National Newswatch

Canadians have snapped up billions in COVID-19 relief payments. Here’s why Bill Morneau can’t convince their bosses to do the same

May 28 2020 — Heather Scoffield — Bill Morneau is calling it the “safe restart.” The finance minister says he has moved past the emergency response to the pandemic’s effect on the economy and is now fully engaged in how to switch from dousing the inferno with billions of dollars to sweeping up the ashes. But in an interview with The Star […]

MacKay, O’Toole lay out their post-pandemic economic plans. And neither is rushing to balance the books

May 28 2020 — Alex Boutilier — If you’re a Conservative voter who believes in balancing the budget above all else, you might want to avert your eyes for the next few years. Leadership front-runners Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole both released their ideas for Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery this week. And while both candidates stressed the need to stabilize federal finances, […]

Long-term-care residents are dying in horrific conditions. We need more from Ottawa than another round of meetings

May 28 2020 — Susan Delacourt — There’s a long-term-care crisis in Canada that is crying out for short-term, very practical action. Unfortunately, until this pandemic gripped the country, short-term fixes were not the federal government’s area of expertise. Nor is on-the-ground service delivery, as many of Canada’s Indigenous communities can attest. It is now abundantly clear that what’s needed to repair […]

Ottawa’s gun legislation will effectively allow cities to ban handguns

May 25 2020 — Alex Boutilier — The Liberals upcoming gun control legislation will allow municipalities to effectively ban handguns within their boundaries while setting national standards on how the weapons can be stored and used. While stopping short of a national handgun ban, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair told the Star that new rules will allow municipalities to rule that handguns […]

Ottawa killed a good plan to fund political parties. Using COVID-19 money instead is a disgrace

May 25 2020 — Susan Delacourt — The least essential service throughout the pandemic has been politics — which is why political parties should expect all the outrage they’re getting for their bid to get the federal wage subsidy. Even diehard believers in politics are having trouble with the news that Liberals, Conservatives, New Democrats and Greens, as well as Alberta’s United […]

How to reconnect during the pandemic

May 24 2020 — Tiffany Gooch — The first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic were a blurred frenzy, as each of us tried to keep pace with evolving circumstances while ensuring that the safety of our loved ones was secured. Government leaders moved on impossible timelines to deliver solutions and adapted in real time to fill in gaps where needed.

The “she-cession” may be new but its underlying causes are not

May 24 2020 — Jaime Watt — Of all the inequalities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is none more glaring than the profoundly unequal effect it has had on the lives of women. The impacts are felt everywhere. Primary caregivers have been forced to balance their professional and personal lives like never before, as children stay home from school and […]

Power will flow to a post-pandemic Ottawa

May 24 2020 — Robin V. Sears — First, it must be said the Canadian federation performed far better in crisis management than many other federal states — especially our neighbours to the south. This in spite of the prior sullen adolescent behaviour of some of the major players in the perennial soap opera called Canadian federal-provincial relations. Second, some unlikely leaders rose […]

Andrew Scheer still fighting the last war — which he lost

May 22 2020 — Tom Walkom — Thu., May 21, 2020timer3 min. read Pity Andrew Scheer. First, the Conservative leader lost the last federal election. Then his own party told him it was time to go. Now, as the Conservatives engage in a contest to pick a new leader to replace him, Scheer is left temporarily holding the fort. You’d think he […]