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Supply-side shocks of COVID-19 could linger for years | First Policy Response

June 11, 2020 | In this commentary, Ken Boessenkool argues "the enduring economic pain from COVID will be a supply-side capital shock that will particularly hit investment in service, travel and entertainment industries, a supply-side labour shock that will hit primarily female employment, and a supply-side productivity shock due to new health and safety requirements."

Published: 1 Oct 2020

Trump vs. Biden debate: Amid the slugfest, faint signs of candidates' strategies were visible | The Globe and Mail

September 30, 2020 | "By the time they were finished there was blood on the floor – but voters may be left with the sad conclusion that there is no floor to the way politics in the United States is conducted."

Published: 30 Sep 2020

The presidential debate won’t be a game changer | The Globe and Mail

September 30, 2020 | "But don’t expect Tuesday’s debate between the two men running for the U.S. presidency – Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden – to make much of a difference to the election outcome. Or any difference at all. That’s because American presidential debates – a relatively recent addition to White House campaigns, first coming in 1960, some 172 years after the initial U.S. election – seldom produce important turning points."

Published: 30 Sep 2020

Canada needs more infrastructure spending, but not as short-term stimulus | Maclean's

September 28, 2020 | "The best time for governments to spend on major infrastructure projects is when the long-term benefits are high and when the cost of financing the projects is low. Both of these conditions apply today, and likely will for several more years."

Published: 28 Sep 2020

The Great Rethink: Why the Bank of Canada's mandate needs a refresh | Financial Post

September 25, 2020 | In this article, Kevin Carmichael proposes that, while the Bank of Canada has done an excellent job of containing inflation, it may have erred too often on the side of caution.

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Published: 25 Sep 2020

La Politique Monétaire Canadienne Sort du Placard | La Presse

September 23, 2020 | With the onset of the Bank of Canada's mandate renewal, and economic uncertainty due to COVID-19, many Canadians are left wondering what the future of monetary policy will look like for the country. Read why Hélène Baril says the time is right to open the debate on the role of the central bank with insights from speakers at the Max Bell School's ongoing Choosing the Right Target

Published: 23 Sep 2020

Why the Bank of Canada needs a revised mandate | The Globe and Mail

Max Bell School Director Chris Ragan and Professor Stephen Gordon of Université Laval penned this opinion piece to highlight the importance of monetary policy and the upcoming revision of the Bank of Canada's mandate. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect many spheres of public policy, the Bank of Canada will need to carefully consider all policy objective alternatives.

Published: 17 Sep 2020

Breakfast at Tiff's: Unpacking the Bank of Canada's role in the economic recovery | The Hill Times Hot Room

Christopher Ragan, director of the Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University, joins The Hot Room to take them through Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem's speech on the Bank's role in the economic recovery. 

Published: 15 Sep 2020

One nation under two per cent: Is it time for a shake-up of the economy’s most important number?

September 3, 2020 | As far as the Bank of Canada is concerned, the economy works best when cost of consumed goods and services increases at a rate of about two per cent every year. In this article by The Kingston Whig Standard, Max Bell School Director Chris Ragan shared his thoughts on the Bank of Canada's options for the future of monetary policy.

Published: 3 Sep 2020

New report finding racism at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights was shocking — but predictable | The Conversation

August 10, 2020 | The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has joined the ranks of other Canadian cultural institutions that are facing accusations of discrimination and harassment. Pervasive and systemic bias has been reported in many instances; from inadequate representation of Indigenous perspectives, to the censorship of LGBTQ2+ content, to many other incidents of racism, homophobia, and sexism experienced by staff members.

Published: 12 Aug 2020

Algorithm 'gatekeepers' undermine democracy and health | Montreal Gazette

August 6, 2020 | Social media and other digital platforms have begun to overtake traditional journalism as our primary sources of information. The communications difficulties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have demonstrated how this trend will prove to have drastic consequences on the reliability of information in our democracies.

Published: 10 Aug 2020

COVID-19: Social media users more likely to believe false information

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Montreal, July 29, 2020

A new study led by researchers at McGill University finds that people who get their news from social media are more likely to have misperceptions about COVID-19. Those that consume more traditional news media have fewer misperceptions and are more likely to follow public health recommendations like social distancing.

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Published: 29 Jul 2020

Can an ad boycott fix Facebook's hate speech problem? | CBC News

July 6, 2020 | Over 800 companies are pulling their ads from Facebook in response to the Stop Hate for Profit boycott, led by civil rights groups who want to remove hate speech from the platform. Will threatening the company's bottom line motivate them into action? Max Bell School Professor Taylor Owen goes on the CBC's Front Burner to discuss the propagation of hate speech on social media.

Published: 8 Jul 2020

Canada’s COVID-19 recovery plan | The Current

By how much will the pandemic cause federal spending to rise? How much revenue are we expecting to lose? And how will the Canadian government manage their debt and avoid a financial emergency? As the COVID-19 crisis continues to spread uncertainty across Canada and the around the world, economists and policymakers must ask themselves these questions and devise ways to manage the post-pandemic financial landscape.

Published: 7 Jul 2020

Cities in Crisis Need Urgent Federal Support | Policy Magazine

June 19, 2020 | The unfolding economic and public health crisis caused by COVID-19 has revealed cracks in healthcare while underscoring the challenges of Canada's decentralized fiscal federalism. With cities facing increased service delivery pressures and a steep decline in revenues, provinces must invest in municipal economic development on equal footing with the federal government.

Published: 25 Jun 2020

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