The youngest and fastest growing segment of the Canadian population is underperforming academically to a dramatic degree. Nearly 40 per cent of indigenous Canadians do not graduate from high school, and the figure is nearly 60 per cent for First Nations people on reserves, rates that far exceed the Canadian average. What these statistics show is that the majority of First Nations students are not reaching their full potential and the question is why not?
In the draft budget for 2015 tabled by the City of Ottawa, one seemingly small but critical program is at risk: Healthy Babies Healthy Children. Launched by the province of Ontario and run by the Ottawa Board of Health, it is program on the proverbial chopping block that is worthy of national attention…
There are a little more than 4 million children in Canada aged 0 to 12 years. They need care and education. I don’t think anyone really disputes this–youth 13 and older obviously also have needs for care and education but they’re not the focus of this post. In most cases, decisions about that care and education are made by parents or legal guardians who will have the bests interests of their children at heart. I don’t think anyone disputes this either. Those children and the families making decisions for them are really, really diverse. So why do we keep trying to produce national public policies on child-care that are one-size solutions?
A few years ago, we began noticing something very different about the way the public looked at the economy. The public seemed to believe that we were encountering an end of progress. The idea of a “better life” or what is known to the south as the American Dream seemed to be slipping away. Among citizens of both Canada and the United States, there was a growing recognition that the middle class bargain of shared prosperity…
Author Miles Corak, Professor of Economics from the University of Ottawa, details the public policy drivers behind social mobility in Canada, and its links to equality of opportunity for Canadian citizens. The paper offers a series of innovative policy solutions that the federal government could take to ensure high degrees of mobility, and lower degrees of inequality.
Comparing ourselves with the United States is a national pastime in Canada. Sometimes the comparison makes us look good (health care, public education). Sometimes it makes us look bad (consumer prices, productivity). Sometimes it reveals an altogether more nuanced story. Sadly, we often miss the nuance. A month ago, the New York Times published a […]
Growing inequality is, according to President Barack Obama, “the defining issue of our time.” In the week following his re-election, the president has vowed not to abandon his resolve to raise taxes on those earning over $250,000. This fascinates me. What is it that has propelled the issue of inequality to these dizzying heights? Which […]
When the President of the most anti-government country on earth and the President of the country that invented dirigisme are converging upon a political narrative, if not a shared policy agenda, something is going on that Canadians better pay close attention to. Francois Hollande, the newly elected socialist president of France, is defining the early […]
Not two years ago, income inequality was a pretty obscure topic. Not so today. Earlier this year the World Economic Forum identified income inequality as a top global risk and in late 2011 President Obama called growing inequality “the defining issue of our time”. In March, polling by Ekos found that 57% of Canadians felt […]
Canada is still more economically mobile than the US: if you are rich and want to stay rich, it is better to be born in the US. If you are poor and want to move up, Canada is a better bet. The New York Times posed this question to a group of experts, Richard Florida, […]