National Newswatch

Is it good for you to be good?

Aug 7 2018 — Thomas Culham — When I was very young, five or six, my parents always told me: “Tommy, be good.” But all I wanted to do was run in the woods, play in puddles, eat fast, swim and have fun. I didn’t have time for manners. Being good seemed always to benefit someone else, not me. Why do I […]

Is it good for you to be good?

Aug 7 2018 — Thomas Culham — There are physical, emotional, mental and even business benefits to being virtuous, kind and acting with integrity. (Shutterstock) Thomas Culham, Simon Fraser University When I was very young, five or six, my parents always told me: “Tommy, be good.” But all I wanted to do was run in the woods, play in puddles, eat fast, […]

Basic income: A no-brainer in economic hard times

Aug 3 2018 — Catherine L. Mah — Ontario’s minister of children, community and social services just announced that the Canadian province’s landmark basic income pilot project would be terminated. Lisa MacLeod did not offer an alternative for moving forward, apart from a vague mention of a “better plan in 100 days.” The project has been running since April 2017. It reached full […]

Basic income: A no-brainer in economic hard times

Aug 3 2018 — Catherine L. Mah — Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s minister of children, community and social services, announces an end to the province’s basic income pilot project on July 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Catherine L. Mah, Dalhousie University Ontario’s minister of children, community and social services just announced that the Canadian province’s landmark basic income pilot project would be terminated. […]

Taking on Ford Nation: How to fight right-wing populism

Jul 25 2018 — Brian Budd — If there was any doubt about Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s resolve to follow through on his campaign promises, it has been quickly put to bed in the early days of his premiership. In typically populist fashion, Ford has been swift to act, orchestrating the removal of Hydro One’s CEO, scrapping Ontario’s revised sex-ed curriculum and […]

Taking on Ford Nation: How to fight right-wing populism

Jul 25 2018 — Brian Budd — Ontario Premier Doug Ford leaves a meeting with federal and municipal officials on the Toronto mass shooting. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Kozak Brian Budd, University of Guelph If there was any doubt about Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s resolve to follow through on his campaign promises, it has been quickly put to bed in the early days […]

How a U.S. Supreme Court ruling could modernize Canada’s tax system

Jul 9 2018 — Ivan O. Ozai — As consumers shift to online shopping and new businesses increasingly focus investments on digital products and services, governments around the world need to update old tax rules to avoid losing tax revenue. (Shutterstock) Ivan O. Ozai, McGill University In the last few months, several countries have considered the idea of levying taxes on digital companies. […]

Ford Nation rises again: What Doug Ford means for Ontario

Jun 7 2018 — Brian Budd — Up until a few months ago, discussions of Doug Ford becoming premier of Ontario were relegated to amusing hypothetical conversations. However, the hypothetical “what if” has become reality. The man many view as a Canadian Donald Trump has seized on a unique political opportunity to dethrone the province’s Liberal party and reassert Progressive Conservative control […]

Ford Nation rises again: What Doug Ford means for Ontario

Jun 7 2018 — Brian Budd — Doug Ford has been elected premier of Ontario. What’s in store for the province under the Progressive Conservatives? Ford is seen here following a campaign announcement in Toronto on June 4, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn Brian Budd, University of Guelph Up until a few months ago, discussions of Doug Ford […]

Justin Trudeau’s risky gamble on the Trans Mountain pipeline

May 30 2018 — David Tindall — A protester holds a photo of an oil-soaked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a demonstration against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion in Vancouver on May 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck David Tindall, University of British Columbia In the lead-up to the last federal election, Justin Trudeau said: “Governments might grant permits, but […]

Justin Trudeau’s narcissism reveals Canada’s divisions

May 27 2018 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official trip to India earlier this year, with its mock piety and clumsy handling of relations with a rising power of 1.2 billion people, rightly set off alarm bells in addition to a lot of ongoing jokes. A larger pattern of bizarre Trudeau behaviour is coming into focus, Canadians now realize, […]