Welcome to the fifth issue of the Digital Policy Salon briefing.
Heading into the holiday weekend, we hope that we’re all able to connect with family and friends and remain calm as we teach our loved ones how to video conference. The end of last week brought the release of many truly stark numbers about how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting our provinces and territories, amidst positive signals from British Columbia that its curve may be bending. Our policy updates this week include up-to-date insights into the federal and provincial status of employment, subsidies, and critical equipment, as well as leading perspectives on the future of the Canadian economy.
We’ve all been trying hard to read news about anything other than the COVID-19 crisis, but this week we’ve found that no matter what the story is, the coronavirus is in there somewhere. Our first perspective piece takes a look at SMEs navigating the pandemic, before turning to the long-term prospects of the Canadian leisure travel industry. In a quick flashback to pre-COVID emerging technologies, read on for a glimpse of our featured research: ICTC’s blockchain report and a new visualization of blockchain workers in Canada and where they studied.
This issue’s interview highlights Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada’s smallest Smart Cities Challenge winner, and the work they’ve done to combat climate change and reduce energy poverty. Whether we’re a part of business
, or the general public, the concept of the Smart City is having an increasing impact on all our lives. To help shape our national investments in urban spaces of the future, please take a moment to complete one of the following smart city surveys: Smart Cities Business Survey
/ Smart Cities Government Survey
- Tyler & Faun