PPF Blog

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Job Posting: Vice-President of Policy

Date: Thursday March 22, 2018

Candidate Profile The Public Policy Forum is seeking a broad-minded and intellectually ambitious individual with a passion for public policy and a track record in one or more of government, academia, think tanks or related organizations. The person we are seeking will oversee PPF’s policy research and engagement activities by building on PPF’s existing work...

How Atlantic Canada businesses keep their foreign workers

Date: Wednesday March 21, 2018

Whether they wear steel-toed boots or ballet slippers, workers from abroad are in high demand in Atlantic Canada. As Kelly Toughill found, successful companies have learned that keeping recruits happy requires more than a paycheque

We’re Hiring a Policy Lead

Date: Wednesday March 21, 2018

Do you have fresh ideas – and fresh ways to engage? Tell us why you’re the one for this job. Job description The Public Policy Forum (PPF) works with all levels of government and the public service, the private sector, labour, post-secondary institutions, NGOs and Indigenous groups to improve policy outcomes for Canadians. As a...

The Limits of Regulation

Date: Friday March 16, 2018

Following the roundtable convened by the Public Policy Forum and Elections Canada on political financing in Canada in October 2017, participants were invited to write an article about their thoughts on the conversation. By Tom Flanagan At the present time, regulation of electoral finance for federal political parties consists of the following main elements, all...

Party Financing in Canada: Perpetually New Challenges

Date: Friday March 16, 2018

Following the roundtable convened by the Public Policy Forum and Elections Canada on political financing in Canada in October 2017, participants were invited to write an article about their thoughts on the conversation. By Pauline Beange, PhD, Instructor, University of Toronto There is no self-evident answer as to how much money ought to be spent...

Revitalizing Atlantic Canada: immigration and the labour market

Date: Monday March 12, 2018

What attracts immigrants to Atlantic Canada? Why do newcomers stay? And what can we learn from local successes (and failures) in order to shape a positive future for all Atlantic Canadians? These are some of the questions being addressed as part of the Public Policy Forum’s 3-year project on the topic being launched this March. The...

How safe are Canada’s elections from fake news on Facebook?

Date: Wednesday February 21, 2018

PPF Fellow Taylor Owen talks to Anna-Maria Tremonti on CBC’s The Current about the influence of platforms like Facebook in the election process. Prof. Owen was an adviser on PPF’s Shattered Mirror report.  

Action Canada Fellowship 2018 – FAQ

Date: Friday February 16, 2018

Do individuals need to be nominated for the Action Canada Fellowship? No. All candidates must apply for this program. What is the deadline for the submission of applications? All application documents and supporting letters must be uploaded and submitted online by 5 p.m. PST on Friday, 30 March 2018. What is the difference between the...

The internet is transforming the world, but not for everybody

Date: Friday October 13, 2017

The Ontario Digital Inclusion Summit aims to find, understand and fix the gaps that keep some citizens from accessing and benefiting from the digital world.  Ontario Digital Inclusion Summit Making Technology Work for Everyone Feb. 9–10, 2018 Toronto, Ontario Contact: inclusion@ppforum.ca We’d like to bring people together around the idea of digital inclusion. For decades people...

Canada-China Session 1: Setting the stage, public opinion trends, approaches to trade

Date: Tuesday July 25, 2017

Recap of the first meeting of PPF's Canada-China Forum includes presentations on public opinion by Bruce Anderson of Abacus Data and sectoral trade by Wendy Dobson of University of Toronto

AUDIO | Edward Greenspon talks China with Danielle Smith

Date: Thursday July 6, 2017

How can Canada trade with the world’s second-biggest economy without getting burned or selling out its values? The first step is to have a serious national conversation about it, PPF President and CEO Edward Greenspon tells Newstalk770 in Calgary. Listen to the interview   Is China a friend or a foe? That’s the question Danielle...

Canada’s China puzzle: We need a national discussion

Date: Thursday June 29, 2017

How should we relate to an economic, political and increasingly technological powerhouse of 1.3 billion people with different political and legal values? By Edward Greenspon and Kevin Lynch Edward Greenspon is president and CEO of the Public Policy Forum. Kevin Lynch is vice-chair, Bank of Montreal, and former clerk of the privy council. Canada has a China...

Canada-China Relations: A Note on Public Attitudes

Date: Tuesday June 20, 2017

Public views about China around the world reveal common strands of ambivalence, anxiety and opportunity, but are volatile as the emerging superpower’s global presence and influence grow. By Paul Evans, University of British Columbia Why do Public Attitudes about China Matter Now? Public views about China around the world display common strands of ambivalence, anxiety and...

Options for a Canada-China FTA Negotiation Strategy

Date: Tuesday June 20, 2017

China’s growing middle class and expanding international interests offer major opportunities to Canadian goods and services exporters and to investors in both countries. But the devil is in the details. By Wendy Dobson, Rotman School of Management When Canadian and Chinese leaders committed to regular high-level contact following their September 2016 meeting, they laid a foundation...

Toward ‘eyes-open’ engagement with China

Date: Tuesday June 20, 2017

Project Background Members of the Public Policy Forum’s China forum seek a balanced approach to engagement with China that is economically beneficial and politically acceptable to Canadians Background As the Canadian government embarks on its pledge to “open a new era in the Canada-China strategic partnership,” the conversation needs to become more nuanced than the...

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