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Feb 08, 2019

Government departments are organized vertically, but solving big societal challenges requires horizontal collaboration. Three case studies show it can be done.

February 8, 2019

When the Mowat Centre recently asked public servants to identify the greatest challenges they face, most did not name big societal challenges like homelessness and climate change. Rather, the overwhelming majority pointed to the difficulties associated with working “horizontally”: that is, across departmental boundaries within government. Read More

Jan 16, 2019

Dec 19, 2018

Three ways public servants can break down silos and collaborate horizontally

December 19, 2018

Governments around the world are struggling to solve urgent problems like homelessness and climate change. While the size and complexity of these problems makes them hard to tackle, the fact that they also cut across traditional organisational boundaries further enhances the challenge. Read More

Dec 05, 2018

Countries must protect workers from technological disruptions. Here’s how.

December 5, 2018

As heads of the world’s leading economies gathered in Buenos Aires for the Group of 20 summit last week, one of their key areas of focus was the future of work, with a particular emphasis on training and skills in the digital era. Read More

Nov 27, 2018

GM’s closing is a warning shot: Canada’s not ready for the age of disruption

November 27, 2018

General Motors’ move to cease production at its Oshawa plant at the end of 2019 will put more than 2,500 people out of work. The company’s increased focus on electric vehicles, cited as a main reason for this decision, is part of a broader economic shift. Read More

Oct 02, 2018

What the rise of the trillion dollar tech company means for policymakers

October 2, 2018

The ascent of Amazon and Apple into the trillion dollar valuation club is a landmark corporate achievement. Together, these two firms are worth as much as the annual gross domestic products of Spain and Switzerland combined. But, beyond the accolades, what does the rise of these digital titans mean for policymakers? Read More

Sep 18, 2018

National pharmacare has to overcome intergovernmental hurdles. Can it?

September 18, 2018

How much Canadians pay for prescription drugs depends very much on where they live. Middle-income residents of Prince Edward Island facing an expensive drug treatment has to cover the first $4,400 with their own money – then their provincial pharmacare program pays for the rest. Read More

Jul 25, 2018

How unfair is Ottawa to the provinces? Equalization isn’t the half of it

July 25, 2018

One unfair fiscal transfer has resulted in Ontarians over-contributing to EI by nearly $12 billion over the last 10 years Read More

Feb 22, 2018

Risk-sharing, not equalization, is failing Alberta

February 22, 2018

In the weeks leading up to Family Day, Canada’s governments did what many families often do: argue about money. This year’s quibble focused on the Equalization program – and largely missed the mark.
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Nov 29, 2017

Technology will make government as we know it obsolete – and that’s a good thing

November 29, 2017

Tech advances should prompt government to radically increase efficiency and effectiveness of programs and services. Read More