National Newswatch

From the ashes of COVID-19 the modern government office

May 26 2020 — Wayne Liko — This month the province of Ontario signaled the first steps of what will be a complex and challenging return to work with the opening of certain stores and essential services but closing schools until September 2020. We face a lot of unknowns – but one thing is clear – the modern workplace as we know […]

A Call for Collective Action

May 25 2020 — Hassan Yussuff — We are in the midst of a global pandemic. The federal government is introducing new programs almost daily to support millions of Canadians who have been affected by this crisis. Public service employees are doing amazing work getting that support to the people who need it. Meanwhile, the calls for austerity are already coming fast […]

‘Coronasteria’ – Groupthink and the Psychology of Epidemic Hysteria

May 25 2020 — K.W. Grafton — For months now the world has been subjected to a relentless “infodemic” of COVID-19 media coverage, some of it sensationalistic fearmongering. Conflicting information is rampant, and the real threat of fake news to global health has prompted governments and health authorities to take action to shield the public from harmful misinformation. According to PEW Research, 48% of Americans report seeing […]

A basic income program is far from the ‘slam dunk’ many believe

May 23 2020 — John Milloy — Is a basic income on the horizon? Advocates would say “absolutely”. It seems a day doesn’t go by without another opinion piece pointing out that the pandemic has created the ideal conditions for its adoption here in Canada. People want radical change, especially for people who are struggling. COVID-19 may render millions permanently unemployed and […]

Federal program to Agri-Food program welcomed by growers and processors

May 22 2020 — Alex Binkley — Pilot to run until May 2023.   Ottawa—A three-year program to help agrifood employers hire foreign workers provides a badly-needed route to tackle the sector’s chronic worker shortages. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino says the Agri-Food Immigration Pilot will test an industry-specific approach to help employers in the meat processing, mushroom and greenhouse production, and livestock-raising […]

CEOs and corporations need some schooling on financial responsibility and fairness

May 21 2020 — Agata Soroko — After refusing to deny bailout money to companies that operate in offshore tax havens, Prime Minister Trudeau recently stated that right now is not the time to solve tax avoidance. When the “right” time does arrive, I hope the federal and provincial governments consider–as part of their solution–mandating financial literacy courses for the CEOs whose firms […]

Horticulture producers struggling with worker shortages and inadequate financial safety nets

May 21 2020 — Alex Binkley — Governments need to act to prevent bankruptcies.   Ottawa—A shortage of workers and inadequate government support programs have many fruit and vegetable growers worried about the future of their business, says Brian Gilroy. President of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC). “We think this is an opportunity for the federal government to continue to demonstrate how […]

Canada’s Economic Achilles Heel is Now Exposed For the World to See

May 20 2020 — Glen Pearson — Virtually from the beginning, the World Health Organization has labelled our present predicament as a “global” pandemic.  This isn’t just about COVID-19s reach, but it’s ability to turn back the clock on so many international advancements made on the economic front.  It’s so frightening, in fact, that the Economist recently ran an article with the […]

Food processors grappling with worker shortages and costly protective equipment

May 19 2020 — Alex Binkley — Survey finds many expect ingredient and packaging shortages in near future.   Ottawa—While they’ve worked hard to keep Canadians fed, the country’s food processors are struggling with some costly challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Carla Ventin, Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) told the Commons agriculture […]

Trump as Strategic Distraction – White House, Straw President?

May 17 2020 — K.W. Grafton — The April 23rd White House Press Briefing, during which President Trump unveiled his controversial “Bleach Theory” for combating coronavirus, caused a global gasp of horror; but not as much disbelief as one might expect…say if President Obama had said it, or…any other past President for that matter (maybe Dubya). One certainly couldn’t imagine Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, or […]