National Newswatch

Jim Karygiannis’s reinstatement on Toronto council challenged in court

Dec 2 2019 — — The resident who challenged Coun. Jim Karygiannis’s return to city hall has filed an appeal of his reinstatement in court. Adam Chaleff filed a notice of appeal in court Monday after a Superior Court judge ruled that Karygiannis should get his Scarborough-Agincourt seat back. The councillor was automatically removed from office on Nov. 6 after […]

Mark Carney’s new climate-change job comes with new clout

Dec 2 2019 — — In the desolate search for good news on the global warming file, Canadians should take some comfort from the United Nations’ naming of Mark Carney as its next special envoy on climate. But not too much. Carney, who oversaw Canada’s central bank from 2008 to 2013, has established himself as one of the world’s top […]

The shadow of misogyny looms over new Parliament

Dec 1 2019 — Penny Collenette — When Jonathan Wilkinson, the recently appointed environment minister, was asked on CBC Radio’s As It Happens if he thought he would have an easier job in the portfolio as a man than former Minister Catherine McKenna, he answered that he “would love to say no — but I probably, in my heart-of-hearts say, yeah.”

Faith itself is not Andrew Scheer’s problem

Dec 1 2019 — Robin V. Sears — Jagmeet Singh arguably had the best personal performance as a political leader in the federal election. Facing pundits who were betting that the party would lose its official status, a campaign war-chest half of what it had been a decade earlier and a very low recognition level among most Canadians, he campaigned boldly and with […]

Scheer and Trudeau both have good reasons to fear Rona Ambrose

Nov 29 2019 — Chantal Hébert — It is difficult to spend time on Parliament Hill or in Alberta’s capital these days without picking up a lot of hopeful speculation about Rona Ambrose’s return to public life. Whether she wants it or not, the Conservatives’ former interim leader — who left politics after the party picked a permanent successor to Stephen Harper […]

Why carbon pricing remains the smartest policy tool

Nov 27 2019 — Christopher Ragan — In the wake of the federal election, it is clear that Canadians want more action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Stronger policies will be essential to achieve our 2030 Paris Accord target for GHG reductions. With a new government in place, it’s time for a serious conversation about how best to bridge the gap between […]

Here’s why you should like the federal carbon tax

Nov 27 2019 — Heather Scoffield — If Chris Ragan’s math is right, Alberta and Ontario should be thanking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for imposing a carbon tax on their residents. Ragan is a McGill University economist and leader of the Ecofiscal Commission, which costed out the pros and cons of carbon pricing against other emissions-reduction strategies like Jason Kenney’s in Alberta […]