Work Sharing: How to Make Canada (A Bit) More Recession Proof

Zach Lewsen At the onset of the 2008 recession, Canadian employment trends took a turn for the worse. In particular, the manufacturing sector — linked to the contagious financial downturn south of the border — saw thousands of layoffs. At least one crisis-exposed company, however, dodged the trend: Standen’s Ltd, a 475-person steel parts firm…

Modern Technology and Citizen Engagement: How Smartphones Could Solve An Age-Old Policy Challenge

The Walter Gordon Symposium is an annual conference co-hosted by the School of Public Policy and Governance and Massey College. In the lead up to the 2015 Walter Gordon Symposium, students, speakers, faculty, and community members are invited to share their reflections on the theme of ‘Confronting Complexity’ in Canadian society. ​This year’s conference will take place on March…

Baptists, Bootleggers, and the Regulatory Cocktail

Zachary Lewsen In the early 1930s, after the prohibition on alcohol in America was formally repealed, Baptists and other religious leaders across the country lobbied for the Sunday Closing Laws. Often referred to as the “Blue Laws”, these regulations prohibited alcohol sales on Sundays. Yet in advocating for this restriction, the religious community was undoubtedly unaware of…

Mental Health Management and Toronto’s Police Services

In light of Toronto’s upcoming municipal election, the PPGR is dedicating this week to a special series of posts that focus on municipal policy issues. Be sure to check back tomorrow to read up on another topic of municipal interest. Zachary Lewsen Way back in 1987, after Memphis Police shot and killed an individual with mental illness, the…