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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…

National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy: An Update

Martin Auger  Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division In June 2010, the federal government unveiled its National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) to renew and modernize the fleets of the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard over the next three decades. The NSPS was introduced to provide long-term, predictable federal shipbuilding work in Canada. The…

Part II: The International Security of Medical Isotope Supply: Assessment of Potential Technologies

Mohamed Zakzouk        Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division (This is the second in a series of two HillNotes on The International Security of Medical Isotope Supply. Part one explores progress in Canada and abroad.) The main technology options available to produce molybdenum-99 (99Mo) (or technetium-99m (99mTc) directly) can be grouped under two broad categories: reactor-based…

Part I: The International Security of Medical Isotope Supply: A Work in Progress

Mohamed Zakzouk Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division (This is the first in a series of two HillNotes on The International Security of Medical Isotope Supply. Part two provides an assessment of potential technologies.) The global supply of medical isotopes remains uncertain, despite increased efforts at home and abroad to secure production sources. The isotope technetium-99m…

Television Policy in a Changing Environment

Michael Dewing Legal and Social Affairs Division When it comes to Canadian television policy, it has always been tricky to balance the interests of consumers, content creators, and broadcasting and distribution companies. Corporate integration, rapid technological change and shifting viewing habits make it even trickier. In its latest review of the Canadian television system, the…

Banks and Consumer Protection: Not Exclusively Parliament’s Jurisdiction

Adriane Yong  Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division In recent rulings, the Supreme Court of Canada clarified some constitutional issues concerning federal and provincial authority in regulating certain banking practices. Section 91(15) of the Constitution Act, 1867 gives Parliament the power to regulate “banking, incorporation of banks and the issue of paper money.” Using this…