Policy - - Before The Bell | From The Editor -

Our mis­sion on Be­fore the Bell and our Spot­light se­ries is to ad­dress the in­ter­sec­tion of is­sues and pub­lic pol­icy. In 2018 we pro­duced 14 Be­fore the Bell shows and an ad­di­tional five Spot­light ses­sions. The in­for­ma­tion in each show was cap­tured through our in­cred­i­ble video team at Skyfly Pro­duc­tions with ac­com­pa­ny­ing sto­ries writ­ten by Dale Smith that ap­peared here in The Re­view as part of Pol­icy mag­a­zine.

The breadth of con­tent we ex­am­ined in 2018 wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out the con­tri­bu­tions of so many great guests. We are very grate­ful for the mas­ter­ful job by our per­ma­nent host Catherine Clark, and spe­cial guest hosts Su­san Dela­court, David Akin, Shawn McCarthy and Lianne Laing.

To en­sure that the wealth of this con­tent is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and con­tin­ues to be part of the pub­lic record, we added a new Archive fea­ture to our web­site. Now you can search past edi­tions of the shows by topic, date, lo­ca­tion and view the full video or read the ac­com­pa­ny­ing sto­ries. We hope you en­joy this new el­e­ment.

In this edi­tion of The Re­view we look at three im­por­tant top­ics af­fect­ing Cana­di­ans: the rise of so­cial en­trepreneur­ship, the grow­ing per­va­sive­ness of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI), and the le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis.

We be­gin with so­cial en­trepreneur­ship. While Canada lags be­hind the in­no­va­tion be­ing wit­nessed in the United States and the United King­dom there is a grow­ing move­ment among Cana­dian en­trepreneurs on de­liv­er­ing so­cial good while mak­ing a profit. Dale Smith gives us an ac­count of where we are in his piece Cap­i­tal­ism with a Cause: The Rise of So­cial En­trepreneur­ship in Canada.

In a fol­low-up opin­ion piece from Ta­nia Canegie, Chief Im­pact Of­fi­cer with KPMG, she com­mends Canada for its first so­cial im­pact fund as a step in the right di­rec­tion to help ad­dress so­cial causes in Canada’s So­cial Fi­nance Fund.

Next, Be­fore the Bell ex­am­ined at the fu­ture of AI in Canada while look­ing at both the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges that it pre­sents. Dale Smith cap­tures this in Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence: Real Im­pli­ca­tions.

Then François Gau­dreau and Sylvia Kingsmill, both with KPMG, ar­gue that the con­cern over job loss as we move to AI may be some­what mis­guided in their piece In­tel­li­gent Process Au­to­ma­tion.

Fi­nally, with the le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis late last year, our Sixth Es­tate Spot­light ses­sion un­veiled new re­search from Nik Nanos on the con­tin­ued need and de­sire for ed­u­ca­tion, es­pe­cially among youth. Dale Smith cov­ered the story here in Cannabis in Canada.

Through 2019 we will con­tinue to cover im­por­tant top­ics on both Be­fore the Bell and our Spot­light ses­sions. You can find a list of our up­com­ing shows by go­ing to our web­site Six­thEs­ We look for­ward to see­ing you at one of our up­com­ing events.

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