National Newswatch

Stop punishing victims of crime who exercise self-defence

Jan 12 2023 — Sabrina Maddeaux — Over the past few years, Canadian police have had some trouble telling victims of crime and criminals apart. This is because self-defence is treated less like a right in this country and more like a wishy-washy theory subject to the emotional, moral and even political leanings of law enforcement. The bottom line: if you ever […]

Stop quivering Liberals, and stand up to the Chinese bully

Nov 17 2022 — Sabrina Maddeaux — Xi Jinping’s public dressing down of Justin Trudeau was a bully tactic, meant to intimidate and humiliate. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s dressing down of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G20 summit was as close to Real Housewives-style table flipping as intergovernmental forums get — at least publicly, anyway. The decision to confront Trudeau in […]

Renewed mask mandates? Enough to drive us all mad

Nov 11 2022 — Sabrina Maddeaux — While writing this column, my finger slipped, and I accidentally typed “mad mandates” instead of “mask mandates.” It so happens my mistake was apt for the situation at hand. Nearly three years into the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s positively mad that some people still advocate for mask mandates as a go-to public health tool. In Ontario, […]

Doug Ford musn’t be allowed to duck the Emergencies Act inquiry

Oct 26 2022 — Sabrina Maddeaux — To say no one is coming off particularly well in the ongoing Emergencies Act inquiry is a gross understatement. Each day of hearings brings new revelations about just how discombobulated and, in many cases, downright incompetent various levels of government and law enforcement were back in February. Unfortunately, there’s also little reason to believe much […]

Canadians united in their resentments towards each other

Oct 19 2022 — Sabrina Maddeaux — If you google “Canadian characteristics,” you’ll find the internet believes us to be respectful, polite, tactful and peace-loving. But what about alienated and bitter –– particularly when it comes to each other? A new Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) poll finds Canada’s “Resentment Index” is soaring in regards to federalism and interprovincial attitudes. […]

Hockey Canada chooses death over change

Oct 7 2022 — Sabrina Maddeaux — What has Hockey Canada learned? This week’s hearings gave us a disappointing, if not predictable, answer. Not a damn thing. Instead of grovelling for forgiveness, announcing sweeping changes or bothering to feign contrition, Hockey Canada returned to parliament refuelled with a gargantuan dose of hubris, denial and disregard for the damage they’ve inflicted. Thanks to […]

Living in tool sheds won’t solve housing crisis

Oct 5 2022 — Sabrina Maddeaux — Outside Cambridge city hall sits a small, 110-square-foot wooden shack meant to demonstrate how the city can house its rapidly increasing population. It contains no toilet and, while it is insulated, no heating system. The city doesn’t intend to use these shanties to charitably house the homeless, but promote them as solutions for paying tenants. […]