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    Policymaking for the sharing economy
    Beyond Whack-A-Mole

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    Data priorities for the not-for-profit sector

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    Fiscal federalism and provincial credit risk

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  • Three pieces of advice for the federal government on its new Innovation Hub

    Three pieces of advice for the federal government on its new Innovation Hub

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February 20, 2015 | Jamie Van Ymeren

An Open Future

Data priorities for the not-for-profit sector
The timing is right for the not-for-profit (NFP) sector to plan for its data needs. As governments become more interested in creating effective open data policies, and the not-for-profit (NFP) sector increasingly focuses on outcomes, accountability and impact, NFP data needs will grow substantially. To make NFP goals a reality, governments must engage the NFP sector as a key partner and the sector must be ready to respond with its own priorities and strategies for building its data capacity. More

 

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February 19, 2015

Red carpet coverage for policy wonks: What we learned from this year’s Oscar contenders

As Hollywood glams it up for Oscar night this Sunday, policy wonks might not be as interested in the mani-cams on the red carpet as they are in substantive coverage of 2014's top film contenders. We took a closer look at this year's batch of nominated films and found that, alongside the stories of ambition, survival and achievement, many also contained subtle — or not-so-subtle — public policy lessons. Here's what we took away from the films. Warning: spoilers below More
February 13, 2015

Three pieces of advice for the federal government on its new Innovation Hub

This week the Privy Council Office launched its new Central Innovation Hub, which means Canada just joined a growing list of countries establishing innovation labs at the very heart of government. More
February 11, 2015

Want better performance from civil servants? Start with improving accountability

When accountability in government makes the news it is often for the wrong reason — scandals, resignations, scathing auditor-general reports, or even questionable election campaign tactics. Most often it’s government cabinet ministers or the highest-level officials that make headlines. More

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February 26, 2015 | Kyle Hanniman

Can Canada learn anything from the Eurozone debt crisis?

Canadians like to brag about the strength of our country’s public finances. But a cursory look at government debt reveals that the provinces owe a striking amount of it. This is worrying, as provinces are far more vulnerable to the whims of bond markets than the federal government. More
February 23, 2015

Policymaking for the Sharing Economy

Mowat Policy Director Sunil Johal discusses the public policy implications of sharing economy companies like Uber and Airbnb with CBC Radio Canada International. More
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February 19, 2015

Red carpet coverage for policy wonks: What we learned from this year’s Oscar contenders

As Hollywood glams it up for Oscar night this Sunday, policy wonks might not be as interested in the mani-cams on the red carpet as they are in substantive coverage of 2014's top film contenders. We took a closer look at this year's batch of nominated films and found that, alongside the stories of ambition, survival and achievement, many also contained subtle — or not-so-subtle — public policy lessons. Here's what we took away from the films. Warning: spoilers below More

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