National Newswatch

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 […]

Let’s try a ‘great reset’ that conservatives can love

Nov 24 2020 — Tasha Kheiriddin — After nine months of COVID restrictions, some Canadians are reaching peak crazy. In Rosemère, Que., a flash mob of anti-maskers held a dance protest in the local mall.In Kelowna, B.C., bare-faced demonstrators called for “Truth, Freedom, Choice” and to “lock up” provincial Chief Medical Officer Bonnie Henry. And then there’s Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre, flirting […]

How the coronavirus crisis is ushering in a ‘survivalist’ economy

Mar 25 2020 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Food. Drugs. Ventilators. Welcome to the survivalist economy, where production is stripped down to the bare bones — the things that people cannot do without or they will literally die. Governments have declared your local Loblaws an essential service, drug companies are racing to find treatments and vaccines, and auto manufacturers are retooling their plants […]

Blockades put Justin Trudeau at centre of ‘perfect storm’

Feb 18 2020 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Peace, order and good government. In Canada today, all three of those elements are in short supply. Blockades have shut down the country’s entire rail system for over a week. Hundreds of workers have been laid off, and more will be in the coming days. Demonstrators barricaded the B.C. legislature and roughed up employees and […]

Andrew Scheer didn’t know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em

Dec 13 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Adios, Andrew Scheer. In a sorry end to a sorry election, the Conservative leader has now (finally) stepped down. After weathering the indictments of his former campaign director, his communications director, the Quebec Conservative wing and the backers of the website, Scheer’s leadership ultimately foundered on the revelation that the Conservative Party of Canada […]

Will Canadian social conservatives sink Andrew Scheer?

Nov 29 2019 — Tasha Kheiriddin — He’s digging in. Against increasing odds, Andrew Scheer is sending every signal that he intends to remain leader of the Conservative party. Last week, Scheer overhauled his office, dismissing chief of staff Marc-André Leclerc and communications director Brock Harrison. His campaign manager, Hamish Marshall, saw his contract expire, as well. This week, Scheer unveiled a […]