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technological disruption

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 28, 2018

Sunil Johal on the future of work following the Oshawa GM plant closing

November 28, 2018

Mowat’s Policy Director Sunil Johal discusses the announced closing of the Oshawa GM plant in the context of broader economic shifts such as increasing automation and technological disruption, and explains why Canada’s current skills training system is not ready to address the new reality. 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

Nov 06, 2018

Sunil Johal on compensating workers displaced by disruptive technology

November 6, 2018

Ridesharing services are disrupting the taxi industry, and now the City faces a $1.7 billion lawsuit. But who is responsible for lost jobs and lost incomes when technology disrupts an industry? Sunil Johal, policy director of the Mowat Centre, explains. 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

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

Jul 30, 2018

Robots, Revenues & Responses

July 30, 2018

Ontario and the Future of Work

What effects might artificial intelligence, the sharing economy, and other disruptive technologies have on government revenues? A new Mowat Centre report examines how taxation systems based on residency are ill-suited for a digital, global economy. Read More

Mar 16, 2018

CBC Radio One interview: Lyft vs Uber

March 16, 2018

Lyft pulls into Ottawa. With another big ride-share company hitting the road, how do other transit options fare? And what does it all mean for how we move around this city? A look at what changes when there’s a shakeup in the sharing economy. Read More

Feb 20, 2018

Conversation: Automation and the future of work

February 20, 2018

New technologies may lead to millions of job losses in Canada and governments here are not as prepared for change as they are in other countries. Sunil Johal discusses automation and the future of work in Ontario. Read More