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May 16, 2017 | Andrew Parkin, Erich Hartmann

A sum of all fears: How ‘rigid incrementality’ could be the number one threat to infrastructure spending in Canada

After decades of serial neglect, the last two federal budgets have together committed $180 billion over 12 years for investments in Canada’s beleaguered public infrastructure. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to address a chronic infrastructure deficit that everyone agrees is a real barrier to our economic growth. More
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
October 19, 2016 | Mowat Centre

Ottawa and the provinces must be equal partners on health care

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. More
April 4, 2016 | Sunil Johal

On Uber, three issues Toronto needs to get right

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. More
January 20, 2016 | Noah Zon, William Forward

Fiscal transfers are growing. But are they effective?

The size of transfer payments can’t tell us if provincial governments are good fiscal managers. More
December 16, 2015 | Sunil Johal

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

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. More
November 17, 2015 | Noah Zon

The Sharing Economy and Why it Matters for Policy Makers

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. More
November 13, 2015 | Mark D. Jarvis, Tony Dean

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

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. More