I write and tweet a lot about innovation policy, mainly with respect to my frustration with our current government’s two-dimensional views on the subject. I’ve been meaning to write a piece on how to do innovation policy right, but based on a number of conversations I’ve had with folks, I think it’s important first to deal with the question of: “what is innovation” and “what is innovation policy”? Because frankly these terms are getting slung around with such abandon that … [ Read More ]
The National Post’s David Akin had a useful article last week entitled Canada Has Failed at Innovation for 100 years: Can The Trudeau Government Change That? Read it, it’s good. It’s based around a new-ish Peter Nicholson article in Canadian Public Policy which is unfortunately not available without a subscription. But Nicholson’s argument appears to be: we’ve done pretty well our entire history as a country copying or importing technology from Americans: what exactly is it that Ottawa is going … [ Read More ]
So, any day now, the report of the Government of Canada’s Science Policy review should be appearing. What is that, you ask? Good question.
“Science policy” is one of those tricky terms. Sometimes it can mean science as a way of making policy (like when someone claims they want all policy to be “evidence-based); sometimes it’s about policy for or about Science, and the rules and regulations under which it is funded. This particular Science policy review, chaired by former U … [ Read More ]
Though here in egalitarian Canada we don’t like to talk about it much, the fact of the matter is that universities are selective. More people want to enter them than there are places available. The more prestigious the institution, the greater the imbalance between demand and supply of places, thus requiring more challenging and discerning barriers to entry (though self-selection reduces actual application numbers somewhat). The question is: on what basis should we select students?
(OK, some of you are … [ Read More ]
The last federal budget made one large signal improvement to student assistance: the abolition of the education tax credit, and the re-investment of that money into an improved Canada Student Grant. Less remarked upon was a promise to simplify need assessment. Now the details of that effort are emerging, and they are pretty interesting.
The change has to do with the student contribution rules. In the Canadian student aid system, various forms of student income and assets are considered “resources” … [ Read More ]