Thinking About Policy, Pandemics, and What's On Our Plate

By: Kurtis Boyer, JSGS Faculty Lecturer

A world reeling with the dangers and effects of COVID-19 does not want to hear that this virus is nothing new. Similar viruses have threatened our health in the past. What do virus...

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Digital Health Innovation: What does Telehealth mean for Northern communities?

By: Joelena Leader, Professional Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy; and Research Facilitator, Edwards School of Business

Over the past several months you have most likely experienced telehealth firsthand whether it was a phone call with your doctor to review test results or renew a prescription, or a...

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To Doctor or Not To Doctor

By: Jeremy Rayner, CSIP Director and JSGS Professor

The outrage over the op ed in the Wall Street Journal, in which Joseph Epstein mocked the president elect’s partner for styling herself Dr. Jill Biden, was always likely to be shor...

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Post-Secondary Education and Academic Quality: An issue to be discussed urgently

By: Ken Coates, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy; and Lenin Guerra, Licensed Professor in Public Policies, Federal Institute IFRN (Brazil)

Post-secondary education has been challenged in many ways in the last years.

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Higher Education Research and Development: The Complex Understanding of Human Capital

By: Canute Rosaasen, MPP student, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Countries invest in research and development. They invest in innovation. They create graduate schools dedicated to studying the innovation process and the policy surrounding it. In...

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Authoritarian Innovation: The Intrusive Potential of Emerging Technologies

By: Ken Coates, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy; Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute

In 2020, to be known forever as the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is used to talking about the need for urgency, creative public policy, coordinated solutions, and major...

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Radon: A risk ignored

By: Michaela Neetz, MPP student, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

November marks the beginning of cold weather when most of us cozy up inside and close our windows to the fresh air. This is the perfect time to begin a long-term, 90-day radon dete...

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The SDGs and "Our Common Future"

By: Glenna Dureau-Sargsyan, PhD student, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Under the helm of the United Nations (UN), the 17 SDGs cover the years from 2015 to 2030, and the 2019 report informs that while some goals are on track, others are lagging behind.

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Would you know sound policy if you saw it?

By: Peter W.B. Phillips, JSGS Distinguished Professor and CSIP Researcher

As policy ‘wonks’, we exuded confidence and conviction. That got me thinking—would our group (or any group) really be able to converge on a set of policies exhibiting those factors...

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COVID-19 and Climate Change: Turning apathy, anxiety, and anger into action

By: Larissa Shasko, JSGS PhD student and former Leader of the Green Party of Saskatchewan

We are living through uncertain times. COVID-19 and climate change both represent collective problems where individual action must occur universally for the threat to disappear.

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Digital Technologies and the Transformation of the Global Agricultural System


The plant breeding system, the agri-food supply chain, including on-farm production, and retail marketing are all being transformed by digital technologies and big data analysis.

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The Cardigan Factor: why more evidence has made COVID-19 policy harder and what to do about it.

By: Jeremy Rayner, CSIP Director and JSGS Professor

In recent posts, I have argued that, if we want to improve the prospects for evidence-based policy making, we should pay more attention to the institutions of scientific advice tha...

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