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Rise of the (Good) Machines: A Blueprint for Action

This is the second of two articles about artificial intelligence.   “An AI utopia is a place where people have income guaranteed because their machines are working for them. Instead, they focus on activities that they want to do, that are personally meaningful like art or, where human creativity still shines, in science.” – Oren…

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Special Report: The Senate Wades into Charity Policy

Photo credit: Senate of Canada Just months after Ottawa set up an advisory body to look at the future of Canadian charities, a Senate committee this week released a 190-page report with a sweeping range of legal and policy reforms that, its members say, are necessary to ensure the health of a sector that generates…

Unfair or Unwanted? Competition Between Charities and For-Profit Businesses in Canada

Charities in Canada face a long-term crisis of financial sustainability. Their missions will become more challenging with continuing demographic and cultural change. There will be a growing gap between the needs Canadians expect charities to meet and the resources available to carry out their missions.[1] These fundamental social, cultural, and economic trends are leading to…

Injuste ou indésirable? La concurrence entre les organismes caritatifs et les entreprises au Canada

Les organismes caritatifs canadiens font face à un défi persistant de viabilité financière. La réalisation de leur mission se complexifie au fur et à mesure que des changements démographiques et culturels continuent à s’opérer dans la société. De plus, l’écart entre les besoins auxquels ils doivent répondre pour satisfaire les attentes des Canadiens et les…

Canada’s Charitable Sector: What to Expect in 2019

When the federal government released its Fall Economic Statement in November, it signaled what many in Canadian philanthropic circles would regard as a sea-change in Ottawa’s thinking about a sector that employs more than two million Canadians and accounts for 8% of the country’s GDP. After years of dealing with everything from outmoded legislation to…

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Book Review: Looking for Bootstraps: Economic Development in the Maritimes

Looking for Bootstraps: Economic Development in the Maritimes, by Donald J Savoie, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nimbus Publishing, 2017, ISBN 978-177108-481-9 Asked what he would do to run Canada more like a business, Pierre Trudeau famously quipped he would start by selling off the Maritimes. Trudeau was referring to the longstanding  ̶  and still continuing  ̶…