The confusion afflicting Canada’s natural resource economy

By: Jeffrey Simpson, Former National Affairs Columnist, The Globe and Mail

Throughout its history, Canada has depended on its bounty of natural resources. Quite simply, natural resources have been the backbone of the nation’s economy.

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Gender-Based Violence and Homelessness: Two Sides of the Same Coin

By: Dr. Vianne Timmons, President, University of Regina (U of R); Melissa Coomber-Bendtsen, CEO, YWCA Regina; Alexis Zederayko, Researcher, U of R

According to the United Nations Population Fund, one out of three women worldwide reports having been a victim of gender-based physical or sexual violence (United Nations Populatio...

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Freedom from Government: The Origin of Good Ideas

By: Dale Eisler, Senior Policy Fellow, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

A major preoccupation of people in government is policy innovation. More specifically, it’s how to inject new ideas and ways of doing things that result in policy with innovative a...

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Pipeline Policy, Politics and the Public Interest

By: Dale Eisler, Senior Policy Fellow, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

The dispute between the governments of Alberta, British Columbia and Canada over the proposed Trans-Mountain pipeline presents a compelling case study on a fundamental challenge th...

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Ensuring prosperity: A new Canadian trade agenda

By: Colin Robertson, former Canadian Diplomat and Federal Trade Official

Trade is a cornerstone of Canada’s economy and society. The very idea of Canada was formed on the need to create a union based on trade and commerce.

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Are superclusters sensible policy?

By: Peter W.B. Phillips, Distinguished Profressor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy; Director, Johnson Shoyama Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy

After two years of anticipation and competition, the federal government announced Feb 15 the five winning “superclusters” designed to spur economic development and innovation in Ca...

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The grim reality of Canada’s biggest policy failure

By: Dale Eisler, Senior Policy Fellow, JSGS

When it comes to judging a public policy approach, the starting point is to agree there is a reality that, based on existing social and economic norms, is unacceptable. With that ...

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Assessing Social Impact Bonds in Canada

By: Iryna Khovrenkov, Assistant Professor, JSGS, University of Regina; and Cindy Kobayashi, President, 4Change Consulting

In 2015, as part of his mandate letters, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau identified the development of a Social Finance and Social Innovation Strategy as a priority. With Canada faci...

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An Effective Retail and Distribution Model for Recreational Cannabis

By: Dr. Jason Childs, U of R Associate Professor; George Hartner, U of R Lecturer

The looming legalization of recreational cannabis is a policy decision by the Government of Canada that has far-reaching social and economic implications.

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Legalizing Cannabis in Canada: Regulate, Educate, Mitigate and Innovate

By: Kathleen McNutt, JSGS Executive Director; Jason Childs, U of R Associate Professor; George Hartner, U of R Lecturer

The legalization of marijuana, whether as a point of public debate or explicit policy action, has been on the public mind in Canada for decades. It reaches back to the 1969 LeDain ...

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Climate Change: The policy options and implications for Saskatchewan

By: Jeremy Rayner, JSGS Professor; Margot Hurlbert, JSGS Professor; Dale Eisler, JSGS Policy Fellow; Jim Marshall, JSGS Executive-in-Residence

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy has issued an in- depth policy paper on climate change. It examines the policy instruments being used to reduce carbon emission...

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions in Canada Through Electrification of Energy Services

By: Allan Fogwill, President and CEO, Canadian Energy Research Institute; and Rimgaile Baliunaite, Head of Electricity Division, National Commission for Energy Control and Prices

Mitigating climate change is one of the most sophisticated challenges of our time. Governments across the world – including Canada – began to tackle climate change and work to achi...

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Finding an Affordable Housing Option: Social Business as the ‘New’ Policy Tool?

By: Kh Md Nahiduzzaman, Assistant Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (Saudi Arabia)

Housing affordability is a growing concern in Canada, which is one of the few Western nations that largely depends on market forces to supply its housing stock. It has emerged as a...

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Crime in Saskatchewan: The issue too many would rather ignore

By: Dale Eisler, Senior Policy Fellow, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

If there is one subject that does more reputational damage to Saskatchewan than any other, even more than the weather and geography, it’s the province’s crime rate. For decades, Sa...

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Science and innovation policy for the 21st century: Shaping the dialogue

By: Peter W.B. Phillips, Distinguished Professor, JSGS; Director, Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy; Peggy Schmeiser, Assistant Professor, JSGS; Associate Director, Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy

Generating, developing and applying science and innovation to benefit humanity at local and global levels has never been more important and challenging for decision-makers in the p...

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Energy inefficiency of Canadian goods producing industries: Policy opportunities

By: Jason Childs; Samuel Gamtessa

Canadians face a daunting challenge. The Government of Canada has committed to reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) to 522.9 million tonnes by 2030, a 32 per cent reduction ...

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Legalization of Cannabis: The Policy Challenges and Opportunities

By: Kathleen Thompson, PhD, MSW, RSW, BA (Hons)

As Canada looks at legalizing Cannabis, Dr. Kathleen Thompson examines how we might do that and which part of the country might benefit the most.

