National Newswatch

Looks like it’s time for a pro-Trump column

Jun 28 2020 — Anthony Furey — It was quite something to log in to Twitter last weekend during President Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally, his first since the lockdowns came into effect. Both anonymous accounts and prominent journalists and public figures unleashed non-stop jabs at every aspect of the rally as if they were auditioning to be some low-rent MSNBC version of […]

Whatever happened to ‘we’re all in this together’?

Jun 21 2020 — Anthony Furey — There’s an impasse on Parliament Hill that serves as a good example of the broader tensions playing out across society right now. On Wednesday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh put forward a motion concerning the RCMP. It called for a review of their budget, their public accountability measures and their use of force policies. These reasonable […]

Kudos to those cops who are striking a balance

Jun 14 2020 — Anthony Furey — You probably haven’t heard that much about Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best on the news and across social media. Maybe that’s because she appears to be everything we need right now – a calm and level-headed officer, who is very much open to reform but also speaks out against violent looting and is not willing […]

Foreign takeovers study a good step for Canada’s China file

Jun 3 2020 — Anthony Furey — The stock market is down. Companies are available for cheap. Some pretty good companies. Some sensitive ones. Maybe middle-class people in Canada who have cash to spare will use this opportunity to make some purchases for their TFSAs or RRSPs. Or, maybe, the Chinese government will swoop in and gobble up these companies.

Re-open Canada and let the individual decide

May 12 2020 — Anthony Furey — Remember a couple of weeks ago when the State of Georgia was re-opening and we were told the sky was going to fall? They were the first major jurisdiction to take the leap, re-opening many businesses on April 24 only a few weeks after first imposing their lockdown. The list of businesses included hair salons […]

The reopening will happen sooner if Canadians demand it

May 3 2020 — Anthony Furey — The now tiresome mantra that “we’re all in this together” can only take us so far. It’s true in the sense that we’re all abiding by some form of government mandated physical distancing, eager to beat back the virus. But where it falls apart is in how different people are experiencing the consequences differently. For […]

Don’t forget, Canadian officials first under-reacted to COVID-19

Mar 29 2020 — Anthony Furey — The past few days have seen ever-increasing and severe measures brought in to restrict Canadians’ fundamental liberties. For the most part, those measures have been received with widespread support because we understand what is at stake. That support will only last for so long though, especially if the measures get stricter and more difficult to […]

Our delicate civilization, hanging by a thread

Mar 1 2020 — Anthony Furey — The other day I was reminiscing with a fellow parent about the widespread blackout that shut down the power for several days in Ontario and New York back in 2003. We both agreed that back then it felt like a somewhat cool thing to be a part of, from our much younger perspectives. I remember […]

Marilyn Gladu says MacKay, O’Toole can’t grow Conservative Party

Feb 23 2020 — Anthony Furey — Marilyn Gladu is an unlikely candidate and she clearly doesn’t care. The fourth official leadership candidate, Gladu is a relative unknown in the race to replace outgoing leader Andrew Scheer but you wouldn’t have guessed it based on her confident performance at a recent Sun editorial board meeting in Toronto. In fact, the two-term MP […]

Coronavirus proves health officials must keep out of politics

Feb 1 2020 — Anthony Furey — Back in 2012, the chief medical officer of health for Ottawa voiced his support for some form of pop ban similar to what was being implemented in Manhattan at the time. It never came to pass but it still left locals scratching their heads. Why is controversial policy like this being pushed by a civil […]