National Newswatch

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 […]

Tranquil Trudeau to meet Troubled Trump

Feb 13 2017 — Heather Mallick — President Donald Trump isn’t enjoying his new job, even though it’s the biggest job in the history of jobs, it’s a wonderful thing, so popular. It looked easy but turned out to be complicated, fractious, tiring, solitary, costly and even humiliating, all those nasty words spiked with “t.” “I am president,” he announces, but the […]

Rona Ambrose’s ship of fools

Feb 8 2017 — Heather Mallick — Ambrose attacked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for visiting the billionaire Aga Khan’s private island on a Christmas vacation while she herself was on a billionaire’s private yacht. “All he had to do was say no, but he couldn’t resist the billionaire lifestyle.” All Progressive Conservative leader Rona Ambrose had to do was say no, but […]

In Trumpland, you must decide if you are a Sally or a Sean

Feb 1 2017 — Heather Mallick — Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates knew it was her job to say no to Trump’s executive order on immigration, so she did her job, which she then quickly lost. White House spokesman Sean Spicer, on the other hand, obediently made himself look foolish and contemptible in order to stay employed. Are you a Sally […]

How new Canadians can learn to like it here

Jan 30 2017 — Heather Mallick — What would help a new Canadian feel at home in this country? I was trying to assemble a small home library for a Syrian migrant family of five being sponsored by my union, Unifor, and supported by a group of co-workers. I mean, anyone can buy towels, right? Three hours later, I was surrounded by […]

Trudeau should have rented a rowboat

Jan 18 2017 — Heather Mallick — I’m puzzled. There were lineups to see Prime Minister Trudeau in smaller cities as he began his cross-country tour, with venues changing to accommodate big crowds. People in London, Peterborough, Kingston, Dartmouth, Fredericton, Sherbrooke, etc. had questions about carbon taxes, tax fairness, pharmacare, electoral reform, clean water for First Nations, transgender prisoners, Hydro prices, public […]