Latest Policy Bytes


Putting the pieces together – Common Voice and Northern Policy

May 14, 2018 - What is the difference between Northern Policy Institute (NPI) and Common Voice Northwest (CVNW)? This was a question asked from the floor of the recently completed Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) Meetings in Kenora. It’s an important question, and one worthy of some exploration.


Northern Development - Establishing an Ontario rural and remote immigration pilot

April 23, 2018 -This transition briefing is part of Ontario 360's "30 on 30" initiative. Over the month of April, 2018, Ontario 360, housed at University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and Governance, is releasing 30 daily “transition briefings” by a wide range of policy experts on a comprehensive set of issues facing Ontario’s next government. To view all articles, visit


Testbed – Northern Ontario

April 16, 2018 - I have said it before and I will say it again: you should be a guinea pig. If you live, work, invest, study or travel in Northern Ontario, or if you are just thinking of doing any of those things, then the government has an obligation to be experimenting on you. 


Food Bank Farm

April 9, 2018 - Sault Ste. Marie’s community farm, “Food Bank Farm” has been helping the city and surrounding area since 2017. Formerly known as the “Purple Scallion”, this social enterprise makes it it’s mission to ensure everyone has access to fresh food, no matter their financial situation. In March of 2016, over 330 000 people used a food bank in Ontario alone. Incorporating nutritious items is important for food banks as statistics show that healthy eating habits reduces the risk of many different health problems.


Government is Always Unfair to Someone, it Has to Be

March 19, 2018 - You win some, you lose some. This is the lesson Ontario small business people have been reminded of over the past months in dealing with costs driven by decisions made by politicians.


Tribal Council Participation: An Opportunity for FONOM & NOMA?

February 26, 2018 - As I watched last year’s State of the North conference hosted by Northern Policy Institute, I was interested in a comment made by Jonathan Solomon, Grand Chief of Mushkegowuk Tribal Council. He said, “I see no reason why Mushkegowuk doesn’t have a seat at the Northeastern Ontario Municipal Association”. This made me stop and wonder, are municipal organizations like FONOM and NOMA missing out on an opportunity to work more closely with our Indigenous communities in promoting advancement and development for Northern Ontarians?


Promises, promises

February 12, 2018 - Well, it’s here, election year. Platforms, pontificating and politicians by the passel. What is an innocent vote toting Ontario citizen to do in such times?


Delivery By Drone

January 29, 2018 - It’s no secret that food costs rise the further north you go - just ask community members living in Northern Ontario’s rural and remote First Nations. However, there may be a solution that warrants further discussion: drone technology.


A University for Timmins?

January 22, 2018 - A stand-alone English university for Timmins? Maybe not. This would be a fair summary of a recent report published by Northern Policy Institute into one suggestion for expanding post-secondary access in Northern Ontario.