The Political Debate Around “The Middle Class” is Far From Classy

Jennifer Mutton “The Liberal Party, alone, is fighting for middle-class Canadians.” (John McCallum, Liberal, 2015) “Despite the NDP and the Liberals who have positioned themselves against middle-class families, I am proud that our government is giving money back to each and every family with children in Canada.” (Rob Clarke, Conservative, 2015) “I am concerned that the […]

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 […]

Power Struggles: Energy Security and Equality in Canada

Tara Sackett Interest by remote Indigenous communities in Canada for building alternative energy systems – including renewable projects such as run-of-river hydro and wind, but also systems such as wind-diesel hybrids or combined heat and power – has been increasing in recent decades. “Off-grid” communities, which are not connected to the main electricity grid, may […]

New Year, New Agenda: What to Expect in 2015

Deanna Veltri As the new year begins, policy-makers across Canada are gearing up for what looks be a busy year ahead. 2015 is expected to bring a packed political agenda with issues of both national and regional scope that will make for an interesting lead-up to the federal election scheduled for October 19 (although many […]

Out on the Streets: Homelessness in Canada and France

The ‘Public Policy and Governance Review Abroad’, or PPGR Abroad, is a new initiative for 2014. Undertaken in collaborative with exchange students from the Master of Public Policy program at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, it will featured policy insights and analyses direct from Berlin and Paris. Margaret Campbell It doesn’t […]