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Putting the Economy on Ice

October 27, 2020 - In Ontario, well known national sports teams are most commonly found in Southern Ontario such as the Toronto Blue Jays, Ottawa Senators, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Toronto Raptors. Many successful athletes move to southern Ontario to join these teams by default of not having options in the North. But there is one sport that has a national ‘Northern Ontario’ team. It is curling!

A Public Health Mish-M*A*S*H

October 13, 2020 - There are a few things about the organization of public health in the province of Ontario that have complicated the kind of coordinated and organized response a crisis of the scale we are facing with COVID-19 requires.

Bonjour/Hi: How Welcoming are we to Newcomers? Part 2

September 29, 2020 - Since 1976, seven out of 11 districts in Ontario’s western, northern, and central regions have faced a decline in population; all are experiencing a population shift. Communities in Ontario’s northern and western regions are experiencing high levels of youth out-migration, low birth rates, and a rapidly aging population. With a large portion of the population aging out of the workforce, and a lack of younger generations to fill their spots, labour market shortages will arise. Thus, attracting and retaining immigrants is a crucial step in ensuring current levels of life quality remain, despite the challenges faced.

Bonjour/Hi: How Welcoming are we to Newcomers? Part 1

September 22, 2020 - Ontario’s northern and western regions need immigration. Since 1976, seven out of 11 districts in Ontario’s western, northern, and central regions have faced a decline in population; all are experiencing a population shift. Demographically, the population is aging and youth are out-migrating in search of education and employment opportunities elsewhere. Thus, labour market shortages have, and will continue to, arise. Attracting and retaining immigrants is a crucial step in ensuring current levels of quality of life remain, despite demographic factors working against our favour.

Post-secondary education in a global pandemic: impacts for Northern Ontario learners

September 15, 2020 - This article was first published in First Policy Response. The author was asked to contribute responses to the following questions: What issue are you most concerned about when it comes to resuming classes, and how should we deal with it? How will post-secondary education be different two years from now as a result of COVID-19? The original publications, along with responses from other contributors, can be found here and here.