Canada is finally listening to what Indigenous children need

“Ted, the government has never done one goddamn thing for First Nations people that was any good.” Ted Cadwallader, Provincial Director of Aboriginal Education in British Columbia, recalled what his First Nations father used to say to him. “He was pretty happy that I was working in government,” Cadwallader said sarcastically. Until the late 20th century, Canada … More Canada is finally listening to what Indigenous children need

Social mobility is stalling — here’s one way to kickstart it

Five generations: that’s how long it could take for descendants of a poor family today to reach the average income in their country. That’s just one example of the damning state of affairs outlined in the OECD’s new report on social mobility. The “social elevator” — the capacity for children to outperform their parents — may be … More Social mobility is stalling — here’s one way to kickstart it

The open secret to Canada’s tech boom

Cities around North America are waiting with bated breath as Amazon decides where to place its second headquarters. “HQ2” will be a $5 billion facility, generating 50,000 high-paying jobs. On the shortlist of 20 locations there’s just one non-US city: Toronto, Canada. The tech scene north of the border is quietly booming. In 2016, the … More The open secret to Canada’s tech boom

The pre-school solution to our productivity problem

As nations come to terms with fragile growth in the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the importance of productivity has been brought sharply into focus. The OBR’s gloomy forecast illustrated the extent of the UK’s problems, but we are by no means alone. To varying degrees, nations all over the world – rich and poor ­– … More The pre-school solution to our productivity problem

Four reasons why refugees need cash, not aid

With a record 65.6 million people displaced from their homes worldwide, rarely has helping refugees been such an important and demanding task. Policymakers and humanitarian workers struggle with stretched budgets, while citizens in host countries grow frustrated, especially when developing regions share a disproportionately large responsibility due to their proximity to conflict. If ever there … More Four reasons why refugees need cash, not aid