National Newswatch

What are the Liberals thinking?

Sep 8 2017 — Colin Horgan — aybe it’s time to take a step back. Discussion over the Liberal government’s proposed tax reform — changes that would effectively stop people from income ‘sprinkling’ and/or discourage incorporation to avoid paying full federal taxes on salaries — is now so far into the weeds, it’s becoming difficult to even know what we’re talking about anymore.

Why Canadians are closer to losing their news than they think

Jun 22 2017 — Colin Horgan — The results of an Abacus poll published last week confirmed what most probably already suspected: if Canadian local newspapers were to disappear, few would care. When Abacus asked a cross-section of Canadians whether they’d still be able to get “the news you need” if their local paper were to go under, 86 per cent said […]

Is everything we thought about online political campaigns wrong?

Jun 14 2017 — Colin Horgan — On Saturday, Nick Timothy stepped down from his position as co-chief of staff to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, and made his resignation letter public. His contrite message maintained that, as he saw it, May remains the best leader to address the frustrations Britons have about austerity, Brexit and a lack of opportunities to get […]

Is our job market ready for AI?

Apr 14 2017 — Colin Horgan — There is no clear plan to deal with the fallout artificial intelligence could bring. A week before Toronto learned it will soon host an artificial intelligence institute, U.S. treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin told an audience in Washington, D.C., that “in terms of artificial intelligence taking over jobs, I think we’re so far away from that […]

The cost of journalism

Feb 2 2017 — Colin Horgan — Canadians still seek to be informed — although at the time of their choosing and with little or no cost to themselves.” It’s the final seven words in that sentence, taken from the Public Policy Forum’s major, government-sponsored, report on the state of Canadian media, that are likely still chilling to anyone in the business, no matter […]

What is the point of political journalism?

Dec 9 2016 — Colin Horgan — How to report on the post-truth era that big data created. A day after the presidential election, a reporter friend wondered aloud whether there was much point to political journalism anymore. The reasoning behind that existential dread is simple: If so-called ‘fake news’ — the torqued or false stories that circulated everywhere on the internet during the […]