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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, 2019232 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, 2019129 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, 2019232 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, 2019234 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, 2019298 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, 2019158 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, 2019172 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, 2019183 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, 2019196 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, 2019165 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, 2019218 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, 2019484 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, 2019178 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, 2019241 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, 2019226 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, 2019186 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, 2019230 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, 2019235 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, 2019301 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, 2019239 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, 2019248 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, 2019405 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, 2019250 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, 2019248 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, 2019249 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, 2019274 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, 2019285 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, 2019244 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, 2019279 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, 2019236 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, 2019304 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, 2019223 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, 2019300 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, 2018219 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, 2018256 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, 2018204 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, 2018262 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, 2018315 Views

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ITK’s Position Paper On The Arctic Policy Framework

This position paper shares Inuit priorities and expectations for the content and structure of Canada’s forthcoming Arctic Policy Framework (APF). In December 2016, the Government of Canada announced that it would co-develop a new Arctic Policy Framework with Indigenous, territorial, and provincial partners, replacing Canada’s 2009 Northern Strategy and the 2010 Statement on Canada’s Arctic Foreign […]

by pmnationtalk on November 16, 2018229 Views

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Economic Growth in Yukon and Nunavut to Surpass Rest of Canada

Ottawa, November 15, 2018—New developments in the mining sector are helping to make Yukon and Nunavut economic growth leaders over the next few years, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s latest Territorial Outlook. Meanwhile, challenging times are on the horizon for the Northwest Territories as it faces a maturing diamond industry. “While the mining sector […]

by pmnationtalk on November 15, 2018266 Views

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First Nations get richer thanks to oil, mining, and forests

Montreal, November 6, 2018 – Contrary to the widely held belief that they systematically oppose projects, numerous indigenous communities have embraced the development of natural resources to improve their quality of life, shows a Research Paper published today by the MEI. “First Nations are far from being unanimously opposed to development. Things have changed a lot […]

by pmnationtalk on November 6, 2018421 Views

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October 2018 – The Hill Times Northern Policy Briefing – ITK

The October 31, 2018 Hill Times Newspaper featured a policy briefing in the North. In that brief, there is a submission from ITK President Natan Obed. You can read the brief here: 2018-10-31-HillTimes-policy-briefing Read More: https://www.itk.ca/october-2018-the-hill-times-northern-policy-briefing/

by ahnationtalk on November 2, 2018316 Views

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UNDRIP Implementation: More Reflections on the Braiding of International, Domestic and Indigenous Laws – CIGI

October 30, 2018 The International Law Research Program of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, together with the Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre of the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, present this collection of essays discussing how international law, domestic constitutional law and Indigenous peoples’ own laws can work together to bring about full […]

by ahnationtalk on October 30, 2018325 Views

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The problem with Canada’s gradual climate policy – Policy Options

The latest report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) erases any doubts about the inadequacy of incremental action on climate. In that context, Canada’s gradual approach to climate policy has been exposed as a feckless failure. Rapid, unprecedented and systemic changes in how governments, industries and societies function are required to limit […]

by ahnationtalk on October 26, 2018357 Views

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Attawapiskat chief says Mushkegowuk Council needs a policy on cannabis legalization – CBC

State of emergency due to illicit drugs and alcohol has been in place since last November Oct 24, 2018 It’s a remote First Nation that has fought hard against illegal drugs entering the community. Now it is having to deal with one of those drugs becoming legal and entering the community freely. Attawapiskat is among […]

by ahnationtalk on October 24, 2018234 Views

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Government must consult First Nations who support development, too: Stephen Buffalo in the National Post – MLI

October 22, 2018 The federal government’s sweeping environmental legislation, which is now before the Senate, has the potential to undermine the hard-won gains of Indigenous people in the natural-resource economy. But C-69 is being rushed through by a government that does not seem to understand its obligations to consult comprehensively with Indigenous peoples. As we […]

by ahnationtalk on October 23, 2018219 Views

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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, 2018277 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, 2018234 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, 2018264 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, 2018333 Views

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