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Unprecedented power-sharing model in Northwest Territories a step forward for Indigenous reconciliation Jerald Sabin (November 21st, 2017) A Federation within a Federation? Devolution and Indigenous Government in the Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories (NWT) is on the leading edge of political, constitutional and ad­ministrative changes that are fundamentally redefining the relationship between Indigenous people and the Canadian state, says a new study from the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference: Special dossier from Policy Options magazine (November 13th, 2017)

As delegates from around the world prepare to converge on Vancouver for the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference, Policy Options will share expert analysis on such questions as the shape of modern peacekeeping, how Canada can best contribute to international missions, and the representation of women in operations.

Quebec’s sovereignty movement faces an impasse rooted partly in the province’s progress Jean-Herman Guay (October 24th, 2017) Sovereignty at an Impasse: The Highs and Lows of Quebec Nationalism

Many Quebecers are ambivalent about their situation within Canada, because when the pros and cons are weighed, the scale never tips clearly to one side, says a new publication from the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Policy disagreements among Canadians reflect values more than regional differences — new survey Éric Montpetit, Erick Lachapelle and Simon Kiss (September 12th, 2017) Does Canadian Federalism Amplify Policy Disagreements?

Canadians’ differences over values have a considerably greater effect on their public policy preferences than does the region where they live, finds a new study from the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

The Policy Options special dossier for the NAFTA talks (August 17th, 2017)

Montreal – The NAFTA negotiations are underway in Washington, and will touch on complex areas including rules of origin, labour and gender rights, and intellectual property. Top trade experts have been sharing their insights into the different facets of the talks in the pages of Policy Options. This is a compilation of some of their recent in-depth analysis. The […]

Governments must engage Indigenous peoples as co-equals in resource development approvals Martin Papillon and Thierry Rodon (July 4th, 2017) Indigenous Consent and Natural Resource Extraction

A mutually beneficial model for decision-making in land and resource development in Canada requires a new approach – one that commits governments to recognizing Indigenous peoples’ inherent jurisdiction and fully engages them in the decision-making process, says a new paper from the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

CPP enhancement will provide very little benefit to low-income earners Bob Baldwin and Richard Shillington (June 14th, 2017) Unfinished Business: Pension Reform in Canada

The plan to enhance Canada Pension Plan benefits, announced with much fanfare by Canada’s finance ministers a year ago, will not do much to improve the retirement income prospects of low-income workers. It also fails to take into account the impact of demographic and labour market changes on the retirement income system, says a new study from the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Policy Options columnist Timothy Caulfield awarded gold medal at the Digital Publishing Awards (June 5th, 2017)

Montreal – The Institute for Research on Public Policy congratulates Timothy Caulfield on winning a 2017 Digital Publishing Award for his work in the IRPP’s magazine Policy Options. Produced by the National Media Awards Foundation, the Digital Publishing Awards promote and reward the achievements of those who create digital publishing content in Canada. Jennifer Ditchburn, editor-in-chief of Policy Options, […]

IRPP Book awarded the Doug Purvis Memorial Prize (June 3rd, 2017)

Graham Fox, President and CEO of the Institute for Research on Public Policy congratulates David Green, Craig Riddell and the IRPP’s France St-Hilaire on winning the 2017 Doug Purvis Memorial Prize for their edited volume Income Inequality: The Canadian Story.

Canada’s prosperity hinges on inclusive trade (May 15th, 2017)

Canada must develop trade policies that ensure that more Canadians share in the benefits of globalization and technological progress, says Redesigning Canadian Trade Policies for New Global Realities. Edited by Stephen Tapp, Ari Van Assche and Robert Wolfe, and published by the IRPP, it is based on extensive research and sets out a forward-looking policy agenda for more inclusive trade.

Workshop/Book Launch – Canadian Trade Policy at a Risky Crossroads: Navigating New Global Realities (May 11th, 2017)

Members of the media are invited to attend the launch of Redesigning Canadian Trade Policies for New Global Realities, published by the IRPP.

Workshop: Understanding the Indian Act (April 20th, 2017)

Members of the media are invited to join a Policy Options workshop designed to build basic knowledge of one of Canada’s most complex and most reviled pieces of legislation – the 141-year-old Indian Act.

Council of the Federation has strengthened the ties among provincial and territorial governments Emmet Collins (March 26th, 2017) Coming into Its Own? Canada’s Council of the Federation, 2003-16

The Council of the Federation has become an active intergovernmental institution that allows governments to work together more effectively.

Maternity and parental leave benefits: Ottawa’s proposed reforms will not work for low-income families Jennifer Robson (March 15th, 2017) Parental Benefits in Canada: Which Way Forward?

Montreal – As the federal government considers extending maternity and parental leave benefits from the current 50 weeks to 18 months, a new study from the Institute for Research on Public Policy says that without additional reforms to ensure more equitable access to longer leave, the proposed changes will not benefit low-income families. Although the current […]

Canada’s suburbs must rethink development to prepare for aging population Glenn Miller (March 8th, 2017) No Place to Grow Old: How Canadian Suburbs Can Become Age Friendly

Montreal – With Canada’s population aging rapidly, municipalities must refocus their community planning efforts to deal with the impact of decades-old car-dependent suburban sprawl that leaves less-mobile seniors isolated, says a new publication from the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Today seniors prefer to “age at home,” but most older residents who do wish to […]

Canada is not immune to the Trump effect: Income inequality must remain a top policy priority David A. Green, W. Craig Riddell and France St-Hilaire (February 23rd, 2017) Income Inequality in Canada

Research shows that rising income inequality can give way to populist and protectionist sentiments and result in political uncertainty. Brexit and the results of the US election are clear manifestations of these dynamics at play. And Canada is not immune.

Canada on the right track after recent reforms to foreign investment rules Andrew Newcombe (January 18th, 2017) Canadian Investment Treaty Policy: Stay the Course on Progressive Developments

Montreal – The new rules to settle foreign investment disputes contained in the recently signed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are a step in the right direction and provide a model for Canada’s future investment agreements, says a new chapter from the Institute for Research on Public Policy’s forthcoming volume Redesigning Canadian Trade Policies for New […]

Canada must improve prescription drug safety for seniors Nicole F. Bernier (January 12th, 2017) Improving Prescription Drug Safety for Canadian Seniors

Montreal – Canada needs a national strategy to address inappropriate prescribing practices that lead to the unsafe use of medications by seniors, says the author of a new study from the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Seniors are the heaviest users of prescription medicines in Canada. On average, two-thirds take 5 or more prescriptions drugs […]

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