The week before last, Deloitte – that redoubtable home for “Big Thinking” management consultant types who are nevertheless not big-enough-thinking for McKinsey – released a paper entitled The Intelligence Revolution: Future Proofing Canada’s Workforce. To call it as dumb as a bag of hammers would be deeply unfair to hand tools. Do you remember Otto, Kevin Kline’s character from A Fish Called Wanda? The one who thought he was an intellectual despite his evident vacuity? This paper is the literary embodiment of Otto.
This Government, man. It is something else.
Today, the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Shaking Hands With Tech Executives, is in Halifax to – are you ready for this? – kick off a nationwide tour to announce the shortlist of the Superclusters competition. Yes, the man has decided that it’s a good use of public money to spend the Parliamentary recess week jetting from one-part of the country to another announcing not the winners of this jumped-up contest but the shortlist. … [ Read More ]
So the deadline to sign up for the federal NDP leadership passed a couple of weeks ago, and the first deadline for the mail-in ballots is next Monday. So what to make of the four candidates and their views on post-secondary education? Based on their platforms and a series of responses to a questionnaire on Science policy from Evidence for Democracy (responses available here), my take is as follows:
Jagmeet Singh. Nothing. He has a lot of policy proposals on various topics … [ Read More ]
Morning all. Hope you had a good summer. To welcome you back, let’s take a quick look at state of play in the sector as we start the academic year.
In Canadian PSE, I don’t think there’s a whole lot of doubt about where things are headed this year. Post-Naylor, we’re going to be talking research, research, research. If you doubt this, take a look at Universities Canada’s recent budget submission. As always, there are three “asks”; for the first time … [ Read More ]
So today is budget day. If the papers are anything to go by, there’s something big-ish in there about “skills” which will no doubt be presented as some massive benefit to the country’s middle class (and those trying to join it). I have difficulty imagining what might be announced since most skills policies are in the hands of the provinces. But what I do know is that skills policy is an area long overdue a makeover.
The labour force is … [ Read More ]