Welcome to the 24th issue of the Digital Policy Salon weekly briefing.
September is upon us and beyond adapting to cooler weather many of us have started juggling a new school year or semester, planning for the conference season, and assessing how COVID-19 may permanently impact our work going forward. While the long-term impacts of COVID-19 are still unknown, this week, ICTC’s Ryan McLaughlin dives into Statistics Canada’s newly released sector-level Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and breaks down what it means for Canada’s recovery.
Our policy update covers the signing of a new competition enforcement framework with the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand and what that could mean for Canada’s Competition Bureau. We also highlight a potential Albertan hyperloop from the minds of a Toronto-based startup and new labour standards protections for interns and student interns that will be coming into effect soon.
With an eye on the future, our research visualization, research, and what we’re reading sections all highlight how our world is changing due to COVID-19. One thing is clear, being digital-ready is no longer merely a potential competitive advantage, it is paramount to ensuring Canada’s recovery. With many wondering what being digitally-ready may look like, today’s interview is pulled from the archives to highlight how a Canadian strength trainer went digital and grew her traditional business in an international digital economy.
We’re happy to have you here and hope you enjoy this week’s issue!
- Khiran & Tyler