: Damage and Costs Caused by Flooding in Manitoba Could Be Reduced by Investing in Natural Infrastructure

WINNIPEG, September 19, 2018—The damage caused by the frequent flooding that Manitoba endures annually could be significantly mitigated if more were invested to maintain its natural infrastructure, such as wetlands and riverbeds. This is according to a new report from the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation and the Winnipeg-based International […]

by ahnationtalk on September 19, 201872 Views

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Build the Indigenous economy to address poverty – Policy Options

September 19, 2018 In its past three budgets, the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made important investments to help address the critical needs facing Indigenous communities and families. These investments are laudable and long overdue, and they will go a significant way toward ensuring that Indigenous people have better housing, child and family […]

by ahnationtalk on September 19, 201836 Views

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A Canadian food policy moves closer to becoming a reality – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Sep 13, 2018 By Evan Fraser, Director of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph; Professor; Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security, University of Guelph THE CANADIAN PRESS This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic […]

by ahnationtalk on September 13, 201848 Views

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MLI: Ep. 14 – Pursuing Indigenous and Northern Prosperity with Ken Coates and Dr. Greg Finnegan

In this episode, Ken Coates is joined by Dr. Greg Finnegan to discuss his role as Chief Executive Officer at Na-cho Nyak Dun Development Corporation. Na-cho Nyak Dun is a vibrant and unique northern Yukon community with natural resource mining at its backbone. Coates and Finnegan elaborate its long history of Indigenous entrepreneurship as well […]

by ahnationtalk on September 10, 201841 Views

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How to get First Nations onside with resource-related projects – Troy Media

The support of B.C. Indigenous communities for LNG projects provides a working model for agreements The division and acrimony among First Nation communities over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project can mask the many examples of Indigenous communities that have reached agreements with resource companies. For example, how many Canadians know that the experience of […]

by ahnationtalk on September 10, 201846 Views

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Assembly of First Nations to Convene National Policy Forum on Affirming First Nations Rights, Title and Jurisdiction September 11-12, 2018

Assembly of First Nations to Convene National Policy Forum on Affirming First Nations Rights, Title and Jurisdiction September 11-12, 2018 September 10, 2018 (Ottawa, ON):  The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is convening a national policy forum on Affirming First Nations Rights, Title and Jurisdiction in Gatineau, Quebec September 11 and 12.  The purpose of […]

by ahnationtalk on September 10, 2018254 Views

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Everyone needs to take a deep breath after the Trans Mountain ruling: Ken Coates in The Conversation – MLI

September 4, 2018 The Federal Court of Appeal decision that halted construction on the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion has thrown Canada into a tizzy. While British Columbia First Nations and environmentalists are celebrating a rare court victory on this project, industry representatives, trade unions and many other First Nations who supported the expansion feel the […]

by ahnationtalk on September 5, 201854 Views

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MLI Impact Report, Q2, 2018

In the ​second​ quarter of 201​8​, MLI’s impact was felt particularly on national security, Indigenous relations, natural resources, and economic and tax policy.​ Aecon deal MLI has been at the forefront of arguing that CCCI’s takeover bid for Canadian construction giant Aecon posed a national security risk and needed to be rejected. In April 2018, […]

by ahnationtalk on September 4, 201853 Views

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Government of Canada takes important step towards a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy to address Canada’s most persistent social issues

From: Employment and Social Development Canada August 31, 2018 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada The Government of Canada is committed to supporting innovative solutions that find new ways to help communities tackle their most complex and persistent social issues. By breaking down the barriers that prevent Canada’s most vulnerable populations from finding employment […]

by ahnationtalk on August 31, 201867 Views

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Trans Mountain: another decision that will scare off investors

Montreal, August 30, 2018 – The decision by the Federal Court of Appeal to block the project to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline under the pretext that Ottawa has not consulted the indigenous population adequately shows yet again that the project approval process in Canada is not working and is sending investments fleeing to our competitors. […]

by pmnationtalk on August 31, 201864 Views

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This is not a ‘bad NAFTA deal’: Brian Lee Crowley and Sean Speer for Inside Policy – MLI

