Post-Secondary Seminar: Explore Public Policy Issues

Post-Secondary Seminar: Explore Public Policy Issues

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Free one-day student seminar with presentations from leading policy experts, Q & A, and informal discussions. Lunch is included.


Bud, Can You Spare a Dime? The Growth of Revenue in the New Age of Legal Marijuana
Stephen T. Easton
Professor of Economics, Simon Fraser University

Marijuana will be a good revenue maker for governments. It joins a list of vices that have become virtues like gambling and alcohol. Over the next decades, the evolution of the market will have lots of policy challenges. What will be the pattern of development for this once reviled industry?

The Surprising Effects of Economic Freedom
Fred McMahon
Michael A. Walker Research Chair in Economic Freedom, The Fraser Institute

Economic freedom provides huge benefits in growth and prosperity. But it also changes the dynamics of society in highly positive ways as research contained in more than 500 academic studies shows.

Operational and Infrastructure Challenges in the Opening Arctic
Dr. Leslie Wickman
Executive Director, American Scientific Affiliation

Ice in the Arctic region is melting twice as fast as predicted by climate models. Public and private access, transportation, exploration and exploitation activities are all rapidly increasing in the region. This lecture will explore some of the important international, economic, environmental, and security issues related to operating in the Arctic, as well as the challenges related to the lack of various forms of infrastructure (communications, navigation, surveillance, search and rescue, ports).

Reflections on a Period of Transition, Volatility, and Change in the Global System
Dr. Yves Tiberghien
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia, and Director, Institute of Asian Research

Great risks and tensions currently beset our global system. In the midst of historically high interconnectivity, the world is also going through the great shift in global power in a century, generating great uncertainties. Burdened by growing debt and rising trade protectionism, global economic growth is slowing around the globe. World trade enters a period of unprecedented decline and key countries appear to run out of monetary and fiscal ammunition to do more. Worse, the US and Europe (and possibly other areas) are facing the rise of intense populism, mixing identity politics with anti-globalization feelings. In the wake of Brexit in the UK and Donald Trump’s victory in the US, consensus among systematically-important countries to buttress the global liberal order now appears elusive. This talks offers an assessment of the bundle of integrative and fragmenting forces currently at play in the global system.

Minimum Wage Hikes: Good Policy or Bad Idea?
Charles Lammam
Director, Centre for Fiscal Studies, The Fraser Institute

In recent years, governments across Canada have increased the minimum wage. Proponents say it’s a good way to help the working poor. But does the evidence support that claim?

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Event Details

Saturday, January 28, 2017
9:00 AM
  –   5:00 PM
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
1088 Burrard St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2R9

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