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Each series sees a team of writers and editors digging deep in one policy area to examine the nuances and intricacies that reveal policymakers aren't always right and that their jobs can be much more difficult than at first glance.
Digital Hate: Right-Wing Extremism Online
Alexandra Wilson & Ben Beiles
On January 6th, 2021, a mob of right-wing extremists stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 American election results. In the weeks following the attack, it became abundantly clear that extremist right-wing sentiments, which had previously been limited to rhetoric online and in the media, were beginning to manifest in the “real world” with devastating consequences. Hateful vitriol has always proliferated and metastasized on social media platforms, but the January 6th attacks brutally demonstrated how extremist thoughts and statements can escalate to extremist actions. In this series we discuss the origins of right-wing extremism online, the media’s role in effectuating hate, and its consequences in the real world. With a particular focus on the Canadian landscape, we will also be evaluating potential policy solutions and making the argument for a way forward.
Behind the Game: When Sport and Policy Collide
Alexander Stoney & Rayyan Esmail
Sports are an integral part of life, culture and economics. From the wealthy ownership groups and the talented players and athletes to the diehard fans, sports have the power to unite people from all different backgrounds. However, the interplay between the many groups and socio-economic forces of sports creates a complex environment of public and private sector policy and decision-making and progressive social movements. “Behind the Game” will focus on these forces that we often cannot see, analyzing issues such as the impact of immigration on sports, the effects of the pandemic, urban planning of stadiums and gender inequality in sports. The summer of 2021 will provide a schedule of fascinating and pivotal sporting events, including EURO 2021, Wimbledon , and the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Throughout the summer, Associate Managing Editor Alex Stoney and Editor-in-Chief Brian Huynh are ready to guide you through the complex policies and decision-making in the world of sports. As we prepare for a summer of major international sporting events, we are excited to provide up-to-date and insightful policy analysis surrounding the biggest news in sports.
The Global Vaccine Challenge: Inequalities and Misinformation
In this series we will be taking a deep dive into the global vaccine campaign. The common thread running through the series is the impact of inequalities and misinformation on prioritization and access to vaccines. The topic of Covid-19 vaccinations has become inherently political, as nationalism, economic recovery and securitization fuel discourse and influence policy. From discussing the process of getting vaccinated locally to breaking down vaccination tourism policy in the Maldives, this series offers a fresh take on varied aspects of Covid-19 vaccinations.
Corporations and Competition in Canadian Telecommunications
Canada's telecommunications industry is run by the "Big 3": Rogers, Bell, and Telus. This series will take a deep dive on the conditions sustaining the Big 3’s oligopoly. First, it will look at the nature of oligopolies and how they hurt consumers. Second, it will look at the history of competition law in Canada and the laws and regulations that have sustained the Big 3s market power. It will then look at the CRTC’s controversial MVNO decision, and the Rogers-Shaw merger. The series will conclude with an exploration of avenues that Canadian policy makers can take to encourage competition, protect consumers, and achieve meaningful connectivity.
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