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Wonk with Mike Episode 23: Cities on the Move, with Mayor Jeff Lehman

“Unfortunately most of our services – many of our services anyway – have been built to follow the same model, really a reactive model but they’re full of people who care a huge amount about their community.” Host Mike Moffatt is joined by the Mayor of Barrie, Ontario, Jeff Lehman to chat about sparking innovation […]

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Wonk with Mike Episode 22: “You Can’t Do Nothing” about Climate Change, with Chris Ragan

“It’s easy to say we don’t like taxes. It’s easy to say all taxes are bad but it’s not so easy to offer an alternative. So let’s actually make sure that people who are opposed to a carbon price are putting something forward as an alternative.” Host Mike Moffatt sits down with economist Chris Ragan […]

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Wonk with Mike Episode 20: A Friend, a Job, and a Home, with Jodi Butts

“We really need to think about the means of attachment of our social safety net. Should it really by tied to traditional employment? I think we’re going to see more and more that we need to get away from that model.” Jodi Butts, former Chief Executive of Rise Asset Development and current Canada Goose board member, […]

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Wonk with Mike Episode 18: Immigrants and the Quebec Election, with Leslie Cheung

“It creates a pecking order. If Muslims are first on the list of not Quebecois or not Quebecois enough than who’s next on the list?” Host Mike Moffatt is joined by “recovering academic” Leslie Cheung whose research on second generation immigrant identity in Quebec – and sub-nationalism more broadly – provides a deeper understanding of […]

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Wonk with Mike Episode 17: Stand Up and Run, with Jessica Post

“A lot of what we’re having to do to win is express the hard work and commitment to skills-based and trade-based education that many of these candidates have.” Host Mike Moffatt speaks to Jessica Post, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee at the Global Progress Summit in Montréal about regaining the support of […]

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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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