Think Tank Index

Spring 2010 Index

June 16, 2010

ATLANTIC INSTITUTE FOR MARKET STUDIES
David Zitner & Dianne Kelderman argue for community-controlled organizations to enhance the health system, a “third option” in the health care debate. Found at: http://www.aims.ca/library/TheThirdOption.pdf

AIMS also released its eighth annual report card on Atlantic Canadian High Schools. The entire report can be found at: http://www.aims.ca/library/RC8.pdf \
Don McIver writes in, “Who Could Have Seen That Coming? The History and the Consequences of the Global Crisis” that the recession’s causation was ambiguous, its linkage between financial chaos and economic disruption is uncertain and that there is a significant risk that longer-term consequences, especially substantial reactionary stimulus, will prove troublesome. His paper here: http://www.aims.ca/library/WhoCouldHave.pdf

THE CALEDON INSTITUTE
The Caledon Institute does a profile on Vibrant Communities Calgary and other non-profits using social media tools to distribute their messages. Read their profile here: http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/893ENG.pdf

THE CANADA WEST FOUNDATION
The Canada West Foundation did a March backgrounder on “A New Senate for a More Democratic Canada”  and why Senate reform is important to Canadian democracy. Read their backgrounder here: http://www.cwf.ca/V2/files/A_New_Senate.pdf

This month, Canada West will launch From H20: Turning Alberta’s Water Headache into Opportunity. Watch their website here: http://www.cwf.ca/V2/cnt/alberta_water_project.php

CANADIAN CENTRE FOR POLICY ALTERNATIVES
Eve-Lyne Couturier and Bertrand Schepper, on “Who is getting richer, who is getting poor: Quebec 1976-2006” argue that the gap between rich and poor has widened over 30 years and is getting worse due to the recession. Found here: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/who-getting-richer-who-getting-poorer

Ed Broadbent’s address to the Congress of the Canadian Federation for Humanities and Social Sciences on May 29 was published by CCPA as, “The Rise and Fall of Economic and Social Rights.” Found here: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/rise-and-fall-economic-rights

Sheila Block writes on, “The Role of Race and Gender in Ontario’s Racialized Income Gap” in which she says that Ontarians from racialized backgrounds are far more likely to live in poverty. Found here: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/role-race-and-gender-ontarios-growing-gap

CCPA published a new Spring 2010 volume on, Anti-Racism in Education: Missing in Action, edited by Charles C. Smith. More information and purchase here: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/ourschools-ourselves/our-schoolsour-selves-spring-2010

CANADIAN CENTRE FOR POLICY STUDIES
Maxime Bernier writes on, “Changing the economic conversation in Quebec” arguing economic development, not equalization payments, will make Quebec autonomous and equal. Commentary here: http://www.policystudies.ca/library-mainmenu-76/102-economy/375-changing-the-economic-conversation-in-quebec

THE CANADIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has outlined their 2010 policy priorities, in a released brief. It can be found here: http://www.chamber.ca/images/uploads/General/2010-Policy-Priorities.pdf

CANADIAN DEFENCE AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS INSTITUTE
Ron Wallace and Whitney Lackenbauer write, “Unstoppable Momentum: The Real Meaning and Value Behind Operation Nunavilut 10.” They argue that significant, perhaps even historical, factors are at work in Canada’s policies on arctic sovereignty. Here: http://www.cdfai.org/PDF/Unstoppable%20Momentum.pdf

“Reinventing CIDA”, by Barry Carin and Gordon Smith, reviews the problems with various approaches to development, criticizing in particular the Canadian government’s lack of clear development assistance priorities. The report concludes that CIDA should encourage greater competition among organizations delivering assistance. Here: http://www.cdfai.org/PDF/Reinventing%20CIDA.pdf

C.D. HOWE INSTITUTE
Martin Cave and Adrian Foster write in, “Solving Spectrum Gridlock: Reforms to Liberalize Radio Spectrum Management in Canada in the Face of Growing Scarcity” that Canada needs to liberalize the allocation of spectrum with a market-based approach. Commentary here: http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/commentary_303.pdf

Colin Busby and William B.P. Robson argue in, “Target Needed: Canada’s 2010 Fiscal Accountability Rankings” that past spending over-runs have left the Canadian government vulnerable, with a need for more careful revenue projection, tighter spending and better oversight. Here: http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/backgrounder_129.pdf

A new book compiled by C.D. Howe and edited by David Laidler on monetary policy was launched in late May, Securing Monetary Stability: Canada’s Monetary Regime after 2011. The book is available online at: http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/SecuringMonetaryStabilityBook.pdf

Philippe Bergevin, in “Addicted to Ratings: The Case for Reducing Governments’ Reliance on Credit Ratings” says that the single most important step to improving the credibility of rating agencies is reducing governments’ use of credit ratings. His study here: http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/backgrounder_130.pdf

Robert Knox argues in, “Who Can Work Where: Reducing Barriers to Labour Mobility in Canada” that the federal government should work harder to fulfill their commitments to reducing barriers for labour mobility. Full report here: http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/backgrounder_131.pdf

THE CENTRE FOR CULTURAL RENEWAL
Peter Stockland announced in May 2010 a merger with the think tank Cardus, to become the Cardus Centre for Cultural Renewal. Media release by Peter Stockland, and Cardus President Michael Van Pelt here: http://cardus.ca/organization/news/53/

