Brian Lee Crowley

Westac talk on regulatory reform in Calgary, October 20th

WESTAC’s fall meeting in Calgary is on the subject of regulation – as it relates to supply chains and transportation, and the coming Canada Transportation Act Review.
They’ve asked me to open their event on the 20th with a keynote presentation by me on the broad subject of regulation. This is a members only meeting, but regular readers of my work will be able to work out quite successfully what I will have to say!
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Tackling the regulatory beast

In my latest column for the ROB’s Economy Lab feature (in the Globe), I regale readers with the story of what happened when a bureaucrat came into the cafĂ© my wife and I owned in Dartmouth, NS (The Queen of Cups Too) and demanded to know if we lived on the premises. That was the beginning of a regulatory nightmare that is all too typical of relations between business and citizens on the one hand and the regulatory state on the other. Read my prescription for whittling the regulatory state down to size.

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Big data is here. Will Canada embrace or rebuff it?

In my weekly screed, this time for the Ottawa Citizen and other Postmedia papers, I think about some of the potential of Big Data to transform our economic and social lives and maybe even our health. But at the same time as we can see as through a glass darkly where big data may be leading us, Canada is sending signals that it may well not be welcome. This wouldn’t merely be an economic loss of sizeable proportions. It would deprive us of the benefits of the self-knowledge that big data makes possible.

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