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Canada long overdue for ‘more populist voices’ to take up cause of ‘expendables’, says economist Rubin?

News|By Beatrice Paez
'Now there’s a new imperative. Bring that mask production, or ventilator production, or for that matter, generic drugs—bring that back home,' says economist Jeff Rubin, author of The Expendables.
Feature|By Alex Marland
Provincial Battles, National Prize? Elections in a Federal State is a study of the 2015 Canadian federal election, with a twist: it examines campaign dynamics in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.
Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline is a finalist for this year's prestigious Donner Prize, one of the five best Canadian public policy books of the year. Here, the two authors offer an essay about their bestselling book and why they wrote it.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Longtime politicial science professor Nelson Wiseman talks about his new book, Partisan Odysseys: Canada's Political Parties.
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
The agreements signed are just documents involving an exchange of ambassadors, trade deals, and the like.
Unfortunately, in Canada as elsewhere, the state of electronic health records varies widely. Electronic records are heavily skewed towards those who are sick, and therefore lack the necessary coverage of all residents.
Perhaps the time is ripe to rethink justice resourcing for the longer term, channelling some coffers away from retributive instruments and into programs seeking to change social relations.
After three decades, we believe that it is now time that the federal government modernize its central bank mandate by dropping its IT fa?ade and follow the route of the U.S. Fed in committing itself to a dual mandate.
Books & Big Ideas
Feature|By Wendy Dobson
Living with China: A Middle Power Finds Its Way, by Wendy Dobson, is a finalist for this year's prestigious Donner Prize, one of the best public policy books of the year. She offers a summary of her book here.
The Wealth of First Nations, by Tom Flanagan, published by the Fraser Institute, is one of this year's five finalists for the prestigious Donner Prize, the best public policy book of the year. Here's an excerpt.
Breakdown addresses arguably one of the most contentious and consequential set of policy issues facing Canada today—the nexus of resource development, climate change, Indigenous rights and Alberta alienation. It presents the history of four pipeline projects and overlays the political decisions that have resulted in many projects not being supported or being delayed significantly. It's also one of five books nominated for this year's prestigious Donner Prize, the best public policy book of the year. This is an excerpt.
The issue of ensuring Canadian culture survives the technological change in the production and distribution of digital content is front and centre in policy debate in Parliament. Here, industry veteran Richard Stursberg clearly outlines the threat from FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google), providing both historical context and explicit recommendations, including a clarified definition of Canadian content, as well as possible approaches to subsidizing that content. He paints a very dim portrait of the status quo and conveys a sense of urgent need for policy action to level the playing field. The Tangled Garden: A Canadian Cultural Manifesto For The Digital Age, by Richard Stursberg, is one five finalists for this year's $50,000 Donner Prize, the best book on public policy. The other four are: Empty Planet, by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson; Living With China, by Wendy Dobson; The Wealth of First Nations, by Thomas Flanagan; and Breakdown, by Dennis McConaghy. The winner will be announced in the fall.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
The upcoming book, co-edited by Alex Marland and Thierry Giasson, works to pull back the curtain on the important, but too often overlooked aspects of Canadian federal elections.
Feature|By Beatrice Paez
'If we can deliver fast food to people, we can deliver life-saving medical support to people’s doors,' says Benjamin Perrin, a former senior adviser to then-prime minister Stephen Harper, about providing safe supply for those with opioid addictions amid this pandemic.
Opinion|By Alex Marland
David Taras and Christopher Waddell recently authored The End of the CBC?, published by the University of Toronto Press. They have exceptional credentials to examine the English arm of the public broadcaster.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Laura Trethewey talks about her new book, The Imperilled Ocean: Human Stories From a Changing Sea, an illuminating, beautifully written, and important read, especially for Canada's federal legislators.
News|By Mike Lapointe
The longtime provincial and federal Grit backroom operative talks byelections, advice for Justin Trudeau, leadership races, and her new book Let ‘Em Howl with The Hill Times.
News|By Beatrice Paez
'When Black or Indigenous or other people of colour get into the political system, it always assumed it’s they who must carry this change for the rest of us,' says journalist and activist Desmond Cole.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Mark Bourrie talks about his book, Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Wendy Wickwire talks about her compelling and historically important book, At The Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging.
Opinion|By Alex Marland
Amanda Clarke's Opening the Government of Canada: The Federal Bureaucracy in the Digital Age is a result of years of work documenting the Government of Canada’s transition to a digital world.
In Vancouver Granville, the race is heating up between Independent incumbent Jody Wilson-Raybould and her Liberal challenger, who's raising the spectre of a Conservative government to draw votes.
The federal NDP campaign team is stocked with experienced organizers, including people who backed Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath in 2018 and B.C. Premier John Horgan in 2017.
From British Columbia, to the East Coast, here are some of the juiciest races to keep an eye on in this campaign.
The Green Party’s Ottawa headquarters now has about 80 staffers, up from 39 before the start of the year.
Opinion|By Gideon Forman
Greta Thunberg's speeches are collected in this book, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, her first in English, at age 15 and 16,?and like other great leaders, she?denies she’s up to the task history has set her.??
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Daniel Pauly talks about his recently released book, Vanishing Fish: Shifting Baselines and the Future of Global Fisheries.
Meanwhile, Melissa Rumble has been promoted to take over as director of operations to Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan.

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