Bruce Wallace was appointed editor of Policy Options magazine, the IRPP's flagship publication, in August 2012. A native of Montreal, he was Tokyo bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to 2008, after which he became that newspaper's foreign editor. Over a long career in journalism he has reported from across Canada and around the world, covering wars, elections, economics and three Olympic Games. He has worked outside Canada for 16 of the last 19 years, so he has a good understanding of the global economic, political and security currents that affect Canadian public policy.

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À qui appartient l’Arctique ?

Une intense activité règne dans l’Arctique. Tandis que les mesures par satellite confirment la fonte record de la calotte glaciaire, le Canada et quatre autres États Côtiers ont notamment convenu de négocier un accord réglementant la …

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A warning track for hockey

It was while watching baseball that Thomas Smith hit on his idea for making hockey safer. One August Sunday in 2012, Smith was watching a Boston Red Sox ball game on TV when it struck him …

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Breaking the paradigm

The Idle No More movement is altering the dynamic in Aboriginal relations, stirring a new political chemistry that may change the power balance not only between Aboriginal leaders and Canadian governments, but within Aboriginal communities. …

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Clicktivism

Digital media are by their nature disruptive, and their transformational powers have left carnage across the music, book and newspaper landscape. But they also harbour the potential to remake politics. The Web and social media …

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Clicktivisme

Le caractère perturbateur des médias numériques, dont la force transformatrice a fait des ravages dans le monde de la musique, de l’édition et des journaux, contient aussi la possibilité de remodeler la politique. Les réseaux …

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Décompresser

Mes amis n’ont pas mâché leurs mots lorsque, en vacances dans le Maine, j’ai emporté à la plage The Trial of Socrates d’I. F. Stone. Ce classique est une approche philosophique des événements de 399 …

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Editor's Note

Welcome to our Year in Review special issue. It's been a year of turmoil in markets, tumult in North Africa, and the Occupy movement spreading from Wall Street across North America and around the world. By …

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En quête de meilleures idées

Impossible de rentrer au pays après une douzaine d’années passées à l’étranger sans constater de grands changements. Oui, le Canada est aujourd’hui très différent de ce qu’il était à mon départ, au tournant du millénaire …

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Guiding Principles

We all know how hard it is for us to modify our behaviour, whether it is to quit smoking or hit the gym more. Yet while most of us would agree that taking better care …

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Keeping faith

Sometime in 2015, Pope Francis is expected to produce a papal encyclical setting out the Roman Catholic Church's response to ecological and environmental challenges. The Pope has already signalled that he regards environmental issues as …

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Keeping stem cell tourists grounded

A leading ethicist on issues arising from the scientific revolution in health care, Timothy Caulfield warns that the high expectations surrounding new technologies in genome and stem cell research have unleashed troubling social side effects. …

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L'intransigeance

Chaque nouveau livre de Naomi Klein est présenté comme un événement. Pour promouvoir This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, son éditeur Random House clame ainsi qu’« une fois par décennie, Naomi Klein publie un ou-vrage qui …

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La barrière de la vie privée

Les technologies sont une excellente chose, pensons-nous généralement. Nous leur prêtons des avancées qui facilitent et agrémentent nos vies, et envisageons même qu’elles puissent un jour régler certaines questions sociales, de l’amélioration des soins de …

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La sagesse des foules

Désespérés de voir le géant Internet attirer les mordus d’information au détriment des journaux et de la télévision, certains patrons de presse ont riposté en offrant à leurs lecteurs de déterminer les sujets qui feraient …

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Lean back

I took a lot of flak from friends one summer in Maine for taking I.F. Stone's The Trial of Socrates to the beach. Stone's classic work was a philosophical spin through the events of 399 BC, when Socrates' mischievous …

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Les maux de la presse

Le simple nom de « tribune de la presse » est un anachronisme. Car la presse écrite a cédé son rôle de principale source d’information il y a déjà plus d’un demi-siècle, d’abord à la …

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Les technologies à la rescousse