CITIZENS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE
CPJ released a backgrounder called, “Justice and Jubilee: A CPJ Foundational Backgrounder on Poverty”. It is intended as a resource for people working to connect religious faith and poverty. The backgrounder is available here: http://www.cpj.ca/files/docs/Poverty_Foundational_Backgrounder.pdf

CONFERENCE BOARD OF CANADA
The Conference Board released, “The Economic and Employment Impacts of Climate-Related Technology Investments” providing an overview of the range of technology investments and funds in Canada. Report here: http://www.conferenceboard.ca/documents.aspx?did=3586

Paul Masson and John Pattison write on, “The Financial Crisis, Regulatory Reform, and International Coordination: What Remains to Be Done” arguing that if fundamental reforms are to be implemented at all, they need to be agreed upon soon. Briefing here: http://www.conferenceboard.ca/documents.aspx?did=3616

THE FRASER INSTITUTE
The Fraser Institute published a variety of report cards, including one on Ontario’s Secondary Schools 2010 and Alberta’s High Schools 2010. Both can be found here: http://www.fraserinstitute.org/researchandpublications/publications/search.aspx?Page=1&title=&author=0&keyword=&date=0&topic=0&formatid=124&sort=date

Brett J. Skinner and Mark Rovere published the 2010 edition of “Average Personal Affordability of Prescription Drug Spending in Canada and the United States.” The study argues that on average greater government intervention in Canada’s drug markets has not provided more affordable access to prescription drugs than in the U.S. Report here: http://www.fraserinstitute.org/researchandpublications/publications/7353.aspx

THE FRONTIER CENTRE FOR PUBLIC POLICY
David Seymour argues that “Demography is Medicare’s Destiny” saying that baby boomers will vote for competition in healthcare once they are regular consumers. Policy  note here: http://www.fcpp.org/publication.php/3296

Ben Eisen says, “Minimum Wage Hikes Miss the Target and Cause Collateral Damage” in this policy note. He argues that high minimum wages are a bad strategy for fighting poverty, a blunt tool when more precision is required. His policy note here: http://www.fcpp.org/publication.php/3315

THE INSTITUTE OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY CANADA
IMFC’s Andrea Mrozek debated Jane Cawthorne as part of Head to Head on the latest Munk Debate, on the topic of maternal health and family planning. Video online here: http://munkdebates.com/head-to-head

THE INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH CENTRE
The IDRC announced a new research emphasis on Agriculture and Environment, for 2010-2015. Their forthcoming research can be accessed here: http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-43438-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html

THE MACDONALD-LAURIER INSTITUTE
Brian Lee Crowley, Niels Veldhuis and Jason Clemens launched, The Canadian Century: Moving out of America’s Shadow at MLI. It and other MLI publications can be found at: http://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/Books/

THE MONTREAL ECONOMIC INSTITUTE
David Descôteaux writes in, “The Compartmentalization of Trades in the Construction Industry” that if the compartmentalization of trades were less restrictive, Quebec construction workers could raise their productivity, enabling the government to save on costs of building, especially infrastructure. Bulletin here: http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/mai2010_en.pdf

Éric Duhaime on, “Reforming the Quebec Pension Plan to give control back to workers” says the pension plan crisis is hitting Quebec especially hard. Duhaime suggests a new rise in contributions to balance the programs reserve. Bulletin here: http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/mai2010_en.pdf

MOWAT CENTRE FOR POLICY INNOVATION
Myer Siemiatycki and Phil Triadafilopoulos write in, “International Perspectives on Immigration Service Provision”  that greater control over settlement and integration services in Ontario, on par with agreements that the federal government has with BC and Manitoba, is both feasible and desirable. Report here: http://www.mowatcentre.ca/pdfs/mowatResearch/13.pdf

Leslie Seidle writes, “The Canada-Ontario Immigration Agreement: Assessment and Options for Renewal” rendering a comparative analysis of the Ontario, Manitoba and BC federal-provincial agreements on immigration. Report here: http://www.mowatcentre.ca/pdfs/mowatResearch/12.pdf

THE PEMBINA INSTITUTE
The Pembina Institute released a wide variety of analyses on “Canada’s Coolest Cities”, including Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. The reports looked at what Canada’s large cities were doing to encourage low-carbon personal transportation. Technical reports were also released, and can be found here: http://www.pembina.org/pubs

Simon Dyer and Marc Huot, in “Mining vs. In Situ” provide an initial comparison of the environmental impacts of oil sands mining and in situ extraction. Here: http://www.pembina.org/pub/2017

Matthew McCulloch, Jeremy Moorhouse and Marc Huot, on “Underground Coal Gasification: Environmental Risks and Benefits” complete a preliminary review of the environmental risks of underground coal gasification. Here: http://www.pembina.org/pub/2033
Danielle Droitsch in, “The American Power Act” looks at the May 2010 American Power Act draft and describes some of the provisions of significance to Canada. Here: http://www.pembina.org/pub/2036

THE WELLESLEY INSTITUTE
“Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Lessons Learned, Potential and Opportunities Moving Forward” is a May backgrounder from the Wellesley Institute commissioned by Tamarack and others partners in the Vibrant Communities initiative for a Strategic Review, held that month. The backgrounder can be found here: http://www.wellesleyinstitute.com/download/144/

 


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