Policy Connections For Canada

Watch Now: Why Canada Needs a Basic Income Guarantee

Amid soaring costs of essentials, could a basic income guarantee be the game-changer? Both the market economy and welfare system are falling short, with minimum-wage workers, and people receiving social assistance trapped thousands of dollars below the poverty line....

A Reading Week Trip to Michigan State University

Laurier students pose by a mural in Flint, Michigan during a city tour, part of their visit to Michigan State University's East Lansing and Flint campuses. The mural depicts (from left) the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, James Forman, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev....

Peacekeeping Beyond the UN: Transitions, Regional Organizations and Ad Hoc Alliances

Burundian troops, part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), arrive in Somalia to take part in the peacekeeping operation February 13, 2017. AMISOM Photo / Ilyas Ahmed [SOURCE] In this article, Alistair Edgar examines the diverse range of peacekeeping...

Canada and the Rule of Law: Lessons from History and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine receive urban operations training on movement and searches under the supervision of Canadian Armed Forces personnel during Operation UNIFIER on May 14, 2023, in the United Kingdom. Master Sailor Valerie LeClair, Canadian Armed...

Practitioner Roundtable: Reflections on the Green Transition in Canada

[Click here for printable PDF] Discussion Summary Ryan Durante, Jenna Phillips and Tatyana Feiner   With the support of the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, this workshop brought...

Brainstorming Session: What are the next steps for Canada in terms of ‘green transitioning?’

[Click here for printable PDF] Discussion Summary #2 Tatyana Feiner, Ryan Durante, Jenna Phillips   With the support of the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, this workshop brought...

Roundtable One: Where have we seen progress, and what are biggest challenges?

[Click here for printable PDF] Discussion Summary #1 Jenna Phillips, Tatyana Feiner and Ryan Durante   With the support of the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, this workshop brought...

Chapter 18 | Examining the ‘participatory turn’ in forestry governance – what potential does it hold for a green and just transitions?

[Click here for printable PDF]   Key Messages   Perspectives   Governance of public forests (92% of forests in Canada) is frequently contested due to competing land use values (timber extraction, carbon sequestration, biodiversity protection, amongst...

Chapter 17 | Sustainability Transitions Across the Agri-Food Landscape in Canada

[Click here for printable PDF]   Key Messages   Perspectives   There are three core perspectives on agrifood sustainability, each of which emphasizes different dimensions of agri-food (un)sustainability and locates “the problem” and “the solution” very...

Chapter 16 | Canadian Biodiversity Policy in the “Last, Best Chance to Save Nature” Decade

[Click here for printable PDF]   Key Messages   Perspectives   It is increasingly recognized that effectively conserving biodiversity can be used to achieve transformative change to address other societal challenges, such as climate change, and will be...

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A Reading Week Trip to Michigan State University

Laurier students pose by a mural in Flint, Michigan during a city tour, part of their visit to Michigan State University's East Lansing and Flint campuses. The mural depicts (from left) the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, James Forman, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev....

How well is Canada navigating a dynamic regional and global context marked by profound political, socio-cultural, economic and environmental shifts?  What kinds of challenges are Canadian governments facing, and how are they addressed with the tools of public policy?  

The ‘Policy Connections for Canada’ cluster exists to foster research, education, and discussion of Canada’s policy choices in a changing regional and international landscape. It acknowledges and engages with the complexity, interconnectivity and uncertainty that make public policy such a difficult yet essential field of study and practice.  The cluster’s researchers conduct multidisciplinary research on a wide variety of issues, including trade and foreign policy; climate and environmental policy; immigration, citizenship and refugee policy; as well as social policy and urban development.  

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