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Elder Care: The Nexus for Family, Work and Health Policy popular

This short paper by Satya Brink seeks to address policy issues surrounding the care of elderly people by family members who are employed outside the home.

Transparency, Trust and Citizen Engagement: What Canadians are Saying About Accountability popular

Abelson and Gauvin analyze the efforts of the federal government to improve accountability and measure its level of success based on public expectations in this area.

Citizens' Dialogue Experience: Follow Up Survey Results

In this report Nandini Saxena seeks to determine the affect that a Citizen�s Dialogue can have on the political activities of those involved.

Deliberative Polling in Canada Workshop

This report examines Deliberative Polling, a method for discerning public opinion developed by Dr. James Fishkin. This approach combines traditional public opinion polling with group deliberation.

Genomics, Health and Society: Emerging Issues for Public Policy (2)

This paper approached the issue of genomics, its development and the ethical, social and legal challenges that this development has created. Through a symposium it was hoped that policy issues could discussed by researchers, NGOs, government officials and industry representatives. Specifically the symposium tackled the topics of genomics and health, public attitudes towards genomics, methods of advising ministers, and effective ways to engage citizens.

Policy Dialogue

In this paper Sherri Torjman focuses on the use of policy dialogue as a means of alleviating concerns relating to current policy issues and administrative processes. This is achieved through engaging five neighbourhoods across the country.

Rebuilding Trust in Canadian Organizations

This Detailed Findings paper by Zachariah Ezekiel attempts to explain the reasons for declining public trust in corporations and public organizations. In the introduction to the paper Ezekiel describes the debate concerning the issue of trust. Although studies have found there is an overall decline in public trust, the extent and importance of this decline is often an issue of contention.

The Group of Six

Sherri Torjman discusses the activities of a 'Group of Six' who are developing initiatives to reduce poverty through community level actions.

The Uneasy Case for Uniting the Right

This article by Tom Flanagan contends that there is no basis in political science for the argument that one must “unite the right” in order to have a strong, functioning democracy in Canada. Rather, he suggests that as long as the basic tenets of the Canadian Constitution (including rule of law, respect for property rights and markets, free discussion of public affairs) as well as a widely distributed electoral franchise are kept in place, several models of opposition other than the “two-party alternative government configuration” can function adequately. Accordingly, he suggests there is no “categorical imperative” to unite the right.

What Are Policy-Makers Saying about Respite?

This paper discusses the findings of a set of interviews revolving around the issue respite for caregivers. Sherri Torjman explains the concerns that have been raised and makes recommendations for how respite for caregivers might be improved.