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CBC Analysis: NAFTA talks forced Canada to pick a side in U.S.-China trade war

"In signing on for NAFTA 2.0, Canada also joined the Trump administration's China agenda," writes CBC's Janyce McGregor in a CBC Analysis article. "When the Trudeau government agreed to a revised North American free trade deal, the Americans said Canada also agreed to something else: joining Donald Trump's trade war on China."

Date: Saturday October 13, 2018


Tom Walkon at the Toronto Star: How Canada can break its dependence on the United States

In this opinion piece, Thomas Walkom tries to answer the question - How can Canada break its dependence on the United States? A question that has bedeviled both the left and the right since 1945. He writes that PPF's Report “Diversification not Dependence,” makes a compelling case for Canada to escape the “honey trap” of its reliance on the U.S. by moving quickly to boost both economic and political relations with China.

Date: Thursday October 11, 2018


Business in Vancouver: Canada should turn to sector-specific deals with China in light of USMCA, report says

Business in Vancouver's Chuck Chiang writes about PPF latest report "Diversification Not Dependence: A Made-in-Canada China Strategy." The report says Canada should turn to sectoral agreements - that is, deals focusing on specific industries like agriculture and energy - in growing business links with China in light of the perceived “U.S. veto” clause in the new USMCA North American free-trade agreement.

Date: Thursday October 11, 2018


Maclean’s Op-ed: How Canada can work on trade with China—without angering America

PPF's Edward Greenspon and the Vice-Chair of the BMO Financial Group Kevin Lynch share their opinion on Canada-China trade in this Maclean's op-ed. They discuss how the Canadian government must diversify its economy, and China is the obvious target. But that there are risks with such a partnership.

Date: Thursday October 11, 2018


CBC: Canada can avoid offending U.S. by pursuing sectoral trade with China: report

Andy Blatchford writes that the authors of the PPF report "Diversification Not Dependence: A Made-in-Canada Strategy" argue that Canada can do more business with China 'in such a way that should not offend' the U.S. through a a surgical, sector-by-sector approach.

Date: Wednesday October 10, 2018


Radio Canada: News coverage shrinkage called a crisis in Canada

Radio Canada spoke with PPF's Carl Neustaedter about the report "Mind the Gaps: Quantifying the Decline of News Coverage in Canada". The report found that news coverage has dropped in local communities, and specifically there's less civic coverage of courts and city hall - civic institutions which are the pillars of democracy.

Date: Friday September 28, 2018


CBC Radio: Canadian newspapers have a lot to learn from the Saskatchewan Roughriders: report

"The Canadian journalism industry may be able to learn a thing or two from the Saskatchewan Roughriders, according to a new report," reads the CBC News article about the PPF report What the Saskatchewan Roughriders Can Teach Canadian Journalism. "The report is one of two released on Tuesday by the Public Policy Forum. The other adds to concerns about the decline of the industry and says the number of articles published in newspapers across 20 small and mid-sized Canadian communities declined by 50 per cent between 2008 and 2017." Accompanying the article was a radio interview with PPF's CEO Edward Greenspon.

Date: Tuesday September 25, 2018


Globe & Mail: Local news cut in half, not-for-profit funding models emerging, reports say

Local news across Canada has been cut in half in the last decade, writes Terry Pedwell of The Canadian Press. In this Globe & Mail article, he highlights a new PPF report “Mind The Gaps — Quantifying The Decline of News Coverage in Canada” which looks specifically at the decline in civic reporting of civic institutions like city hall, police stations and courts.

Date: Tuesday September 25, 2018


Business in Vancouver: Public Policy Forum honours four Western Canadians with Peter Lougheed Awards

In this Business in Vancouver article, we explore the history of the Peter Lougheed Award winners. Winners will be celebrated at this year's Western Dinner in Vancouver Sept. 19. Sue Paish and Andrew Petter are highlighted in the article. To learn more about this year's winners - 

Date: Tuesday September 11, 2018


The Star Editorial: Canada needs to prevent meddling in our elections

In this The Star editorial, the Editorial Board addresses the ex-Facebook security chief Alex Stamos’ warnings that the 2018 American mid-term elections are already compromised by foreign medelling through social marketing tools and online subterfuge. The editorial looks at some of the policy options presented in the PPF report “Democracy Divided” and notes that updates...

Date: Thursday September 6, 2018


We can save democracy from destructive digital threats

In this Op-ed, Ed Greenspon and Taylor Owens discuss some of the policy options which would help address the threats to democracy posed by hate speech and disinformation, and which has been empowered by a highly consolidated digital media landscape.

Date: Tuesday August 21, 2018


Globe editorial: It’s too late for major new ideas to change how next year’s election will work

In this Globe & Mail editorial, the PPF report "Democracy Divided" and its authors Ed Greenspon and Taylor Owens are discussed, as well as the recommendations within the report. The editorial points out that electoral reform has stalled and notes that Greenspon and Owens recommendations could help Elections Canada protect themselves from threats in the digital age.

Date: Monday August 20, 2018


Ed Greenspon says Canada should level the playing field for Cdn. content creators who pay tax vs global internet giants like Facebook, Google & Netflix who don’t

Ed Greenspon spoke on CBC's Power & Politics about different policy options which would help Canadian content creators and address threats to democracy posed by increasingly consolidated Internet media giants.

Date: Wednesday August 15, 2018


Public Policy Forum report warns of tech giants’ negative effects on democracy

With the release of the PPF report "Democracy Divided", The Logic covers the threats that social media marketing tools and the highly consolidated digital media landscape creates for democracy in Canada and explains why this matters to Canadians.

Date: Wednesday August 15, 2018


Democracy is cracking and platforms are no help. What can we do about it? Some policy suggestions

In this Nieman Journalism Lab article we get an overview of the policy recommendations in the PPF report "Democracy Divided" as part of PPF's ongoing Shattered Mirror Series. The report addresses questions of disinformation and hate speech and its spread through social media marketing tools.

Date: Wednesday August 15, 2018


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