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When the federal government created the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to help Canadians who had lost their jobs in the COVID-19 lockdown, it sparked renewed interest in the idea of a basic income. However, many policy questions need to be discussed and resolved in order to assess a basic income and compare it to alternative forms of social support.
The Canadian economy is being hammered by global demand and supply shocks from the COVID-19 crises and a collapse in world oil prices. Much attention has been on the various fiscal policy measures introduced by governments in Canada, but the Bank of Canada has also been actively engaged in companion emergency monetary policy measures…
Analyzing Canada’s responses to the 1918-20 influenza pandemic can offer insights into the current policy and social context of the coronavirus pandemic, while also helping to ensure we do not repeat past mistakes…
The pandemic is forcing Canadians to re-examine civil society’s place in addressing social problems. The government of Alberta has recently launched a Premier’s Charities Council to explore partnering with community groups, giving them improved capabilities to deliver programs and services and reducing bureaucratic clutter.
The Russia-Saudi oil price war that devastated energy markets in March also
illuminated the Kremlin’s thinking. It revealed Russia’s fears and just how far
it’s prepared to go to prevent them from becoming reality, even at the cost of
wrecking promising alliances.
Pundits who tried to call the 2016 election are still licking their wounds. But that won’t stop our experts from weighing in on 2020, the race for President, Congress and Senate. What are the historical trends, the political influences and the implications for Canada? Grab your favorite drink to join our panel of experts for a virtual policy and a pint on Wednesday, May 27th. This event is perfect for those who like to lift an elbow, while learning. Register today!