National Newswatch

Alberta’s ‘double-whammy’ is a lesson for Canada

Apr 5 2020 — Jaime Watt — The COVID-19 humanitarian crisis is compounded in its severity by an economic crisis that, like the virus, is worsening exponentially. Nowhere is this more pronounced than Alberta where, this week, the price of Western Canadian Select oil plummeted below $5 a barrel — equivalent to the price of a pint of beer. We are facing […]

Andrew Cuomo’s crisis management gold medal

Apr 5 2020 — Robin V. Sears — “I love you, little brother.” With that terse but powerful declaration, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed his status as the crisis leader in North America. Frank admission of emotional vulnerability takes guts for most men, even in private. But in public, day after day, the 62-year-old, tough, often abrasive and far from universally loved […]

A new government priority: children’s voices

Apr 5 2020 — — Even isolation cannot prevent the sights and sounds of children and youth at play. Their laughing voices ring out with bicycle bells on soft spring winds and occasionally, they taunt each other with unbridled shouts of freedom. Their colourful jackets and boots provide a welcome antidote to the grim background of COVID-19 masks and ventilators […]

Patty Hajdu’s China Syndrome

Apr 5 2020 — Lorrie Goldstein — China’s government is no doubt delighted with federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu’s vigorous defence of its credibility regarding its role in the outbreak of COVID-19, which has created a global health and economic crisis. Canadians, on the other hand, should be concerned. Not only did Hajdu blow past Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s non-committal answer Thursday […]

No sugar-coating it as Doug Ford delivers the grim COVID-19 news to Ontarians

Apr 3 2020 — John Ivison — Ontario Premier Doug Ford called the projected spread of COVID-19 in the country’s largest province “stark and sobering”. Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to share the modelling on which public policy decisions are being made, including projected fatalities. No wonder the premier, and health minister, Christine Elliott, looked ashen-faced. The province is expecting […]

In Doug Ford’s Ontario, knowledge is sorrow

Apr 3 2020 — Paul Wells — “Sorrow is knowledge,” Lord Byron told us long ago. “They who know the most/ Must mourn the deepest o’er the fatal truth/ The Tree of Knowledge is not that of Life.” Doug Ford, no classicist, had a similar message for Ontarians on Friday as he finally broke a short-lived taboo whose justification none of us […]

How to maximize Canada’s COVID-19 economic recovery

Apr 3 2020 — Stuart McCarthy — It is often said that history repeats itself. It is how we respond to history that makes a difference. If the 2008 recession spearheaded by the collapse of Lehman Brothers was the “great recession,” then the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic is pushing us to the brink of an even economic disaster. For Canada to recover as […]

Bring on the projections – and the caveats: COVID-19 models are a complicated truth

Apr 3 2020 — Campbell Clark — Once the White House’s coronavirus task force released its own model predicting that 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die from COVID-19, it was inevitable that there would be more questions about what Canada’s projections say. If there’s one thing that social distancing and self-isolation have made common, it is wondering where all this is going. […]

Canadians had better brace themselves for an alarming new post-COVID economic world

Apr 2 2020 — John Ivison — Justin Trudeau’s reluctance to level with Canadians by releasing the government’s death-toll projections has understandably led to nervousness. Are the forecasts so bleak the prime minister is worried we can’t handle the truth? Yet key decision-makers suggest that the main cause for apprehension in Ottawa is not over the immediate health crisis, or even the […]

With global trade all bets are off during a pandemic

Apr 2 2020 — Tom Walkom — In times of crisis, countries must fend for themselves. That is the fatal weakness of globalization. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted this weakness. The theory behind globalization (or the liberal world order as Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland prefers to call it) sounds good. It is based on two principles. First, nations should conc