National Newswatch

New assisted death legislation pushes the boundaries too far

Dec 3 2020 — John Milloy — “Is nothing sacred?” Remember that expression? It was a favourite of 1970s sitcom fathers, railing against whatever new social norms were part of that week’s plot. You don’t hear it much anymore. The word “sacred” — the sense that there are things that must be revered and lines that shouldn’t be crossed — has fallen […]

Mixing faith and politics could be a good thing for Canada

Oct 21 2020 — John Milloy — In terms of Canadian politics, something extraordinary happened recently. Three MPs, from three different political parties, came together to have a positive discussion about what unites them and how they can work together. In our hyperpartisan world, this alone might be notable. But what really made this inspired was the vehicle they identified to achieve […]

There is no quick or cheap way to fix our long-term care system

May 11 2020 — John Milloy — COVID-19 has shone a light on some of our society’s worst injustices. Our long-term care system is a prime example. The news cycle has been dominated by stories of overworked and underpaid staff, working in overcrowded and aging facilities that are subject to minimal inspection. “Do something” and “do it now” has been the cry […]

It’s time to face carbon tax reality

Jul 2 2019 — Geoffrey Stevens — It is time that climate change deniers, doubters and skeptics — along with the provincial and federal politicians who seek to advance partisan agendas by playing bootless legal and constitutional games with the carbon tax issue — folded their tents. It is time they stopped wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on court challenges to the […]

Doug Ford government’s ham-fisted handling of autism reform

Mar 11 2019 — John Milloy — My heart goes out to parents of children with autism. They advocate for their kids with courage and I understand why they are angry with the government’s plan to cap treatment dollars. I also feel for the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Lisa MacLeod. Her heart is in the right place and as […]

Wynne hints at supporting minority NDP

Jun 2 2018 — — With polls showing the New Democrats and PCs in a dead-heat, Premier Kathleen Wynne is hinting at supporting a minority NDP government if a diminished Liberal party ends up holding the balance of power. “I think there are many ways that parties can relate depending on the configuration,” Wynne said during a meeting with The […]

Meet the Canadian Ed Miliband

Jun 12 2015 — — I’ve been reading Fire and Ashes, Michael Ignatieff’s account of his disastrous foray into politics, in an attempt to understand where it all went wrong for Ed Miliband. In combination with the election postmortems and interviews with the people in Miliband’s inner circle, it’s extremely illuminating. For those unfamiliar with his story, Ignatieff is a […]