Big in Japan: Public Policy of Love

Samantha Hatoski There is a demographic time bomb waiting to go off in Japan. Experts argue that the country’s shrinking population, slow economic growth, declining fertility rate, and rise in unsteady employment are all to blame, and with an increasing elderly population, the outlook is dire. Japan has taken a unique approach to this situation,…

Workplace Sexual Harassment: The Canadian Context

Sanya Ramnauth In the wake of a series of high-profile sexual misconduct allegations that have emerged across the United States, the issue of sexual harassment has been brought to the forefront of discussions about gender inequality. This issue is not isolated within the U.S.; it touches the daily experiences of women across the world, ranging…

Unpacking Equity: Gender Equity in the Media

Recent public allegations of sexual misconduct by powerful Hollywood players, while not exactly surprising, have sparked an open conversation about gender equity in the media industry. There are far fewer women than men in decision-making roles in the media industry, and thus women are not given an equal voice in influencing the roles written for…

Unveiling Bill C62

On October 17, the Liberal government of Quebec passed Bill 62, titled “an Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality.” The bill received a staggering 66 votes in favour and 51 against. The bill mandates how employees of “public bodies” – that is, government employees – and those receiving public services should dress, specifically…

Beyond Ottawa: The career of Christine Hogan

Christine Hogan’s career path has not exactly been conventional. Currently the Executive Director responsible for Canada, Ireland, and the Caribbean at the World Bank, she has previously been a Deputy Minister of International Trade and a foreign and defense policy advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. She has also held senior policy positions in the…

Unpacking Equity: “Equal” Policies Are Not Always Fair

Unpacking Equity is a collaboration between the Public Policy and Governance Review and the Gender, Diversity and Public Policy Initiative (GDPP) at the School of Public Policy and Governance. This series aims to explain equity-related policy issues and break down complicated topics involving equity, diversity and inclusion. Policy professionals can gain a better understanding of these…