Net Neutrality Part Two: A Discussion with Martin Masse

This episode is part two of BTH’s examination of net neutrality in the Canadian context.  Listen to part one here. On Thursday, December 14th 2017 the United States Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Net Neutrality regulations originally implemented by the Obama administration. What is the importance of Net Neutrality in the Canadian context? WhatContinue reading “Net Neutrality Part Two: A Discussion with Martin Masse”

Clearing the Air: Examining Global Air Pollution

  More than 80% of people living in urban areas are exposed to poor air quality levels that exceed the safe World Health Organization (WHO) Standards.  A declining air quality is associated with a host of health problems, including risk of stroke, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, allergies and asthma. It is also linked to approximatelyContinue reading “Clearing the Air: Examining Global Air Pollution”

Net Neutrality in the Canadian Context

On Thursday, December 14th 2017 the United States Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Net Neutrality regulations originally implemented by the Obama administration. What is the importance of Net Neutrality in the Canadian context? What is the broader issue at play here? And how do we uphold the affordability and openness of the internet, whileContinue reading “Net Neutrality in the Canadian Context”

2018 Ford+SPPG Conference: What the Tech? Unpacking the Challenges and Opportunities of Disruptive Technologies

The Ford+SPPG Conference is a collaborative student-led case competition held between the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance, and the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Both schools meet for a full-day case competition to pitch a policy proposal about a looming issue affecting both Canada and theContinue reading “2018 Ford+SPPG Conference: What the Tech? Unpacking the Challenges and Opportunities of Disruptive Technologies”

BTH Insight Series Ep. 4: The Rohingya Crisis and Immigration Policy in Western Liberal Democracies

This is the fourth episode of the BTH Insight Series, where we examine various policy topics within the hour. Topics discussed include the Rohingya crisis with Jonah Kotzer interviewing former Ontario premier Bob Rae, and Tony Yin on immigration policy with University of Toronto Associate Professor Phil Triadafilopoulos. The Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar Bob Rae was theContinue reading “BTH Insight Series Ep. 4: The Rohingya Crisis and Immigration Policy in Western Liberal Democracies”

A Story to Tell: Communications at the Center

The creation of public policy is more than fleshing out content within a policy but also about how it is distributed and understood by the public. Communication can emphasize or inform how the public perceives policy initiatives as well as informing the overall identity of an organization or government. Beyond informing the public about policies,Continue reading “A Story to Tell: Communications at the Center”

SPPG Student Events: LGBTQ+ Leadership and Affordable Rental Housing

Beyond the Headlines is produced through the School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG)  which allows us to engage deeply with policy professionals through panels, case competitions, and special guest talks. This episode goes in depth to explore the SPPG events and the insights from our distinguished guests. Today we will hear from George Smitherman,Continue reading “SPPG Student Events: LGBTQ+ Leadership and Affordable Rental Housing”

The Economic Impact of Brexit

In June of 2016, nearly 47 million UK citizens voted in a nationwide referendum to leave the European Union. With a 52% majority vote, the UK opted to be the first Member to leave the world’s largest and only political and economic union, and subsequently restore sovereignty. Prime Minister David Cameron, resigned shortly thereafter. TheContinue reading “The Economic Impact of Brexit”

Comparing Global Welfare Politics

On this episode of BTH we will be comparing social welfare policy between a few select Latin American countries to that of the North American model, specifically Canada. We will look at how their alternative welfare distribution methods relate to the broader discussion of reducing poverty, domestic politics, reducing regional disparity within indigenous communities, andContinue reading “Comparing Global Welfare Politics”

Beyond the Budget: Examining Canadian Fiscal Policy

A central role of government revolves around the allocation of resources. This includes  raising or lowering taxes, deciding which programs to allocate funding to and determining how much of the fiscal pie to give to each program. The nuances of fiscal policy often get lost in the fray.  How can governments ensure that programs CanadiansContinue reading “Beyond the Budget: Examining Canadian Fiscal Policy”