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Wonk with Mike Episode 16: Data Obesity, with Dr. Hal Varian

“So much capital is intangible…today, the most valuable capital is the knowledge in your employee’s head or in the organizational structure. What that means is that kind of capital can sometimes be missed by national counts.” Dr. Hal Varian, Google’s Chief Economist and architect of the AdWords platform, joins host Mike Moffatt to chat about […]

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/Thread Episode 15: Notwithstanding motivations, Max’s new party, and pot at the border

“Can the constitution withstand political actors who don’t respect it?” Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by Mike Moffatt and Aaron Reynolds for a look back at the week that was. Topics include: understanding Premier Ford’s use of the notwithstanding clause, with special guest Vanessa MacDonnell; Max Bernier’s political party branding; and pot regulations at the […]

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Quality Content Episode 9: Design[ing] Canada, with Greg Durrell

“Often times, the best graphic design works so well that we don’t even realize it’s there.” Host Alex Paterson is joined by designer and filmmaker Greg Durrell, whose documentary film Design Canada celebrates the golden era of Canadian graphic design, to discuss how symbols and illustrations continue to define Canada’s cultural identity. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Google Play

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Wonk with Mike Episode 15: NAFTA: It’s Not Over Until It’s Over, with Peter Clark

“Lighthizer doesn’t like anybody passing judgement on his wins. He doesn’t want his wins to be temporary, he wants them to be permanent.” Peter Clark, one of Canada’s most active international trade practitioners, joins host Mike Moffatt to discuss the looming NAFTA deadline, which industries will be impacted most by a new deal, and Canada’s […]

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/Thread Episode 14: Trade negotiations, NYT op-ed reaction, and Nike’s Just Do It campaign

“I found the op-ed interesting to read, a fascinating read, but I also felt a bit betrayed by the process…to me it seemed a bit like journalistic gamesmanship.” Host Sarah Turnbull is joined by Sarah Goldfeder, principle at Earnscliffe Strategy Group and expert in U.S.-Canada trade relations, and Kelsey Johnson, iPolitics agriculture and trade reporter, to […]

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Explain like I’m Five Episode 11: Clean Tech, with Leah Lawrence

“Clean tech 4.0 will be this ability and democratization to really understand more locally what bigger environmental challenges mean.” Leah Lawrence, president and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, joins host Aaron Reynolds to explain what clean technology looks like in 2018.   Subscribe: Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Google Play

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Wonk with Mike Episode 14: The Power of Mayors, with Kate Graham

“I am a big believer in the power and autonomy of local government in Canada.” Host Mike Moffatt is joined by Kate Graham, PhD candidate studying the role and power of mayors in Canada’s urban centres. The two discuss the changing nature of the job, getting women more involved in local politics, and upcoming municipal […]

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Explain like I’m Five Episode 10: The Phoenix Pay System, with Auditor General Michael Ferguson

“Another recommendation about another policy or another procedure – is that really going to solve this? That’s my biggest concern. I fundamentally feel that there is something more cultural at play that allowed Phoenix to happen.” Canada’s Auditor General Michael Ferguson joins host Aaron Reynolds to explain the role of the Auditor General and what went wrong with the Phoenix pay system.   […]

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Wonk with Mike Episode 13: There’s No Science Behind That, with Dr. Andrew Samis

“Why are we focusing on meat and dairy? It doesn’t make sense. The science isn’t there. It only makes sense to me if there’s some other agenda.” Host Mike Moffatt is joined by Kingston-based surgeon and critical care specialist Dr. Andrew Samis to talk about the flawed research behind Health Canada’s proposed changes to Canada’s […]

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