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Public Policy Forum

Wonk is a podcast about policy and policymakers in Canada — but you don’t need to be a policy wonk to enjoy... more

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The new chief economist of the OECD, Álvaro Santos Pereira, on solving the productivity crisis

Canada’s lagging productivity has become what the Bank of Canada calls a national ‘emergency’. The OECD’s incoming chief economist, Álvaro... more

10 Apr 2024 · 32 minutes
Emera CEO Scott Balfour on the urgent energy transition

Scott Balfour is the CEO of Emera, the owner of Nova Scotia Power and a major player in energy in... more

04 Apr 2024 · 32 minutes
Halifax Mayor Mike Savage on how a big city keeps up with growth

After 12 years leading one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, Halifax Mayor Mike Savage recently announced he’ll be stepping down.... more

28 Mar 2024 · 31 minutes
Head of Canadian Olympic Committee David Shoemaker on how to win at the Olympics

David Shoemaker is the CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the organization tasked with promoting Olympic values and helping get... more

21 Mar 2024 · 31 minutes
Rupa Banerjee: What does Canada really want from immigration?

Canada is perhaps the most successful immigration nation in the world. But its system is showing some cracks, as immigration... more

14 Mar 2024 · 31 minutes
Beverley McLachlin: the problems with the online harms bill

The longest-serving Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and the first woman to hold the position, weighs in... more

07 Mar 2024 · 31 minutes
JP Gladu on the rise of big Indigenous business, and life on Lake Nipigon

JP Gladu is one of Canada's visionary leaders in the national dialogue around Indigenous ownership in the economy. He has... more

29 Feb 2024 · 31 minutes
John Hannaford on the historic challenges facing the public service

John Hannaford is the Clerk of the Privy Council, the most senior job in the public service. It is really... more

22 Feb 2024 · 32 minutes
Paul Wells on not being mean, and building an empire

Paul Wells is the dean of political reporting in Canada. For 30 years he wrote for national news outlets before... more

15 Feb 2024 · 32 minutes
‘Are you a bot?!’ Shingai Manjengwa on why we shouldn’t fear AI

Shingai Manjengwa is one of the leading AI educators and thinkers. She is the head of AI education at chainML,... more

08 Feb 2024 · 34 minutes
The new chief economist of the OECD, Álvaro Santos Pereira, on solving the productivity crisis