Key Considerations of Canadian Drug Policy – March 8th, 2019

Good morning subscribers! On October 17, 2018 recreational cannabis was legalized by the Federal government. Its legalization came with regulations that are similar to the ones used for alcohol in Canada, as they set limits on how cannabis is produced, distributed, consumed and sold. However, these regulations and other associated policies have been criticized for […]

Driving Policy Change: Are Governments Ready For Automated Vehicles?

Madeline Rowland At first glance it may seem as though the car, arguably one of the most significant innovations of the twentieth century, has remained relatively unchanged since its creation. Minor improvements, such as four-wheel drive or blind-spot sensors, have streamlined the driving experience, but despite these incremental improvements, the fundamental relationship between the driver and […]

A Primer on Inclusive Zoning

Alyssa Wali Earlier this month, the government of Ontario announced its intention to give municipalities the ability to increase affordable housing units for lower to middle income households. Through the newly released inclusionary zoning measures, municipalities will have the option to mandate that developers include a percentage of affordable housing in new residential developments. Inclusionary […]

Dry Empire: Ontario’s Liquor Control State

Mike Robichaux My first experience with Ontario’s liquor control board took place minutes after I stepped off a bus from my former home Montreal. I was attending an open house hosted by U of T the following morning, and thought I’d pick up a couple of tall boys to enjoy in my hotel room before […]

Baptists, Bootleggers, and the Regulatory Cocktail

Zachary Lewsen In the early 1930s, after the prohibition on alcohol in America was formally repealed, Baptists and other religious leaders across the country lobbied for the Sunday Closing Laws. Often referred to as the “Blue Laws”, these regulations prohibited alcohol sales on Sundays. Yet in advocating for this restriction, the religious community was undoubtedly unaware of […]

Food Labelling: The Right to Know if You’re Eating GMOs

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 After a […]