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March 12, 2015

Keith Neuman presents at the Munk Centre Conference on income inequality

Institute Executive Director Keith Neuman gave an invited presentation on public opinion on income inequality on March 12, 2015, at a conference hosted by the Munk Centre for Global Affairs. See presentation deck Stay tuned for presentation video

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February 11, 2015

O Canada and the Maple Leaf

The following piece by Michael Adams appears in the 150 Canada series published by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Growing up in the 1950s, I was under the impression that God Save the Queen was our national anthem and the Canadian Red Ensign was our nat...

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February 07, 2015

Harper has not shifted Canadians' opinions

The following is an expanded version of commentary by Michael Adams was published in the February 7, 2015 edition of the Globe and Mail, as a counterpoint to an accompanying story by Globe columnist John Ibbitson  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What has Stephen Harper done to Canada? To som...

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January 26, 2015

The future of democracy in Canada

The following op-ed by Michael Adams and Maryantonett Flumian was published in the January 26, 2015 edition of the Globe and Mail >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It wasn’t long ago that Canadians voted in large numbers. Just a few decades ago it was normal to see turnout rates for federal elections ...

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December 29, 2014

What might success look like for young Aboriginals?

The following opinion piece by Institute President Michael Adams was published in the Globe and Mail on December 29, 2014 >>>>>>>>>> The past year has been an eventful one for aboriginal peoples in Canada. The tragedy of violence against aboriginal women has finally been forced onto the national agenda, than...

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December 12, 2014

Environics Institute launches new project on social capital in Toronto

The Institute is pleased to announce the launch of a new groundbreaking study of social capital to map the level of social trust and community engagement among Toronto residents, and provide a foundation for strengthening the social capital of the city. This project is a partnership of six city-building organizations: the City of Toront...

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December 03, 2014

There’s now a Canadian consensus: It’s time for action on climate change

Keith Neuman and Ian Bruce published the following op-ed in the December 3, 2014 edition of the Globe and Mail >>>>>>> As global warming emissions reach record-breaking levels, Canada’s environment minister will join world leaders in Lima, Peru, this week for the latest round of UN talks on an action plan to fi...

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November 28, 2014

Environics Institute and David Suzuki Foundation release new survey on climate change

As part of its ongoing Focus Canada public opinion research program, the Environics Institute partnered with the David Suzuki Foundation this fall to ask Canadians about the issue of climate change, to determine how perceptions have changed (or not) over the past 12 months. As the scientific evidence for global warming continues to moun...

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November 19, 2014

Keith Neuman presents Five Good Ideas on Survey Research: Asking the Right Question

In the latest in a long-running "Five Good Ideas" lunch and learn series hosted by the Maytree Foundation, Environics Institute Executive Director Keith Neuman presented to an audience of more than100 on November 19, 2014 about survey research and asking the right question. Surveys, polls and market research are ubiquitous in today&rsquo...

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October 24, 2014

New study on the cultural competence of police and security officers in Canada

A new  research report has just been released focusing on the cultural competency of the country's police and security officers. The country’s expanding ethnic diversity and growth in visible minorities makes it essential that those responsible for the country’s policing and security have the necessary training to appr...

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September 24, 2014

Environics Institute on how Canadians view climate change

Climate change is once again front and centre this week, as world leaders meet at the United Nations to discuss how to move forward collectively on the global challenge of climate change. On Sept 23, Environics Institute Executive Director Keith Neuman was interviewed on CBC National News "World at Six" about how Canadians currently vi...

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September 03, 2014

Crime and populism The Harper government has made a tough stance on crime one of its showcase positions. Why?

The following article by Michael Adams appears in the September edition of Policy Options (published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy  >>>>> Over the past eight years, the federal Conservatives have seldom missed an opportunity to show Canadians how seriously they take crime and how eager they ar...

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August 05, 2014

Institute launches new study on governance and the public service

The Environics Institute is partnering with the Ottawa-based Institute on Governance to conduct a landmark public opinion study on governance and the public sector in Canada. Governments face unprecedented challenges in the early 21st century, stemming from global and domestic pressures. Elected officials are front and centre as the lead...

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August 01, 2014

Black Experience Project Launches Public Outreach

The Environics Institute is pleased to announce another milestone in the Black Experience Project with the launch of our public outreach initiative. The goal of the outreach is to connect with various groups and organizations and to spread awareness of the project throughout various cultural events in the GTA. During this time we will als...

