Northern Reflections: Red Tories

Pundits are suggesting that this election will be won or lost in Ontario — primarily because Ontario is Canada’s most populous province. When politicians come looking for votes here, Tom Walkom writes, they need to remember that Ontarians are Red Tories — and they have been for a long time:

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Northern Reflections: The Iceberg

Andrew Scheer is hoping that no one will use the F-word — Ford — during the election campaign. Rob Benzie writes: While the premier’s Progressive Conservatives won 76 of Ontario’s 124 provincial ridings in last year’s election, Scheer’s federal Conservatives fear he could hurt them where they need to win

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Northern Reflections: Crunch Time

David Suzuki has been sounding the alarm on climate change for thirty years. And now, he writes, we’re almost out of time: Last October, hundreds of the world’s top climate scientists, representing almost every nation, gave us another, even more dire warning: We only have about 12 years to reduce

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Northern Reflections: Marching Backwards

When it comes to education, Doug Ford firmly believes in going back to the basics. Martin Regg Cohn writes: The premier is rebranding — by banning cellphones, banishing discovery math and abandoning an anti-sex-ed crusade he couldn’t sustain. Embarrassed by his shameless sex-ed cock-up and awkward climbdown, Ford is distracting

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Northern Reflections: Time For A Wealth Tax

Linda McQuaig argues that it’s time to establish a wealth tax in Canada. That’s what Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are proposing south of the border: Prominent U.S. Democratic presidential contenders Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are campaigning on taxing the super-rich, with Warren calling for a two per cent

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Northern Reflections: Forget The Moral Crusade

The problem in the United States these days, Chris Hedges writes, is that both sides have descended into moral crusades: The continued inability of America’s liberal democratic establishment to address the ills besetting the country—climate change, unregulated global capitalism, mounting social inequality, a bloated military, endless foreign wars, out-of-control deficits

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Northern Reflections: Empty Hot Air

Having announced earlier cuts to teaching jobs and course options, last week — two weeks before the start of school — Doug Ford announced that those cuts would not take place this year. His back tracking leaves school boards in chaos. This week, having repealed Kathleen Wynne’s revised sex education

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Northern Reflections: Too Far Left?

Justin Trudeau is brandishing — rhetorically, at least —  his progressive credentials. His predecessors would not have lurched this far to the left. Chantal Hebert writes: None of Trudeau’s predecessors embraced LGBTQ and abortion rights in the way he does. None described themselves as proactive feminists. Chrétien and his immediate

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