National Newswatch

Payette’s Appointment Breaks New Ground – Again.

Jul 18 2017 — Glen Pearson — As appointments go, the choice of Julie Payette as Canada’s new Governor General was figuratively out of this world.  The former astronaut had completed two missions to the space station and spent seven years as the Canadian Space Agency’s chief astronaut.  But her qualifications were far more wide ranging: speaking six languages, commercial pilot, a […]

Completing Canada’s emergency warning system

Jul 14 2017 — Colin Kenny — Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. In Ontario, unpredictable weather is a fact of life that can have devastating effects on people and property. Then there are the man-made ones such as gas leaks, chemical spills, terror attacks, and child abductions. You’re either prepared for emergencies or you’re not. Simply put, we are not. […]

Trump’s war on vital institutions of US democracy

Jul 7 2017 — Oleh Iwanyshyn — While news media tends to focus on Trump’s often silly tweets, a much bigger problem gets short shrift. Public confidence in institutions critical to the preservation of US democracy is deteriorating. These include the intelligence agencies, the justice system and the news media. The loss of confidence is the direct result of Trump’s repeated accusations […]

Bee poll shows public awareness and confusion

Jul 3 2017 — Alex Binkley — A recently released poll conducted by Friends of the Earth Canada shows a strong public concern about bee health and a lack of understanding of the importance of wild pollinators. Its publication gave the Canadian Honey Council the opportunity to point out that honey bee colonies are at record levels across the country. The poll […]

Ambassador sticks up for Canadian farmers again

Jun 27 2017 — Alex Binkley — Ambassador David MacNaughton has once again intervened with American politicians to set the record straight on Canadian agriculture policy. In a letter to 10 U.S. Senators as well as senior ministers in Washington and Ottawa, MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., says claims Canada has wrongfully denied access to American poultry “is simply inaccurate.” Earlier […]

It’s Called “Civil” Society For a Reason

Jun 27 2017 — Glen Pearson — Numerous insights have been written in recent years regarding the eroding effect of partisanship on the political estate, most recently in America.  That’s too bad because it’s a red herring and frequently masks what is the real underlying cause of political dysfunction.  The fact that individuals hold opinions often at odds with others and support […]

Mysterious E.coli outbreak hits grain industry

Jun 25 2017 — Alex Binkley — A string of flour product recalls this spring has cost the milling sector millions of dollars and costly research may still be needed to find the source of the contamination, say grain industry officials. The outbreak of E.coli 0121 is so mysterious that few people connected to the investigation are willing to discuss it on […]

Time to ground airport privatization

Jun 24 2017 — Massimo Bergamini — With the House of Commons rising for the summer, government MPs making the rounds of the barbecue circuit back home will be able to test some of their government’s more creative ideas with their constituents. One idea they should run up the Canada Day flagpole is the government’s plan to sell off the country’s airports. […]

Is “Open Dialogue” the Answer to “Post-Fact” Populism?

Jun 22 2017 — Don Lenihan — If populism has made a comeback in Europe and North America, it’s because so many people feel they have no meaningful voice in government or any control over what it does. Globalization, income inequality, and terrorism are well-known causes of this sense of powerlessness, but public debate and consultation should be added to the list. […]

The sesquicentennial challenge

Jun 21 2017 — John Milloy — Being only a toddler in 1967, I have no direct memories of our centennial. As I grew up, however, I frequently heard what a remarkable year it had been for Canada.  The constant playing of my parents’ copy of Bobby Gimby’s Canada song, with its earworm-inducing tune and lyrics, only helped to reinforce the fact […]