August 30, 2018 Prime Minister Trudeau’s recent observation that “no NAFTA deal is better than a bad NAFTA deal” is true in theory but the government isn’t debating theoretical questions in a university classroom. It’s making a determination about whether the terms of the US-Mexico agreement on free trade are acceptable to Canada – a […]

by ahnationtalk on August 30, 201876 Views

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Economic forces may be killing Indigenous communities—but they’re hardly neutral – Macleans

Opinion: The colonial state has much to do with the conditions by which First Nations, Inuit hamlets, and Métis settlements have been impoverished in Canada Veldon Coburn teaches Indigenous Studies at Carleton University and is a PhD candidate in the department of political studies at Queen’s University. His research and writing focuses on Indigenous politics […]

by ahnationtalk on August 30, 201862 Views

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Cannabis as a catalyst for Indigenous governance – Policy Options

Legalization could prove to be a key moment for First Nations that have been seeking to tax and regulate not just cannabis, but also tobacco. August 22, 2018 As Indigenous communities grapple with options for alleviating poverty and spurring job creation, the economic potential of legalized cannabis is a compelling topic. How can our people […]

by ahnationtalk on August 22, 201869 Views

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Tearing down statues is not reconciliation: Brian Lee Crowley in the Telegraph-Journal – MLI

August 16, 2018 Unsurprisingly for the head of an organization called the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, I believe the current campaign of vilification and erasure being carried out against Sir John A. Macdonald, architect of Confederation and our first prime minister, is both wrong and unjustified. On the other hand, I warmly welcome the desire for reconciliation […]

by ahnationtalk on August 17, 201867 Views

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The Past, Present, and Future of Ottawa’s Role in Health Care: New MLI Report

OTTAWA, ON (August 16, 2018):  Although most Canadians tend to think of health care as being a responsibility of the provinces and territories, the federal government has slowly yet steadily intruded on provincial jurisdiction when it comes to health. With the federal Department of Health centenary in 2019, now is the time to re-examine the […]

by ahnationtalk on August 16, 201858 Views

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Fighting historic wildfires amid bad ideas and no funding – CP

Source: The Canadian Press Aug 9, 2018  By Edward Struzik, Fellow, Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, Ontario THE CANADIAN PRESS This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. […]

by ahnationtalk on August 9, 201865 Views

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Indian Cities – FCPP

August 7, 2018 In 2013, the small outport community of Little Bay Islands, Newfoundland, had to make a very emotional decision. The local economy had completely dried up. The crab processing plant had closed, and the community was far away from government public services. Looking at its bleak prospects, the small community applied for provincial […]

by ahnationtalk on August 8, 201881 Views

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Opinion: Canada’s resource sector under legislative assault – Edmonton Journal

July 30, 2018 The Trudeau government has proposed well-intentioned policies to “rebuild public trust and advance Indigenous reconciliation” while advancing “good projects” to ensure energy resources “get to markets responsibly.” Regrettably, such high-sounding ideals have led to intense controversies over regulatory policies that initially centred on the National Energy Board (NEB) but which have spiralled […]

by ahnationtalk on July 30, 201896 Views

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Will BC embrace meaningful Indigenous consent? – Policy Options

July 26, 2018 or years, the ‘Namgis and Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw have been fighting controversial open-net fish farms in their territorial waters, in the Broughton archipelago near the northern end of Vancouver Island. They argue that farmed salmon pass on illnesses to their wild cousins and have contributed to the collapse of BC’s wild salmon runs. […]

by ahnationtalk on July 26, 201865 Views

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MLI Recognized as Top Social Policy Think Tank in North America

OTTAWA, ON (July 18, 2018): Last night, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s work on criminal justice reform was recognized for its impact in shaping the public discourse, influencing public policy, and producing high-quality thought leadership on this crucial issue. MLI is humbled and honoured to have received the 2018 Prospect Magazine Think Tank Award for Best North […]

by ahnationtalk on July 19, 201888 Views

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Ecofiscal Commission urges governments to make environmental disasters less likely by closing gaps in policy

Ottawa, July 11, 2018—Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission today released a new report, Responsible Risk: How putting a price on environmental risk makes disasters less likely. Environmental disasters — for example, train derailments, tailings pond failures, or oil spills — are infrequent, but also potentially costly. The economic activity that drives our prosperity comes with risk to the environment. […]

by pmnationtalk on July 11, 2018138 Views

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Promoting the use of Inuktut, a founding language – Policy Options

