National Newswatch

The CBC reno that got it right

Nov 20 2017 — Heather Mallick — I imagine The National considered an Atlantic host, a Northern host, a Prairie host, but no, it became absurd. Why can’t Canadians get along? Only by knowing each other, and we don’t. As traditional journalism withers, the CBC is our only hope, our best glue, our national arena. The CBC’s new version of The National […]

The threat of Payette’s affection for facts

Nov 8 2017 — Heather Mallick — Governor-General Julie Payette is a scientist, engineer and astronaut, “a Canadian of extraordinary achievement admired by all,” as her predecessor said as she took his place. She is thus startlingly overqualified to be the Queen’s representative, and it was very good of her to have accepted the job offer. Parents appreciate her, which I always […]

11 golden minutes without Trump tweets

Nov 5 2017 — Heather Mallick — “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!” Donald Trump’s Twitter account disappeared for 11 minutes on Thursday night, apparently at the hand of a departing Twitter employee on whom a number of millions now have a major crush. As I write this, I don’t know who she or he is. All will be revealed, one assumes. Twitter, […]

Chief of Staff Kelly reveals his true colours

Nov 1 2017 — Heather Mallick — Everyone who assumed White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly was the adult in the Oval Office, gritting his teeth as he endured his term as Donald Trump’s firm but fair babysitter, raise your hand. I would raise my hand but I’m too busy writing about how foolish that hand was. Daft hand. When […]

JFK’s death still fascinates, poisons faith in politics

Oct 30 2017 — Heather Mallick — As the latest load of Kennedy assassination documents are being studied — understaffed newsrooms internationally are asking readers with a bit of free time to pitch in — it is increasingly a struggle to explain why the event retains such interest. Kennedy was shot by that most American of figures, the skinny white rat. This […]

Americans should take a lesson from Canadians and just grow up

Oct 28 2017 — Heather Mallick — Canadians and Americans are different. In this Trumpian moment of madness, what a pleasure it is to remember this. Though this classic The Beaverton headline gets it right — “Homegrown Canadian racists determined to compete with flashier American racists” — and though we are sodden, absolutely dripping, with American culture in all its crass cruelty […]

The Gerry Ritzing of Catherine McKenna

Sep 22 2017 — Heather Mallick — Catherine McKenna, minister for environment and climate change and MP for Ottawa Centre, is a bilingual, internationalist human rights lawyer with degrees from the University of Toronto, McGill and the London School of Economics. Gerry Ritz, Conservative MP for Battlefords-Lloydminster, isn’t.

Closing tax loopholes a sure vote winner

Sep 11 2017 — Heather Mallick — Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s “tax fairness” move to close loopholes, including the shameless ones with feathers and sequins, are more popular than many realize. You may have been reading about the alleged backlash to the proposed reforms. But the backlash comes from the people using the loopholes. They include doctors, small business owners and, it […]

Beautiful Diana, trapped in a horror movie

Sep 4 2017 — Heather Mallick — Diana, Princess of Wales, was a good person. And look what happened to her. She was a wonderful parent, and beautiful, and athletic, with an esthetic sense that changed the look of an era and a talent for ambassadorship that served Great Britain well. Everything she touched she made better. Twenty years ago, she died […]

Defending Atwood in the great neighbourhood divide

Sep 2 2017 — Heather Mallick — Toronto is a homely city, whether by accident or design. Historic buildings are demolished. Cheap glass accretes, storey by storey, without detail, grace or interest. The cycle continues as ever, the infelicities of the 1960s replaced by the godawfuls of the 2010s, plus murals. The Twitter pile-on over Margaret Atwood defending her neighbours as they […]

Anti-abortion campaign an abuse of free speech

Aug 28 2017 — Heather Mallick — Small children find the world an alarming place, which it is when you’re short and underweight. You’re at a huge disadvantage. What is a trump? You can’t read the menu. If your mom orders green eggs and ham, how will you know? Knowledge is power. You have neither.

Extremists want Canada’s social norms to snap

Aug 26 2017 — Heather Mallick — What are social norms and why are they stretching until they snap? If they were never expressed aloud, did they even exist? Also, define snap. I always thought Ezra Levant and his little friends were beyond the pale, and wrote that. I always thought Sarah Palin was the thin end of an abhorrent wedge, and […]

How honey badger Bannon ate Trump for lunch

Aug 20 2017 — Heather Mallick — What is a Steve Bannon? And if so, why? I have never seen a spiky American political operative reduce so many commentators to making lists. Normally opinionators pick an angle and stick to it, but during the Bannon years, they floundered in a sea of possibilities. Bannon birthed President Donald Trump and worked as his […]

‘Emotional labour’ is taking its toll on workers

Aug 7 2017 — Heather Mallick — “Emotional labour” is on the way out in certain parts of the economy and roaring back in others. It is how we work now. Its most basic unit is the smile. It refers to jobs where the skill set is both the absorbing and displaying of emotion. It is ubiquitous. It is draining. In the […]