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Canada 2020 Health Summit Report

The full conference report for Canada 2020’s Healthcare Summit, which took place November 30 – December 1, 2015 in Ottawa. The event is the first in a recurring event series that brings together leading health thinkers from Canada and around the world. Over the course of the Canada 2020 Healthcare Summit, several recurring themes emerged that point to a potential role for the federal government in creating a sustainable health system for all Canadians…

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Foreign Policy for the Future

Dear Prime Minister,

Congratulations on your election (or re-election). You deserve a rest, but regrettably you will not get one, because now you must govern. During the campaign, your attention was focused on the daily battle for votes, but now the future stretches before you. Your most important task—like that of all your predecessors—is to create the conditions in which Canadians and Canada can thrive, now and in the years to come.

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Energy Policy Update – May 2015

Long a continental supplier to the world’s erstwhile largest energy consumer (China passed the US in 2012), the Canadian oil and gas sector has been secured by the principle of “Alberta makes and the US takes.” However, this energy future has all been called into question by the plunge in global oil prices and the resulting “new normal” operating environment. Can it remain that by the end of this decade, Canadian oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) will begin to flow away from the increasingly saturated US market to offshore markets, primarily in the high growth Asia-Pacific region?

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Privacy Protection in the Federal Public Service

As is the case for all other institutions, privacy protection in the Federal Public Service in the digital age has become an unprecedented challenge, in its importance as well as in its nature. Even experienced managers find themselves unequipped to deal with the convergence of two towering phenomena: an information technology that is wreaking havoc with all traditional patterns of data protection, and a public security environment that calls for the collection and analysis of personal information at an unprecedented rate.

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Open Government in Transition

Open Government is a new movement whereby governments around the world are making their vast data holdings available to the public to use in the development of new knowledge products, to support more evidence-based decision-making, and to make government more transparent. Here, Don Lenihan reports back on round-table discussions with members of the geomatics community exploring new tools for openness and transparency in its cross-country engagement process.

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Rebuilding Public Trust: Open Government & Open Dialogue in the Government of Canada

Introduction: Trust in Government A long list of polls and studies tells us that people are turning away from politics and that public trust in politicians has plummeted, but do we know why or how to fix it? When people watch newscasts or check out political debate online, what do they actually see or hear […]

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Once More Into the Breach

The tabling of new, omnibus anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51, in the Canadian Parliament in January 2015, has re-energized calls for greater “oversight” of Canadian intelligence and security practices. Many voices have weighed in, from former Canadian Prime Ministers, to the NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, who called out Canada for having one of the “weakest oversight” frameworks for intelligence gathering in the Western world. The concern is understandable.

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The case for a carbon tax in Canada

In this latest addition to Canada 2020’s federal policy paper series, Nic Rivers from the University of Ottawa makes a convincing and comprehensive case for a carbon tax in Canada that moves well beyond the current sector-by-sector approach installed by the Harper government. Click to read the full report.

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