Legislative Electoral Systems’ Effect on Gender Parity

Maya Efrati The saying is that women hold up half the sky. But if that’s the case, they must be doing so silently – at least in government. Women’s representation, even in Western and supposedly equal nations, is dismal; gender inequality is a problem in legislative systems around the world. Worldwide, the average representation of…

The ins and outs of Hugh Segal’s basic income pilot

Jonathan Kates  Earlier this month, Hugh Segal, former Canadian Senator, current Master of Massey College and Ontario’s Special Advisor on Basic Income, released his discussion paper Finding a Better Way: A Basic Income Pilot Project for Ontario. In the paper Mr. Segal recommends that Ontario introduce a three-year randomized control trial pilot to test various…

Canada needs a Parliamentary Science Officer

Alexia Bystrzycki The past nine years have not been halcyon times for the state of science in Canada. Previous instances, including the decision to scrap the long form census as well as the unprecedented investigation by the Information Commissioner into complaints of “muzzled” Canadian scientists in the public service, have earned the former Conservative government the…

Could the TPP be the answer to Canada’s productivity problem?

Creig Lamb It is no secret that Canada has a productivity problem. There is also no denying that if the election candidates continue to sweep this issue under the rug, our collective well-being as Canadians will suffer. Despite this looming issue, there has been disturbingly little mention of productivity on the campaign trail. However, with…

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…

Supervised Injection Sites and Vancouver’s ‘Insite’ Experiment

Alexis Mulvenna In 2003, North America’s first supervised narcotics injection site opened its doors in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown eastside. The ‘Insite’ facility allows individuals to self-administer intravenous drugs with clean injection equipment in the presence of health care workers. It also works to connect those individuals to a host of health care services, ranging from primary…