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28 Oct 2016

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An era of precarious employment calls for a new social architecture

October 28, 2016 | By and

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. Read More

19 Oct 2016

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Ottawa and the provinces must be equal partners on health care

October 19, 2016 | By

Faced with an aging population, it will take increased funding from Ottawa but also better management by the provinces to address Canada’s health care challenges.
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04 Apr 2016

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On Uber, three issues Toronto needs to get right

April 4, 2016 | By

After 18 months, several traffic-halting protests, two court challenges and thousands of water cooler discussions, the moment of truth is near. Toronto’s city council is expected to develop a regulatory framework for taxis and the ride-sourcing company Uber in April.
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20 Jan 2016

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Fiscal transfers are growing. But are they effective?

January 20, 2016 | By and

The size of transfer payments can’t tell us if provincial governments are good fiscal managers.

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16 Dec 2015

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Uber ups the ante. So what’s the TTC going to do about it?

December 16, 2015 | By

Uber is courting controversy again in Toronto. It launched a new service called UberHop this week that permits passengers to share a ride between selected downtown locations.

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17 Nov 2015

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The Sharing Economy and Why it Matters for Policy Makers

November 17, 2015 | By

In an article from the Public Sector Digest, Mowat Centre Practice Lead of Intergovernmental Economic & Social Policy, Noah Zon, discusses the sharing economy and what it means for public policy.

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13 Nov 2015

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Trudeau signals his commitment to open government by releasing his ministers’ mandate letters

November 13, 2015 | By and

One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first responsibilities, even before assuming office last week, was to choose his cabinet ministers and assign them portfolios — a task that garnered a lot of attention given the calibre of the individuals vying for a seat at the cabinet table and the prime minister’s historic commitment to achieving gender parity in cabinet.

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10 Jun 2015

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Getting to yes: Toronto’s legal showdown with Uber

June 10, 2015 | By and

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.

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01 Jun 2015

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What will the “sharing economy” mean for health care?

June 1, 2015 | By

Boomers have marveled at the return of bellbottoms, skinny ties, mullets, and moustaches.

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20 May 2015

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Why municipal borrowing is no crisis in waiting

May 20, 2015 | By

Rarely a week goes by without a prominent columnist or think tank warning of an impending provincial credit crisis.
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26 Feb 2015

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Can Canada learn anything from the Eurozone debt crisis?

February 26, 2015 | By

Canadians like to brag about the strength of our country’s public finances.
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17 Feb 2015

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Airbnb and Uber are here, and they’re growing. It’s time for policymakers to catch up.

February 17, 2015 | By and

Governments around the world are struggling to cope with new “sharing economy” technology platforms that allow people to buy goods and services directly from one another in “peer-to-peer” transactions.
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11 Jul 2014

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Canada’s Finance Minister is entitled to his own opinions, but not his own facts

July 11, 2014 | By

This week, the National Post published my op-ed addressing recent comments made by Canada’s federal Finance Minister regarding Ontario’s long-standing criticism of federal policies governing fiscal transfers and their impact on Ontario’s balance sheet.
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08 Jul 2014

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Oliver’s flawed facts: Ontario a net contributor to Canada, Ottawa’s assertions notwithstanding

July 8, 2014 | By

Federal tinkering has cost Ontario $1.2-billion–more than other provinces
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24 Jun 2014

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Four changes to the TFW program that would help Canadian businesses

June 24, 2014 | By

Recently, Canada’s Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced new changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers program (TFW).
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