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June 17, 2014

The polling that matters comes after the election

The following opinion piece by Institute Executive Director Keith Neuman was published June 17, 2014 in the Globe and Mail online . . . . . . Another provincial election has come and gone in Canada, and once again pre-election polling is coming under scrutiny for not getting it right. What used to be a predictable track record of accurac...

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May 26, 2014

Environics Institute moderates panel on future of research at 2014 AAPOR Conference

Institute Executive Director Keith Neuman organized and moderated a roundtable discussion at the annual Conference of the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), in Anaheim California on May 17. The roundtable included established leaders in public opinion covering the academic, media, non-profit and commercial sectors, ...

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March 28, 2014

Canada’s do-it-yourself foreign aid: Let’s make it easier to send money abroad

Michael Adams published the following commentary in the Globe and Mail on March 28, 2014. . . . . . . . . . Recent numbers from the World Bank remind us that the flow of remittances worldwide—the money migrants send back to their countries of origin—is astounding. In all, international migrants were responsible for the moveme...

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January 09, 2014

Environics Institute Introduces New Canadian Historical Public Opinion Vignette Series – First Article: the FLQ Crisis

The Environics Institute is introducing a new series of research vignettes which analyze public opinion data from important historical events to find relevant lessons for Canadian society today. Originating in literature, vignettes can best be described as snapshots: they provide a trenchant impression of a subject, focusing on one moment...

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December 27, 2013

Immigrants don’t turn ‘blue’ the moment they arrive

Michael Adams and Robin Brown published the following commentary in the Globe and Mail on December 27, 2013. . . . . . . . When President Obama won 71% of the Hispanic vote in 2012, it dealt the final blow to an idea that had been popular during the Bush years: that Hispanic Americans’ conservative values on social issues (rooted i...

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December 18, 2013

Public support for BC carbon tax declines over past year, but still over 50 percent

When British Columbia unveiled its groundbreaking new carbon tax in 2011, it was widely seen as ahead of its time and bucking what was widely considered to be the prevailing public sentiment against new taxes of any kind (even ones promising to be revenue neutral). The new tax did prove controversial, and elicited backlash from some rural...

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November 26, 2013

Michael Adams presents at Canada House in London

On November 25th, Institute Founder and President Michael Adams have an invited address at the High Commission of Canada in the UK (Canada House) in London, sponsored by RBC. In 2003, The Economist pronounced Canada to be "cool." Michael's presentation examined the evidence to see if this is still the case, through an in-depth analysis o...

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November 23, 2013

Environics Institute presents at 10th Annual Trudeau Foundation Conference

The Environics Institute's research was once again a featured part of the Trudeau Foundation's annual policy conference. This year's conference, held in Montreal November 21-23, 2013 is the Foundation's 10th, and focused on the broad theme of "Democracy in the 21st Century." Institute Executive Director Keith Neuman presented to conferen...

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November 21, 2013

New Trudeau Foundation survey on human rights and dignity

Prior to the 10th annual Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Conference (November 21-23, 2013), the Environics Institute for Survey Research conducted a national survey of Canadians covering the Foundation’s four defining themes, one of which is “human rights and dignity.” How do Canadians view the country’s record o...

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November 21, 2013

Ottawa’s climate position not in sync with Canadian opinion

The following op-ed appears in the Nov 21-2013 online edition of the Globe and Mail, co-authored by Environics Institute Executive Director Keith Neuman, and David Suzuki Foundation's Ian Bruce:>>>>> As world leaders meet in Warsaw this week for another summit on climate change, prospects for substantive progress have neve...

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November 20, 2013

New Trudeau Foundation survey on environmental issues

The Environics Institute has partnered with the Trudeau Foundation and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM).on a new naitonal survey on people and their natural environment, in conjunction with the Foundation's 10th annual policy conference (Montreal, Nov 21-23, 2013). Highlights: It is broa...

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November 19, 2013

New Trudeau Foundaiton survey on responsible citizenship

The Environics Institute has partnered with the Trudeau Foundation and Concordia Unversity on a new naitonal survey on responsible citizenship, in conjunction with the Foundation's 10th annual policy conference (Montreal, Nov 21-23, 2013). The following release is from Concordia University: Canada: true north, strong and free. But how st...

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November 18, 2013

Canadians losing confidence in government leadership on climate change

Vancouver, Toronto – Although Canadians continue to expect governments to take the lead on climate change, they appear to be losing confidence in their leaders, according to a survey released today by the Environics Institute for Survey Research in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. It found that a majority of Canadians ...

