Posts By: Dale Smith

If I Were Minister of Health: Best Advice for Addressing Substance Use and Addiction

As part of the Sixth Estate’s Spotlight series, in conjunction with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)’s 2019 conference, a panel of public health, enforcement, youth and Indigenous experts and stakeholders gave their top recommendations for the new minister of health on how best to address substance use and addiction.

What do you need to know about new cannabis products?

With cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals legal as of Oct. 17, Sixth Estate’s Spotlight series joined the Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction to discuss with experts and stakeholders the new product classes, health risks, and lower risk use of the products, as well as the importance of public education and best ways to reach out to youth.

What’s Next for Pharmacare?

As pharmacare was a major election issue, and the re-elected Liberal government has promised to implement a national pharmacare program in accordance with the Hoskins report, Before the Bell assembled a panel of experts and stakeholders to discuss what options the government may be exploring.

Small Business & Trade: Cornering the World

With 41 percent of Canadian exports being shipped by small and medium-sized enterprises, and our three largest trading partners — the United States, China and the United Kingdom —undergoing some level of turmoil, the third season of Before the Bell kicked off with a panel of experts and stakeholders to look at the issues that Canadian small businesses face as they seek to expand into global markets.

Public Education on the New Cannabis Products

As cannabis edibles, extracts, and topicals are being legalized, Sixth Estate’s Spotlight hosted a panel of experts to discuss the new risks and regulatory challenges separate from the existing cannabis market, and the public education initiatives underway in the country when it comes to these products.

Dialling In On Defence Procurement

Two years after the release of the federal government’s Strong, Secure, Engaged – Canada’s Defence Policy, Before the Bell gathered a panel of industry and government stakeholders to assess where Canada stands. The discussion focused largely on Canada’s embattled procurement system.

Mobility 2030: A Sixth Estate Spotlight

Thanks to electric cars, autonomous vehicles, and the rise in services like ride-sharing, there is a potential to add USD$10 trillion to USD$22 trillion annually to the global transit market by 2030. Sixth Estate’s Spotlight sat down with industry leaders to discuss what the future of human mobility might look like, and how we’ll get there.

National Housing: For Whom the (Door) Bell Tolls

As the October federal election approaches, housing affordability is shifting from a concern to a ballot question among voters. Before the Bell gathered a panel of stakeholders and government officials to examine whether there is a housing crisis brewing in Canada

Infrastructure: A Look at ICT

While many people think of roads, bridges and sewers when they think of infrastructure, the Canadian economy is increasingly reliant on digital infrastructure, which includes information and communications technology (ICT). Before the Bell hosted industry and government stakeholders to discuss Canada’s ICT needs.

Temperature Check: Canada’s Investment Climate

Canada’s status as a destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) has been bouncing back after a two-year slump caused by the oil price slump and doubts about the future of NAFTA. Before the Bell assembled a panel of business, academic and government stakeholders to examine what needs to be done to keep Canada’s investment climate competitive.