National Newswatch

The great PPE panic: how the pandemic caught Canada with its stockpiles down

Jul 11 2020 — Evan Dyer — To hear Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand describe it, Canada’s effort to supply frontline workers during the pandemic has been a significant — if uneven — success. “We did procurement like it has never been done before,” said Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand. “We are in an urgent scramble […]

COVID-19 taught Canada a costly lesson — that early border closures can work

Jun 22 2020 — Evan Dyer — This year has given new meaning to the old expression “hindsight is 2020.” Three months ago, Canada’s government closed the land border with the U.S. just days after closing its airports to international flights — a move that followed weeks of government assurances that border closures to limit the spread of the pandemic don’t work. […]

Critics say Canada’s silence speaks volumes as Israel races towards annexation

May 21 2020 — Evan Dyer — On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Tuesday, he spoke by phone with Israeli “alternate” Prime Minister Benny Gantz. Israel has two prime ministers who loathe each other because that arrangement was the only way to form a halfway-functioning government in a polarized country that staged […]

Canadian-approved N95 mask targeted by Chinese counterfeiters

May 14 2020 — Evan Dyer — A Chinese-made mask approved by Health Canada is the subject of a counterfeit warning issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. The Associated Press has reported that counterfeit masks, intended to mimic medical-grade N95 masks made by the Shanghai Dasheng company and approved for use in Canada, already have been […]

The coming flu season could make the pandemic worse. Is Canada ready for it?

Apr 26 2020 — Evan Dyer — As countries compete ferociously for resources to fend off the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Canada may want to start planning ahead for the next viral wave set to sweep over the planet: the annual influenza season. Virologists and infectious disease specialists say the selection of this year’s flu vaccine — always something of a […]

An ill wind: the pandemic is giving states political cover for controversial acts

Apr 23 2020 — Evan Dyer — Calamity — as anyone who ever bought real estate during a recession knows — sometimes presents opportunities. For many governments, the pandemic crisis presents the perfect cover for carrying out actions they could only dream of before the virus struck. Around the time people first started falling ill in Hubei province, the Communist Party of […]

Former ambassador John McCallum a no-show at China committee

Mar 9 2020 — Evan Dyer — The Commons Committee on Canada-China Relations went ahead today without the presence of its most-anticipated witness: former Trudeau government cabinet minister and ambassador to China John McCallum. Former ambassadors Howard Balloch and George St-Jacques both attended in person, and McCallum was expected to join them by videolink.

Canada’s politicians have stayed mostly silent about a wave of anti-Muslim violence in India

Mar 7 2020 — Evan Dyer — The Trudeau government quietly communicated something to the Indian government this week about that country’s latest paroxysm of anti-Muslim violence. But it is hard to know what that message was. Certainly, an official Canadian government “readout” of the conversation between Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, offers little insight.