Ontario’s Culture Strategy: Monetizing the Arts

Mike Robichaux It’s a new year, kind of, and the Government of Ontario is getting ready to roll out its first-ever provincial Culture Strategy. The draft plan is slated for release this winter (so, any day now), and will be based on an extensive process of public consultation through which Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals have tried…

Opinion: Bill 94, A By-Product of American Orientalist Discourse

Shane Senécal-Tremblay Advanced by former Quebec Premier Jean Charest in 2010, Bill 94 is a controversial piece of legislation that effectively revokes fundamental freedoms and rights from those women whose religious beliefs include the wearing of a niqab. More specifically, the bill prohibits face-covering women from giving or receiving government services in the name of…

Fighting “Barbaric Cultural Practices” as Public Policy

Saad Omar Khan Sometime in his tenure as Britain’s Commander-in-Chief in India during a period of British rule in the nineteenth century, General Sir Charles Napier was approached by several Hindu priests regarding his aggressive crackdown on the practice of sati—the ritual burning of widows upon the death of their husbands. The priests’ objection to the colonial…

The CBC: Painting a Picture as Immense as Canada

This year’s Walter Gordon Symposium is co-hosted by Massey College and the School of Public Policy and Governance, and explores the oft-overlooked subject of public policy in the arts. In the week leading up to the March 26-27 event, the PPGR will be featuring writing on the subject of the arts, cultural policy, and the…

Preserving Indigenous Language in Togo

Margaret Cappa This piece is based on first-person interviews conducted by the author that present a problem and the individuals working towards a solution. As policy students and practitioners, we often think of problems being solved by governments or by organizations such as foundations, charities or other NGOs. However, history has shown us time again…