Canadian domestic and foreign policy news – October 11, 2017

Good morning PPGR enthusiasts! Domestic and foreign policy are often intertwined – and with that in mind, we’ve compiled several articles that prompt us to consider issues from around the globe and Canada’s place in those conversations. Keep reading for more!

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  • While climate change melts sea ice in the Canadian Arctic, international interest in the region is also heating up. The Canadian Arctic has several unique attributes – like the Northwest Passage that offers a new international trade route or the vast reserves of undiscovered natural resources – that raise the possibility of foreign competition in the area. Joshua Johnson comments on how Canada needs to speed up if it wants an ‘Arctic Future’ going forward [Johnson/PPGR].
  • While Uber may seem all but ubiquitous in North America, London plans to put a stop to the service – a dramatic cut that will affect roughly 3.5 million riders. Caleb Holden explains the city’s rationale and how this move implicates municipal governance and acts as a wake-up call for the sharing economy [Holden/PPGR]. The London case may have lessons for Canadian municipalities – Uber has already threatened to pull out of Montreal because of proposed new legislation [Kassam/The Guardian].
  • Last week, the news reverberated of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, when 58 concert-goers were shot dead in Las Vegas. While this event spurs yet another gun control debate south of the border, Angela Wright argues that Canadians need to look inward at our own policy given our high gun homicide numbers [Wright/Macleans].
  • While it will undoubtedly take years to restore the infrastructure left devastated by Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria, the tragic storms may offer an opportunity for governments to amend disaster mitigation policy in an important way. According to Justin Worland, damage could have been lessened in Texas had adequate zoning policy been set to match the booming culture of property development across the state [Worland/TIME].
  • Canadian perspectives on equitable labour policy have been solidified at the international level, with the country promoting “aggressive and progressive” labour standard proposals at the NAFTA renegotiating table. Joan Bryden outlines these international policy goals as well as how the U.S. and Mexico may respond [Bryden/Macleans].

We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Morning Brief! The next edition of the Brief will be making its way to your inboxes on October 18, 2017.