Disrespect Existence; Expect Resistance: A Discussion on Trump’s Green America, Canada’s Climate Potential, and Environmental Racism

Anna-Kay Russell Ever since the Paris Agreement was signed on October 5, 2016, there have been many conferences, workshops and panel discussions devoted on the topic of environmental action and the role that governments play. Most recently, the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, in partnership with the University of Toronto Faculty of Law,…

A Safe Place to Rest Your Head: Homelessness In Canada – March 15, 2017

Good morning subscribers! With temperatures falling below zero again in much of central Canada, hopes of an early spring appear to have dissipated. For those without stable access to shelter, however, this seemingly minor inconvenience is of critical importance. This week, we turn our attention to homelessness in Canada and the policy environment in which…

Toronto Will Reduce Harm Through Supervised Injection Services

Shannon Hazlett According to a 2013 Toronto report, 206 people died from drug overdoses in that year, the highest annual number to date. Toronto is following the lead of its West Coast counterpart, Vancouver, in establishing supervised injection sites. The City is planning to introduce at least three supervised injection services to provide drug users…

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…

Canada Might Need to Get Off Its Immigration High-Horse

Terhas Ghebretecle and Talha Sadiq  Against a backdrop of growing anti-immigrant sentiment around the world, Canada is often portrayed as a model for the successful integration of immigrants. But rising inequality and austerity have changed the context for immigrant settlement in Canada. On February 16, Professor Daniyal Zuberi, RBC Chair and Associate Professor at the…