Legalizing cannabis in Canada is more than a cultural shift. The changing legal status in the country will transform cannabis into a multibillion-dollar industry in the next decade. As the old adage goes, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Put through an impact lens, that means: with huge industry growth comes huge corporate citizenship responsibility.
The marketization of social justice can feel like razor burn. When we practice politics through purchases, civil society efforts are eclipsed. This trend is likely to continue, however, because social malaise is a deep well from which corporations can draw.
Canadian Indigenous people are systemically excluded from the economy, often lacking resources needed to generate opportunity and wealth. With reconciliation on the forefront of everyone’s minds, now is the perfect time to reimagine inclusion in the Canadian economy.
Clean air, energy democracy, and renewable sources are all vital to sustainable development and reconciliation. The key to change is understanding local context, while putting power—literally and figuratively—in local hands. It’s a system change that allows for environmental, social, and economic good.
Labs for designing, developing, trying, and re-trying new interventions are growing across Canada. Only five years ago, there were three. Now there are more than 60. Their proliferation means that they are gaining the social licence, and that their approaches are gaining traction.
If the potential exit of a third of donation revenues from the charitable system over the next decade happens, critical life-saving and life-enhancing services provided by charities across the country would be in jeopardy.