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Keith Banting: "Super-diversity Burnaby style", Vancouver Sun

There’s ‘diversity,’ then there’s ‘super-diversity,’ Burnaby style

Keith Banting mentioned in Douglas Todd article in
The Vancouver Sun, 30 October  2015

Metro Vancouver and Toronto are the most diverse cities in Canada. But within Metro, Burnaby takes the crown

It doesn’t matter if you’re Korean, Sri Lankan, Chinese, white, Japanese, South Asian, Vietnamese or African, there is no place in Metro Vancouver — or arguably Canada or even the world — where you’re more likely to interact with someone of another ethnicity than in Burnaby.


Don Drummond in the Globe "Canada's health care bill to top $219 billion"

Canada's health care bill to top $219 billion this year

Don Drummond quoted in Elizabeth Church's article in
The Globe and Mail, 29 October 2015

The country’s total health-care bill is forecast to top $219-billion this year, a 1.6-per-cent increase from 2014, according to annual numbers released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.


Naomi Alboim in the National Post on the Liberal promise to bring refugees from Syria

Liberal promise to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by year-end ‘a difficult timeline’

Naomi Alboim
National Post, 25 October 2015

TORONTO — As the Liberal government gears up to meet its promise to bring 25,000 government-sponsored Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of 2015, experts say time may be too short to effectively settle refugees and navigate security concerns.


Naomi Alboim: Christian Science Monitor on Canadians rolling out welcome mat for Syrian refugees

Buoyed by election, Canadians roll out welcome mat to Syrian refugees

Naomi Alboim
​Christian Science Monitor, 23 October 2015

With Prime Minister-designate Trudeau promising Canada will take in tens of thousands of Syrians before January, activists – many former emigrés themselves – are eager to help.


Don Drummond "Why we need to call a new Royal Commission on the economy"

Why we need to call a new Royal Commission on the economy

Don Drummond
Canadian Business Magazine, 21 October 2015

Canada doesn’t do introspection anymore. But the oil crash shows we need to rethink our approach to economic growth

Canada doesn’t do introspection anymore. Royal commissions went out of style in 2002, when former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow released his study on the health-care system. There has been no deep thinking about a matter of public policy since.


Don Drummond "Canada must develop people with the skills the modern job market requires"

Canada must develop people with the skills the modern job market requires

Don Drummond
The Globe and Mail, Report on Business, 20 October 2015

A top priority for the new federal government must be to bolster Canada’s modest economic growth and ensure that it’s inclusive, so more than just those at the top end of the income distribution enjoy the benefits.


Kathy Brock: Yahoo News Political Points "Talk of minority government grows"

With a tight race, talk of minority government grows

Kathy Brock
​Yahoo News, Canada Politics, 17 October 2015

With just a few days left in the federal election campaign, the polls suggest no party is likely to emerge the clear winner.

Not everyone agrees on the perks of a minority Parliament.

The Canadian system, based on the Westminster model, is ideally suited to a majority government, says Kathy Brock, a professor of political science at Queen’s University.


Eugene Lang: Trudeau to attempt to rebrand Canada's economy at Davos

Trudeau to lean on ‘heaviest hitters imaginable’ in attempt to rebrand Canada’s economy at Davos

Eugene Lang in John Iveson, National Post
January 18, 2016

Justin Trudeau is heading to Davos with a mission to rebrand Canada in the minds of the world’s economic elite.

The Canadian dollar has plummeted in lockstep with the price of oil — from 95¢ when oil was trading at $100 a barrel in July 2014 to its current 69¢, with the price of oil having fallen by nearly three-quarters.