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November 18, 2013

Canadians’ foreign policy priority: Climate change

The following article was published (En français) by the Université de Montréal, based on a new national public opinion survey co-sponsored with the Trudeau Foundation in advance of its upcoming 10th anniversary policy conference in Montreal, November 21-23, 2013 Canadians do not share the federal gov...

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November 06, 2013

Michael Adams gives keynote address at Environics Analytics 7th Annual User Conference

On November 6, Environics Institute President and Founder Michael Adams gave the keynote address at the 7th Annual Environics Analytics User Conference in Toronto. Michael’s talk, before a packed house of 400, focused on evolving social values in Canada and the USA. In 2003, Michael Adams published the Canadian bestseller Fire and ...

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October 16, 2013

Minding public opinion - Institute participates in TVO Agenda broadcast

The October 15, 2013 broadcast of TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paiken examines how public opinion influences policy formation, and what that means for citizens getting what they want, and what they need. Institute Executive Director Keith Neuman participated in this panel, along with Stuart Soroka (McGill University), Tim Powers (...

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October 11, 2013

Canadian public opinion on assisted suicide

Close to seven in ten Canadians voice approval of assisted suicide, largely unchanged over the past two decades.  Support for this policy is highest and rising in Quebec, Atlantic Canada and BC, and since 1994 has increased among Canadians 45 and older. . . . The prohibition against assisted suicide is ostensibly because it goes aga...

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October 01, 2013

Environics Institute partnering with Trudeau Foundation on new national survey

The Institute is once again partnering with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundationto conduct a national public opinion survey in conjunction with the Foundation's 10th annual policy conference. To mark this 10th anniversary, the conference and the survey will address all of the Foundation's four major themes: Responsible citizenship Hum...

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September 16, 2013

Michael Adams on the myth of conservative Canada

The following article appears in the September edition of Policy Options (published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy  >>>>> Examining election results across the country in the past decade, one could certainly get an impression that Canada is becoming a more conservative country. Stephen Harper has now...

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August 26, 2013

The youth vote is key for today’s Trudeaus

Michael Adams published the following commentary in the Globe and Mail on August 26, 2013 Justin Trudeau, leader of a Liberal Party that many recent polls have found nudging ahead of the Conservatives, is fond of describing his growing army of young volunteers across the country. This bragging about youth support hints at a bold claim: y...

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July 23, 2013

Internship opportunity at the Institute for 2013-14

The Environics Institute will be offering a part-time paid internship, starting in September 2013, based in its Toronto offices. The primary role of this position is to support the various activities of the Institute, and provide relevant professional experience to an individual interested in pursuing a career in social research and/or p...

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July 04, 2013

Michael Adams on "Polling for Democracy"

In the just-published book The Public Intellectual in Canada (edited by Nelson Wiseman, University of Toronto Press), Michael Adams writes about the contribution of public opinion research to the kinds of social and policy discussions being advanced by public intellectuals in Canada. This book examines the place and impact of public in...

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July 02, 2013

Why do we support gay rights? Because we know each other

Michael Adams published the following commentary in the Globe and Mail on July 2, 2013 This year’s Pride parade in Toronto was down a mayor (Rob Ford was at his cottage) and up a premier (Kathleen Wynne, an out lesbian, marched). But these stories are minor in significance compared to the sea change in public opinion that has taken...

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June 18, 2013

Presentation Event: Fire and Ice in the era of Obama and Harper: The surprising trajectory of social values among Americans and Canadians

The Environics Institute for Survey Research and the Munk School of Global Affairs hosted a special presentation event: in Toronto on June 17, 2013. WATCH THE EVENT HERE The event featured: Michael Adams, President, the Environics Institute for Survey Research Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners (USA)    WIth c...

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April 19, 2013

Environics Institute partnering with the Tessellate Institute to launch 2013 Survey of Muslims in Canada

The Environics Institute is pleased to announce a new partnership with the respected Tessellate Institute, to jointly launch a new national public opinion survey of Muslims in Canada.Thiis new research - scheduled to launch in Fall 2013 - will provide a long-overdue update of the first-ever national survey of Muslims in Canada which was c...

