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How the Ethics Bowl could help restore civil debate in Canada

Mar 12 2021 — John Milloy — Remember high school debating? Teams of bright students trying to make the strongest argument while tearing apart their opponent’s case. I have fond memories of being on a debating team. Not only was it great fun, but one of the girls I once debated against ended up becoming my wife (strangely, we each remember our […]

Prime minister’s ‘sunny ways’ have dark linings

Oct 30 2020 — Jenn Jefferys — Has anyone else noticed that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems tired lately? Like, really tired? A global pandemic, a climate crisis, BIPOC resistance, Donald Trump’s possible re-election — all this is enough to stress anyone out. Add on the ongoing WE scandal and violent racial and economic tensions rising in Nova Scotia and you’ve got […]

What’s truly toxic is the way we’ve treated our Governor General

Sep 21 2020 — Jenn Jefferys — For ambitious feminists living in this country, the challenges facing our head of state in recent weeks have been difficult to watch. Julie Payette has faced several waves of criticism since she was first invested as Canada’s 29th Governor General in October 2017. Initially it was just from news media. But more recently — and […]

Removing racist team names has been too long coming

Jul 17 2020 — Jenn Jefferys — I’ll never forget the impeccable grace by which a close friend once reacted to a bundle of sage that was for sale at a chain department store, not long before shopping in stores became so complicated and anxiety-inducing. Half Mohawk and half Anishinaabekwe, my friend was justifiably furious as this sacred medicine was to be […]

In Canada, it matters who has jurisdiction and who does not

Jul 6 2020 — John Milloy — As Canada emerges from COVID-19, our public policy to-do list is very long: long-term care; precarious workers; systemic racism in policing and other institutions; jobs; and poverty — to name just a few. Justin Trudeau better step up — right? Get with the program, people. Canada is a federation in which responsibilities are divided between […]

Mental health concerns ‘very real’ during pandemic

Jun 11 2020 — Jenn Jefferys — There’s no swab test for the illnesses in the looming echo pandemic, but they pose a threat just as urgent as COVID-19. Mandatory isolation orders, though imperative, have fractured tangible human connection for months. The front-line is burnt out, businesses are collapsing, and parents are justifiably exhausted. The coronavirus has made life difficult even for […]

Canada stays quiet as China’s handling of COVID-19 comes under scrutiny

May 7 2020 — Alex Boutilier — As Canada’s closest allies call for a probe into China’s early handling of the coronavirus outbreak, Ottawa is steering clear of the issue — and for good reasons, experts say. The federal government is calling for a comprehensive “postcrisis review” into the COVID-19 pandemic, including the virus’s origins and how countries and the World Health […]

Toxic masculinity is killing us

Apr 27 2020 — Jenn Jefferys — By now you’ve surely heard about the 51-year-old white man who — during a horrific global pandemic that’s already turned our whole world upside down — terrorized Nova Scotia, killing 22 innocent people and burning five or more family homes to the ground.

Beyond buzzwords: the reconciliation revolution

Apr 1 2020 — Jenn Jefferys — In principle, reconciliation is something most Canadians can get behind. In practice, that changes. Until the novel coronavirus took hold, Wet’suwet’en Nation solidarity demonstrations like the ones held in Kitchener and Waterloo back in February were pushing reconciliation back onto the public agenda. Morning commutes were disrupted, farmers became anxious, and provincial exports were delayed […]

What Joe Clark could tell Justin Trudeau NOT to do

Oct 27 2019 — Geoffrey Stevens — Justin Trudeau meet Joe Clark. You prime ministers have a few things in common, starting with your election outcomes. Conservative Clark became prime minister in 1979, following an election in which he, like Trudeau a week ago, failed to win the national popular vote, yet took enough seats to form a strong minority government — […]

Too many special interest friends can be risky for the Ford government

Jun 3 2019 — — They say that new students spend their first few weeks at university or college making a ton of friends and the next four years trying to ditch them. Politics is similar. New governments often develop quick friendships they come to regret over time. The Ford government is no exception. Despite low polls numbers, they still […]