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Dr. Kamran Khan: To fight global infectious diseases, he prescribes a dose of big data

Date: Wednesday May 23, 2018

This is one in a series of profiles of the winners of the 2018 Governor General’s Innovation Awards. See all honourees After returning to Canada in 2003 following specialty training in infectious diseases and public health, Dr. Kamran Khan found himself in the middle of the SARS outbreak. He was struck by “how quickly a virus...


Mary Gordon: To grow a healthier society, she plants the seeds of empathy

Date: Wednesday May 23, 2018

This is one in a series of profiles of the winners of the 2018 Governor General’s Innovation Awards. See all honourees Breakthrough moments for innovators can come at dramatic and especially unexpected times. Mary Gordon’s came following a scene of appalling domestic violence one night in Toronto in 1995. A teenaged mother, who participated in one...


MUN research team: How collaboration solved the deadly ‘Newfoundland Curse’

Date: Wednesday May 23, 2018

This is one in a series of profiles of the winners of the 2018 Governor General’s Innovation Awards. See all honourees It’s often said that teamwork is important to innovation, but an award-winning group of professors from the faculty of medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) in St. John’s has proven that it’s essential. Drs....


First Nations Finance Authority (Ernie Daniels, CEO): By fixing finance rules, First Nations can invest in themselves

Date: Wednesday May 23, 2018

The First Nations Finance Authority is being honored as a Governor General Innovation Award recipient on May 23 for their ground-breaking innovative funding regime that reduces borrowing cuts and provides interest rate security for First Nations communities across the country.


Dr. Xiangguo Qiu & Dr. Gary Kobinger: Against all odds, they discovered a treatment for Ebola

Date: Wednesday May 23, 2018

This is one in a series of profiles of the winners of the 2018 Governor General’s Innovation Awards. See all honourees Roadblocks are common here and there in research, requiring scientists to persevere and find workarounds. For Drs. Xiangguo Qiu and Gary Kobinger, the obstacles were pretty constant on the path to discovering a treatment for...


Dr. Tom Chau: Bringing voice to the voiceless with technology

Date: Tuesday May 22, 2018

This is one in a series of profiles of the winners of the 2018 Governor General’s Innovation Awards. See all honourees Like many new fathers, Dr. Tom Chau marvelled at “what a miracle it was to have a healthy child. I thought what a struggle it must be for new parents when things did not fall...


Tom Chau: Bringing voice to the voiceless with technology

Date: Tuesday May 22, 2018

This is one in a series of profiles of the winners of the 2018 Governor General’s Innovation Awards. See all honourees Like many new fathers, Dr. Tom Chau marvelled at “what a miracle it was to have a healthy child. I thought what a struggle it must be for new parents when things did not fall...


OPED: Making Canada’s Agents of Parliament truly independent and accountable

Date: Monday May 14, 2018

By David Zussman and Alan Freeman They audit the financial statements of government. They run our elections. They investigate ethical breaches by cabinet ministers. They study citizen complaints over threats to privacy, bureaucratic incompetence or inadequate service in our official languages. They advocate for children, the environment and the elderly. They are Agents of Parliament...


Who’s threatening democracy? Tyrants, technology – and us

Date: Tuesday May 1, 2018

Are we amusing ourselves to death while darker forces of disinformation undermine our democracy? By Edward Greenspon


Why you shouldn’t blame Facebook for what ails democracy

Date: Saturday April 7, 2018

Aaron Wherry, CBC News, April 7, 2018  Amid the onslaught of revelations about Facebook, Twitter and what’s been happening online during election campaigns around the world, there’s a glimmer of (potentially) good news: governments could take steps now to impose some order on the political activity taking place on social media platforms. Now, the bad news:...


Event Recap: PPF Atlantic Dinner & Frank McKenna Awards

Date: Thursday March 29, 2018

Atlantic Canadian leaders honoured with tributes, tales and humour “It’s enormously humbling to have an award like this named after me,” said Frank McKenna. “Usually, they wait ’til you’re dead, and I guess PPF got tired of waiting.”


Conference Recap: PPF Atlantic Summit

Date: Wednesday March 28, 2018

The summit, which attracted hundreds from around Atlantic Canada, kicked off PPF’s three-year policy research project on Atlantic revitalization, with a special focus on newcomer retention.


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


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...


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