National Newswatch

Can We Break the Telcos Oligopoly? Yes and here’s how

Aug 7 2018 — Don Lenihan — Navdeep Bains, the federal minister of innovation, is consulting Canadians on ways to step up our digital game. So, here’s my two cents: make broadband accessible and affordable to everyone. An extraordinary experiment in Alberta (circa 2000 – 2005) shows us how. Let’s start with some context. Two decades ago, Canada was a rising star […]

Canada to host WTO reform ministerial in October

Aug 1 2018 — Alex Binkley — Trade spats and U.S. tariff challenges set the stage for the session.   OTTAWA—Canada will host a meeting in October of trade ministers from countries supporting reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its rules for ensuring fair international trade. Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, has invited ministers from around the world […]

Academics suggest Russia, China or environment activists could be behind mystery GM wheat discovery

Jul 27 2018 — Alex Binkley — CFIA needs to keep investigating how unknown GM variety ended up in Alberta roadside. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency needs to keep investigating the still unknown variety of genetically modified wheat found in Alberta last year, says the Canadian co-author of an article that speculates on who could have planted it. Rob Wager of Vancouver […]

The Problem Isn’t Trump

Jul 26 2018 — Glen Pearson — In capitals around the world, including Ottawa, questions are being asked no one ever envisioned examining only a few years ago.  The rise of authoritarians and the turbulent world of populist politics represent an ongoing conundrum, leaving global leaders flummoxed in the wake of uncertainty. But one Great Question is outflanking all the others: Is […]

Can Trudeau tell a winning story in 2019?

Jul 25 2018 — Don Lenihan — Elections often turn on a few carefully crafted sentences – a “campaign narrative” that tells voters why they should say yes to a candidate. If Justin Trudeau nailed this in 2015, things will be a lot tougher in 2019. Last week he offered a clue as to what the new narrative might say. After shuffling […]

Canada should aim for a higher ranking among agrifood exporters

Jul 19 2018 — Alex Binkley — Having inspired the agrifood industry to aim for a bigger role in feeding the world, Dominc Barton has spelled out four growth barriers and four building blocks the sector needs to deal with to succeed. The barriers are an underdeveloped value chain, low productivity, trade impediments and regulatory obstacles to trade with the United States, […]