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We must grow our capacity to do great things together: Roger Gibbins

Roger Gibbins is senior fellow at the Canada West Foundation. Interviewed by Monica Pohlmann. Pohlmann: What concerns you about Canada these days? Gibbins: We’re losing our sense of community in terms of the country as a whole. Many people feel that, if you’ve got a great local community and you have a rapid rail line to an international airport, that’s all ... Read More »

We must encourage more entrepreneurship and innovation: Vancity CEO

Tamara Vrooman is the president and CEO of Vancity. Interviewed by Monica Pohlmann. Pohlmann: What has shaped your perspective? Vrooman: I started out as a public servant, mostly because I was interested in how decisions and laws were made, and why some were made in what appeared to be the favour of certain sectors and not others. I learned that finance is at ... Read More »

Canada was forged through conversation — and we need more of it: Danny Graham

Danny Graham is the former Leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party and Founding Chair of Engage Nova Scotia. Interviewed by Adam Kahane. Kahane: What concerns you about what’s going on in Canada? Graham: Canada has been forged by a balance of helpers and doers. It’s a generalization, but for example, the French have tended to focus on the social—or “helping”—side of ... Read More »

Brian Crowley on Canada’s good governance, strong institutions, and legacy of freedom

Brian Crowley is the Managing Director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute Interviewed by Adam Kahane. Kahane: What energizes you about Canada these days? Crowley: Canada is a lucky country. People often say it’s because we have a vast endowment of natural resources, but that can’t explain our success as a society. I can name 50 countries around the world with fantastic natural ... Read More »

Business is the most powerful force in our society right now: Armine Yalnizyan

Armine Yalnizyan is senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Interviewed by Monica Pohlmann. Pohlmann: What keeps you up at night? Yalnizyan: The way we are transforming our views about immigration in Canada. In the coming decades, nation states will be competing to attract people, not just capital. Population aging is occurring in all advanced industrialized nations. Without newcomers, the Canadian ... Read More »

Brian Mulroney to headline GrowCanada conference in Ottawa

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney will open the GrowCanada Conference in Ottawa, the premier agriculture event of the year. Over the course of the two-day conference Mulroney and other speakers will address the theme of this year’s conference – Optimism and Opportunities. Agriculture is one of the most important sectors in Canada and around the world, and it is driving ... Read More »

Leaders with big visions needed in Canada: Angus Reid

Angus Reid is Chairman of the Angus Reid Institute Interviewed by Monica Pohlmann. Pohlmann: What’s on the mind of Canadians these days? Reid: Twenty years ago, healthcare was number five on the list of issues of concern to Canadians. It is now number one. They sense that the quality of the system has deteriorated. In 1994, fewer than 40% of Canadians thought ... Read More »

Tory Promises to Lead Fight Against Poverty in Toronto in Wake of New Report

Coming after a string of leading indices ranking Toronto high as a world-class city, a new report released on November 14 takes some shine away from its laurels. Quoting latest Statistics Canada data, The Hidden Epidemic: A Report on Child and Family Poverty in Toronto (PDF) said the city, along with Saint John, New Brunswick, leads 13 major Canadian cities ... Read More »

Don’t demonize fossil fuels — carbon pollution is the problem: Mark Jaccard

Mark Jaccard is a professor of sustainable energy at Simon Fraser University in B.C. Interviewed by Monica Pohlmann. Pohlmann: What concerns you about Canada these days? Jaccard: Our current federal government and its rapid expansion of fossil fuel industries is unconscionable. There’s an unwillingness to take on the powerful forces that make a lot of money from this endeavour. The thing is, ... Read More »