National Newswatch

Bombardier hands control of C Series airliner to Airbus

Oct 16 2017 — Nicolas Van Praet — Bombardier Inc. has struck an agreement to sell control of its marquee C Series airliner program to Europe’s Airbus Group SE, a bet that handing the keys to a better-financed global giant will ensure the Canadian plane maker’s future in the face of relentless competition and punishingly high tariffs imposed by the United States. The […]

The sisterhood that could save NAFTA

Oct 16 2017 — Maryscott (Scotty) Greenwood — Conventional wisdom emerging from the fourth round of the current NAFTA negotiations is that the trade agreement is nearly dead, awaiting the digestion of a poison pill to end it completely. Pundits fear a unilateral U.S. withdrawal, or a frustrated partner deciding to flip the table to end the talks. From my vantage point, I […]

Universities introducing term limits for Canada Research Chairs to meet diversity targets

Oct 13 2017 — Chris Hannay — Many universities across Canada are introducing term limits for their Canada Research Chairs to get new academics into the jobs as the prestigious program struggles to meet diversity targets set by a court settlement. The Canada Research Chairs gives annual funding of $100,000 or $200,000 to successful academics for research projects. The program is divided […]

Today, women are boycotting Twitter. Here’s why

Oct 13 2017 — Denise Balkissoon — If Facebook were a food, it would be the very last bits in the bottom of a Doritos bag – intensely flavourful, but also kind of gross and not as justifiable a pleasure as a whole, crunchy chip. It’s fun, but essentially unhealthy – or at least that’s the impression I have after reading a […]

Jagmeet Singh’s NDP would impose sales tax on Netflix

Oct 10 2017 — Daniel Leblanc — The federal NDP has changed tack and announced it would impose sales taxes on Netflix and other foreign Internet-based companies, diverging sharply with the other major parties on the contentious pocketbook issue. The announcement is a clear shift for the NDP, which promised in the 2015 general election that it would not tax Netflix. It […]

Britain turns up heat on Boeing, warns of fallout over Bombardier

Oct 10 2017 — — Britain’s business minister Greg Clark has given the strongest indication yet that Boeing Co.’s commercial and military contracts with the British government are at risk because of the aerospace company’s trade dispute with Bombardier Inc. In a statement to Britain’s House of Commons on Tuesday, Mr. Clark said British officials have held a dozen meetings […]

Canadian special-forces team hunts down and dismantles chemical weapons in Iraq

Oct 10 2017 — Robert Fife — Canadian special forces have played a central role in hunting down, detecting and dismantling stockpiles of chemical weapons used by Islamic State militants in Iraq, according to sources with knowledge of the top-secret operations. Some of these highly trained soldiers have advanced scientific degrees and used their specialized skills to decontaminate Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and […]

The toxic politics of pipelines just got even worse

Oct 10 2017 — Margaret Wente — Depending on who you listen to, the demise of Energy East – the pipeline that would have shipped western crude oil to eastern Canada – is either a triumph or a disaster. For politicians in Quebec and environmental groups across the country, it’s a triumph. “An enormous victory,” crowed Denis Coderre, the mayor of Montreal, […]

Netflix in campaign to ‘set record straight’ on $500-million pledge for Canadian content

Oct 10 2017 — Daniel Leblanc — After facing widespread criticism from key players in Canada’s cultural industries, Netflix Inc. has started a public-relations campaign to “set the record straight” about its pledge to spend $500-million on Canadian productions over the next five years, most notably that that spending will be in addition to its existing plans. The streaming service and the […]

We must define Islamophobia by what it truly is

Oct 7 2017 — Sheema Khan — For the past few weeks, the House of Commons Heritage Committee has been holding public consultations regarding Motion M-103. Appearing before the Committee at the outset, M-103 sponsor Liberal MP Iqra Khalid emphasized the need for a comprehensive study of Canadians affected by racism and religious discrimination. She spoke eloquently about the painful experiences of […]