Sep 26 2014 — Frances Russell — National Newswatch — Corporate Canada reached a milestone in 2014. For the first time ever, it now has more cash on hand than Canada’s entire national debt – $630 billion and counting. In other words, Canada’s big corporations could pay off Canada’s entire national debt in one fell swoop with just the cash sitting in their collective bank […]
Sep 26 2014 — Don Lenihan — National Newswatch — According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if immediate steps aren’t taken to contain the Ebola virus, by next January 1.4 million people in West Africa could be infected. Such a disaster should never be allowed to happen—but it might. So why aren’t governments doing whatever necessary to prevent it? Last week, New […]
Sep 25 2014 — Gerry Nicholls — National Newswatch — It was just a little sign, taped to a Liberal Party recruiting booth, but it immediately caught my attention. It read: “Enter to win a hat signed by Justin Trudeau.” “Why,” I wondered, “would anybody consider a hat signed by a politician to be a prize?” Then I remembered, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is no […]
Sep 24 2014 — Graham Fox — National Newswatch — The reaction in Canada to the referendum in Scotland has been interesting to watch. Some have looked to the process as a model for us to follow should there ever be a third referendum in Quebec. Others have offered up the Canadian federation as a model for a future, federated United Kingdom. These arguments merit […]
Sep 23 2014 — Don Lenihan — National Newswatch — Greetings! I’m delighted to see you all here today. Thank you so much for coming out. I’m here because I believe our democracy is in trouble. Voter turnout is the most important indicator of citizens’ faith in the political system and the numbers are falling fast, especially among young people. We have to fix this. Some very sensible people think mandatory voting may be the answer. They say that youth need a gentle “nudge” to prod them out of their indifference and help them become responsible citizens.
Sep 21 2014 — Errol P. Mendes — National Newswatch — In the week of September 22, 2014, Stephen Harper will address the UN General Assembly, the global forum that not only he has shunned in his almost nine years of office but also one that his Foreign Minister, John Baird, has so infamously dismissed as a debating club for dictators. So one can be rightly […]
Sep 19 2014 — Frances Russell — National Newswatch — Canada’s House of Commons erupted in wave after wave of standing ovations as MPs feted newly-elected Ukrainian Prime Minister Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday. But similar enthusiasm for fundamental democratic principles at home is under increasing threat, from social activism to scientific research. Perhaps the longest and most complete muzzling of freedom of expression has befallen […]
Sep 18 2014 — Paul Allison — National Newswatch — Canada’s most vulnerable populations have highest rates of dental pain, decay and disease, and worst access to care. There are many reasons why some Canadians choose not to go to the dentist, but a new report released recently from the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) found that cost is a major factor – and […]