Another no brainer

Yesterday national award-winning journalists Stephen Chase and Robert Fife, writing in the Globe and Mail, reported that "Close to 50 Hong Kongers – many of whom took part in the massive demonstrations that began last year as China tightened its grip on the Asian city – are seeking asylum in Canada, citing harassment and brutality … Continue reading Another no brainer

What took so long?

I see a report by Bryan Passifiume, in the Toronto Sun, in which he, very correctly, credits Blacklock’s Reporter with breaking the story, which says that "Canada Border Services Agency officers are getting new powers to immediately turn back those who cross into Canada illegally." The order, he says, was put into force by cabinet … Continue reading What took so long?

Is Canada liable? To whom?

Teresa Wright, of the Canadian Press, says, in an article published in the Globe and Mail, that "Refugee advocates say Canada could be in legal hot water if the United States deports asylum seekers turned away from Canada as part of a broader deal with the U.S. to close the border to all but non-essential … Continue reading Is Canada liable? To whom?

A fundamental shift?

Professor Branko Milanović, formerly lead economist in the World Bank Research Department, writes, in Foreign Affairs, that "As of March 2020, the entire world is affected by an evil with which it is incapable of dealing effectively and regarding whose duration no one can make any serious predictions. The economic repercussions of the novel coronavirus … Continue reading A fundamental shift?

It’s about time

Buried in a Globe and Mail story about making more ventilators and medical masks available ~ very important ~ is this: "Mr. Trudeau also announced that the Canada-U.S. border will close to non-essential travel at midnight Friday and both countries will turn back asylum seekers crossing the border at unofficial entries." All I can say … Continue reading It’s about time

Not good enough

Emerald Bensadoun, writing for Global News, says that "Canadian Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair said Tuesday that in an attempt to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, those crossing the border irregularly will still be allowed into Canada, but will be subject to medical screening and housed in quarantine when necessary." That's right, even though, just a … Continue reading Not good enough

The Trump Effect (5)

I've been wondering about the "Trump Effect" on the defence and fiscal priorities of America's allies for several years now, ever since he was elected, and even before. I had hoped that the Trump Effect might spur some Western laggards, like Canada and Germany and many other allies, to pick up a greater share of … Continue reading The Trump Effect (5)

Out from under rocks

I said, just a couple of days ago, that I confidently expect President Trump to be reelected in 2020 and then I expect another, albeit much more accomplished and polished Trumpian to succeed him in 2024. Then, just two days ago I cited an article published by the Gatestone Institute which is known to be … Continue reading Out from under rocks

More on immigration

Linda Nazareth, who is an economist and a self-described 'futurist,' and a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, has written a useful opinion piece for that journal in which she follows up on some thoughts from the World Economic Forum. The world she (and they) says can be seen like this*: Most of Africa, … Continue reading More on immigration

Blue-collar conservatism

Aereo is a British left-leaning e-zine (or maybe just a glorified blog) that has been around for just a few years. In a recent (December 2019) article written by its editor, Helen Puckrose and James A Lindsay (both of whom enjoyed a brief moment of fame a year or so ago for writing "20 fake … Continue reading Blue-collar conservatism