National Newswatch

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 […]

Funding journalism means defining who’s a journalist — not a bad thing

Nov 26 2018 — Ivor Shapiro — The federal government’s recent announcement of financial support for news organizations has been met with understandably wide-ranging reactions — from relief to skepticism, and worse. Among other measures, the package will incentivize consumers to sign up for digital news subscriptions and subsidize publishers through a tax credit on salaries paid to journalists. It’s good news […]

Funding journalism means defining who’s a journalist — not a bad thing

Nov 26 2018 — Ivor Shapiro — blank. Ivor Shapiro, Ryerson University The federal government’s recent announcement of financial support for news organizations has been met with understandably wide-ranging reactions — from relief to skepticism, and worse. Among other measures, the package will incentivize consumers to sign up for digital news subscriptions and subsidize publishers through a tax credit on salaries paid […]

The Tony Clement scandal shows all texting is sexting

Nov 12 2018 — Clint Burnham — What does the sexting scandal involving Tony Clement — the MP who sent “intimate” photos of himself to women he met online — tell us, if not that all texting is sexting? Whenever we go online, use our phones, surf the net or click on a link, we are involved with our deepest desires, fears […]

The Tony Clement scandal shows all texting is sexting

Nov 12 2018 — Clint Burnham — MP Tony Clement has resigned from the Conservative caucus after admitting to sending “intimate” photos to women he met online. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Clint Burnham, Simon Fraser University What does the sexting scandal involving Tony Clement — the MP who sent “intimate” photos of himself to women he met online — tell us, if […]

How the new USMCA strengthens Canada in future trade deals

Oct 21 2018 — Andrew McDougall — Now that the threat of the NAFTA-pocalypse has lifted for Canada, the Monday morning quarter-backing is well under way on whether the new United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Agreement is better or worse than trade pact that preceded it. But beyond the negative headlines, the USMCA probably leaves Canada stronger than it was going into the negotiations […]

How the new USMCA strengthens Canada in future trade deals

Oct 21 2018 — Andrew McDougall — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland hold a news conference on the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) in Ottawa on Oct. 1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang Andrew McDougall, University of Toronto Now that the threat of the NAFTA-pocalypse has lifted for Canada, the Monday […]

Michael J. Armstrong

Legal cannabis vs. black market: Can it compete?

Oct 17 2018 — Michael J. Armstrong — The Oct. 17 launch of legal recreational cannabis in Canada brings many challenges. Retailers are now worrying about possible product shortages or web site glitches. Governments are still debating how to handle amnesties, impaired driving, and workplace safety. But legalization day also marks the start of several interesting competitions. Some resemble those in other industries; […]

Legal cannabis vs. black market: Can it compete?

Oct 17 2018 — Michael J. Armstrong — Brian Harriman, Cannabis NB president and CEO, displays some cannabis products at a Cannabis NB retail store in Fredericton, N.B., on Tuesday October 16, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Stephen MacGillivray Michael J. Armstrong, Brock University The Oct. 17 launch of legal recreational cannabis in Canada brings many challenges. Retailers are now worrying about possible product shortages […]