Executive Summary – Climate Change: Impact and Policy Implications

(Disponible en français : Résumé – Les changements climatiques : Leurs répercussions et leur incidence sur les politiques) Unprecedented global warming has been observed in recent decades. Around the world, mean air and water temperatures have increased, amounts of snow and ice have diminished, and sea levels have risen. Canada is no exception: our mean…

Federal Measures Related to Pandemic Planning and First Nations Communities

21 April 2020, 9 a.m. (Disponible en français : Mesures fédérales concernant la planification de la lutte contre la pandémie dans les communautés des Premières Nations) Indigenous people are disproportionately affected negatively by factors that influence health and well-being, known as the determinants of health, such as overcrowded and mouldy housing, poverty, unsafe drinking water…

COVID-19, Food Insecurity and Related Issues

Revised on 19 May 2020, 9:35 a.m. Any substantive changes in this HillNote that have been made since the preceding issue are indicated in bold print. (Disponible en français : COVID-19, insécurité alimentaire et problèmes connexes) With the arrival of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Canada, Canadians have become concerned about disruptions to their food…

The Canadian Economy in Turbulent Times

Revised on 24 April 2020, 12:30 p.m. (Disponible en français : L’économie canadienne dans la tourmente) Over its history, Canada’s economy has been affected by major international and domestic events such as financial crises, pandemics, international conflicts and environmental incidents. For example, in 1907 a credit crisis began in the United States, spread to Canada…

Freedom of Expression – A Continuing Debate

(Disponible en français : La liberté d’expression : un débat qui se poursuit) “Everyone has the … freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication.” – Section (2b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Freedom of Expression The constitutional right to expression is a…

Executive Summary – The World Trade Organization: Selected Challenges and Canada’s Priorities

(Disponible en français : Résumé – Organisation mondiale du commerce : Défis choisis et priorités du Canada) The World Trade Organization (WTO) is currently facing challenges relating to its executive, legislative, monitoring and adjudicative functions. As a founding member of the WTO, Canada has a number of reform proposals that are designed to address these…

Some Federal and Provincial/Territorial Financial Relief Measures Relating to COVID-19

9 April 2020, 8:45 a.m. (Disponible en français : Quelques mesures de soutien financier des gouvernements fédéral, provinciaux et territoriaux concernant la COVID-19) The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing financial strain across Canada. This HillNote provides an overview of some measures by federal, provincial and territorial governments to address the financial impact…