The federal government and the private sector, including social media companies, can play a key role in ensuring the survival and growth of Inuktut. July 9, 2018 Comparatively speaking, Inuktut is a strong Indigenous language. In Nunavut, 65 percent of the population identify Inuktut as their mother tongue. This means that Nunavut is the only […]

by ahnationtalk on July 9, 2018121 Views

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MLI impact report, Q1, 2018

At MLI, our goal is always to influence sound federal public policy by ensuring decision makers are informed of the best policy options. Measuring our impact is crucial to measuring our success. In the ​first​ quarter of 201​8​, MLI’s impact was felt particularly on justice issues, security, economic development for Indigenous communities, and Canada-US relations.​ […]

by ahnationtalk on July 3, 201889 Views

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Get to know Canada’s new Indigenous think tank – TVO.org

Ryerson University’s Yellowhead Institute launches this week. We speak to Indigenous education adviser Hayden King about the complex process of reconciliation in post-secondary institutions Jun 05, 2018 Ever since it was voted into federal government in 2015, the Liberal Party has produced a consistent stream of new policy changes and funding announcements for First Nations, […]

by ahnationtalk on June 5, 2018100 Views

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Now Ottawa can finally stop playing along with BC’s Trans Mountain gong show: Dwight Newman in The Financial Post – MLI

May 22, 2018 The end-of-May deadline imposed by Kinder Morgan to get clarity on its proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is looming. Quite understandably, people have begun asking what has happened to the planned combination of legislative steps and negotiated financial support first proposed by the federal government in early April. Is this plan still […]

by ahnationtalk on May 22, 2018104 Views

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Feds must allow First Nations to tax, regulate cannabis – Policy Options

There was little surprise when the Assembly of First Nations, at its Special Chiefs Assembly in early May, called on the government of Canada to amend Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act. The chiefs sought to prevent provincial regulations from applying on reserves and to allow First Nations to share in the revenue that will be […]

by ahnationtalk on May 22, 2018114 Views

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Should the MMIWG Inquiry be given more time? – Policy Options

There are good reasons to extend the Inquiry, but commissioners should explain precisely what they intend to accomplish and why it justifies extra costs. Commissioner Marion Buller of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls recently published an essay in the Globe and Mail making the case for a two-year extension […]

by ahnationtalk on May 15, 2018109 Views

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Canada to share its vision on policies that benefit the middle class and those working hard to join it as it hosts the first OECD Social Policy Forum held outside Paris

May 12, 2018                Gatineau, Quebec The Canadian Government is committed to creating a growing economy that leaves no one behind. Canada’s effort to advance innovative social policies that help the middle class and those working hard to join it, including the Canada Child Benefit and the National Housing Strategy, is attracting international attention. […]

by pmnationtalk on May 14, 201889 Views

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Loose Fiscal Controls Lead to Blown Budgets – C.D. Howe Institute

May 10, 2018 – Over the past 15 years, Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial governments have regularly missed budget spending and revenue targets, with spending overshoots of $69 billion combined. The new report from the C.D. Howe Institute, “Blown Budgets: Canada’s Senior Governments Need Better Fiscal Controls,” reveals a consistent lack of fiscal accountability by […]

by pmnationtalk on May 10, 201885 Views

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The (in)justice system and Indigenous people – Policy Options

April 30, 2018 The recent acquittal by a jury of Gerald Stanley, a white farmer, in the shooting death of Colten Boushie, an Indigenous man from the Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan, has again raised issues about the way the criminal justice system deals with Indigenous people. The concerns the case raised focused not […]

by ahnationtalk on April 30, 2018121 Views

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Abandoning Trans Mountain harms economic prosperity and climate action: Arthur Hoole for Inside Policy – MLI

The Trudeau government must act deliberately and quickly now to build the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion. The full force of Canada’s constitutional mandate should be brought to bear to make this happen. The project’s support and approval is a key element in advancing Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, Canada’s contribution to reduce global greenhouse […]

by ahnationtalk on April 20, 2018121 Views

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Governments have an interest in restorative justice because it generates significant benefits to society. – Policy Options

