National Newswatch

Canadians’ trust in the news media hits a new low

Jun 15 2022 — — According to the Reuters Institute’s 2022 Digital News Report, trust in the Canadian news media has sunk to its lowest point in seven years. The study, produced by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, has found that trust in the news has dropped 13 per cent since 2016. […]

Why New Zealand is right to call out Canada on its dairy industry

Jun 13 2022 — Noah Fry — When it comes to dairy and free trade, Canada wants it both ways. New Zealand’s dairy dispute with Canada reveals the ongoing tensions within Canada’s trade agenda. On May 12, New Zealand requested consultations with Canada over its administration of dairy Tariff Rate Quotas, known as TRQs. TRQs are the reserved amounts of a good […]

Ontario election: Doug Ford’s victory shows he’s not the polarizing figure he once was

Jun 2 2022 — Jonathan Malloy — Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his wife Karla react as they watch the early election results. Ford’s Progressive Conservatives won another solid majority government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn Jonathan Malloy, Carleton University Doug Ford has handily won another majority government in Ontario, a victory that serves as a reminder that the Progressive Conservative party ruled […]

To prevent disasters like Lac-Mégantic, private interests cannot be allowed to affect regulations

Jun 1 2022 — Bruce Campbell — On July 6, 2013, the fourth deadliest railway disaster in Canadian history took place. A train hauling 72 tankers filled with crude oil derailed in Lac-Mégantic, Que., killing 47 people. The roots of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster can be traced to a combination of corporate negligence and regulatory failure. It is what spurred the publication […]

Ontario election: 4 ways Doug Ford has changed the province’s politics

May 17 2022 — Mark Winfield — The dismal environmental record of the Doug Ford government in Ontario is well-documented. Despite some recent moves on “greening” the steel sector and electric vehicle manufacturing initiatives, the province is on track to see major increases in greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from the electricity sector. The government’s emphasis on highway expansion in the Greater Toronto […]

Critical race theory and feminism are not taking over our universities

May 2 2022 — Maïka Sondarjee — Conservative observers everywhere are complaining about a supposed surge in feminist and critical race theories being taught in colleges and universities. In Hungary, the government went even further and banned gender studies master’s degrees country-wide. Their reasoning: to avoid the spread of ideas about the social construction of gender. In the United States, Republican lawmakers […]

When it comes to food prices, the Canadian government’s hands are tied

May 2 2022 — Michael von Massow — The rhetoric around inflation and increasing food prices has become a point of emphasis for politicians, particularly for those in opposition to the incumbent government. Even pundits and non-profit organizations are pressuring the government into taking specific actions on food prices. This begs the question: Should governments take steps to reduce food prices? And more […]

How would Canada approach the prospect of war?

Apr 24 2022 — Paul T. Mitchell — Amid Russia’s ongoing assault on Ukraine, nations have started re-evaluating their security policies. Sweden and Finland, for example, are clamouring to join NATO in the face of Russian aggression. The war is a visible manifestation of the return of great power competition. Both Russia and China are carving out what they see as their natural […]

How would Canada approach the prospect of war?

Apr 24 2022 — Paul T. Mitchell — Military personnel walk on the tarmac at Canadian Forces Base Trenton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov Paul T. Mitchell, Canadian Forces College Amid Russia’s ongoing assault on Ukraine, nations have started re-evaluating their security policies. Sweden and Finland, for example, are clamouring to join NATO in the face of Russian aggression. The war is a visible […]

It’s the 40th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but recent protests show a serious misunderstanding of what those mean

Apr 15 2022 — Clarisse Paron — Recent protests, like the so-called “freedom convoy,” have denounced government action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by claiming that government mandates like mask and vaccine mandates infringe on their rights and freedoms. But using the rights discourse in protests is not new. Many slogans relating to rights and freedoms used by protestors are decontextualized […]

It’s the 40th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but recent protests show a serious misunderstanding of what those mean

Apr 15 2022 — Clarisse Paron — Protesters who think the government is restricting their ‘right to freedom’ misunderstand the way that rights require us to consider how our actions impact others. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne Clarisse Paron, Dalhousie University Recent protests, like the so-called “freedom convoy,” have denounced government action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by claiming that government mandates […]