National Newswatch

Is having anti-Canadian values a Canadian value?

Sep 10 2016 — Antonia Zerbisias — Last week, Canadian Conservative MP Kellie Leitch, former minister for the status of women in Stephen Harper’s cabinet, hit voters with a “survey” asking if immigrants should be vetted for possible “anti-Canadian values”. The punchlines – even from fellow Conservatives – were predictable. Could “anti-Canadian values” mean disdain for the diluted brew that passes for […]

Thanks for the memories, Stephen Harper

May 30 2016 — Antonia Zerbisias — There’s no question that Stephen Harper, Canada’s former prime minister, will be leaving a legacy when he quits parliament this summer. A political mastermind, he united the country’s fractious right in 2003 when his Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) was born. In 2006, he led it to the first of its three successive electoral victories. […]

Harper Brings CBC to Heel

Apr 20 2015 — Antonia Zerbisias — The thing about public broadcasters is that governments too often get confused between “publicly-owned” and “state-owned.” Technically, of course, there is no difference. Both are funded with tax dollars.

 But the former suggests that citizens get a public good like, say, when they fund public transit or public roads. Public broadcasting should, as a result, […]

Does Rob Ford have a woman problem?: Zerbisias

May 3 2014 — Antonia Zerbisias — Mayor Rob Ford is not playing very well to half the electorate, at least according to his record of stunningly sexist remarks. While he also has demonstrated he has issues with lesbian, gay and trans people (LGBTs), people of colour and various ethnic backgrounds, it’s his problem with women that has stood out recently.

What is a sex act? Toronto dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford demands answers from Stephen Harper

Jan 9 2014 — Antonia Zerbisias — So, what is sex or, more specifically, what constitutes a sex act? Aside from the can’t-print-it-here obvious, that is. That’s just one of the not so hoary questions Toronto dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford, who made history last month by leading the constitutional charge on the Supreme Court of Canada to decriminalize prostitution, wants to ask Prime […]