Bending the Cost Curve of Higher Education

Graeme Stewart, of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, just wrote a a piece for The Mark on the recently released Browne Report on U.K. higher education (“Beware the Brown Report”). The Browne Report looks at ways to retool the way higher education is financed. It’s chief recommendation is deregulation of university tuition to promote…

The Tyranny of Text

Not too long ago, I spent an evening watching and discussing TED talks. There were quite a few talks that were interesting and relevant to the world of policy, but one really stood out. David McCandless, of Information is Beautiful fame, did a talk on visualizing information. While watching the video, I thought back to…

My Own Personal Flip-Flop (Maybe)

I’m the sort of person that shouldn’t really like the gun registry. I’m a gunowner. I’m a hunter. I generally dislike the idea of the government having a ton of information about me unless there’s a good reason. I don’t like wasteful spending. In short, I’m a bit of a redneck. For a long time…

Canadian Public Service Renewal aka #cpsr

Public Service Renewal seems to be on many government-types’ lips these days. The impending retirement of many senior civil servants creates a substantial demographic problem for the public service. But there’s another side to “renewal” beyond just hiring more people my age (but please please please, hire me). It’s about renewing the talent and passion…

People Screw Up, and That’s Okay

Dave Eaves wrote a great article that appeared in the Globe and Mail yesterday. Eaves is pretty much my hero, but I’m not quite as hopeful as he is, and it has nothing to do with the public service. Here’s an excerpt from his article: “The Clerk of the Privy Council Office – the most…

In Praise of Science

I want to preface this by saying that I love science and scientists. My second choice for undergrad after the media studies/economics program I ended up in was physics. You know how some parents are hockey parents, pushing their kid to be the next Crosby? Well I’m going to be a quantum physics dad. My…