National Newswatch

How Omar Khadr was caught in the American fog of war

Jul 24 2017 — Heather Mallick — The U.S. attitude to warfare is a puzzling thing. It has been so since the Second World War, which was a clear battle between armies with distinctive uniforms Then the clarity ended. It was the last time Americans fought a war that everyone, themselves included, fully understood. There’s something wretchedly appealing about that.

Self-hate and the actions of nations

Jul 17 2017 — Heather Mallick — Watching President Trump schlep around Paris in a perpetual state of faux pas — ignoring Melania Trump, manhandling Brigitte Macron, seizing and patting down President Emmanuel Macron, rendering the French air kiss as an Attack of the Wet Lips — was excruciating but amusing. Trump, famously insecure, must dimly grasp his own humiliation. When people […]

Here’s a dozen flashes of my finest Canada

Jul 1 2017 — Heather Mallick — I don’t want to offer platitudes to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday as we are all stuffed to the lid with those. Instead I’ll tell you about Moments in Canada, as opposed to the more sugary My Canadian Moments. Inside each moment very likely sits a platitude, if you are minded to pluck it out, but […]

Canadians see U.S. through a glass, darkly

Jun 28 2017 — Heather Mallick — Three-quarters of people polled internationally have little or no confidence in U.S. President Donald Trump’s ability to do the right thing, a majority of Canadians dislike the U.S., and the world is coming to see the man and the nation as increasingly alike. So says the data from a new Pew Research Center study in […]

The creaking and croaking of Sears Canada

Jun 26 2017 — Heather Mallick — So. Farewell then, Sears Canada. It would seem that you are reaching your end. But you had been an invalid for years, lying in your brown Palladium IV Leather-Look Manual Recliner with Storage @ $999.99 in your polyester fleece Ottawa Senators Adult Slanket @ $29.99 and doing nothing helpful as your business model withered.

Naomi Klein’s wake-up call in Trumpy times

Jun 19 2017 — Heather Mallick — What is to be done? Naomi Klein must know. She wrote No Logo in 1999 about corporate branding, and now we see a Trump presidency — a brand more than an office — used to make private money out of electoral power. And then she wrote 2007’s The Shock Doctrine about disasters used as shocks […]

Open adulation of The Donald is basic Republican etiquette

Jun 14 2017 — Heather Mallick — The social rituals of President Trump’s cabinet meetings are now on display — the video evidence dropped on Monday — and they look like something out of a Grade 2 battle for the title of Teacher’s Pet. These are Mao’s Red Guards, Stalin’s acolytes, if they were rich and Republican in 2017. Is this a […]

The blessings of a hung UK parliament

Jun 12 2017 — Heather Mallick — The mess that passes for a Brexiting British government was on full display on Thursday as Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May pushed away a working majority with both hands. It had not seemed possible that May could have volunteered to make life worse for herself, but she did by calling a snap election for no […]

When fumes of American extremism waft north

May 12 2017 — Heather Mallick — I am so in love with being Canadian right now. I have a crush on my own country. Patriotism has always seemed a bit silly but in the Canadian nation’s 150th year, look at the American catastrophe and take a little comfort. Come to us, good Americans. We will welcome you. “We Could Have Been […]

Irony of ‘Snake” reading lost on Trump

May 3 2017 — Heather Mallick — On the 100th day of Donald Trump’s presidency, what did this peculiar man talk to his nation about? Snakes. He could have held forth on health care, taxation, trees in springtime, how Democrats and Republicans can get along, the instinct to bomb, driverless cars, how much to tip, whether argan oil is the new shea […]

Why I love taxes — and so should you

May 1 2017 — Heather Mallick — I love taxes. I even love paying them because they’re inarguable, which brings a kind of comfort in a shifting world. What Revenue Canada wants, Revenue Canada gets. Good for them. Unlike so many coveted things that fail to deliver — wealth only brings a new set of problems, infants are worry magnets, good men […]

Hints of horror in admirably restrained Handmaid’s Tale

Apr 29 2017 — Heather Mallick — What are the most unnerving elements in the new — and stunningly good — version of Margaret Atwood’s most famous novel, The Handmaid’s Tale? It’s an American TV rendition of a Canadian vision of an American future. Petrifying in general, it is creepy in its particulars. First, there’s red. Young women in the Republic of […]

How Trump is the shiny new Nixon, but dumber

Mar 22 2017 — Heather Mallick — Nixon and Trump, Trixon and Dump, Tricky Dick and Donnie Boy, you try telling those two apart. Our eyes move from the black-eyed villain seeking payoff for a lifetime of rejection to the bloated man with long yellow hair who needs petting from dawn to dusk. Which one will history judge as worse? After the […]

A close shave with Kevin O’Leary

Mar 4 2017 — Heather Mallick — Political people who used to debate whether Kevin O’Leary was merely an idiot or just a jerk are nervously thinking about how Trump was both, and now look at him. Maybe it’s unwise to ignore what are politely known as “populist candidates” like O’Leary and Kellie Leitch, populist meaning non-factual, based on some combination of […]