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April 04, 2013

Michael Adams on the demise of the long form census

In October, 2012, Environics Institute President Michael Adams gave an invited address at the 20th Anniversary celebration of Caledon Institute of Social Policy, to address the demise of the long form census in Canada and what this means for the country. Catch his address on video

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April 03, 2013

New study shows national identity in English Canada compatible with inclusive view of immigration

In a study sponsored by the Environics Institute, UBC doctoral candidate Charles Breton looked at the impact of priming national identity on English Canadians' openness to immigration and multiculturalism. OVERVIEW National identities more often than not are divisive. Whenever a group begins to think of itself as such, those outside t...

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March 11, 2013

Canadians are ready for a carbon tax. Is anyone listening?

Keith Neuman published the following commentary in the March 11, 2013 online edition of The Globe and Mail:   Climate change is once again emerging as a pressing global issue, and it is becoming increasingly clear that substantial actions will need to be taken.  What to do?  An increasing number of experts and opinion...

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March 06, 2013

In Canada, the new solitudes are East vs. West

Michael Mendelson and Keith Neuman published the following commentary in the March 5, 2013 online edition of the Globe and Mail. Growing up in the 1960s, we learned about Canada’s ‘two solitudes’ defining our national identity – and our national division – the French in Quebec and the English in the rest o...

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February 28, 2013

Chaviva Hosek joins Institute Board

Institute President Michael Adams is pleased to announce that Chaviva Hosek has agreed to join the Board of Directors. Chaviva Hosek is currently a Professor at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. From 2001 to 2012, she served as President and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIF...

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February 13, 2013

How social values explain Obama's reelection victory

In the latest edition of The  American Prospect, Michael Adams, Celinda Lake  and David Mermin provide new insight into Barack Obama's reelection through the lense of social values . . . .  Barack Obama would have lost the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections had a new set of voters not joined the American electorate&mda...

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January 22, 2013

Don’t forget Canada’s urban aboriginals. They're not just passing through

Michael Adams and Ginger Gosnell-Myers published the following commentary in the January 22, 2013 edition of the Globe and Mail: Who speaks for aboriginal peoples in Canada? In theory, the Assembly of First Nations represents Indian peoples, while Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis National Council represent the other two abori...

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January 11, 2013

Canadians not ready for major health care reform

Canadians have long been proud of their country’s public health care system, and consider it to be one of the defining symbols of national identity (confirmed once again on this latest survey). The health care system is also becoming increasingly difficult to sustain, as costs are consistently rising faster than inflation so that ...

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January 09, 2013

Power Shift: Michael Adams and Celinda Lake comment on the recent US election and new American values

The latest issue of Policy Options (published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy) features an incisive analysis by Institute President Michael Adams and US pollster Celinda Lake on how the re-election of Barack Obama was made possible by a changing American electorate. Why does demographic change matter to politics? Differe...

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December 14, 2012

Canadians still care about climate change, and are ready for a carbon tax

 Climate change has been starkly absent from the public agenda in Canada over the past year, but this does not mean the public has lost interest. Canadians are as attentive and concerned as they were 12 months ago, and are looking for government leadership to address the growing challenge of global warming, including a carbon tax l...

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December 13, 2012

Making Canada’s health care system more culturally responsive to Aboriginal Peoples

The Health Council of Canada just issued a new report on making the country’s urban health care systems more culturally responsive to Aboriginal Peoples.  The report (Empathy, dignity, and respect: Creating cultural safety for Aboriginal people in urban health care) captures the results of a series of roundtable discussions a...

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November 24, 2012

Environics Institute presents at Ninth Annual Trudeau Foundation Conference

The Environics Institute was front and centre at the Ninth Annual Trudeau Foundation Conference, held in Edmonton Nov 22-24, 2012, on the theme “The Common Good:  Who Decides?” Institute Executive Director Keith Neuman presented to the 350 conference delegates the results of national survey conducted in collaboration wit...

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October 10, 2012

After the Long-Form: Pursuing Sound Public Policy in a Land that has Lost its Census

On October 10, 2012, Environics Institute President Michael Adams gave an invited address at the 20th Anniversary celebration of Caledon Institute of Social Policy, a leading non-partisan think tank conducting research and analysis on important social policy issues in Canada. The full text of his remarks are provided below >>>&...

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October 01, 2012

Black Experience Project draws together community leaders across the GTA

Late last month, 35 leading trailblazers from the region’s Black community gathered at Ryerson University’s Cara Commons to discuss the Black Experience Project in the GTA, a landmark study soon to be launched by the Environics Institute, in collaboration with Ryerson’s Diversity Institute, the United Way of Greater Toro...

