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Sara Ditta

Since joining Mowat as a Policy Associate in 2014, Sara Ditta has contributed to several research projects in areas related to infrastructure policy development, emerging technologies and community benefits. Previously, she worked in federal government departments in Toronto and Ottawa, and wrote about health policy in the United States. She has completed a graduate degree at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance and a Bachelor of Journalism at Carleton University.

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July 19, 2017 | Jamie Van Ymeren, Sara Ditta

Delivering Benefit

Achieving Community Benefits in Ontario

This report examines the key success factors for designing effective community benefits requirements for large transit infrastructure projects and how their success can be monitored, tracked and measured – particularly for targeted training and recruitment initiatives. More
June 20, 2017 | Sara Ditta

Many happy returns

Sharing your tax data could be a gift to equality for Canada’s 150th

What if we could all know what everyone else made and how much income tax they paid? What if we did so by making public certain information from the income tax returns of all Canadians? More
March 29, 2017 | Sara Ditta

What do Netflix movie recommendations have in common with how government is making big decisions?

As people share more and more information online, algorithms are increasingly used by public and private institutions to leverage that information and quickly analyze it with the aim of providing more efficient and optimal decision-making. More
March 21, 2017 | Sara Ditta, Jordann Thirgood, Michael Crawford Urban

What is a “sharing economy” anyway?

Statistics Canada recently reported that 2.7 million Canadians participated in the “sharing economy” between November 2015 and October 2016 – and spent $1.31 billion doing so. More
March 14, 2017 | Sara Ditta, Jordann Thirgood, Michael Crawford Urban

The Rise of the Sharing Economy

Exploring standards-based solutions in a changing marketplace

In this report, commissioned by CSA Group to launch their new CSA Group Research Program, the Mowat Centre discusses the growth of the sharing economy and explores the potential for the use of standards-based approaches in the governance of this sector. More
March 3, 2017 | Sara Ditta

What to do about Airbnb? Four things Ontario should consider in the move to regulate home-sharing

The rapid growth of the sharing economy has quickly changed the face of several industries, including accommodation. More
August 19, 2016 | Sara Ditta, Michael Crawford Urban, Sunil Johal

Sharing the Road

The Promise and Perils of Shared Mobility in the GTHA

This report makes a series of recommendations for building a robust and flexible transportation system that can effectively respond to the emergence of “shared mobility” in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. More
April 21, 2016 | Nevena Dragicevic, Sara Ditta

Community Benefits and Social Procurement Policies

A Jurisdictional Review

This report reviews community benefits and social procurement policies from around the world and analyzes the successes and challenges of the varied approaches. More
February 11, 2016 | Sara Ditta

How the federal government can get more bang for its infrastructure buck

The new federal government has made major commitments to Canada's infrastructure, including a plan to nearly double spending from $65 billion to $125 billion over the next 10 years. More
February 10, 2016 | Noah Zon, Sara Ditta

Robot, Take the Wheel

Public policy for automated vehicles

Automated vehicles present a potentially revolutionary change to the way that we move people and goods. At the current pace, they could be ready for public roads on a wide scale within five to ten years. More
December 21, 2015 | Sara Ditta, Michael Fenn, Matthew Mendelsohn, Robert Puentes

Vital Capital

This paper identifies and analyzes existing and emerging models of alternative financing for infrastructure in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region, particularly in partnership with the private sector, and explores opportunities for cross-border collaboration on infrastructure renewal. More
November 19, 2015 | Sara Ditta

From the Ground Up

The Role of Local Governments in Building Canada's Economic Infrastructure Network

This paper examines successes and challenges in federal, provincial and municipal government efforts to support trade-enabling and productivity-enhancing infrastructure, with a particular focus on the value of local involvement. More
July 7, 2015 | Sunil Johal, Sara Ditta

Better Collaboration for Better Government

Collaboration is a powerful concept in the public sector – often talked about and highly valued, but rarely achieved. More
February 19, 2015 | Sara Ditta

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. More