National Newswatch

It took COVID-19 for Canada to finally treat people experiencing homelessness with some dignity and compassion. Let’s not stop

Jun 4 2020 — Heather Scoffield — Here’s a remarkable thing about the pandemic and its effects on Canada’s most vulnerable people: the homeless population has sidestepped disaster. Let’s not jinx it by calling it an outright success. Yes, vulnerable, low-income people are hit harder, and the homeless population in big cities across Canada are indeed suffering from COVID-19 and paralyzed by […]

Justin Trudeau can confront systemic racism in Canada without dragging Donald Trump into it

Jun 3 2020 — Heather Scoffield — It was a virtual thought bubble of anguish, begging to be filled. Let’s assume that during those excruciating 21 seconds when the prime minister paused Tuesday before answering a question about why he wasn’t speaking out about Donald Trump’s treatment of anti-racism protesters, Justin Trudeau was evaluating whether it’s more important to shield the Canadian […]

Canadians have snapped up billions in COVID-19 relief payments. Here’s why Bill Morneau can’t convince their bosses to do the same

May 28 2020 — Heather Scoffield — Bill Morneau is calling it the “safe restart.” The finance minister says he has moved past the emergency response to the pandemic’s effect on the economy and is now fully engaged in how to switch from dousing the inferno with billions of dollars to sweeping up the ashes. But in an interview with The Star […]

People who care for the elderly are essential workers. It’s long past time to start treating them right

May 14 2020 — Heather Scoffield — It’s a story that’s become far too familiar. Arlene Reid was a personal support worker from Jamaica who lost her life to COVID-19 last month. Her union says the Peel Region long-term care homes in which she worked didn’t have the right protective gear available. Christine Mandegarian was a personal support worker who died of […]

COVID-19 slammed hourly workers but left salaried ones untouched. Justin Trudeau needs to do something about that

May 8 2020 — Heather Scoffield — The job market was such a disaster in April that the normally by-the-book analysts at Statistics Canada had to surface an obscure indicator just to capture it. They’re pointing to the “recent labour underutilization rate,” which StatsCan said has entrapped 37 per cent of the workforce in its April jobs report released Friday. What it […]