National Newswatch

Why Canada’s environmental charities are afraid to talk about climate change during the election

Aug 20 2019 — Dianne Saxe — There is a serious erosion of democracy underway in Canada. Elections Canada is preventing environmental charities from telling the truth about the climate crisis during this fall’s election, when it will be a critical issue. Elections Canada’s job is to run elections that are fair and trustworthy so that the government chosen by Canadians will […]

National pharmacare will save money and lives

Jul 12 2019 — Wasem Alsabbagh — I was recently discharged from the hospital after a heart attack. I needed the blood thinner ticagrelor, in addition to several other essential medications. The first bill at my pharmacy was more than $300. I earn a good income as an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo but I would have found the cost […]

China’s ban on Canadian meat imports could pummel our agri-food sector

Jun 28 2019 — — The China-Canada relationship has been deteriorating following the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei chief financial officer. She faces possible extradition to the United States on charges of helping Iran evade American sanctions. Apart from detaining two Canadians in retaliation, the diplomatic rift has also had negative consequences for bilateral trade between Canada and China. […]

How the Trans Mountain green light could benefit First Nations

Jun 19 2019 — — The Canadian government has announced it’s going to restart the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. There are several Indigenous groups hoping to purchase an equity interest in Trans Mountain. Project Reconciliation, an Indigenous-led consortium of all Western Canadian First Nations who would like to participate, is proposing to purchase a majority share of the Trans […]

Here’s the historic Canadian city Trump needs to visit

Jun 11 2019 — James L. Anderson — Canada-U.S. relations sit at a low point, eroding in recent years over everything from steel tariffs to Cuba and the Arctic. The current relationship between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump is more similar to the frosty Lyndon Johnson-Lester B. Pearson years than the storied bromance between Trudeau and Barack Obama.

Trudeau’s libel threat against Scheer: a great Canadian political tradition

Apr 23 2019 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s threatened defamation suit against Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer over the SNC-Lavalin affair is just the latest in a rapidly growing list of Canadian political mud-slinging matches that have taken a litigious turn. Scheer had already employed some overheated rhetoric at earlier stages of the controversy, accusing Trudeau of exerting “frankly illegal […]

Here’s how we can get more people to vote in elections

Apr 10 2019 — Nicole Goodman — The year’s federal budget included a slew of boutique policy promises suggesting the government is targeting specific groups of voters gearing up for the October election. Likewise, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has been capitalizing on the SNC-Lavalin drama and the release of the federal carbon tax. One recent analysis suggests that if Scheer wants to […]

Here’s how we can get more people to vote in elections

Apr 10 2019 — Nicole Goodman — Canadians are still forced to travel to polling stations and line up to vote. Online voting would save time and money. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes Nicole Goodman, Brock University The year’s federal budget included a slew of boutique policy promises suggesting the government is targeting specific groups of voters gearing up for the October election. […]

Here’s what the carbon tax means for you

Apr 3 2019 — Kathryn Harrison — The federal carbon tax is now in effect in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick. The tax increases the cost of fossil fuels in order to reduce consumption, thus lowering Canada’s carbon emissions. Many Canadians are confused about the carbon tax and how it will affect them. Here are some answers to common questions about […]

How humans derailed the Earth’s climate in just 160 years

Mar 30 2019 — — Climate change might be the most urgent issue of our day, both politically and in terms of life on Earth. There is mounting awareness that the global climate is a matter for public action. For 11,500 years, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations hovered around 280 ppm (the preindustrial “normal”), with an average surface temperature around […]

SNC-Lavalin: Deferred prosecution deals aren’t get-out-of-jail free cards

Mar 18 2019 — Sukanya Pillay — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government remains in hot water over SNC-Lavalin. Even anti-bribery officials from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are “concerned” and watching the situation. But the controversy has resulted in some misinterpretations of the legal mechanism at its heart: Deferred prosecution agreements, known as DPAs. Jody Wilson-Raybould is a career […]