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  • TLDR: The curious case of Boaty McBoatface

    TLDR: The curious case of Boaty McBoatface

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  • Mind the Gap: Ontario’s Persistent Net Contribution to the Federation

    Mind the Gap: Ontario’s Persistent Net Contribution to the Federation

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  • Emerging Energy Trends: Regulatory Responses to Ontario’s Energy Future

    Emerging Energy Trends: Regulatory Responses to Ontario’s Energy Future

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  • Working Without a Net: Rethinking Canada’s social policy in the new age of work

    Working Without a Net: Rethinking Canada’s social policy in the new age of work

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Latest research

January 4, 2017 | Erich Hartmann, Jordann Thirgood

Mind the Gap

Ontario’s Persistent Net Contribution to the Federation

Ontarians have consistently contributed more to the federal government in total tax revenue than they have received in federal spending in return. Using newly-updated StatsCan data, this report undertakes a quantitative analysis of the elements of the federal government’s revenue raising and spending practices to identify which of those elements lead to net contributions or benefits to the federation, with a particular focus on Ontario. More
December 20, 2016 | Paul Sommerville, Richard Carlson, Petar Prazic

Emerging Energy Trends

Regulatory Responses to Ontario’s Energy Future

This report identifies regulatory and policy responses to the advent of an energy future with high levels of distributed energy resources, building on European and U.S. experience responding to this development. More

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Mowat Energy’s On the Grid series provides a platform for original thinking about the future of the energy sector in Ontario.

The series includes contributions from Mowat Energy research staff as well as articles or case commentaries by recognized experts in the broader energy sector. In the spirit of providing a robust forum to advance discussion in the sector, Mowat welcomes submissions for consideration of publication and proposals for research collaboration.

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DECEMBER 19, 2016

Evidence-based New Year’s Policy Resolutions for Canada in 2017

As we approach Canada’s 150th anniversary, we can take pride in how far we’ve come as a country. We’ve connected a vast, sprawling and culturally diverse territory into a strong, inclusive and vibrant country and one of the world’s most prosperous and multicultural nations. A recent worldwide ranking of the best countries to live ranked Canada 2nd overall, and 1st overall for quality of life. Another recent analysis ranked us 10th overall among countries doing good in the world, and 3rd overall for our worldwide contribution to health and wellness.

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In the Media

January 10, 2017

BNN Interview: Discussing Uber’s new rider data

Uber, the driver-for-hire service, announced on Sunday that it would release rider data for city planners to study. But Sunil Johal, Policy Director at the Mowat Centre questions whether the data will truly be a useful tool or if it's just a PR move by Uber. More

Mowat Opinion

October 28, 2016 | Sunil Johal, Jordann Thirgood

An era of precarious employment calls for a new social architecture

Recently, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau elicited strong reactions by suggesting Canadians need to get used to precarious employment because it’s the new normal. But the reality could be much worse. More

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