MaRS Future of Work Conference: Preparing the Labour Force for the AI Age

Andrew Abballe  On November 24, 2016 MaRS Discovery District hosted a panel entitled “Future of Work: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics,” which featured a discussion between technological entrepreneurs on the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) for the labour market. The State of AI Today Contrary to some claims, AI is not expected to make humans obsolete…

An Unequal Paying Field: Ontario’s gender wage gap, explained

Sasha Gronsdahl Spending late nights researching a wicked public policy problem may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but that was how many students from U of T’s School of Public Policy and Governance chose to fill their time last week as participants in the School’s internal case competition. The “case” was about Ontario’s gender…

Employment Precarity in Ontario and the Living Wage

Cayla Baarda This past October, labour union Unifor hosted a ‘Good Jobs Summit’ in Toronto highlighting the need to develop practical public policy responses to the ongoing problem of creating good jobs. A few weeks later, on November 16, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act (or Bill 18) passed third reading in the Ontario legislature. The…

Working Women and the Growing Costs of Childcare

Brynne Moore Last week, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released ‘The Parent Trap’, a report outlining the discrepancies between childcare costs across Canada, indexed to women’s earnings. The report found that parents in Toronto are paying the highest monthly childcare costs of any city in Canada, averaging about $1676 per child — amounting to…

STEM-ing the Achievement Gap: Looking Beyond the Classroom

Abiola Sulaiman Discussions on improving student grades, raising high school graduation rates, and increasing post-secondary enrolment often point to student-teacher ratios as a major success factor. The impact of class size on education achievement has been evidenced over time in numerous studies. Of those, Tennessee’s 1985-1989 Student Teacher Achievement Ratio (STAR) study is one of the most well…