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Welcome to TLDR—“too long; didn’t read”—where we provide accessible content that complements our more formal research publications. TLDR provides a digital space for shorter pieces that help readers better understand the policy issues we work on. If you enjoy them, we hope you’ll share them.

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August 24, 2017 | Erich Hartmann, Jordann Thirgood

Q&A Session on the “Gap”

The “gap” is a dollar figure that seeks to measure a province’s aggregate net fiscal contribution or benefit vis-à-vis the rest of the federation. The federal government collects financial resources from its myriad revenue sources. More
March 29, 2017 | Sara Ditta

What do Netflix movie recommendations have in common with how government is making big decisions?

As people share more and more information online, algorithms are increasingly used by public and private institutions to leverage that information and quickly analyze it with the aim of providing more efficient and optimal decision-making. More
March 21, 2017 | Sara Ditta, Jordann Thirgood, Michael Crawford Urban

What is a “sharing economy” anyway?

Statistics Canada recently reported that 2.7 million Canadians participated in the “sharing economy” between November 2015 and October 2016 – and spent $1.31 billion doing so. More
March 3, 2017 | Sara Ditta

What to do about Airbnb? Four things Ontario should consider in the move to regulate home-sharing

The rapid growth of the sharing economy has quickly changed the face of several industries, including accommodation. More
February 22, 2017 | Erich Hartmann

Health care is about sharing risk. Federalism in Canada should be too.

Universal health care in Canada is strongly attached to Canadian values such as equity, fairness and solidarity. More
February 14, 2017 | Richard Carlson, Reuven Shlozberg

Technology is disrupting the energy sector. What does this mean for consumers and what should be done about it?

Technology is disrupting many economic sectors, from transportation to media – and the energy sector is not immune. More
January 25, 2017 | Michael Morden

Are you being served? Why government service standards matter

Governments are facing a crisis of public confidence across the western world. It’s a crisis that played an important role in political upheavals over the last year. More