National Newswatch

Canada’s new food guide: A fail on culture and sustainability?

Jan 20 2019 — Sarah Duignan — The Canada Food Guide has always been subject to political and economic agendas. The new 2019 guide could present dominant visuals of affordable foods like frozen vegetables — to connect to more Canadians and tackle food insecurity. (Shutterstock) Sarah Duignan, McMaster University Canada’s Food Guide is being revised. After a three-year consultation process, the guide […]

Cuts to primary care in Ontario would be a disaster for patients

Dec 20 2018 — Tara Kiran — Every day, more than 150,000 Ontarians visit a family doctor. Some visit because they feel unwell. Others come for a preventive checkup. Many more come because they have a health condition like diabetes, high blood pressure or depression. Family doctors listen, examine, diagnose, counsel, write prescriptions, order tests and, in some cases, refer to specialist […]

Cuts to primary care in Ontario would be a disaster for patients

Dec 20 2018 — Tara Kiran — The Ontario government is proposing more than a 30 per cent pay cut for doctors working in new primary care models. (Shutterstock) Tara Kiran, University of Toronto Every day, more than 150,000 Ontarians visit a family doctor. Some visit because they feel unwell. Others come for a preventive checkup. Many more come because they have […]

Back-to-work legislation may come back to haunt Justin Trudeau

Dec 7 2018 — Charles Smith and Larry Savage — Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) members stand on picket line in Halifax in October 2018 after a call for a series of rotating 24-hour strikes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ted Pritchard Charles Smith, University of Saskatchewan and Larry Savage, Brock University The Justin Trudeau government’s use of back-to-work legislation effectively put an end to the rotating […]

Have we reached Peak Car?

Dec 3 2018 — Barry Cross — General Motors has announced it’s shuttering five production facilities and killing six vehicle platforms by the end of 2019 as it reallocates resources towards self-driving technologies and electric vehicles. The announcements should come as a surprise to no one, as they echo a similar announcement made by Ford earlier this year that it will exit […]

Have we reached Peak Car?

Dec 3 2018 — Barry Cross — Rush hour in Vancouver, B.C. Has North America reached Peak Car? StoneMonkeysw/Shutterstock.com Barry Cross, Queen’s University, Ontario General Motors has announced it’s shuttering five production facilities and killing six vehicle platforms by the end of 2019 as it reallocates resources towards self-driving technologies and electric vehicles. The announcements should come as a surprise to no […]

Canada’s moral negligence in Jamal Khashoggi’s murder

Nov 29 2018 — Stuar J. Murray — When the CIA announced that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman likely ordered the brutal killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, my colleagues and I published an opinion piece in a Canadian newspaper. We were critical of our government’s response, which doubles down on its rhetoric of “human rights” while failing to take any […]

GM closures: Oshawa needs more than ‘thoughts and prayers’

Nov 27 2018 — — All eyes in Canada have turned to Oshawa, Ont., following the announcement by General Motors that it will end auto manufacturing in the city after more than a century of production. In the coming days we will hear about community resilience and the inevitability of market forces. Some of those impacted will be asked to […]

GM closures: Oshawa needs more than ‘thoughts and prayers’

Nov 27 2018 — Steven High — Laurie Nickel and her daughter Stephanie hold a protest sign during a union meeting after General Motors announced it would be closing its plant in Oshawa, Ont., that employs 2,500 people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima Steven High, Concordia University All eyes in Canada have turned to Oshawa, Ont., following the announcement by General Motors that […]