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How and why Canada must innovate to remain competitive

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
How and why Canada must innovate to remain competitive

When you think about innovation, Canada may not be the first country that comes to mind. After all, in the 2017 Global Innovation Index survey, Canada only ranked 18th on innovation out of 100 countries surveyed. And while we are underperforming in this area, innovation matters to Canada. It is a key pillar in diversification […]

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Innovation’s ground-shifting impacts on labour

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
Innovation’s ground-shifting impacts on labour

The age of computing power — computerization, automation and robotics — is transforming today’s global labour markets in unprecedented ways, presenting great uncertainty about the future of the employment landscape. In this age, we’re told driverless cars, pilotless planes and chefless kitchens are all within the realm of possibility. Of course, this is not the […]

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10 life-changing innovations

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
10 life-changing innovations

The future is not what it used to be. French poet Paul Valéry coined this phrase to describe the cultural pessimism that had gripped Europe after the First World War. Valéry — like so many of his contemporaries — had lost faith in the inevitability of progress that had defined the period leading up to […]

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States on the brink

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
States on the brink

The Fragile States Index is based on a conflict-assessment framework known as “CAST” that was developed by FFP nearly a quarter-century ago for assessing how vulnerable states are to collapse. The CAST framework measures this vulnerability in pre-conflict, active conflict and post-conflict situations and continues to be used widely by policy-makers, field practitioners and community […]

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Africa’s thirst: severe water gaps

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Africa’s thirst: severe water gaps

Ezirazi wishes she were in school. But, like so many 10-year-old African girls south of the Sahara, she has to trek early every morning and just before sunset every night to fetch water from a well 10 kilometres away. The drinking and washing needs of her family take priority over schooling. Anyway, she also has […]

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Free speech’s living barometer

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Free speech’s living barometer

A version of this speech was delivered as the keynote address at the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom luncheon in Ottawa on May 2. It was 1903 and Pennsylvania governor Samuel Pennypacker had had enough. After a year of being depicted as a parrot by the cartoonist Charles Nelan of the North American, [a daily newspaper […]

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New NAFTA must ‘do no harm’

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
New NAFTA must ‘do no harm’

When the North American Free Trade Agreement was drafted in the early ’90s, most Canadian households did not have internet. Consumers drove to their local mall to purchase an item and financial interactions involved a teller, not a machine. Today Canadians can flip open a tablet and order a pair of shoes from Italy, a […]

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No place like home

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
No place like home

You could holiday in Spain, rent a cottage in P.E.I., or spend your vacation hauling yourself and the kids around New York City. Or you could savour the neglected delights of Ottawa and surrounding areas — not to mention saving a bundle in the process — with a staycation. Sound tantalizing? Here are some possibilities. […]

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A thrill a minute

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
A thrill a minute

Summer is upon us and it is time to choose an adventure. It is this imperative that has guided our decision to compile this list of adventure tourism activities that offer us thrills beyond the ordinary. The Adventure Travel Trade Association defines adventure tourism as a trip that includes at least two of the following: […]

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The killing fields of Africa

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
The killing fields of Africa

Why do Africans kill each other so easily? Atrocities abound, whether in Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, South Sudan or Zimbabwe. Even South Africans, in fits of xenophobia, attack outsiders. Some of these episodes of murderous mayhem rise to the scale of genocide, as defined and prohibited […]

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