National Newswatch

Canada and China, a rapidly evolving relationship

Apr 30 2017 — Robin V. Sears — It’s often small signals that reveal massive changes taking place just beneath the surface in a community. On a whirlwind trip to China, several cues to developing trends stopped me in my tracks. Having been a visitor for almost 35 years, I have had my nose to the glass at China’s transformation from impoverished agricultural […]


What was Kevin O’Leary thinking?

Apr 30 2017 — Penny Collenette — Kevin O’Leary would argue that his putative leadership campaign was a positive force for the Conservative party. It is true that he brought excitement, profile and high drama to a moribund race, not to mention 35,000 new members. On the other hand, he equally brought negative publicity, little policy and campaign confusion to an already […]

Jaime Watt

Criticism only makes Trump more powerful

Apr 30 2017 — — Yesterday marked one of the first key milestones of the Donald Trump presidency: his first 100 days. It has been a turbulent introduction that has seen the new president break political orthodoxy and upend conventional wisdom. And yet, 101 days in, the media and political establishment are no closer to understanding that they are witnessing […]

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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 […]


Liberals resume cabinet fundraisers under new rules

Apr 29 2017 — Alex Boutilier — Liberal cabinet ministers are once again hitting the fundraising circuit, but are promising to adhere to new rules after “cash-for-access” allegations turned into a scandal for the party. Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr hosted a fundraiser Thursday night in Calgary, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has another scheduled for Montreal in May. Unlike the cozy […]


Heritage minister calls for overhaul of news business

Apr 29 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly called for a “true redefinition” of the Canadian media industry Friday, as the Liberal government continues to study ways to support the beleaguered news business in the digital age. A range of options remains on the table, from tax changes to the creation of a fund for media projects, but Joly […]


Time for Trudeau to move on from photo-op feminism

Apr 28 2017 — Shree Paradkar — Two days, two Nobel peace laureates. Only one got the press, although the other matter was pressing. One day after Malala Yousafzai addressed Parliament as an honorary Canadian, Nobel peace laureate Leymah Gbowee from Liberia and Canadian-Iraqi peace activist Yanar Mohammed met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They were petitioning him for a small amount […]


OPP probing suspected Toronto city bid rigging

Apr 28 2017 — David Rider — Ontario Provincial Police officers are investigating suspicions that companies rigged bids for City of Toronto paving contracts to drive up profits while costing taxpayers millions of dollars, the Star has learned. The allegations were uncovered by city auditor general Beverly Romeo-Beehler, whose briefing to city councillors Thursday left many alarmed by warnings of lax internal […]


Sousa set to balance budget with no tax hikes

Apr 27 2017 — Robert Benzie and Rob Ferguson — Finance Minister Charles Sousa is tabling a balanced budget with no tax hikes for Ontarians in hopes of tilting the scales for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s re-election next spring. On the eve of Thursday’s financial blueprint, Wynne said eliminating the annual deficit means voters can expect more help from Queen’s Park in their daily lives. “We […]

Emma Teitel

Bill O’Reilly and the problem with cowgirl feminists

Apr 26 2017 — Emma Teitel — Bill O’Reilly, the American conservative pundit and author of several books including, Killing Reagan, Killing Lincoln and Killing Jesus may want to start writing a new tome: Killing my Career. O’Reilly, a veteran talk show host who once blasted the rapper, Ludacris, for “degrading women,” was sacked from his hosting job at Fox News last […]


When Trudeau wants a cuppa, it’s apparently not tea he wants

Apr 25 2017 — Alex Ballingall — Next time the prime minister pops his shirt off, don’t be alarmed if his body is peppered with circular bruises. He’s just been subjecting his skin to an ancient suction treatment with questionable efficacy that’s hot with the alternative medicine crowd. Justin Trudeau, it turns out, is into “cupping.” Canada’s PM was outed as a […]