April 19, 2018 The trial is over, the sentence was handed down months ago, but Jeanne (not her real name) still doesn’t feel the closure she had been hoping for since the whole ordeal began. Many unanswered questions remain, and she agonizes over them every day. Why her? Why did this man decide to violate […]

by pmnationtalk on April 19, 2018136 Views

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Gender Inequities Persist in Canadian Post-Secondary Education and the Workforce – The Conference Board of Canada

Ottawa, April 19, 2018 — Although women make up over half of post-secondary graduates, they continue to be underrepresented in senior decision-making roles, certain academic and professional fields, and the workforce. Additional efforts also need to be made to include more Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, LGBTQ2S, and racialized Canadians. A new report by The Conference Board […]

by pmnationtalk on April 19, 2018108 Views

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Reconsidering geography in Canada’s foreign and defence policy: New MLI study

OTTAWA, ON (April 12, 2018): With domestic political stagnation in the US and persistent doubts around Washington’s resolve, it is time to reconsider the role of geography on Canada’s foreign and defence policy, write Andrew Pickford and MLI research associate Jeffrey Collins. MLI’s latest study, Reconsidering Canada’s Strategic Geography, looks to history and the Australian experience in […]

by pmnationtalk on April 13, 2018149 Views

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The International Recognition of Indigenous Resource Rights: Coates and Holroyd for Inside Policy – MLI

March 26, 2018. Canadians are slowly getting used to the re-empowerment of Indigenous people and their governments. It has taken a great deal of time to secure the constitutional, political and legal power needed to protect Aboriginal interests. Less noticed is the degree to which Indigenous rights have become a global issue. Taiwan is a […]

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 2018135 Views

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Pod Bless Canada Ep. 6 – Canadian History and the Political Uses and Abuses of Memory with Crowley and Patrice Dutil – MLI

Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley and Ryerson University’s Patrice Dutil discuss Canada’s history and its impact on the current political agenda on the latest episode of Pod Bless Canada. Read More: https://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/ep-6-canadian-history-political-uses-abuses-memory-crowley-patrice-dutil/

by ahnationtalk on March 26, 2018152 Views

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Taking the next step towards a post-colonial Canada – Policy Options

When you come to speak to us about Canada, remember that we have been thinking about Canada for a very long time. Here we are again. It’s a familiar place and feeling, trying to parse the words of Canada announcing another a new approach to Indigenous policy – this time called a “Recognition and Implementation […]

by ahnationtalk on March 22, 2018154 Views

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Rediscovering the Case for Enterprise: New MLI Commentary by Sean Speer

OTTAWA, ON (March 19, 2018): The case for the free enterprise system is being lost in the national conversation. And those who believe in the economic and social benefits of entrepreneurship, markets, and profits are partly to blame. That is the conclusion of Munk Senior Fellow Sean Speer’s latest MLI commentary, titled “Rediscovering the Case for […]

by pmnationtalk on March 20, 2018115 Views

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Investment, Exports Suffering in Business-Unfriendly Canada: MLI Quarterly Economic Report

OTTAWA, ON (March 14, 2018): Failure to transition away from household and government spending means the Canadian economy is still overly-reliant on debt for growth, Munk Senior Fellow Philip Cross said today upon release of MLI’s latest Quarterly Economic Report. Prospects for an economic turn-around are not ideal. Budget 2018 has been rightly criticized as […]

by ahnationtalk on March 14, 2018164 Views

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Widening the margins of public policy – Queen’s Gazette

March 6, 2018 The Policy Speakers Series featured Marlene Brant Castellano on her experiences advocating for the rights of Indigenous peoples. The latest Policy Speakers Series lecture focused on an important conversation for Canada: How do servants of the public good listen to and account for the marginalized in society? Marlene Brant Castellano, Professor Emerita […]

by ahnationtalk on March 6, 2018191 Views

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MLI’s Second Justice Report Card: Ontario Most Improved While BC And Quebec Drop In Rankings

OTTAWA, ON (March 5, 2018): Canada’s criminal justice system is facing a litany of serious challenges including significant under-reporting of crime by victims, delays and inefficiencies, rising costs, and considerable over-representation of Indigenous people in prison, MLI Munk Senior Fellow and law professor at the UBC Peter A. Allard School of Law Benjamin Perrin said today. […]

by pmnationtalk on March 5, 2018147 Views

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