National Newswatch
Feb 28 2020 — Stuart Thomson

In a time of widespread disagreement and ever-increasing polarization, there remains a bitter solidarity among Canadians in the belief that the government doesn’t know what it’s doing. In the wake of regional discontent from the western provinces and blockades jamming up the country’s rail network, a towering majority of Canadians agree with the statement, “Right […]

Feb 28 2020 —

A little-known feature on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website is netting some Canadians hundreds of dollars they are owed from uncashed government cheques. The windfall ended up on people’s radar thanks to a Reddit post by user hdrons, and a tweet by Toronto Maple Leafs fan account @3rdperiodsuits:

Feb 28 2020 —

In a brief editorial that doesn’t pull punches, SooToday editor Mike Purvis announced this week that the site would be closing all comments on stories about Indigenous issues. “It’s not that we don’t think it’s a topic worthy of discussion,” Purvis wrote. Au contraire, he explained: “Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people is one of the […]

Feb 28 2020 —

Minutes into a speech designed to rally Conservative voters to choose him to be the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Peter MacKay said his campaign is centred around respect and inclusion. Outside the Finlandia Club, in the heart of Thunder Bay’s Bay and Algoma district, Indigenous leaders politely disagreed. About 140 people […]

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Feb 28 2020 —

The hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en are meeting for a second day with senior federal and provincial ministers as they try to break an impasse in a pipeline dispute that’s sparked national protests and led to disruptions in the economy. Federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and British Columbia Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser began […]

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The Conservative leadership race limps off to an unpromising start

Feb 28 2020 — Andrew Coyne

Voters in the election for leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in 1968 had their choice between, among others, Pierre Trudeau, Robert Winters, Paul Martin Sr., John Turner and Allan MacEachen – cabinet ministers all, men of great accomplishment and/or promise. The previous year had seen a race for Progressive Conservative leader that included […]

Happy that Alberta’s oil-fuelled party is over? Think again.

Feb 27 2020 — Jen Gerson

My mother was in Calgary a few weeks ago to visit, and to look for a condo so she could spend more time with her astonishingly beautiful grandchildren. She had her pick of places. Cheap, too. Condos that were listed for $50, $60, $70,000 less than what they had been purchased for only three or […]

Trash-talking Trump a no-fly-zone for snowbirds in Florida

Feb 27 2020 — Don Martin

Here are the rules for happy Canadian snowbird-roosting in southwest Florida. Do not discuss Donald Trump in public. If you absolutely must vent negative commentary about the U.S. president, make sure you’re talking to fellow Canadians. In restaurants you get shushed by local guests if you raise Trump’s controversial behaviour within earshot of other diners. […]

Justin Trudeau, marooned in a political no man’s land

Feb 26 2020 — Susan Delacourt

Hope and fear are the most powerful emotions in politics. Unfortunately, Justin Trudeau hasn’t found himself in a position to dispense much of either through the past few crisis-laden weeks in Canada. If Canadians are feeling any slivers of hope right now about the state of federal politics, it’s mostly hope of the negative sort […]

Feb 26 2020 — Heidi Matthews

When it comes to the blockades and protests, Conservative leaders are invoking the idea of the ‘outside agitator’ to delegitimize and break the bonds of activist solidarity. In recent days, public discourse around blockades in solidarity with the efforts of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs to halt the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline on the Nation’s […]

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Feb 26 2020 — Shannon Gormley

Canada should prepare to confront a surge in white supremacist vigilantes. That there will in fact be such a surge isn’t certain; it’s even less certain the vigilantes would be violent. But as Canada copes with a rail system shut down by Indigenous protesters it faces a heightened risk that a band of racist bully-boys […]

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Feb 26 2020 — Darrell Bricker

There’s been copious amounts of expert commentary over the last couple of weeks about what Canadians think regarding Indigenous reconciliation and blockades. Unfortunately, little of it reflects what Canadians actually think, but mostly what editorialists and advocates want them to. What the polling Ipsos has done for Global News shows about public opinion on these […]

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Feb 26 2020 — Andrew Coyne

Justin Trudeau came to power promising reconciliation, resource development and carbon pricing. On present form, he may leave having achieved none of the three. The past few days alone have seen deepening national divisions over the paralysis of the country’s rail system by protesters acting, so they claim, in the name of Indigenous rights; the […]

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Feb 26 2020 — Sadia Mariam Malik

As the world enters the third decade of the 21st century, it is waking up to a new reality, facing threats to international solidarity and human security that are not necessarily economic in nature. Climate change, inequality, populist movements, ethnic nationalism and global epidemics are posing major challenges to international development and human security. Disenchantment […]

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Feb 26 2020 — Rick Bell

The fallout from the Teck debacle now seems to be more a whimper than a bang. We’d been led to believe if the Teck Frontier super-size $20-billion oilsands mine was a no-go there would be a bang, a big bang, a crossing-the-line-in-the-sand bang, a Trudeau-watch-your-step-if-you-know-what’s-good-for-you bang. A few weeks ago, Jack Mintz, a local deep […]

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