Food for Thought at the Policy Innovation Initiative’s 2018 Policy Hackathon

By Michael Smolinski and Harrish Thirukumaran “We increase every year. Last year, we [gave out] over 1.6 million pounds of food, so it shows you there’s a lot of need in the community and surrounding areas.” This striking statistic, provided by Pauline Cripps of the Guelph Food Bank when commenting on the organization’s food needs doubling…

Loot Box Loathing

Policy Implications of the Video Games Industry’s Latest Controversy Michael Smolinski and Cordell Philipps The video game industry is no stranger to controversy. From concerns that video games promote violence, to allegations that they are too addictive, the industry has rarely been free of criticism from outside observers. More recently, however, members within the video…

Daylight Savings Time – A Tale of Unintended Consequences

Michael Smolinski Yes, you do get an extra hour of sleep on that one morning in November, but does that really make up for the dreaded morning in March when you lose an hour? Or the biannual ritual of having to adjust every clock in your house? Daylight savings time is simply an inconvenient policy,…