About the Event
Free one-day student seminar with presentations from leading policy experts, Q & A, and informal discussions. Lunch is included.
Speakers & Instructors
Presentation Title: Onwards and Upwards: 150 Years of Federal Spending
This history of the public finances of Canada’s federal government from 1867 to 2017 focuses on revenues, expenditures and their composition, as well as deficits and public debt. Over two thirds of federal spending today is now largely a transfer payment to individuals, other governments, or bondholders. The evolution of the federal government from a producer and provider of public goods and services to a cheque-writing agency is a development that might astound the 19th century founders of Canada.close
Presentation Title: Why Do So Many Canadians Travel Abroad to Get the Health Care They Need?
If our public health care system is so enviable, as its supporters claim, why are so many Canadians seeking treatment abroad every year? In 2016, an estimated 63,459 Canadians received non-emergency medical treatment outside Canada, based on data gathered through the Fraser Institute’s Waiting Your Turn survey of physicians, and from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, which tracks the numbers of procedures performed in Canada. This presentation examines the issues around access to timely health care.close
Presentation Title: What’s Up with House Prices? The Economics of Housing Markets in Canada
Rapidly rising housing costs in Canada’s most desirable cities are cause for concern for both potential buyers and renters. This presentation discusses the imbalance between supply and demand, touching on the drivers of each, such as historically low interest rates and municipal red tape entwining all aspects of homebuilding.close
Presentation Title: The Internet of Threats: The Role of Policymakers in Addressing Cybersecurity in the IoT
The scale and scope of connected devices that make up the “internet of things” present a unique cybersecurity challenge, as one device’s vulnerability can be a problem for the entire network. With incidents of ransomware, data breaches, and distributed denial-of-service attacks on the rise, cyberspace is now an active warzone. What role can policymakers and other stakeholders play in addressing the consequences of device insecurity in the internet of things?