National Newswatch

Does Justin Trudeau have Canadians’ trust? He’ll need it to lead us through the pandemic

Aug 4 2020 — Susan Delacourt — The first few months of the COVID crisis turned everyone into instant epidemiologists. But it’s looking like the long haul of the pandemic will be a crash course in sociology. Whether it’s contact tracing or the eventual development of a vaccine, future success in the fight against this coronavirus increasingly depends on how well we […]

Will Justin Trudeau fire Bill Morneau?

Aug 2 2020 — Heather Scoffield, — Conventional wisdom has it that a leader can’t oust his finance minister in times of economic instability because such a move would compound the instability. Traditionally, firing a finance minister signals to the world that something is dreadfully wrong, either with a country’s economic policy or with the governance of the country’s money. That’s not […]

‘It took a pandemic for the country to see what was already broken.’ New report offers economic recovery plan with feminist spin

Jul 29 2020 — Shree Paradkar — From a women’s rights perspective, 2020 was supposed to be the year the world would reflect upon all the ways gender equality had advanced in the 25 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a groundbreaking conference that outlined bold feminist strategies to remove barriers to equality. Instead, this year risks witnessing all […]

WE Charity started work on Justin Trudeau’s student grant program weeks before cabinet approval

Jul 27 2020 — Alex Boutilier — WE Charity began working on Ottawa’s student volunteer grant program weeks before the federal cabinet approved the deal, newly released documents reveal. A copy of the contribution agreement between the government and the charity showed that WE officially began working on the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) on May 5. Federal cabinet met to discuss […]

Ontario Liberal leadership hopefuls need to speak out on their personal worldviews

Dec 23 2019 — John Milloy — Ontario Liberals are in the middle of a leadership contest and, depending on who wins, Liberals could be making some fairly bold promises in the next provincial election: eliminating public funding of Catholic schools; free public transit; a citizens’ assembly on electoral reform; a basic income program; or the nomination of 30 Liberal candidates under […]

A premier and his cellphone

Aug 4 2019 — John Milloy — There was something endearing about Doug Ford’s unusual habit of giving out his personal cellphone number to anyone and everyone. He invited them to call or text him with questions or concerns. The practice was so unorthodox that when he ended it a few weeks ago it made headlines. According to Ford’s office, the phone […]