The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed Canada’s urban and rural landscapes by causing both rural decline and unexpected rural growth. As a result , Canada needs to rethink its approach to rural communities at the federal level.
The typical attitude towards welfare policies in Canada among the majority of the population is not generally a positive one. But much of this hate is due to misconceptions about what welfare policies are and how they actually work. In cases like this the policy details do matter and in Canada these details need to be reconfigured and re-conceptualized.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the oftentimes ignored cracks and fault lines in the current mental health care system in Canada. One of the biggest issues that has arisen and urgently needs to be addressed, is the inability of many people to access mental health services.
Canada stands to lose more than it gains by refusing to reopen diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran has shown some movement in a positive direction in terms of willingness to engage with the outside world and moderate its actions on the global stage, which most other Western nations have recognized by reopening communication lines. Continuing a relations freeze in light of this makes Canada appear not only quixotic but ignorant of the consequences.
There has been a growing push in Canada to make electric cars more affordable for the average Canadian in the hopes that this will help Canada meet its climate goals. However, a comparison with our European counterparts has shown that this has not been the case. Instead, Canada should focus on building cities around the concept of transit oriented development.
Though China is sometimes invoked in quasi-admirable terms, the real goal for the anti-populist would be, in a sense, “getting to Singapore”, where there are (notionally) competitive elections, but much of the state functions on a perception of “clean”, meritocratic technocracy. However, Singapore is not “Singapore” and the reasons for this point to both the impossibility of closed systems of government being benevolent and the need for the anti-populists to stop dreaming and start addressing real concerns.
In light of the recent discovery of unmarked graves at the former residential schools there has been an increased focused on indigenous issues. Particularly the idea that In order for Canada to truly achieve truth and reconciliation with the indigenous communities within our borders our education system must be modified and reviewed. This includes not only the curriculum, but also the resources available and the teaching methods used by educators.
The unique nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in equally unique, and unforeseen consequences, the economy being the main casualty. While it is tempting to compare the present economic circumstances to that of the 2008 recession to do so would be incorrect and in fact dangerous especially when attempting to navigate post COVID economics. Instead, officials should look to different methods and responses in order to rebuild the economy such as through a more sophisticated investment response.
In light of the current static and outdated state of Canada’s university system a change to a different model may be able to bridge these gaps. The German model in particular may be the perfect system for policymakers to experiment with.
Despite the disarray of the Republican Party currently, the Democratic Party has not been able to capitalize on the confusion due to internal conflict of their own as various factions within the Party battle it out for hearts and minds and control. The “ruling” faction is assumed to reflect the priorities of the Party’s majority and will determine everything from new planks in the Party’s platform, plum committee assignments, and most importantly how the Party operates.