- ItemOpen AccessExploring Paramedic Perspectives on Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Delivery in Alberta: A Qualitative Study(2023-11-16) Newton, Janna; Zwicker, JenniferThis project aims to understand the factors contributing to long response times and the poor working environment but also to offer policy solutions. As Alberta is undergoing a substantial restructuring of the EMS system by Alberta Health and AHS, it is crucial that frontline paramedics are heard, and their concerns addressed regarding implemented policies. Nineteen paramedics were interviewed from across Alberta to bring attention to the frontline perspective, which can’t be captured with quantitative data. Participants were asked explicitly about response times, Emergency Department (ED) offloading and staffing. Interviews underwent thematic analysis and coded to understand issues and proposed solutions.
- ItemOpen AccessValue Added Analysis and its Potential Impact on Canadian Military Procurements(2022-01) Montagnes, Joel S.; Boucher, Jean-Christophe; School of Public Policy; University of CalgaryThe Canadian Federal government is currently at a crossroads when it comes to managing its procurement projects for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). The first choice involves using current practices which are resulting in procurement projects chronically running over budget and behind schedule. This can be attributed to prioritizing domestic economic and manufacturing development by demanding would-be vendors manufacture their capital assets in Canada along with excessive customizations of capital assets to “Canadianize” them. The second choice involves streamlining the entire procurement process. This includes taking the tasks assigned to multiple Departments in the Federal government and amalgamating them into one. It also includes choosing the best vendors and capital assets for procurement based on their merit, competency and quality of merchandise as opposed to their willingness to invest in Canada. The strategy that would best underpin and guide these procurement reforms is called, Value Added Analysis (VAA). To objective will be to make capital procurement projects stay within budgets and on schedule for completion and delivery. Currently, the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), which is an ongoing capital procurement project for both the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Canadian Coast Guard Service (CCGS) is an excellent case study to show how aspects of VAA are already being implemented into managing capital procurement projects. The NSS also provides examples of how VAA can be further implemented into managing capital procurement projects.
- ItemOpen AccessAppraising Canadian Development Assistance before and after CIDA(2022) Akrouch, Hepa; Hiebert, MaureenIn 2013, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), an organization vested with administering foreign aid programs in developing countries, was folded into the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. This capstone will assess the impact of this administrative change on Canada’s development assistance strategy and recipient countries. It will also shed light on whether the decision to merge CIDA into the Department of Foreign Affairs has contributed negatively or positively to Canadian development assistance, all of which will ideally inform future development assistance policy initiatives and governance of development aid.
- ItemOpen AccessImperfect information and psychological contract breaches: A closer look at Uber and DoorDash(2022) Ajele, Oluwatomilola Tomi; Tedds, LindsayThis paper explores the ways in which the practices of Uber and DoorDash contradict their promises to their workers, thus signifying a psychological contract breach. Through an exploration of grey literature and anecdotes collected via internet chat forums and content websites, the findings in this paper reveal that many Uber and DoorDash workers are experiencing working conditions that contradict their expectations. These psychological contract breaches are caused as a result of imperfect information. Withholding information regarding job scope, compensation, and how data is used to inform algorithmic management decisions are examples of mechanisms used by Uber and DoorDash which result in psychological contract breaches. As the overarching mechanism through which Uber and Doordash are breaching psychological contracts is imperfect information, this paper suggests that labour policy can address psychological contract breaches in app-work by regulating information disclosure.
- ItemOpen AccessMeasuring and Mitigating CleanBC’s Impact on Energy Affordability(2020-04) Louden, C.; Winter, J.