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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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March 15, 2018 | Erich Hartmann

Federal Budget 2018: Now The Hard Work Begins

The 2018 federal budget contained many positives. Action on gender inequality and the gender wage gap, on research underfunding, and on many other items was long in coming. More
January 10, 2018 | Andrew Parkin

What do Ontarians really think about reconciliation?

The controversy stemming from the decision of Ontario senator Lynn Beyak to publish comments she received from the public about the residential school system – comments that her own party leader called “racist” – has raised some uncomfortable questions about the attitudes of Canadians towards Indigenous peoples and the issue of reconciliation. More
October 19, 2017 | Jordann Thirgood, Scott McFatridge, Mercedes Marcano

Ontario is transitioning to a green economy. How can we ensure that decent work will be available?

Economies around the world are in transition as businesses, citizens and governments embrace new ways of generating growth that put less strain on the planet. More
September 21, 2017 | Sara Ditta, Jordann Thirgood

Putting bold ideas into action

Building the nation beyond Canada 150

As the nation celebrated its 150th birthday this summer, Canadians naturally reflected on what the country has accomplished over the past century and a half. More
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