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Federal Health Care Funding in the Current Economic Context

Karin Phillips Legal and Social Affairs Division Provincial and territorial health care systems in Canada are facing common challenges. The population is aging; chronic non-communicable diseases are becoming increasingly prevalent; and demand is rising for new, and often costly, health technologies. This situation has been exacerbated by the 2008 global recession. It has placed pressure…

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Assessing Canada’s Environmental Performance

Penny Becklumb Tim Williams Resources and Environment Section The health of Canadians and their social and economic well-being are highly dependent on the quality of their environment. One way to assess environmental quality is to use indicators that convey complex information as easily understood measures. The Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators initiative, or CESI, is the…

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21st Century Trade Agreements: From NAFTA to the TPP

Alexandre Gauthier Economic and Trade Policy Section Pascal Tremblay International Affairs section Given the size of its economy and relatively small population, Canada places considerable importance on international trade. It is not surprising that Canada has been negotiating bilateral and regional trade agreements in recent years, especially since members of the World Trade Organization were…

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The Role of the Supreme Court of Canada – Membership and the Nomination Process

Maxime Charron-Tousignant Robin MacKay Legal and Social Affairs Division The Supreme Court of Canada was created by Statute in 1875 and since that time its membership and nomination process have evolved considerably. The Court acts as a general court of appeal for Canada, deriving its authority from section 101 of the Constitution Act, 1867 and…

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Parliament and the First World War – 1. Before the Storm: From Discord to Unity

Jean-Rodrigue Paré Legal and Social Affairs Division A Canadian contribution to the Imperial Navy? At the start of the 20th century, all industrialized nations were engaged, to varying degrees, in an arms race. The modernization of the German navy was particularly alarming to the British Empire, which considered this a threat to its naval supremacy.…