National Newswatch

The election showed we don’t know how to cover the far right

Sep 27 2021 — Supriya Dwivedi — Unlike episodes of “Seinfeld,” elections are never about nothing. While our 44th general election might have felt like it didn’t accomplish much in light of the final seat count, it is false to suggest that this vote doesn’t hold valuable lessons for regular Canadians and politicos alike in the future. One of the major underpinnings […]

We need to fight complacency on coronavirus

Mar 11 2020 — Supriya Dwivedi — At the onset of the outbreak, when it (falsely) seemed like the novel coronavirus was solely a problem for mainland China, regular people were very quick to make racist and xenophobic comments, and in some cases even partake in racist acts against Chinese Canadians. But the real risk was never from China, or Iran, or […]

Our federal politicians lack principles when it comes to Bill 21

Sep 18 2019 — Supriya Dwivedi — As the federal election campaign kicked off, Quebec Premier François Legault all but dared the federal leaders to stay out of the court challenges facing Bill 21, formally titled An Act Respecting the Laicity of the State and informally known as Quebec’s most recent attempt at enshrining discrimination against religious minorities into law.

Cabinet shuffle! Borders! Election!

Jul 19 2018 — Supriya Dwivedi — A cabinet shuffle is the kind of thing that only excites the nerdiest of political nerds, so you would be excused if you were enjoying your summer instead of reading into the subtleties of what this cabinet shuffle might mean for the federal election scheduled for Oct. 21, 2019. One thing is clear, though: the […]

Ford government wrong to revert back to 1998 sex ed curriculum

Jul 13 2018 — Supriya Dwivedi — Fulfilling yet another campaign promise, the Progressive Conservative government confirmed earlier this week that for the coming school year, students in Ontario would not be learning the updated sex education curriculum that had been revamped and reintroduced in 2015. Instead, students will be learning a curriculum that dates back to 1998. That’s an era that […]

Donald Trump didn’t light Canada’s political dumpster fire

Jun 29 2018 — Supriya Dwivedi — Once upon a time, in an era before Trump was elected president of the United States, Canadians were innocently unaware of the notion of deceitful political tricks, there were no dog whistle politics, and everyone got along wonderfully. Then Donald Trump came along, and all of a sudden our political sphere took a sharp turn […]

No movie will do the Rob Ford era justice

Apr 12 2018 — Supriya Dwivedi — Tuesday, the centre of the universe, otherwise colloquially referred to as Toronto, got word that former mayor, Rob Ford, was going to be played by Homeland and Billions star Damian Lewis in an upcoming film. It’s an interesting casting choice; apparently, Lewis will be fitted with prosthetics of some sort in order to realistically portray […]

Canada’s media oversimplifies Indo-Canadian relations

Mar 2 2018 — Supriya Dwivedi — One of the worst trips to India I ever had involved a lizard climbing up the inside of my pant leg, a terrifyingly aggressive and determined monkey who stole a special edition Chicago Bulls cap right off of my head, two separate bouts of lice, a rickshaw accident that literally landed me in a pile […]

For the love of peoplekind, do better Canadian media

Feb 8 2018 — Supriya Dwivedi — For the last few weeks now the Prime Minister has been going all over the country to engage Canadians during town hall-style question and answer periods. Last week at a town hall stop in Edmonton, Prime Minister Trudeau responded tongue in cheek to a questioner by asking her to refer to mankind as peoplekind.

Liberals will win the fight on Canada Summer Jobs program

Feb 1 2018 — Supriya Dwivedi — Late in 2017 the federal government announced it would be implementing changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program. After it had been widely reported that past recipients of the tax-payer funded subsidy had used the funds to advance the cause of limiting women’s reproductive rights, the program garnered criticism.

#MeToo makes its way to Canadian politics

Jan 25 2018 — Supriya Dwivedi — On a day in which much of social media was focused on the sentencing of a monstrous sexual predator it seemed almost surreal to have not one but two Progressive Conservative leaders go down amid serious sexual misconduct allegations. First, the news out of Nova Scotia was that PC leader Jamie Baillie had resigned. After […]