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  • The 50% tax tipping point: Fact or fiction?

    The 50% tax tipping point: Fact or fiction?

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June 23, 2015 | Sunil Johal, Thomas Granofsky

Growing Pains: Childcare in Canada

There is strong evidence that effective childcare policies boost employment, reduce gender inequality and promote child development, particularly for struggling families. Despite this value proposition, and with some exceptions, governments in Canada have not invested significantly nor paid serious policy attention to childcare. More
June 2, 2015 | Lindsay Handren

Unfilled Prescriptions: The Drug Coverage Gap in Canada’s Health Care System

While Canadians have universal access to public insurance that covers hospital and medical care, there is no universal public coverage for the drugs that doctors might prescribe as part of treatment. Canada is the only country with universal health care coverage that excludes coverage for prescription drugs. More

 

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July 7, 2015

Better Collaboration for Better Government

Collaboration is a powerful concept in the public sector – often talked about and highly valued, but rarely achieved. When done well, collaboration can lead to integrated, thoughtful solutions to challenging problems. When done poorly, it can waste time and resources. Many of society’s most challenging problems – climate change, unemployment, poverty – would benefit if governments were to operate on a more collaborative basis; with more internal coordination (inter-departmental collaboration), better cooperation with other levels of government (inter-governmental collaboration), and with more effective external partnerships (inter-sectoral collaboration). More
June 18, 2015

The 50% tax tipping point: Fact or fiction?

One of the policy ideas getting more attention as the federal election approaches is the role of tax reform in generating revenue and correcting income inequality in Canada. More
June 9, 2015

Like Uber, but for Marge Simpson

Public Policy Lessons from The Simpsons #4
This post is part of an ongoing series where we explore policy lessons from The Simpsons. To catch up on previous posts, click here. More

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June 10, 2015 | Noah Zon, Sunil Johal

Getting to yes: Toronto’s legal showdown with Uber

Last week an Ontario Superior Court judge heard arguments in a court battle between the City of Toronto and Uber in a case being watched closely by policymakers and regulators from across the country. The City is seeking an injunction that would force the company to cease its operations, including its UberX peer-to-peer private transportation network. Toronto Mayor John Tory has said that he believes Uber and similar services are "here to stay" and that new regulations are needed to accommodate these services. But in the absence of those new rules the City's licensing and standards department is trying to enforce the rules that are on the books. More
June 10, 2015

Ontario and Manitoba Power Pricing Disparity

Mowat's Richard Carlson discusses why Ontario's power costs are different than those in Manitoba on CBC's Superior Morning with Lisa Laco. More
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July 7, 2015

Better Collaboration for Better Government

Collaboration is a powerful concept in the public sector – often talked about and highly valued, but rarely achieved. When done well, collaboration can lead to integrated, thoughtful solutions to challenging problems. When done poorly, it can waste time and resources. Many of society’s most challenging problems – climate change, unemployment, poverty – would benefit if governments were to operate on a more collaborative basis; with more internal coordination (inter-departmental collaboration), better cooperation with other levels of government (inter-governmental collaboration), and with more effective external partnerships (inter-sectoral collaboration). More

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