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Speaker of the House of Commons Anthony Rota looks on during Question Period on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.


Dead cats, Nazis, and murder

Has politics ever been this interesting? In trying to understand wild stories about a Nazi in Canada’s Parliament and allegations that India assassinated a man on the steps of a temple in Surrey, British Columbia, I started to think about dead cats, wagging the dog, and flooding the zone with sh-t.

Dead Cats? Let me explain.

There are various ways to describe strategies that governments use when they want to distract public attention from one crisis. Often, they simply introduce another.

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Former US President Donald Trump talks with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


Canada braces for a Trump presidency

Canada’s Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly says Justin Trudeau’s government is working on a “game plan” for how it would respond to a right-wing, protectionist government in the United States after the 2024 election – just in case. She said she would work with local and provincial leaders as well as the business community and unions to do so.

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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and former President Donald Trump


Why Trump 2.0 could be bad news for Canada

When Donald Trump was elected in 2016, Justin Trudeau launched a charm offensive carefully calibrated to try to keep the crucial trade relationship on track. There were gifts, phone calls, and visits, and it worked, to a point.

The Trudeau team managed to develop a friendly relationship with Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, opening a crucial back channel.

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A collage depicting food price increases.

Annie Gugliotta/GZERO Media

Are high food prices here to stay?

A perfect storm of pandemic shortages, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and extreme weather events have driven up food prices and threatened food security globally. Now, a strong El Niño event stretching into 2024 could exacerbate this food crisis, but not for everyone.

A 2023 report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization found that as many as 783 million people worldwide faced food insecurity in 2022 – 122 million more than in 2019. The pandemic brought supply chain challenges that have been slow to abate. Extreme weather and global conflict further drove up hunger by limiting access to food. The problem is acute in the developing world, but it’s hitting people hard in North America, too.

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Chair of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing.


There’s no party like a rate hike party

Rate hikes will continue … until morale declines or a recession hits. That’s the message market watchers expect, despite slowing inflation, from the Bank of Canada’s next meeting on July 12. The Canadian economy has stayed hot despite the Bank’s effort to cool it with increased interest rates, including a 25-point increase in June.

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Tesla charging station.


Canadians cooler on EVs than Americans

Both President Joe Biden and PM Justin Trudeau want their countries to be leaders in the electric vehicle industry … but are drivers in each country ready to make the leap?

According to a new study by J.D. Power, Americans are more likely than Canadians to consider buying an electric vehicle. It showed a 13-point drop in the number of Canadians keen to buy an EV, dropping from 47% last year to 34%.

Just over one in five Canadians are “very likely” to consider an EV the next time they buy a vehicle. In the United States, meanwhile, 61% of those shopping for a vehicle are likely to consider buying an EV – a 27-point jump on their northern counterparts.

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View Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks, from the Queens borough of New York, NY.


Two birthdays, two futures, two metrics

The United States and Canada just wrapped up their respective national birthdays, with Canada turning 156 and the US hitting the ripe old age of 247. The countries share the world’s longest undefended land border and rack up nearly $800 billion a year in trade of goods and services. But how do they both stack up on crucial indicators that shine a light on quality-of-life issues and the health of their democracies?

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Toronto's new mayor Olivia Chow.


Hard Numbers: Chow wins Toronto, Mexico gets corny, Ford cuts staff, Canada Bread gets baked for price-fixing, inflation slows

37: Progressive candidate Olivia Chow won the Toronto mayoral election, taking 37% of the vote in a field of more than 100 candidates. The Hong Kong-born Chow is the first Chinese-Canadian mayor of Canada’s largest city and the first from the left wing in a decade. Expect fireworks with conservative Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who has called her “an unmitigated disaster.”

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