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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...


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...


Open(ing) government

Date: Monday September 18, 2017

There’s a lot of chatter about open government, but not a lot of clarity around what the concept means and what it accomplishes in practical terms. By: Kent Aitken The digital landscape is changing people’s expectations of government. It is driving new demands for transparency, creating new forms of engagement and allowing citizens, businesses and other...


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...


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