Les technologies nous semblent globalement béné-fiques. Et il est vrai qu’elles nous ont plutôt bien servi, de la découverte du feu aux progrès de l’agriculture, de l’essor industriel à la société des loisirs. À l’heure …

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Living with Slow Growth

As the Tory government puts the last touches on another budget, it faces a landscape of sluggish economic growth for the visible future. Our rate of expansion trails that of the US, which itself continues …

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Looking for better ideas

You can't move out of a country for more than a dozen years and not expect big changes upon your return. Canada is clearly a different place than it was at the millennium when I …

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National pride in more than war

The Conservative government ran a media campaign in 2012 to raise national awareness and pride in the War of 1812, fought between the United States and the British Empire in part along the US-Canadian frontier. …

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Old politics, new politics

“Attention is power,” the fictional cable TV host Roy McCoy tells his studio guest, Greek philosopher Plato, in an interview imagined by writer Rebecca Newberger Goldstein in her new book. Plato at the Googleplex connects …

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Opening eyes

Stephen Harper prides himself on seeing the world in black and white. It fits with the decisive image he forges at home, but it falls morally short when applied to problems outside Canada, as the …

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Parlons science

Le clivage entre sciences exactes et sciences humaines a été formulé il y plus de 50 ans par le chimiste et romancier anglais C. P. Snow dans son célèbre exposé sur les « deux cultures …

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Politiques d’hier, politiques de demain

«L’attention, c’est du pouvoir », explique l’animateur de télévision par câble Roy McCoy à son invité, le philosophe grec Platon, lors d’une entrevue imaginée par Rebecca Newberger Goldstein dans son dernier livre, Plato at the …

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Rompre le paradigme

Le mouvement Idle No More est en voie de modifier la dynamique de nos relations avec les Autochtones et de créer une nouvelle donne politique susceptible de rééquilibrer les pouvoirs, non seulement entre les dirigeants …

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Second regard

Stephen Harper se targue de voir le monde en noir et blanc. Une vision qui cadre avec l’image de détermination qu’il cultive au Canada mais se révèle moralement inapte face aux problèmes mondiaux, comme l’a …

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Take no prisoners

Publication of a new Naomi Klein book is now presented as an event. The arrival of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate is accompanied by a proclamation from the marketers at Random House that …

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Talking science

The divide between science and the humanities was famously laid out by English chemist and novelist C.P. Snow in his “two cultures” lecture more than 50 years ago, but science and the humanities have been …

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Technology to the rescue

We tend to see technology as a force for good. From the discovery of how to make fire through advances in agriculture, industry and leisure, technology has mostly served us well. So in an age …

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The Age of Man

Look at images of earth from space — or from, say, the 54th floor observation deck of the Mori Tower in Tokyo at night — and the extent of the human footprint shines back. Over …

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The future of energy

As the Harper government plots a way forward on energy policy, it should note the recent opinion piece posted on the smart Yale Environment 360 blog by former senators Timothy Wirth and Thomas Daschle. They …

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The privacy trap

We see  —  mostly  —  as wearing a white hat. Many of us associate it with advances that make our lives more fun and efficient, with the prospect that there may even someday be a device to …

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The wisdom of crowds

A couple of years ago, as the Internet Goliath continued to drain news consumers away from newspapers and television, old media's desperation to find a way to fight back led a few bosses to experiment …

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Turning tide?

Stephen Harper may have pulled out of his dive. The annual opinion research conducted by Nanos Research for Policy Options in November 2014 found an 11-point jump over 2013—to 37 percent—in the number of Canadians …

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Vivre en mode de faible croissance

Tandis qu’il prépare le prochain budget fédéral, le gouvernement conservateur est confronté à un ralentissement économique qui s’annonce persistant. Notre taux de croissance est même inférieur à celui des États-Unis, où la reprise tarde à …

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Whose Arctic?

There's a great deal of activity in the warming Arctic. As satellite measurements show the ice cap retreating at record rates, Canada and four other Arctic Ocean coastal states have agreed to seek a deal …

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Woe the press

Even the name — “press gallery” — is an anachronism. It's been over half a century since print reporters gave up their dominance as a source of news, first to television and then to the …

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