PPF Blog

Find articles, op-eds and background reports by and about PPF research projects here.


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...


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...


China and Canada in an Era of Global Disruption

Date: Tuesday December 19, 2017

Observation 1: Disruptive global trends are reshaping our world. One consequence: the status quo is not a strategy for future success, anywhere. Information technology — — digitization — — has enabled globalization 3.0 and helped drive a broader technology revolution. A second consequence: a large gap has emerged between a world of “tech 4.0” and “gov/pol 1.0”. Governance/Policy 1.0 — adapting slowly Energy...


Canada-China meeting: National Security and Human Rights

Date: Tuesday December 19, 2017

Government officials, public policy experts, academics and private sector representatives met on September 14, 2017 in Ottawa to discuss further engagement with China. The Public Policy Forum facilitated and summarized the conversation into the speaking notes below. Meeting Minutes, September 14, 2017, Ottawa Note: // indicates a new speaker Topic 1: National Security // Over the...


A Mouse Sleeping Next to a Dragon: New Twitches and Grunts

Date: Tuesday December 19, 2017

Stephanie Carvin from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs presented her paper, A Mouse Sleeping Next to a Dragon: New Twitches, at the Public Policy Forum’s second roundtable with the Consultation Forum on China in 2017. Her paper highlights three national security considerations Canada must take before establishing a free trade agreement with China, including:...


Canada-China Session 2: a discussion of national security, human rights and geoeconomics

Date: Tuesday December 19, 2017

In its second roundtable, the participants of The Consultative Forum on China focused on issues of national security, human rights and geoeconomics. In PPF’s package of second session materials of the Canada-China talks, you will find: Meeting Minutes Consultative Forum on China 2nd Session, September 14, 2017 Update: Polling Dr. Paul Evans, Institute of Asian...


The Canada-China Relationship

Date: Saturday December 9, 2017

On September 14, 2017 at the second session of the Canada-China Forum, Bruce Anderson, Chairman of Abacus Data, presented his report called The Canada-China relationship. The company conducted a nation-wide online survey with 1,500 Canadian residents aged 18 years and older to find out what Canadians think about our relationship with China, with an emphasis...


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