National Newswatch

Pandemic fatigue sets in, to our collective detriment

Jun 14 2020 — Robin V. Sears — As social scientist Daniel Kahneman demonstrated so powerfully in his “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” we all fear loss far more than we lust for gain, always prefer to slide back into comfortable routines after forced change, and predictably will quickly become fatigued with changes we find irritating or constraining.

Erin O’Toole drops pledge to end fossil-fuel subsidies

Jun 12 2020 — Alex Boutilier — Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole called subsidies for fossil fuel a “form of corporate welfare” and vowed to end them on Wednesday. But by Thursday, O’Toole said he had received “a lot of questions” about his commitments to combat climate change, and had removed that promise from his platform. Instead of ending the subsidies, the […]

Queen’s Park and Ottawa giving small businesses $57.6M to boost their online sales

Jun 11 2020 — Robert Benzie — Queen’s Park and Ottawa are teaming up with a new $57.6-million “Digital Main Street” program to help thousands of Ontario small businesses boost their online sales, the Star has learned. Ontario’s Associate Minister of Small Business Prabmeet Sarkaria and federal Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly will announce the new initiative on a Zoom teleconference Thursday. […]

Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole says party must ‘modernize’ to compete with Trudeau’s Liberals

Jun 10 2020 — — Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole says the party must “modernize” and reform its organization to be competitive with Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in the next federal election. O’Toole’s platform, which will be publicly released later Wednesday, includes significant reforms to the Conservative Party’s fundraising, policy and governance structure. “The Conservative Party has long been a fundraising […]

Police chiefs face an uphill battle

Jun 7 2020 — Robin V. Sears — The tragic events, first in Minneapolis, and then across the entire United States over the past two weeks, have again turned the media and political spotlight on policing. The struggle to end police violence, unequal treatment, and the feeble legal response to bad police behaviour. Will this be the moment that will be different? Perhaps, […]

Protest is a powerful force for progress

Jun 7 2020 — Jaime Watt — In January 1909, a group of notable Americans signed their names to a statement that called for a national conference focused on the civil and political rights of Black Americans. The “Call” was signed by the likes of W.E.B. Dubois and Ida B. Wells, and it contended that the upcoming centenary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth […]

‘I’m a privileged Black guy … and I can’t breathe’: A younger generation searches for hope amid the George Floyd protests

Jun 6 2020 — Royson James — Sat., June 6, 2020timer3 min. read I’m a privileged Black guy living in one of the most blessed nations on Earth, in a middle-class, predominantly Jewish, Toronto neighbourhood, under COVID lockdown with my lawyer son, student daughter and teacher wife. Insulated, yes — but always visible. And I can’t breathe. The older I get the […]

Ottawa says it has no ‘obligation’ to help Canadian children trapped in Syrian detention camp

Jun 6 2020 — Alex Boutilier — The federal government says it has no “positive obligation” to help at least 25 Canadian children stranded in a Syrian detention camp amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria houses thousands of suspected ISIS fighters and their families, including an estimated 40,000 children. There is growing concern about safety in the camp […]