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Dec 13, 2018

Healthy Data: Key Takeaways

December 13, 2018

Our health data is going digital. But what if it goes viral? Read More

Dec 13, 2018

Healthy Data

December 13, 2018

Policy solutions for big data and AI innovation in health

The health sector is undergoing a digital revolution, centered on big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI). How should we strike the right balance between encouraging innovation and protecting patients’ rights? The following report tackles this question. Read More

Nov 26, 2018

The role of procurement in ending long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations communities

November 26, 2018

Access to safe drinking water was recognized by the United Nations General Assembly as an essential human right in 2010. Nonetheless, at least 66 First Nations communities across Canada remain without safe drinking water, a situation that has lasted, in some cases, for as long as two decades. Read More

Aug 16, 2018

Inside the Black Blocks

August 16, 2018

A policymaker’s introduction to blockchain, distributed ledger technology and the “Internet of Value”

When Bitcoin was in the news earlier this year, little attention was paid to the blockchain technology that underpins it. This is unfortunate as blockchain’s emergence has important implications far beyond cryptocurrency. Our new report cuts through the hype to take an in-depth look at this technology, and analyze its promises and perils for Canadian governments. Read More

Aug 16, 2018

Q&A – Blockchain and Public Policy

August 16, 2018

What is blockchain and why is it important for citizens and governments? This Q&A summarizes the findings from Mowat’s Inside the Black Blocks: A policymaker’s introduction to blockchain, distributed ledger technology and the “Internet of Value”. Read More

Oct 11, 2017

AI arms race: The labour costs

October 11, 2017

Sunil Johal on a panel discussing how the rise of artificial intelligence could impact Canada’s workforce and what we need to do to ensure the transition doesn’t leave workers behind as the labour market evolves. Read More

Jul 06, 2017

From fail-safe to safe-to-fail

July 6, 2017

Creating a Ministry of Failure in Canadian government

Failure is not an option for government. Public dollars are at stake. Political leaders expect perfection in program design and policy thinking to preserve their re-election hopes. Civil servants hoping to move up the career ladder are loathe to admit mistakes. Yet, if governments don’t fail sometimes, how can they successfully tackle the cross-cutting, complex issues that increasingly bedevil society?
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Jun 29, 2017

Let’s get in the game

June 29, 2017

Revitalizing Canada’s sport sector

Canadians certainly have a passion for sport. Not only for the sake of entertainment: many of us – 85 per cent to be exact – feel that participation also has the potential to build stronger communities. Therefore, it was appropriate when Governor General David Johnston declared 2015 the “Year of Sport” in Canada. Read More

Jun 29, 2017

Future jobs: How we’ll earn a living 150 years from now

June 29, 2017

Canadians have seen the world of work rapidly reshape itself around them in the past 30 years. Globalization, technological change, declining unionization rates and new business strategies are among the forces that have combined to create a labour market characterized by stagnant wages and eroding job quality. Read More

Jun 13, 2017

Canada needs more of the world

June 13, 2017

Rethinking the nation state in the 21st century

The next 50 years will see new global challenges arise – largely driven by technological, demographic and environmental change. We have already begun to see these trends manifest themselves in areas such as cyber-warfare, mass migration and rising rates of poverty and inequality.
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