The Case for an Arts & Culture Policy Revamp

Jordann Thirgood As Canadian icon Gord Downie makes history and our nation approaches its 150th birthday, the time is ripe for government to promote and strategically invest in our artists and cultural industries. On August 20, millions of Canadians collectively wept as lead vocalist Gord Downie gave the performance of a lifetime during what was likely […]

What does the TPP deal mean for environmental protection?

Jordann Thirgood On October 5, 2015, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal was officially struck between 12 nations that surround the Pacific Ocean. If all countries choose to ratify, this will create the world’s largest free trade zone, impacting 800 million people and totaling a trade value of $28.5 trillion – approximately 40 per cent of […]

Eye for an Eye: Addressing Ontario’s Tissue Donation Shortage

Jordann Thirgood It’s the holiday season. A time of year when it’s common to see intense public campaigns emphasizing the importance of giving to those in need – and not just giving gifts under the tree but also human blood, bones, and skin. Initiatives like the Canadian Blood Services’ “Wrap it Up” campaign remind us that blood […]

Seen and Heard: ‘Silence of the Labs’ Screening

Jordann Thirgood In January, the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto hosted a public screening of “Silence of the Labs” in collaboration with Evidence for Democracy (E4D), a non-partisan organization that advocates for transparency and evidence-based decision-making in public policy. Since then, E4D has continued to screen the film across the […]