On May 9, 2013 Canada 2020 staff attended a speech by University of Ottawa President, Allan Rock on “The Skills Mismatch and the Myth of the Irrelevant University”.
Rock stressed the continued relevance of universities, especially in today’s knowledge economy. This is beyond dispute but, upon further reflection, I wonder if perhaps we should be asking another question: is simply being ‘relevant’ enough?
In Canada think tanks have generally been thin on the ground, and typically associated with specific political parties.
We launched Canada 2020 in 2006 because we wanted a space for progressives of all stripes to meet, discuss, and share ideas in an environment that was free of the partisan mentality of old. We’re proud of the work we have done and the voices and ideas that we have featured.
Earlier this month a response to our paper ‘Why would Canadians buy carbon pricing?’ was published in the Financial Post. The over-riding objective of our paper, and packed event which it supported, was to ‘identify a refreshed mode of discussion… [in order to]… develop a constructive and positive course of action’ to address climate change.
How does a minority government mired in a big deficit and in the grips of weak economic growth craft a budget that satisfies the NDP opposition and keeps the financial markets content? Canada 2020′s Eugene Lang looks at the balancing act of Premier Wynne’s first budget.
In the past two weeks the world learned that austerity might not be all it’s cracked up to be. The Reinhart-Rogoff ‘affair’ has occupied a lot of airtime (if you haven’t caught up, here’s a good primer from The New Yorker), with good cause. Governments across the developed world must make hard choices as we continue on a shaky road to recovery: it is essential to ensure that these choices are based on the best available information.
This past Wednesday, over 500 people packed the Chateau Laurier’s ballroom, and hundreds tuned in online to watch ‘How to sell carbon pricing to Canadians’ – our call to re-cast the carbon pricing conversation in Canada. It was, by all measures, our largest event to date.
The United States Congress Budget Office has released a new report on a carbon taxes’ impact on the American environment and economy. Download it here.
Previous Canada 2020 panelist, former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis is interviewed in last week’s This American Life episode. Inglis discusses his fight to get conservatives involved in the climate change conversation.
What we can learn from Norway and the role that education and childcare play in that country’s success, from the Globe and Mail.
Jessica Prince and Joshua Stark challenge the value of debates excluding women in the Globe and Mail. Read it here..
Christopher Ragan speaks to the importance of having an “adult” conversation, that includes large and small C conservatives, on carbon pricing. Read his commentary on our “How to sell pricing to Canadians” event in the Globe and Mail.
Martin Wolf writes in the Financial Times about the many reasons we seem unable to respond to the threat of catastrophic climate change.
The amount the average Canadian uses of public health care over their lifetime. The Globe and Mail’s Andre Picard reports.
Two articles in today’s Globe demonstrate the difficulty of making policy in the area of obesity and fitness. One talks about the dangers of school healthy eating programs leading to eating disorders and another argues that we are overstating the obesity problem anyway.
Climate scientists, policy experts and economists have written an open letter to Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver, expressing concern over his stance on climate change. Read the original letter here, and CBC coverage here.
A new report from Carbon Tracker and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE has revealed that fossil fuel reserves already far exceed the carbon budget to avoid global warming of 2°C – and yet we still continue to fund exploration for stranded assets. Read it here.
The Globe and Mail’s Tavia Grant looks at the rise of temporary employment in Canada.
Global Post’s feature site on income inequality is both informative and visually engaging.
When it comes to meeting Canada’s Copenhagen targets, apparently not that much, according to a new blog by Pembina.
The Washington Post Editorial Board takes stock of energy policy in the EU and calls for a simple and predictable carbon tax.
A compelling case by Thomas Friedman on how a carbon tax can boost the economy and society.
Canada 2020 panelist, Jean Charest, writes in the Globe and Mail about the need to address carbon emissions and the strengths of Quebec’s new links with California.
While Canada’s overall emissions start to level off, according to new government report.
Geoff Mulgan writes about how arguments are best presented to government and why some advice succeeds.
Citing overwhelming scientific consensus as the basis for a ‘call to action’ on climate change, the world’s two largest emitters agree to cooperate.
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