In this study Cliff Halliwell says employers and policy-makers should view the significant slowdown in the growth of the labour force expected in the next 10 years as an opportunity rather than a threat. If Canada improves the development, matching, and use of skills across the labour force, the decade ahead could actually be one of rising wages and productivity. Such a turnabout is imperative if we are to maintain a high standard of living in the context of an aging population. He says a new policy framework is needed to help improve productivity and recommends several measures to this end.
With so much recent news from cities focusing on corruption and other unseemly scandals, this issue of Policy Optionslooks at municipal governance in the 21st century. We also delve into the deeper questions we need to confront if we are to keep our cities liveable. What is the role of the artist in the city? Are smart cities better cities? We lead the package with an excerpt from François Cardinal’s new book, in which he pleads for more power for Montreal. Benjamin Barber says that despite what digital evangelists would have us believe, e-politics will not fix municipal government if there is no civic engagement.Raphaël Fischler sees the “suburbanization of poverty” in Canada’s cities. And David Seymour, speaking out in favour of people who want to drive, says city halls should use new technologies to reduce costs and also congestion. As well, we glimpse our cities through the eyes of two photographers.
Plus,Jocelyn Maclure on the Parti québecois’ Charter of Quebec Values (the English translation will be at irpp.org as of November 15); Jonathon Penney on revenge porn; in Nota Bene we present different views on Bill 52, the Quebec government’s proposed legislation to permit euthanasia, that were heard in front of the Committee on Health and Social Services in Quebec’s National Assembly; and much more.
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