National Newswatch

We need this election to be all about climate

Aug 18 2021 — — No one really wants this federal election. Not the family and friends I’ve asked this summer, not the pundits lamenting in the country’s op-ed pages, and not most of the country if the polls are to be believed. And while I didn’t want this election, I think we need it. We need it because with […]

Is there a method to Erin O’Toole’s meme madness?

Aug 17 2021 — Max Fawcett — By now, you’ve probably seen the Conservative Party of Canada’s much-maligned Willy Wonka ad, as well as the blowback it’s created. What you might not know is that its juvenile tone and amateurish look, along with the popular reaction to it, was almost certainly by design — and that it’s part of a broader strategy […]

Cut a deal and bring the Michaels home

Aug 13 2021 — Sandy Garossino — The ugly messy truth about the two Michaels is that we must get past our indignation, however justified, over China’s gross violations of all international norms. If we don’t, they won’t breathe fresh Canadian air until the 2030s, nor will any of our other citizens currently held by China. The Xi Jinping regime will not […]

To prevent more wildfires, we need urgent climate action now

Aug 11 2021 — — The forest fires raging across northern Ontario and much of the rest of the world are another stark and frightening reminder of the climate emergency that fossil fuels create. Climate change is rapid, widespread and intensifying. It is fuelling today’s wildfires, tornadoes, heat domes and floods, and the much worse ones expected in the future. […]

O’Toole’s Conservative Party fracturing on eve of a federal election

Aug 10 2021 — Andrew Perez — The messages political leaders release on Canada Day are typically banal, uncontroversial, and seek to rally the country together. Last month, the federal Conservative Party’s two most prominent figures released videos celebrating Canada Day that were at complete odds with one another. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s video was meticulously crafted on the streets of urban […]

Jason Kenney tries to channel the power of the pickup truck

Jul 27 2021 — Max Fawcett — Jason Kenney may have appointed a new minister of culture earlier this month, but culture wars are clearly still the purview of the premier. His latest skirmish involves a broadside against the “Toronto” Globe and Mail for a column it published criticizing Canada’s love affair with the pickup truck. “I’m happy to say that ~40% […]

To avoid climate catastrophe, Canada must account for its hidden emissions

Jul 27 2021 — — The past month has been a wake-up call for many Canadians as large parts of the country sweltered under an intense “heat dome” that is believed to have contributed to at least 719 sudden deaths in British Columbia. Scientists have since concluded the heat wave would have been “virtually impossible” without climate change caused by […]