Northern Reflections: The Last Debate

The format for tonight’s Conservative leadership debate is somewhat novel. Stephanie Taylor reports that: No audience, no podiums and appearances from only three out of the five candidates running to lead the federal Conservatives.  These are the circumstances under which the party’s last official debate of the race will take

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Northern Reflections: The Endgame

It’s time, climate scientists warn, to consider the endgame — human extinction. Damien Carrington writes: The risk of global societal collapse or human extinction has been “dangerously underexplored”, climate scientists have warned in an analysis. They call such a catastrophe the “climate endgame”. Though it had a small chance of

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Northern Reflections: Is This It?

Donald Trump has almost always escaped the consequences of what he has said and done. Michael Harris writes: Donald Trump has always been too rich, too powerful, and too lawyered up to ever get the comeuppance he richly deserves for a lifetime of lying and cheating. The most recent example

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Northern Reflections: They’re Nuts

It appears, Tom Walkom writes, that the Conservative Party has lost its mind: Conservatives, it seems, are no longer content with those who promise them good and limited government — they want more. That more can take many forms. It can be a fascination with conspiracy theories. It can be

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Northern Reflections: Institutionalize Him

Yesterday, I stumbled across an article in The Atlantic titled “What Donald Trump Got Out Of His Divorce From Ivana.” The New York City tabloids were full of salacious details. If there’s one thing Trump produces, it’s salacious details. Molly Jong-Fast writes: Donald gave away a lot in the divorce—precipitated,

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Northern Reflections: Burning Up

On Saturday, we lost power here for nine hours. There was an explosion and fire at an Ontario Hydro station up the road on a very hot day. There will be more such incidents in our future. Michael Harris writes: While politicians obsess about inflation and the next electoral cycle,

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Northern Reflections: Narcissocracy

If you think it was bad, it was worse than you think. That’s the chief takeaway from last night’s hearing in Washington. Eugene Robinson writes: However outrageous or irresponsible or treasonous you thought President Donald Trump’s behavior might have been on Jan. 6, 2021, it was actually worse. Much worse.

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Northern Reflections: American Taliban

The fallout from the American Supreme Court decision continues across the country. Jennnifer Rubin writes: The horror stories from state abortion bans are piling up: Women facing dangerous delays in care for miscarriages. Doctors violating their training and waiting until their patient is at death’s door before performing an abortion.

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Northern Reflections: The Stupid Party

This week, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia nixed Joe Biden’s plans to do something about climate change. Manchin argued that Biden’s proposals would make rising inflation simply intolerable. Paul  Krugman isn’t buying it: I don’t want to talk much about Manchin. In a few months he’ll probably be irrelevant,

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Northern Reflections: Anger Merchant

Michael Harris writes that Pierre Poilievre is an anger merchant. The Conservative Party appears to believe that he will be their ticket to power: The CPC has managed to convince itself that retreads from the old Harper government can take them back to power—even though the record shows that the

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Northern Reflections: Not True Enough

Althia Raj writes that there are several theories circulating about why Patrick Brown was booted out of the Conservative leadership race: Former NDP leader Thomas Mulcair claimed this week that former prime minister Stephen Harper’s people orchestrated Brown’s defenestration to keep their Conservative party “ideologically pure” and kill any chance

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