National Newswatch

Polarized Canada needs to find common ground

Mar 5 2022 — Glen Pearson — Perhaps we just can’t do it anymore. Canadians have spent the last 155 years disagreeing about everything. What else can we expect from a country of 10 provinces, three territories, more than 200 languages, 15 religions (more if you count indigenous spirituality, which we should), and an endless array of political opinions?

Police probe Justin Trudeau stone-throwing, witnesses point to PPC official

Sep 8 2021 — — London police are asking for the public’s help as they investigate the throwing of stones at Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during a campaign stop in the city. But a national anti-hate network and witnesses have already connected the stone thrower to Shane Marshall, the head of the Elgin-Middlesex-London riding association for the People’s Party of […]

Nominee for People’s Party candidacy says he was booted for being gay

May 8 2019 — — An Oxford County man is accusing local officials of the new People’s Party of Canada of kicking him out of the race to be the party’s candidate in Oxford because of his sexual orientation. Jordan Kent, a 24-year-old autoworker who describes himself as openly gay and a representative of a new form of “small-c conservatism […]

Payette speech should spark serious reflection

Nov 18 2017 — Glen Pearson — Her speech was bound to raise the ire of many, but when Gov. Gen. Julie Payette spoke to the Canadian Science Policy Centre convention earlier this month, it’s likely she was unaware of the response it would generate. Yet, she’s been dealing with it ever since. I supported Payette’s selection. She is a woman of […]

Hatred hardest to see in ourselves

Aug 25 2017 — Glen Pearson — Hatred, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, racism and the KKK — these terms, and many like them, we had hoped were slowly disappearing from our public life and lexicon, yet they are everywhere these days. For those individuals and groups who have felt the sheer injustice of such things, they have been an ever-present reality. With the […]

Kellie Leitch says sanctuary cities won’t get transit funding, London’s Jesse Helmer fires back

Mar 10 2017 — Patrick Maloney — A warning to municipalities from federal Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch hits London directly. But a London politician has fired back. Leitch, a doctor who practised medicine in London, wrote on social media that any municipality that declares itself a sanctuary city – one that provides services to undocumented immigrants, no questions asked – would […]