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Post-Secondary Education in Canada: A Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

By: Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Regina and Peter Stoicheff, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Saskatchewan

The efforts being made in response to the TRC recommendations and what still needs to be done.

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Democracy and the Decline of Newspapers

By: Dale Eisler, Senior Policy Fellow, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

The reality in Canada and other nations is that traditional, printed and widely circulated newspapers are in serious decline. The business model that sustained them for more than a...

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The Challenge of Managing Carbon Emissions in Saskatchewan’s Mining and Mineral Sector

By: Victoria Taras and Peter W.B. Phillips

The global consensus reached in the Paris Agreement is that governments and industry need to reduce the carbon footprint and “to accelerate and intensify the actions and investment...

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Energy and the Environment: A Step Towards Reconciliation

By: Dale Eisler

The Government of Canada is in the midst of developing policy it hopes will help build a national consensus on what often appear to be the irreconcilable issues of energy and the e...

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The Limits of Globalization: Understanding the Rise of Donald Trump

By: Marshall Auerback

The rise of Donald Trump to the top of the United States Republican Party is not as incredible as establishment pundits profess. In fact, he is the voice for an increasing number o...

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The Panama Papers and Public Trust: The Challenge for Governments

By: Dale Eisler, Senior Policy Fellow

Timing is everything. In recent weeks, millions of Canadians were in the final stages of filing their income tax for 2015, which you might say is an annual personal tally we each d...

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Income inequality and the rise of U.S. populism: A cautionary tale for Canada

By: Dale Eisler, Senior Policy Fellow

The evidence shows the crux of the problem has been the decoupling of productivity growth from incomes. The reasons are many, inter-related and in many cases irreversible. The adve...

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Understanding policy behind the inquiry - where do we go from here?

By: Yvonne Boyer, Canada Research Chair, Aboriginal Health and Wellness, Brandon University

On almost a daily basis in Canada, there are news stories of violent attacks against Indigenous women. The statistics of violence and deaths are haunting. Quite simply, Canada is i...

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Innovation in government, a path forward

By: Wayne Wouters, former Clerk of the Privy Council, Government of Canada

Innovation is the essence of good government. It allows governments to adapt, to improve and to develop new policies, products or services. Just as innovation drives economic growt...

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Evidence-based policy development: A framework and its application

By: Munir A. Sheikh, Former Chief Statistician of Canada

There has been considerable interest and debate recently on the use of evidence in policy development, sparked perhaps by a view that some governments overly rely on ideology rathe...

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The state of provincial social assistance in Canada

By: Daniel Béland, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, and Pierre-Marc Daigneault, Department of Political Science, Université Laval

In Canada, as in other advanced industrial societies, social assistance is a central component of the welfare state. This is true because social assistance, which refers to a set o...

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Restoring balance and respect in our system of governance

By: The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch, P.C., O.C., PH. D, LL.D, Vice-Chair, BMO Financial Group; former Clerk of the Privy Council

To hear voices in Canada lamenting the state of our democracy and institutions of governance has become an all-too-familiar and troubling refrain. It raises critical issues. The lo...

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Assessing the Privatization of Retail Alcohol Sales

By: Jason Childs, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Regina Alexander Siebert, Master’s student, University of Regina

Control and regulation of alcohol by governments has a long and varied history in Western Canada. In fact, it traces back to even before there were provinces, to the time when the ...

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Ex-Pat Canadians and the Right to Vote

By: John Courtney, Professor Emeritus of Political Studies and Senior Policy Fellow, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

From time to time, Canadian policy makers have addressed the question of who should have the right to vote. Initially thought of as a “privilege” to be granted a select few, the vo...

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Physician-assisted dying in Canada: Where do we stand after the Supreme Court’s Decision in Carter v. Canada?

By: Amy Zarzeczny, Assistant Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its judgment in Carter v. Canada, 2015 SCC 5 [Carter]. This much-anticipated decision changed the law relating to ph...

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What child care do parents really want?

By: Rick August, Independent social policy analyst and consultant

For years, public policy debate in Canada about child care has largely been defined by the licensed child care industry. In most jurisdictions child care policy focuses almost excl...

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Who should own land in Saskatchewan?

By: Annette A. Desmarais; Darrin Qualman; André Magnan; Nettie Wiebe

In December 2013, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) purchased approximately 115, 000 acres of farmland from an investment company, Assiniboia Capital LP., for $128 ...

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Can the Web help restore public faith in democracy?

By: Kathleen McNutt, Director, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Representative democracy faces many challenges. Declining voter turnout reflects citizen discontent expressed in voter apathy and the replacement of traditional partisan politics w...

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Bending the healthcare cost curve in Canada

By: Gregory P. Marchildon, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy Livio Di Matteo, Professor of Economics, Lakehead University

Canadian governments received a pleasant surprise this year: expenditure growth on public health care in Canada finally appears to be slowing. What’s unclear is if this slowdown is...

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