Race riots are socially destructive and may help to re-elect Trump

Riots across the country.  Dozens of them, every night. Blood all over the streets.  Broken glass crunching underfoot.  Tear gas and smouldering police cars combining to produce a stench that is as unbearable as it is unforgettable.  Fear is everywhere, tight as the zip ties on a protestor’s wrists.   The protestors?  After night and night of this, they are […]

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Justin Trudeau’s legacy is in the making

  When future historians look back upon Justin Trudeau’s tenure in office, one of the chief components of his legacy they will judge will be he and his cabinet’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Did Trudeau respond quickly enough to the virus?  Was he a competent communicator to the public throughout the crisis?  Were the […]

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Political outrage tends to be situational depending on who’s in power

  When former prime minister Stephen Harper hit the pause button on parliament after the 2008 election, proroguing for nearly two months to work out a path forward that would avoid a coalition between the Liberal, NDP and Bloc Quebecois, I vividly recall the wild claims that Canada had become a dictatorship. Parliament is essential […]

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Alberta energy minister commits tacky gaffe

  Politicians should get some simple advice as they start their political careers. Don’t try to use a tragedy to further your political agenda. Even if you deeply believe your cause is just, it will always look tacky. Last Friday Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage told a podcaster that energy pipeline construction should be accelerated […]

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What is a resistance journalist?

  I worked in communications in October 2017 and quickly closed a briefing to read Ronnan Farrow’s New Yorker piece about Harvey Weinstein.  It was the type of reporting that will likely inspire students to pursue journalism.  The type of reporting the New York Time’s Ben Smith recently argued might just be too good to be true, […]

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Just the appearance of accountability

  After a brief return by a skeletal sitting of the House of Commons, it looks like the near-term future of what parliamentary democracy looks like in a pandemic is set, and it’s certainly not the “respect for parliament” that the prime minister likes to claim.  The governing Liberals have decided that instead of ensuring […]

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Here’s the list of political podcasts that I’m enjoying

  Reading, working, cleaning, walking – this is life for me in a time of COVID-19. That means I’ve been enjoying popping in my headphones and listening to podcasts galore, mostly but not exclusively about politics and current affairs. I thought it would be a good idea to share what I’ve been listening to.  So, […]

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