National Newswatch
Oct 18 2021 —

New Democrats are demanding the federal government crack down on social media giants following recent revelations by a Facebook executive. At a news conference in Ottawa this morning, NDP MP Charlie Angus called on Ottawa to establish an independent regulator to address disinformation, hateful posts and algorithm transparency at digital platforms. Angus says Facebook seems […]

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Oct 18 2021 — Steven Chase

The federal government is speaking out after the United Nations Human Rights Council, including such countries as Russia, China and Venezuela, shut down the only independent and international probe into Yemen’s long and deadly civil war. A UN-appointed panel of experts on Yemen has since 2017 documented incidents of indiscriminate airstrikes and shelling, as well […]

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Featured Ink

Can the Progressives Deliver a Plan or Even a Future?

Oct 18 2021 — Glen Pearson

The headline isn’t just some political or partisan question thrown out there as part of the everyday dialogue.  Across the world, democratic, progressive movements have their troubles.  Canada, a seeming bastion of security in an unsettled world, especially having just concluded an election, nevertheless contains enough disconcerting divisions to reckon the future as something uncertain. […]

Canadian Chamber Lays Out Policy Priorities for Business in Letter to Minister Freeland

Oct 18 2021 — Perrin Beatty

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has sent the following letter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland. Dear Minister Freeland: Congratulations on your re-election as the Member of Parliament for University-Rosedale and your reappointment as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. I greatly appreciate your efforts on behalf […]

Tories must move on from O’Toole

Oct 18 2021 — Michael Harris

And so it begins. The reality check for the Conservative Party of Canada. Instead of rising, the CPC is now a political phoenix sinking into the ashes of Election 2021. The most recent Angus Reid Institute numbers show that only 54 per cent of Conservative voters want Erin O’Toole to lead the party into the […]

New program allowing queer men to donate plasma is a first step toward ending the blood ban

Oct 18 2021 — Dale Smith

Last week, Canadian Blood Services (CBS) announced that they have received authorization from Health Canada to expand their plasma donation eligibility program, implementing a new behaviour-based screening questionnaire in select cities that will no longer explicitly exclude gay and bisexual men who have sex with men (MSM) and some trans people. The new question asks […]

Jason Kenney’s referendum to nowhere

Oct 18 2021 — Max Fawcett

In a province that routinely holds Senate elections and has plebiscites on whether there should be fluoride in the drinking water, finding the dumbest thing on the ballot in an Alberta municipal election can be a challenge. But that’s much easier this year, given the Kenney government has decided to ask Albertans whether they want […]

Lebanon’s Chaos: Not Quite Déjà Vu

Oct 18 2021 — Lisa Van Dusen

One of the most vivid descriptions of the personal afflictions of war that I’ve ever heard came from a Montreal cab driver recalling what it was like to grow up in the remote hills of Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley during the civil war of the 1980s. “I was just hitting puberty when the explosions started,” the […]

Oct 16 2021 — Susan Delacourt

They came to the campaign trail, they saw Justin Trudeau — and they were conquered. It’s a fascinating footnote to all those ugly protests that dogged Trudeau throughout the election. In all but a couple of the ridings where the angriest demonstrations took place, voters sent Trudeau’s Liberals to Parliament. Liberals won in London North […]

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Oct 17 2021 — Eric Blais

The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), the party founded by Quebec Premier François Legault, will celebrate its tenth anniversary next month. The Caquistes have much to celebrate. They’ll also be running for re-election in a year. While that’s an eternity in politics, the odds are clearly in the CAQ’s favour as the main opposition parties, the […]

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Oct 14 2021 —

It all sounded so wonderful, back in July: freedom from the straitjacket of COVID-19 restrictions. At least that’s how Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and his Saskatchewan counterpart Scott Moe were selling it. On July 1, Mr. Kenney was the first to quash the need for masks, social distancing and public-gathering constraints, declaring Alberta “open for […]

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