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August 17, 2012

New study reveals why Canadians have grown more positive about immigration over time

A recent study published in the International Journal of Comparative Sociology provides valuable insight into the basis for Canadians’ growing support for immigration. The study, conducted by UBC researchers Rima Wilkes and Catherine Corrigall-Brown, is based on Environics’ Focus Canada data on Canadian attitudes about immigra...

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July 05, 2012

Breaking the Stereotype: Why Urban Aboriginals Score Highly on “Happiness” Measures

A new report just issued by the C.D. Howe Institute examines why, on average, urban Aboriginals are as “happy” as other Canadians.  The report, authored by Dominique Gross and John Richards, draws its evidence from the Environics Institute’s groundbreaking Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study (UAPS). John Richards served ...

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July 04, 2012

Michael Adams named to Advisory Board of Canadian Studies Program at Berkeley

Environics Institute President Michael Adams has just been named to the Advisory Board of the Canadian Studies Program at the University of California at Berkeley. The Canadian Studies Program at Berkeley was founded in 1982 with the aim of institutionalizing the interdisciplinary study of Canada through instruction and research.  F...

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July 03, 2012

New Board of Directors at the Environics Institute

The Environics Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of its first Board of Directors, which includes the following accomplished individuals:  Michael Mendelson, Chair (Senior Scholar at the Caledon Institute of Social Policy)  Wendy Cukier (VP Research and Innovation, Ryerson University)  John Honderich (Chair...

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June 30, 2012

Canadians are richer than they think

In his latest Globe and Mail opinion piece, Environics Institute President Michael Adams comments on revealing new statistics showing that the average Canadian household is now $40,000 richer than the average American household. For the moment, it seems that the risk-averse Canadian tortoise has the lead against the risk-taking American h...

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April 12, 2012

Research Advisory Group Chair named to Institute's Black Experience Project

The Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. Gervan Fearon is joining the project, to serve as Chair of the Research Advisory Group.  Dr. Gervan Fearon is the Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and is an Associate Professor with the Department of Economics at Ryerson University. Dr. Fearon’s career ha...

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April 06, 2012

Environics Institute welcomes new Board chair

The Environics Institute is pleased to announce that Michael Mendelson has been appointed Chair of the its Board of Directors, effective April 2, 2012. Michael is Senior Scholar at the Caledon Institute of Social Policy.  Prior to his appointment to Caledon he was Deputy Secretary (Deputy Minister) of Cabinet Office in Ontario, and ...

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March 29, 2012

Institute presents at Tax Fairness Summit

The first-ever Tax Fairness Summit was held in Ottawa March 28-30, organized by Canadians for Tax Fairness.  This new organization’s mission is to build a national campaign to promote fair taxation.  The event brought together representatives from close to 200 organizations across Canada and other countries to share exper...

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March 26, 2012

“The Future Starts Now”: Economic Space for First Nations

Economic prosperity and self-sufficiency represent a longterm and as yet unfulfilled goal for Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. A new blueprint for addressing this challenge was just released, coauthored by Nathan Elliott (a former member of the Institute’s UAPS Calgary project team) and Professor David Smith. The report’s t...

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February 08, 2012

New report on First Nations education

One of the most serious problems facing Canada’s Aboriginal peoples is the absence of an education system that consistently supports and delivers positive outcomes for students. This issue is now being taken seriously and was the focus of The National Panel on First Nation Elementary and Secondary Education for Students on Reserve, ...

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January 20, 2012

Institute presents on income inequality at Canada 2020 Conference

Income inequality has been a creeping problem in Canada and other advanced economies for many years now. Yet income polarization has not, up until now, been a big issue on the federal agenda. In January, Canada 2020: Canada’s Progressive Centre hosted a panel discussion on income disparity and polarization, the first in a series of ...

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December 17, 2011

Keith Neuman joins the Institute as its first Executive Director

Michael Adams is pleased to welcome Keith Neuman, Ph.D. as the Institute’s first Executive Director.  Keith joins the Institute from the Environics Research Group where he was responsible for the company’s Public Affairs and Energy-Environment research practice.  Since the 1980s, Keith has conducted a wide range of...

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November 30, 2011

Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study finds a permanent home at the University of Winnipeg

The Institute has just signed an agreement with the University of Winnipeg to become the permanent host of the Institute’s Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study (UAPS). UAPS was a landmark national research project to better understand the growing population of Aboriginal citizens in Canadian cities, focusing on new areas of inquiry not pr...

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