Commentary

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Plumbing the depths of Canada’s other great divide: Halloween

The arrival of Halloween can be accompanied by characteristics that are not particularly joyful. Parents worry about their children trick-or-treating on what is usually a school night. Parties for...

Editorial: Productivity should be a federal priority

Here's one issue Canada’s new federal minority Liberal government can’t afford to compromise on: the economy, upon which rides pretty much every political promise made yesterday and everything party...

Trudeau-Horgan two-step promises to be intriguing political dance

Father Pierre famously said the state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation, but son Justin knows that doesn’t mean the state can’t curry strange bedfellows.  A minority government, after...

Canada needs more women driving agrifood innovation

A recent report on agricultural technology startup funding provided some compelling numbers but it barely received attention – and for what it reveals about gender discrepancies, it deserves...

Big leagues’ stereotypes don’t score points with young Canadians

The debate over the use of terms by professional sports franchises that allude to Native American and First Nations groups began in the 1970s. In this century,  some of the teams that have been...

Leading a minority government will be Trudeau's biggest test

He will never be the prime minister he wanted us to believe he is – the offences won’t erase, even if their memories will abate – but Justin Trudeau’s political survival Monday is testament to the...

Most Canadians favour NDP-supported Liberal minority government: exit poll

The 2019 Canadian federal election has ended the way the campaign began, with the two major parties in the country extremely close to each other on voting numbers – albeit not on seats – and with...

Editorial: Time to derail Canada’s debt train

Canada needs to apply the brakes to its deficit and debt express before it becomes a runaway train. The importance of government prioritizing strategic spending cuts and identifying bureaucratic...

It’s time to embrace aquaculture that protects wild Pacific salmon

This election marks a watershed moment for protecting wild Pacific salmon.  Three political parties have pledged to transition open-net pen fish farms of Atlantic salmon along our coast to closed...

Why Covenant House crisis program fundraiser needs your help

I suppose I can screen everyone for this test here and now: have you ever been taken in from the streets by a crisis program? I suppose the answer is no, so what I describe now will explain why you...