National Newswatch

Report into RCMP’s treatment of grieving Indigenous family left out key systemic problems

Apr 6 2021 — Kent Roach — The under-resourced Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP did a valiant job in substantiating the discriminatory treatment of a Cree mother grieving the killing of her son. In its final and interim reports, the commission also raised a number of questions about how the investigation into 22-year-old Colten Boushie’s death was handled by […]

Tap into carbon capture’s potential by building public confidence

Apr 1 2021 — — As Canada’s 2030 greenhouse gas emissions targets creep closer, our menu of technological options will grow increasingly fixed. A recent report from the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices states that most of the emissions reductions required to reach our 2030 goals will likely come from existing technologies. A cascade of new studies, commentaries and billionaire-funded […]

What would Canadian politics look like without a Queen?

Mar 26 2021 — Peter Woolstencroft — The televised interview of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry with Oprah Winfrey in early March has resulted in the usual calls for the abolition of the monarchy. These are channeled through the anti-colonialism prism. The British Empire was racist and the monarchy is an integral part of that past. However, Canada’s constitutional […]

Canada needs a university-based, domestic vaccine-making capability

Mar 23 2021 — Leslie Boehm and Gregory P. Marchildon — There has been considerable controversy about the rollout of vaccines. In some nations and the European Union, this has led to the sequestering of vaccines produced within their jurisdictions. Countries like Canada, without domestic vaccine production capacity, inevitably face slower rollouts. In fact, as of March 2021, Canada is one of the poorest performers among […]

Vaccine certificates should not come at expense of other COVID priorities

Mar 16 2021 — Chidi Oguamanam — On Feb. 21, 2021, Israel introduced “green passes” – evidence of COVID-19 vaccination or presumed immunity after recovery from the disease. This form of certificate is called by several other names, most notably immunity passports. According to the global vaccine alliance GAVI, “an immunity passport is an official document that certifies an individual has been […]

Start thinking of COVID-19 as a virus with no end

Mar 11 2021 — Joshua Gans — Listen to governments around the world and the COVID-19 strategy is remarkably similar: muddle our way through until we have vaccinated enough of the population and the pandemic can be declared to be over. What “enough” of the population means is still up for debate with an amount of herd immunity (which may be as […]

The path ahead for Erin O’Toole on climate change

Mar 4 2021 — Mitchell Davidson — In the 2019 election campaign, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer put forward a climate change plan that was 61 pages long. Despite the large volume, very few can remember what the plan actually contained. Maclean’s columnist Paul Wells aptly described the plan in one word: whatever. The fatal flaw of the 2019 Conservatives on the environment […]

In Canada and abroad, new data reveal strong support for gender equality

Mar 1 2021 — Kathleen Sherwin and Divya Mathew — Agender-equal world is healthier, wealthier and more prosperous. Yet 25 years since the United Nations’ landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights and gender equality – no country has fully met its commitments to gender equality. Coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, which is exacerbating inequalities […]

Only a fundamental culture change will address military sexual misconduct

Feb 26 2021 — Maya Eichler and Marie-Claude Gagnon — Emergency meetings into sexual misconduct in the Canadian military have taken a surprising turn now that yet another allegation involving a high-ranking officer was revealed on Wednesday. The House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence was investigating complaints against former Chief of the Defence Staff General Jonathan Vance when current Chief of the Defence […]