Pan-Canadian Perspectives: Intangible as air: Determining whether the federal government meets its climate change and emissions reductions goals

Editor’s Note: This week, the PPGR is publishing commentary articles from public policy and public administration students at universities across Canada. This Pan-Canadian Perspectives series is meant to highlight voices from coast to coast, addressing diverse issues of local and national importance. Our fourth article in this series is from Mavis Chan at Ryerson University,…

(Lack of) Citizenship and Canada’s Angel Complex

by Mirusha Yogarajah Canada tends to nod in agreement to the conversation about their angel complex—constantly contrasting themselves to the United States to highlight their zeal towards human rights initiatives and the galvanizing forces behind their diversity with their “reconciliation efforts” or gender-based federal budget. I’ve seen Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a myriad of…

Hope, optimism and the changing face of politics: Barack Obama in Toronto

Jonah Kotzer On Friday, September 29th, former U.S. President Barack Obama spoke at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The event was hosted by Canada 2020 and drew an audience of 3,000 people, who paid $10,000 per table to attend. Students of University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance were invited to volunteer at…

Does Canada Want an Arctic Future?

The Arctic is yet again in the international spotlight due to the voyage of the Xuelong, a Chinese government icebreaker. The Xuelong, which is currently on an official scientific research mission, was recently reported by Chinese state-run media to be collecting data on the viability of Canada’s northern waters for international trade. Though this action…