National Newswatch

Kitchener man pleads guilty to threatening Trudeau

Aug 4 2022 — — A Kitchener man has pleaded guilty to threatening Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a raucous campaign stop in Cambridge last year. The man, in his early 30s, pleaded guilty in Kitchener court on Thursday and will be sentenced on Oct. 20. Waterloo Regional Police previously said they began an investigation into alleged threats made toward […]

Pierre Poilievre’s pixie dust and snake oil

Jun 19 2022 — Geoffrey Stevens — Rt. Hon. Pierre Poilievre, Prime Minister of Canada. Dear Prime Minister Poilievre, This may be presumptuous, but I want to be among the first to congratulate you on becoming the 24th prime minister of Canada. As your website,, made clear from the get-go, you did not run just for the leadership of the Conservative […]

What’s Doug Ford got to hide in his mandate letters?

Apr 5 2022 — John Milloy — Premier Doug Ford doesn’t want you to see his ministerial mandate letters. In fact, he is so determined that you never see them that he is taking his case to the Supreme Court of Canada — all on the taxpayer’s dime. With so many other things to worry about — high gas prices, rising COVID-19 […]

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 […]