National Newswatch

Grain a great cargo when the Seaway can get it

Oct 18 2021 — Alex Binkley — Grain represented one-third of Seaway traffic in 2020. Ottawa—While rising grain shipments were a boon to the St. Lawrence Seaway during 2020 and the first half of 2021, their decline this fall and next year because of drought in Canada and the U.S. will dampen the waterway’s short-term traffic prospects. An analysis of the Seaway’s […]

Can the Progressives Deliver a Plan or Even a Future?

Oct 18 2021 — Glen Pearson — The headline isn’t just some political or partisan question thrown out there as part of the everyday dialogue.  Across the world, democratic, progressive movements have their troubles.  Canada, a seeming bastion of security in an unsettled world, especially having just concluded an election, nevertheless contains enough disconcerting divisions to reckon the future as something uncertain. […]

Canadian Chamber Lays Out Policy Priorities for Business in Letter to Minister Freeland

Oct 18 2021 — Perrin Beatty — The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has sent the following letter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland. Dear Minister Freeland: Congratulations on your re-election as the Member of Parliament for University-Rosedale and your reappointment as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance. I greatly appreciate your efforts on behalf […]

Farmers have gained public respect during the pandemic

Oct 14 2021 — Alex Binkley — Low public appreciation of how much advanced technology used in agriculture.   Ottawa– Nearly two-thirds of Canadians say they have gained more appreciation for the country’s farmers during the pandemic, particularly in the area of domestic food security, says a new survey. It was conducted by Angus Reid for the Climate Corporation and found three […]

Citizens’ expectations have been raised for government services. How prepared are we?

Oct 13 2021 — Mark Lambert — During the COVID-19 pandemic Canadians had to rely on social services more than any time in our modern history. Millions of citizens were kept safe and received economic lifelines by programs that were created and deployed by governments and their private sector partners with unprecedented speed. Canadian services agencies were at the front line of […]

Feeding a growing global population will be a challenge with climate change

Oct 13 2021 — Alex Binkley — Canada should push for sustainability and more open trade.   Ottawa—Canada needs a program to sustainably increase agriculture production for a growing global population while tackling international obstacles to food exports, says John Weekes, a veteran trade negotiator. Climate change is exacting an increasing toll on food production around the world and the government “should […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Pierre Trudeau says “Just Watch Me”!

Oct 13 2021 — Arthur Milnes — Today’s entry from the annals of Canadian political history needs no introduction from yours truly.  With the October Crisis of 1970 as backdrop, CBC journalist Tim Ralfe recorded an impromptu interview with then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau as the PM entered the Centre Block on Parliament Hill.  This interview remains today, arguably, the most famous […]

Trucking industry needs more workers

Oct 12 2021 — Alex Binkley — The pandemic has exposed its weaknesses.   Ottawa—Worker shortages are well-documented challenge throughout the Canadian economy including the trucking industry that needs almost 20,000 more drivers required to keep goods flowing, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) says. The shortage predates the pandemic but has worsened during the last year and a half, the CTA says, […]