PPF Blog

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To prepare for the worst, we need to practice failure in emergency management

Date: Monday September 10, 2018

In major emergencies, regardless of cause, it was almost inevitable that responding authorities would struggle. Even in terrorist or natural disasters that seem to have been handled relatively well, the authorities were overwhelmed by the scale & complexity of what they faced. To prepare for the worst, we need to practice failure in emergency management


Public servants learn reconciliation means relationship-building and action

Date: Friday August 3, 2018

PPF’s reconciliation series didn’t answer all the questions about reconciliation but offered context and impetus to act. By: Jocelyn Formsma


Follow the Action Canada Fellows

Date: Wednesday July 25, 2018

The Action Canada Fellowship's 2018/2019 program is well underway. Follow the Fellows as they cross the country and study the 'future of food', their policy topic for the year.


Max FineDay’s challenge to Canada’s public servants: Embrace reconciliation or get out of the way

Date: Wednesday July 25, 2018

Indigenous leader Max FineDay had some strong words for a group of senior Canadian public servants: "If you are not in service to Indigenous people, it might be time for you to retire," the Executive Director of Canadian Roots Exchange told the group in a video message.


Project Evaluation Executive Summary (January – March, 2018)

Date: Thursday July 19, 2018

Project Description The Atlantic Revitalization Project (ARP) is a three-year undertaking by the Public Policy Forum (PPF) to bolster the success of the Atlantic Growth Strategy. The overarching purpose is to help address the demographic issues of an aging — and in some places shrinking — population in Atlantic Canada. The aim of the ARP...


Bilingual Communications & Marketing Specialist

Date: Friday June 1, 2018

DESCRIPTION The Public Policy Forum, a national, non-partisan think-tank dedicated to finding innovative solutions to Canada’s most pressing challenges through research and dialogue, is looking for a dynamic, fully bilingual and digitally focused communications and marketing specialist to play a key role in broadening the awareness and impact of all PPF activities and improving its...


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


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