FROM THE EDI­TOR

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Spring may rep­re­sent a new be­gin­ning but au­tumn is closely as­so­ci­ated with turn­ing over a new leaf. With sum­mer’s end and school re­sum­ing, stu­dents (and par­ents) are look­ing to get a fresh start on a great year. And with a new ses­sion of Par­lia­ment, you can add politi­cians to that mix too.

Hav­ing shuf­fled the cabi­net and added new posts in July, the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment is hop­ing to fin­ish its term on a high note. But with many is­sues still un­re­solved, the ques­tion is: how much more can the gov­ern­ment ac­com­plish this year? And will vot­ers be sat­is­fied with what they have seen?

Help­ing you make sense of it all is Be­fore the Bell. Starting September 20th, Be­fore the Bell will look at key is­sues that re­main out­stand­ing on the gov­ern­ment’s agenda. Among the top­ics we aim to cover in­clude trade, the en­vi­ron­ment, health, trans­porta­tion, the econ­omy, and in­no­va­tion. Be sure to check out the event and stream­ing sched­ule at Six­thEs­tate.ca.

In this is­sue of The Re­view we look at some of these press­ing files on the gov­ern­ment’s agenda. Starting with pri­vacy and data se­cu­rity, our Dale Smith be­gins with “Greater Trans­parency Re­quired to Pro­tect Pri­vacy in the Dig­i­tal Age,” re­port­ing on a Be­fore the Bell event that ex­am­ined how poli­cies must adapt to re­flect the new re­al­i­ties of the dig­i­tal era.

Next, David McGown, Se­nior Vice-Pres­i­dent, Strate­gic Ini­tia­tives with the In­sur­ance Bureau of Canada, re­minds us that com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als are most sus­cep­ti­ble to data loss and pri­vacy breaches, and ex­plains how in­sur­ance in­dus­tries are lead­ing the de­vel­op­ment of tech­no­log­i­cal ini­tia­tives to pro­tect con­sumers in “Data, Elec­tronic Doc­u­men­ta­tion and In­no­va­tion in the In­sur­ance In­dus­try.”

A mat­ter of on­go­ing con­cern is im­prov­ing health out­comes for in­dige­nous Cana­di­ans. In “Medicine Wheel not Med­i­cal Ap­proach Re­quired for In­dige­nous Health,” the Hon. Carolyn Ben­nett, Min­is­ter of Crown-In­dige­nous Re­la­tions, joins a panel on Be­fore the Bell to talk about com­bin­ing new so­lu­tions with tra­di­tional and holis­tic ap­proaches to in­dige­nous health care.

Stick­ing with the health file, Su­san Dela­court led a Sixth Es­tate Spot­light ses­sion to look at the need for a health sys­tems trans­for­ma­tion that will bet­ter im­prove health out­comes. While the con­cept has been tested in var­i­ous re­gions across the coun­try, we try and un­der­stand why it hasn’t taken hold. Dale Smith takes a closer look in “Re­new­ing Em­pha­sis on Health Sys­tems In­te­gra­tion.”

Fi­nally, Mike Villeneuve, CEO with the Cana­dian Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion, adds his thoughts to both the is­sues af­fect­ing in­dige­nous health, and im­prove­ments needed in the health sys­tem.

Just as stu­dents and the gov­ern­ment are pre­par­ing for the year ahead, we at the Sixth Es­tate are de­liv­er­ing reg­u­lar as­sess­ments so that next year you – the vot­ers – can de­liver the fi­nal grade. Re­port cards come out in Oc­to­ber 2019. We love a new year.

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