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Free Lunch by The Peak breaks down what’s happening in the economy and markets, and why it matters to Canadians. Join us every week for deep-dive interviews that go beyond the headlines with the country’s most interesting minds in economics, business, tech, and finance.

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Free Lunch by The Peak breaks down what’s happening in the economy and markets, and why it matters to Canadians. Join us every week for deep-dive interviews that go beyond the headlines with the country’s most interesting minds in economics, business, tech, and finance.

    Why Canada's Healthcare System Is Breaking

    Why Canada's Healthcare System Is Breaking

    Anyone who has dealt with Canada's healthcare system knows that it's under incredible strain. Part of that is because of the pandemic and the backlogs that piled up over the past three years. But many of the factors that led to the crisis we're now facing have been building up for much longer than that.
    Dr. Saad Ahmed, a family physician based out of Vancouver and lecturer at the University of Toronto's Department of Family & Community Medicine, joins us to break down how exactly our healthcare system works and explain the root causes of its biggest problems.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Could Canada Become An Electric Vehicle Powerhouse?

    Could Canada Become An Electric Vehicle Powerhouse?

    Electric vehicles are going mainstream. Governments around the world are setting aggressive targets for EV adoption (Canada is aiming for 100% of light vehicles sold to be electric by 2035), and automakers are investing heavily in ramping up EV production to meet surging demand. But who is going to make all the vehicles and the all-important batteries that go into them?
    Erik Reed argues that Canada should, and joins us to break down what the EV supply chain looks like today and how Canada can fit into it. Erik is a part of the Boston Consulting Group's Industrial Goods and Climate & Sustainability practices and co-author of a recent BCG report, "Canada Has an EV Edge, If It Acts Now."
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    Reading recommendations:
    Boston Consulting Group Report: Canada Has an EV Edge, If It Acts Now

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    • More episodes of Free Lunch by The Peak (https://readthepeak.com/shows/free-lunch)
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    • Follow Sarah on Twitter @sarahbartnicka
    • Subscribe to The Peak's daily business newsletter (https://readthepeak.com/b/the-peak/subscribe)

    • 53 min
    Why Artificial Intelligence Is Suddenly Everywhere

    Why Artificial Intelligence Is Suddenly Everywhere

    Between ChatGPT generating limericks in the style of George Costanza and Lensa turning your profile picture into a cartoon, AI seems to have finally broken into mainstream awareness in the past few months. But what's going on below the surface? How did the technology advance to this point? Who has been funding its development, and how does it actually work?
    We dig into all of those issues (and other very basic questions we had about the technology) in this conversation with Ryan Khurana, Chief of Staff at WOMBO [www.w.ai], a Generative AI for entertainment company whose app Dream [www.dream.ai] won the Play Store App of the Year in 2022.
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    Book recommendations:


    Prediction Machines by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, Avi Goldfarb


    Power and Prediction by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, Avi Goldfarb


    Architects of Intelligence by Martin Ford


    Deep Learning by Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio, Aaron Courville

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    Links:

    More episodes of Free Lunch by The Peak: https://readthepeak.com/shows/free-lunch

    Follow Taylor on Twitter: @taylorscollon

    Follow Sarah on Twitter: @sarahbartnicka

    Subscribe to The Peak's daily business newsletter: https://readthepeak.com/b/the-peak/subscribe

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Why Is Canadian Housing So Expensive

    Why Is Canadian Housing So Expensive

    Canada's housing market has become our national obsession, and with good reason. Years of skyrocketing prices are now meeting surging mortgage rates, and the result is some of the least affordable housing in the world. What's driving that affordability crisis, and what comes next?
    On this episode of Free Lunch by The Peak, we speak with Mike Moffatt, a Senior Director at the Smart Prosperity Institute and Assistant Professor at Ivey Business School. Mike argues that a lack of supply is the key driver of expensive housing in Canada—we get into the details of why that is and some of the ways our dysfunctional housing market warps our economy.

    • 55 min
    What's In Store For 2023

    What's In Store For 2023

    In this special holiday episode, we're joined by Brett Chang from The Peak Daily to look back at 2022, chat through some of the biggest stories of the year, and make some predictions about what's to come in 2023. Plus: Our reading recommendations from the year.
    We're back to our regularly scheduled programming next week. See you in the new year!

    • 39 min
    Should Canada Build More Stuff At Home?

    Should Canada Build More Stuff At Home?

    The system of low-cost, hyper-efficient manufacturing that emerged after the end of the Cold War promised to deliver the goods—literally—and usher in a new era of high growth and cheap consumer products. But after years of supply chain disruptions brought on by the pandemic and growing detachment between China and the West, we're now seeing how fragile that system really can be.
    Is it time for something new? Sean Speer thinks so. He's the PPF Scotiabank Fellow in Strategic Competitiveness at the Public Policy Forum and Editor-at-Large of The Hub, and in this episode, he makes the case for building up industry in Canada to make more of the stuff we need at home.

    • 46 min

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