National Newswatch

Canada’s economic stability hinges on an equitable recovery for women

Sep 23 2020 — Carmina Ravanera and Sarah Kaplan — The year 2020 has become the year of rollbacks in gender equality in Canada and around the world. Women, particularly those with children, as well as those who are racialized, Indigenous and/or low-income, are bearing the brunt of the economic fallout from COVID-19. Our local, provincial and federal governments must enact policies to redress this […]

What will the throne speech say about poverty?

Sep 23 2020 — Ricardo Tranjan — Anti-poverty advocates and social policy wonks will be watching today’s throne speech for signs of how the government plans on addressing poverty in this complicated pandemic period. I, for one, am hoping the government chooses to leave behind notions of “deserving” and “undeserving” poor that have shaped social policy for almost two centuries. It’s the […]

CBD Products offer Opportunity in Economic Recovery

Sep 22 2020 — Dan Demers — This fall, the Canadian Government will implement a plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs for Canadians. This plan will look to mitigate the most severe consequences of the economic shut-down, such as losses within the retail sector and the surge in unemployment amongst women and will play a pivotal role in determining the […]

For the Trudeau government, it’s time to make some amends

Sep 22 2020 — Glen Pearson — Most throne speeches are primarily political affairs, designed to either obscure some kind of scandal or poor performance or to usher in some emerging initiative by putting immediate wind in its sails.  Occasionally it deals with both, as is the case with this week’s attempt to change the channel. Rumors abound, with some maintaining that […]

Erin O’Toole retreats in the face of Bill 21

Sep 22 2020 — John Milloy — They often say that one of the difficulties of discussing racism and prejudice in Canada is our reputation for being “nice.” Our supposed “niceness” acts as a veneer that covers up serious underlying issues. Not everything in our nation is covered by a nice veneer. Take Bill 21, Quebec’s so-called secularism law. The law openly […]

Debunking the Liberal tax-and-spend myth

Sep 21 2020 — Diane Francis — Liberals often share two common myths: that running deficits and racking up debt can continue indefinitely; and that there is no limit to how high taxes can be raised. Both must be debunked. Deficit spending may have to continue in the wake of the pandemic. But Canada’s problem is that the Liberals, pre-COVID, were a […]

A reform of taxes would make a Guaranteed Livable Income feasible

Sep 21 2020 — Kim Pate — What’s next?” That is the question on the mind of every Canadian since the economic shutdown in March. While the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and subsequent extensions have helped ease the financial burdens of 8.6 million recipients, it is still unclear what Canada’s economic safety net will look like in the future. Now more […]

What’s truly toxic is the way we’ve treated our Governor General

Sep 21 2020 — Jenn Jefferys — For ambitious feminists living in this country, the challenges facing our head of state in recent weeks have been difficult to watch. Julie Payette has faced several waves of criticism since she was first invested as Canada’s 29th Governor General in October 2017. Initially it was just from news media. But more recently — and […]