66 episodes

Public Policy Forum's flagship podcast, Policy Speaking cuts  through the noise on key public  policy decisions and debates in Canada. Host Edward Greenspon is joined by top  thinkers, doers  and deciders  to give listeners a deeper understanding of the issues of the day.

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    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

Public Policy Forum's flagship podcast, Policy Speaking cuts  through the noise on key public  policy decisions and debates in Canada. Host Edward Greenspon is joined by top  thinkers, doers  and deciders  to give listeners a deeper understanding of the issues of the day.

    Ep. 66: Canada, COVID-19 and the G10

    Ep. 66: Canada, COVID-19 and the G10

    This week, Edward Greenspon (PPF’s President and CEO) discusses Canada’s COVID-19 response with Dr. David Naylor (Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto) and Dr. Fahad Razak (Scientific Director of the COVID-19 Ontario Science Table).

    Nearly two and a half years later, we're taking stock of how Canada fared compared to its peers during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a report published on June 27th in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), authors: Dr. Fahad Razak, Saeha Shin, Dr. David Naylor and Dr. Arthur S. Slutsky review the COVID-19 response from G10 nations and share how Canada fared in comparison to its counterparts.

    This episode includes a #PPFProud shoutout to Enbridge for having received the Catalyst Award, which recognizes organizational diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that drive representation and inclusion for women.

    • 43 min
    Ep. 65: The Hydrogen Advantage with Nancy Southern

    Ep. 65: The Hydrogen Advantage with Nancy Southern

    This week, PPF’s President and CEO and our host of Policy Speaking, Edward Greenspon sits down with Nancy Southern (Chair and CEO of ATCO Ltd. and Canadian Utilities Limited) at the Canadian High-Level Gas Summit to discuss the opportunity for Canada to invest in hydrogen production on our path to net-zero. They discuss international examples such as Australia, geopolitical security considerations and the need for greater collaboration among government and business. Southern also notes the benefits of investing in hydrogen including how it can be a unifying principle across Canada, can position Canada as a global leader and can improve the prosperity and sustainability of people across Canada. Finally, Southern answers questions from the audience related to regulatory and industrial policy as well as Indigenous economic reconciliation.

    This episode included a #PPFProud shout out to the Government of Manitoba, for offering grants of up to $50,000 from the Manitoba Accessibility Fund for organisations that will promote accessibility and remove barriers for people with disabilities.

    • 44 min
    Ep. 64: Managing Carbon to Achieve Net-zero

    Ep. 64: Managing Carbon to Achieve Net-zero

    In this episode of Policy Speaking, our host and PPF’s President and CEO Edward Greenspon chats with the co-chairs of the Energy Future Forum’s Carbon Management Work Group, Janet Annesley (Chief Sustainability Officer at Kiwetinohk Energy) and Michael Bernstein (executive director of Clean Prosperity). They discuss small and large pathways to net-zero as Canada tries to reach our 2030 and 2050 targets through carbon capture and storage as well as other carbon management technologies. Annesley and Bernstein also examine the role different industries can play, from the oil and gas sector to agriculture, risk management strategies in decarbonization efforts and the importance of investing in the commercialization and domestic production of new technologies. Finally, they look to examples from other nations and how Canada can collaborate to manage carbon in the economy.

    During Today in Policy, Katie and Edward discuss the Convoy’s presence in Ottawa over the past few weeks and the protests and blockades across the nation. They also reflect on understanding the rise in populism, the motivations behind the actions of protestors and how to rebuild cohesion across Canada.

    This episode included a #PPFProud shout out to the YWCA for launching Canada's first National Emergency Survivor's Support Fund which will be used to help women and gender diverse people experiencing intimate partner and domestic abuse escape and rebuild their lives.

    • 58 min
    Ep. 63: Investing in Black Futures with Dahabo Ahmed-Omer

    Ep. 63: Investing in Black Futures with Dahabo Ahmed-Omer

    In this week’s episode of Policy Speaking, our host Edward Greenspon (President and CEO of PPF) chats with Dahabo Ahmed-Omer (Executive Director of the BlackNorth Initiative) about systemic racism, economic inclusion and the disproportionate impacts the pandemic has illuminated among different communities across Canada. They reflect on the progress made towards combatting discrimination and examine the path of rhetoric to results in strategizing for impactful change. Finally, they discuss the BlackNorth pledge and the Racial Equity Playbook in how businesses can become more equitable corporate citizens.

    This episode included a #PPFProud shoutout to the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, McGill University and the University of Calgary for ranking in the top five research information sources and latest Top 50 universities.

    • 48 min
    Ep. 62: The Shattered Mirror Revisited

    Ep. 62: The Shattered Mirror Revisited

    In marking the fifth anniversary of PPF’s The Shattered Mirror report, the host of Policy Speaking and PPF’s President and CEO Edward Greenspon sits down with three of the principal researchers on The Shattered Mirror project, Colette Brin (Professor in the Department of Information and Communications at the Université Laval), Chris Dornan (former Director of both the School of Journalism and Communication and the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs at Carleton University) and Elizabeth Dubois (Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa). They discuss what’s changed in the past five years regarding the role of journalism in democracy, the various shifts in the media ecosystem and how policy can address challenges facing the news media industry. Brin, Dornan and Dubois also examine the relationship between technology companies, media, government and citizens, the prevalence of disinformation and the debate around the limitations of free speech. They conclude with reflections on innovations within the journalism sector and what Canada can learn from other nations.

    This episode included a #PPFProud shout out to Via Rail for being a leader and reimagining how Canadians travel.

    • 43 min
    Ep. 61: The Indigenous Economy with Jeff Cyr and Alicia Dubois

    Ep. 61: The Indigenous Economy with Jeff Cyr and Alicia Dubois

    This week our host and PPF’s President and CEO Edward Greenspon discusses Indigenous ownership and economic self-determination with Jeff Cyr (CEO of Raven Indigenous Impact Foundation and Managing Partner of Raven Indigenous Capital Partners)  and Alicia Dubois (Founder of Nish Synergies Advisory Group and former CEO of Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation). They examine the role of reconciliation in driving a more inclusive economy, Indigenous access to equity and capital and the importance of engaging in meaningful partnerships on projects and ventures. Cyr and Dubois also provide examples of successful Indigenous partnerships including the coalition of Mi'kmaq First Nations and Clearwater Seafoods, and Wataynikaneyap Power and Fortis, and the upstart Virtual Gurus. Finally, they look at the role of ESG and the competitive advantage Indigenous businesses have on the path to a net-zero economy.

    During Today in Policy, Katie and Edward talk about the evolution of news media in light of PPF’s fifth anniversary since releasing The Shattered Mirror, a report that detailed the troubling diagnostic of accelerating revenue declines among producers of original journalism. They also touch on the Report by the Canadian Citizens’ Assembly on Democratic Expression, released just last week.

    This episode included a #PPFProud shout out to the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business for its commitment to the full participation of Indigenous peoples in Canada's economy.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

eliz1941 ,

A good conversation; brings policy ‘alive’

This is a great podcast. The topics are a good mix of what’s important in Canada. A really great way to stay informed about what’s going on in policy and business.

KenBoonDogs ,

Soft dive into the subject

The audio quality was so poor, only the subject material kept me engaged. Some of the issues were approached lightly. Half a loaf, could have used more depth.

Guger ,

Very timely public policy podcast

The role and importance of government in the lives of Canadians are increasing substantially as policy makers deal with the unprecedented challenges imposed by Covid—19. This Public Policy Forum podcast series is timely and articulate in highlighting the value of policy development in crisis times like these.

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