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City’s war on automobile owners set to shift into overdrive in 2022

The City of Vancouver’s incessant guerilla assault on car and truck owners has taken on many shapes over the years. But 2022 offers the prospect of an inflection point, from a period of annoyance to...

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation highlights chance for new way forward

September 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal statutory holiday. It builds on the momentum of Orange Shirt day, which has been doing amazing work to raise awareness about...

Don’t bet on party leaders losing their jobs any time soon, poll suggests

The Canadian federal election will lead to the formation of a minority government with Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau as prime minister.   In the first part of the “exit poll” conducted by...

Journalism must break its silence on government secrecy

Tuesday is the Right To Know Day. It ought to be a celebration of information freedom. Instead it is more a day of mourning. No matter where you look – to the left, to the right of the political...

Editorial: No light at the end of Canada’s deep dark debt tunnel

The post-election to-do list for Canada’s new old government is long and getting longer. But among the key challenges here for the marginally victorious Liberals is that knocking any of the...

Exit poll insights on 2021 election campaign winners and losers

The Canadian federal election that was supposedly about nothing has turned into something decidedly more meaningful for the country’s party leaders.   Judging by the pronouncements that we were...

Superpower spat over Meng Wanzhou highlights Canada’s lightweight international clout

The sorry saga of the detentions of Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor and Meng Wanzhou appears at last, at last, at last, to have reached its senses – thankfully, of course, that the two Michaels and...

Canada in need of a total federal political leadership makeover

They put on brave faces last Monday night about their parties’ showings. But not one, not two, but all three major federal leaders ought to go before we next elect a prime minister. Justin Trudeau,...

New regional development agency needs to function like a real investor

If you’ve ever perused a government news release or seen a political funding announcement, you probably heard a politician talk about investing. Whether it’s roads or schools, elder care or...

Prolonged pandemic casts outsized shadow over Canadian politics

The federal electoral campaign that Canadians reluctantly and inevitably accepted is over, but the COVID-19 pandemic is not. Throughout the past 18 months, we have seen how Canadians have modified...