National Newswatch

Let the fun begin at duelling Liberal, NDP policy conventions

Apr 6 2021 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Last month, the Conservatives held a virtual party convention; this weekend, it’s the NDP and Liberals’ turn. And what a jolly time it promises to be, with policy resolutions that veer from centre-left to downright Trotskyite. Both parties propose a guaranteed basic income, a transition to a green energy economy, and to protect worker pensions. […]

The pandemic is already changing the future of Canadian politics

Jan 26 2021 — Tasha Kheiriddin — What a difference a year makes. On Jan. 25, 2020, the first COVID case was identified in Canada. At the time, our country’s leaders were grappling with a different crisis: blockades of rail lines and supply chains by Indigenous protesters in support of the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwe’ten First Nation. For most Canadians, COVID-19 […]

Why you might want to hurry back to the office – before it’s gone

Dec 29 2020 — Tasha Kheiriddin — 2020 was a year like none in living memory. From the economy to education, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted every facet of society. Governments scrambled to contain the virus, while health-care systems were swamped by the sick. On an individual level, billions of people suffered mentally, physically and financially as they coped with lockdowns and loneliness. […]

There can be no deal with China without the Two Michaels’ freedom

Dec 8 2020 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Dec. 10 marks two years since China arbitrarily imprisoned Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. In this 10-day series, experts examine the implications for liberal democracies. This Christmas, thanks to COVID-19, millions of Canadians are facing the prospect of spending the holidays alone. The internet is rife with advice on how to make the most […]