Nov 21 2019 — Justin Ling — Vice — It’s been a hell of a ride, but Bill Blair’s redemption story is complete. The former Toronto police chief, pushed out of the job just four years ago, is now Canada’s minister of public safety. It’s a nearly-unfathomable return to form for Blair, who faced criticism from all sides for his handling of the infamous […]
Nov 12 2019 — Justin Ling — Vice — I am so tired of hearing straight people talk about gay marriage. From the endless questions thrown to (still) Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer about his opinions on gay marriage (or, as I call it, marriage), to his defenders in the press decrying the pro-marriage “jihad.” It’s a master class in missing the mark. It’s infuriating. […]
Oct 15 2019 — Justin Ling — National Post — The Canadian government has suspended new weapons sales to Turkey as its NATO ally invades northern Syria. Global Affairs Canada confirmed that Ottawa has “temporarily suspended new export permits to Turkey.” Canada joins fellow NATO members Germany and France in pausing military sales to Ankara, as the Turkish army pushes into Kurdish territory in Syria. […]
Sep 20 2019 — Justin Ling — National Observer — Nobody has donated to Travis Patron’s Bitcoin fund. Patron has long billed himself as a Bitcoin expert, even writing a book on the digital currency. He is now the leader of the Canadian Nationalist Party, which was recently registered as an official party with Elections Canada. Despite that, not even a piece of a Bitcoin […]
Sep 16 2019 — Justin Ling — Vice — If you’ve paid your cellphone bill in Canada in the past six months, you’ve no doubt received an unexpected text message from the Conservative Party soliciting your views on the upcoming election or the carbon tax. “Hi, it’s Sarah from the Conservative Party,” a typical text begins. “Can the Conservative Party count on your support […]
Aug 7 2019 — Justin Ling — Vice — Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, who was a member of several far-right Facebook groups, also appeared on a YouTube channel that trumpets QAnon conspiracy theories. A Canadian Conservative senator has been a guest on a YouTube channel that frequently promotes far-right conspiracy theories and endorses the 9/11 truther movement.
Aug 2 2019 — Justin Ling — Vice — A fringe Facebook group—run by a far-right activist whose protests have attracted conspiracy theorists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis—featured three current Conservative MPs and a sitting Tory senator among it members. While the three MPs appear to be unwitting members of the group, Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu was happy to join the conversation. The Canadian Coalition […]
Jul 19 2019 — Justin Ling — Vice — White gold. Chilliwack crude. Lactose candy. The creamy dragon. There’s lots of street names for it, but most people know it as milk. Cold, hard, milk. Its enticing allure is hard to resist. And, indeed, many powerful people have fallen under her spell. But few have fallen harder than Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative […]
Jul 2 2019 — Justin Ling — Globe and Mail — Four years ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a lot of plans, and his mantra told you how he would do it. Infrastructure? “We’re going to run three modest deficits in order to pay for it.” Public transit? “We will run three modest deficits.” Even deficit reduction? “We indeed are going to run three modest […]
Jun 18 2019 — Justin Ling — National Observer — When Leonarde Keeler showed off the machine he helped invent, he usually brandished a deck of playing cards. He would have his subject, hooked up to an array of electrodes and sensors, pick eight cards from the deck. Without showing anyone, the subject would shuffle the cards into the deck. Keeler went through all 52, […]
Apr 22 2019 — Justin Ling — National Observer — Elections on Prince Edward Island tend to be as predictable as the tides. In the 146 years since the province’s first election after Confederation, just two parties have traded power. No party other than the Liberals and Conservatives has ever won more than a single seat in a general election. There’s no doubt that was […]
Mar 4 2019 — Justin Ling — Foreign Policy — Damning testimony on a corporate scandal leaves Trudeau’s future shaky. It was Feb. 28, 1984, and Canada’s capital was being pummeled by a blizzard. Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau stepped out of his official Ottawa residence and took a long walk in the snow to contemplate his political future. His government had survived an independence […]
Jun 21 2018 — Justin Ling — UK Guardian — Canadian border guards have been screening travellers using a huge, secretive US anti-terrorism database that is almost never referred to publicly, new documents reveal. The database, called Tuscan, is provided to every Canadian border guard and immigration officer, and empowers them to detain, interrogate, arrest and deny entry to anyone found on it.
May 9 2018 — Justin Ling — National Post — When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the president of Uganda in New York last fall, LGBTQ rights were not on the agenda — despite the African leader’s vocal support for legislation that would have made homosexuality punishable by life in prison. Discussion of human rights, in general, appeared generally absent from the meeting, as […]