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Digital Policy Salon: A Spotlight on British Columbia

Welcome to the 16th issue of the Digital Policy Salon briefing. This week, we depart from our usual s
Digital Policy Salon
Digital Policy Salon: A Spotlight on British Columbia
By ICTC-CTIC • Issue #16 • View online
Welcome to the 16th issue of the Digital Policy Salon briefing.
This week, we depart from our usual structure with a series of features on and from the province of British Columbia. In partnership with the Vancouver Economic Commission, we’re highlighting the work that Canada’s westernmost province is doing to fight COVID-19, maintain and create jobs, and advocate for equitable access to infrastructure and services during the pandemic. We hope you enjoy this week’s issue, offered along with our partners and contributors.
- Tyler and Faun

Our Perspective
BC’s Pre- and Post-COVID Economy
Guest Posts
Saving Lives from the “Other Crisis” During the COVID-19 Pandemic at Lifeguard Digital Health
Dr Chandana Unnithan, Chief Technology and Informatics Officer (CIO/CTO) at Lifeguard Digital Health
Dr Chandana Unnithan, Chief Technology and Informatics Officer (CIO/CTO) at Lifeguard Digital Health
Interviews in the Field
Sheltering in Place and Offline
Denise Williams, CEO of the First Nations Technology Council
Denise Williams, CEO of the First Nations Technology Council
BC’s Creative Tech Sector Drives Economic Growth and Jobs in Canada
Brenda Bailey, Executive Director of DigiBC
Brenda Bailey, Executive Director of DigiBC
Research Visualized
From "BC's Pre- and Post-COVID Economy," Digital Policy Salon, 2020
From "BC's Pre- and Post-COVID Economy," Digital Policy Salon, 2020
The figure above shows employment in the digital economy as a percent of the general economy since the mid-1980s. The figure clearly shows the two periods of rapid growth in the technology and innovation sectors in British Columbia – once from 1993 to 2000, and again from 2012 to 2020. Indeed, so far, the impact of COVID-19 has been to increase the relative share of the digital economy in British Columbia. It now stands above 11%. - Ryan McLaughlin | email
Twitter Highlights
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Have you taken a look at the BC #COVID19 Dashboard recently? You can explore case counts, testing data, international comparisons and more. Note: the dashboard will not be updated today but we will back to our regular schedule tomorrow: https://t.co/DMoa94doIE https://t.co/GrREdzeftb
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