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Who’s in charge of government when an election is called?

Who's in charge of government when an election is called?

The Canadian Monarch must always have advisors. As a result, the Prime Minister and his or her Cabinet remain in office, able to react to global events or address domestic emergencies. But during an election the actions of Ministers are also confined by the “Caretaker Convention.” Caretaker… Continue Reading Who’s in charge of government when an election is called?

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A bumpy ride: How autonomous transportation may change land use planning policy

A bumpy ride: How autonomous transportation may change land use planning policy

This piece is part of StrategyCorp’s Groundswell series on grassroots advocacy.  Autonomous vehicles (AV) are already remaking the transportation landscape in North America. At this point, few would be surprised to hear it. Deployment of AV technology has rapidly moved from theoretical to reality. We’ve already seen… Continue Reading A bumpy ride: How autonomous transportation may change land use planning policy

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A Groundswell of Support: Six Keys to a Real Grassroots Advocacy Campaign

A Groundswell of Support: Six Keys to a Real Grassroots Advocacy Campaign

This piece is part of StrategyCorp’s Groundswell series on grassroots advocacy.  How many people write letters to their elected officials anymore? Stuffed in an envelope, then addressed, stamped, and dropped in a mailbox? Long before COVID-19, advocacy went digital. Emails, not handwritten notes. @Replies, not letters to… Continue Reading A Groundswell of Support: Six Keys to a Real Grassroots Advocacy Campaign

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Artificial Intelligence & Municipal Disruption White Paper

Artificial Intelligence & Municipal Disruption White Paper

COVID-19 has accelerated the impact of disruptive technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) on almost all sectors of society, including municipalities. What does this mean for the future of our communities? What should municipal leaders be doing to leverage this change as we recover from the pandemic? What… Continue Reading Artificial Intelligence & Municipal Disruption White Paper

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Battle Lines Being Drawn – The Road to a Fall Federal Election?

Battle Lines Being Drawn – The Road to a Fall Federal Election?

June is often a tempestuous time in official Ottawa, as governments try to accomplish as much legislative progress as possible before a summer break that usually lasts until late September. June also means a last-minute push by Cabinet and Treasury Board to get important decisions made before… Continue Reading Battle Lines Being Drawn – The Road to a Fall Federal Election?

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A Critical Perspective on the Canadian Education Gap: Assessing First Nation Student Education Outcomes in Canada

A Critical Perspective on the Canadian Education Gap: Assessing First Nation Student Education Outcomes in Canada

The key focus of the colonial and Western school system has been the achievement of maximum enrollment, which has become an indicator of education quality. Enrollment rates, however, do not adequately capture or reflect outcomes related to educational achievement, nor does it indicate the experiences or impacts… Continue Reading A Critical Perspective on the Canadian Education Gap: Assessing First Nation Student Education Outcomes in Canada

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Budget 2021: COVID Recovery Plan and Pre-Election Manifesto?

Budget 2021: COVID Recovery Plan and Pre-Election Manifesto?

As Canada continues to try and chart a way through the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal Liberal government has also tried to chart a way forward through the current third wave and post-pandemic recovery through its 2021 Budget. The Budget is the first for Finance Minister and Deputy… Continue Reading Budget 2021: COVID Recovery Plan and Pre-Election Manifesto?

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Canada’s NDP: Preparing to Fight on All Fronts in Next Campaign

Doubling down on progressive policies that tackle inequality, the recent NDP policy convention provided an opportunity for Leader Jagmeet Singh to deliver his core message of fighting for Canadians. It also saw Singh receive 87% support on his second leadership review, securing his leadership for the next… Continue Reading Canada’s NDP: Preparing to Fight on All Fronts in Next Campaign

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