Advancing Public Policy Discourse

Since its inception, the MacEachen Institute has been a hub for discussing the day's most pressing policy issues. In addition to the popular Policy Matters series, which ran from 2017 to 2021, the MacEachen Institute has sought to bring together experts from diverse backgrounds and sectors. 

2023 Events

This event originally took place on Oct. 10, 2023.

View a full recording of the event here.

Time and Place: Understanding and Meeting the Changing Needs for Mental Health in Our Communities

The pandemic and ongoing opioid crisis have highlighted the need to approach mental health and addictions care as an essential part of overall health and wellness. However, there are many barriers that prevent vulnerable populations from accessing trauma-informed and culturally relevant care. Under-resourced community organizations cannot keep up with the demand for affordable services, and private care is limited to those with the means to pay for it. As governments across Canada work to address these gaps, understanding how social and structural determinants of health affect access to mental health and addictions care is key.

On World Mental Health Day, this panel will discuss challenges and opportunities in advancing mental health and addictions care in Nova Scotia. Addressing these challenges requires an “all hands on deck” approach, but circumstances are dictating our response. How can we be more agile and creative in helping those with the least access and the greatest need?




November 6, 2018

Provincial Perspectives on Federal Pharmacare

October 30, 2018

Ports Modernization: Balancing Economic Prosperity and Environmental Sustainability

October 23, 2018

Hosted in collaboration with the Dalhousie Faculty of Health:

Youth Mental Health Care in Nova Scotia: What Needs to Change and How Do We Make That Happen?

October 16, 2018

Hosted in collaboration with the Policy Options Magazine:

Faking It: The Impact of Fake News on Today’s Political Landscape


October 9, 2018

Hosted in collaboration with the Evironmental Information: Use and Influence (EIUI):

Science and Policy: Should Scientific Information Have Pre-eminence in Public Decision-Making?


October 2, 2018

Whose Nation? Navigating a New Era in Crown-Indigenous Relations


September 27, 2018

Hosted in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA):

Doing the Right Things at Home and Abroad - Why Ethics Matter: Some Ethical Reflections with Bob Rae


September 25, 2018

Hosted in collaboration with the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR):

Sink or Swim: Decisions in Emergency Management

September 18, 2018

Policy Issues in Housing an Aging Population



September 11, 2018

Hosted in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Security and Development:

Echoes of 9/11 in the Trump Era: Did 9/11 Really “Change Everything”?


June 29, 2018

Hosted by the The Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence:

Innovation in Housing Models and Policies for Older LGBTQi2S Populations

March 16, 2018

Hosted by the The Jean Monnet European Union Centre of Excellence:

CANADA‑EU RELATIONS: Perspectives from Berlin, Brussels & Rome

The Honourable Stephane Dion, Daniel J. Costello, and Alexandra Bugailiskis spoke.

March 8, 2018


Leaders in Health Research: Where to Next?

March 8, 2018

Nowhere to Go: A Public Dialogue on Youth and Sexual Exploitation (Full Audio)

In partnership with the Healthy Populations Institute (HPI)Stepping StoneCanadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA), and the School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie Faculty of Health.


Dalhousie Professors Kim Brooks, Graham Steele, and Shirley Tillotson spoke on the panel:

Tax and Public Opinion: Can we do better tax talk? (Full Video)

Hosted by the Dalhousie Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Concordia Professor Dr. Chedly Belkhodja gave a public lecture:

Does Place Matter? Debates and Burial Decisions of Muslims in Canada