By Thomas Walkom National Affairs Columnist Tues., May 7, 2019 More good news for Elizabeth May’s Green Party. More bad news for Jagmeet Singh’s NDP. That’s the upshot of Monday’s byelection in the Vancouver Island riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith, a contest that saw the Greens triumph and the New Democrats — who had won the seat handily in 2015 — fall to third place. Byelections are notoriously poor predictors of national trends. Sometimes the issues in a byelection are exclusively local. Sometimes the turnout is paltry. Here, it was a respectable, if not overwhelming, 41 per cent. Sometimes voters are just taking the opportunity to blow off steam. But sometimes byelections are significant. It was significant that the NDP lost Montreal’s Outremont riding in a February byelection. Outremont, which was former leader Thomas Mulcair’s riding until he quit Parliament, had been the NDP springboard into Quebec. Article … [Read more...] about Green victory in B.C. is bad news for the NDP
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By Kathy English Public Editor Thu., May 2, 2019 Why does journalism matter? I asked. You answered. In anticipation of today’s World News Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives, I asked for your perspectives on why journalism matters to you. The responses, as always when I reach out to Star readers for your views were (for the most part) thoughtful and constructive, showing tremendous insight into the value of the public service mission of journalism and deep appreciation both for journalism’s purpose in our democracy and for the work of journalists who aspire to journalism’s highest ideals. Thank you to all who participated. Here is some of why you believe #NewsMatters: Good journalism speaks truth in the face of lies, without fear or prejudice. When the public is confused by those with powerful self-interest, then the duty of the journalist is to lay bare the facts as (s)he … [Read more...] about ‘Great journalism holds the mirror to our souls’
By Irene Gentle Editor Thu., May 2, 2019 Being in a newsroom teaches you one thing quickly — good news usually starts from something very, very bad. It starts when something under the surface is exposed, its harm shown. Only then does work toward something better begin. That moment is where journalism lives. That start can be found deep in a flurry of breaking news, when something violently and publicly ruptures. A plane crash, for example, which provokes deeper investigation into issues from engineering to pilot training. That investigation is the start of the journey toward a fix. It is found in deep, methodical reporting, revealing a central flaw in our jury selection process that significantly impacts who decides the fate of those on trial. With that flaw, the justness of the jury system is compromised. And with a line item buried in the recent provincial budget following a Star investigation, arguably one of the most transformative judicial reforms in years … [Read more...] about The impact of journalism at its best is felt, not seen
The good news for the Portland Trail Blazers is that Enes Kanter played well despite a shoulder injury. The bad news is it didn't matter against the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series Monday night. Kanter was questionable after getting hurt in the series finale against Oklahoma City on April 23 but he looked fine in scoring 26 points Monday. He made 11 of 14 shots and pulled down seven rebounds in 33 minutes in Portland's 121-113 loss. "Enes was terrific, very efficient, finished around the basket playing through the shoulder injury," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "I couldn't have asked any more of him." The Trail Blazers are going to need more than Kanter -- and Damian Lillard -- to beat the host Nuggets in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Lillard had a game-high 39 points in Monday's loss but Denver contained the rest of the Blazers. The Nuggets also forced 18 turnovers, six by Lillard. NBA: Jokic, Nuggets hold off Blazers in Game 1 "We had some soft … [Read more...] about News NBA: Blazers seeking better balance against Nuggets
By Katherine Lalancette The Kit Mon., April 29, 2019 I am of the opinion that dry shampoo isn’t just practical, it’s political. Hear me out: While guys can hop in the shower, slip on a clean shirt and scarf down a Clif bar in 15 minutes flat, most women’s morning routines involve a lot more time and effort. Especially on hair wash days. But thanks to dry shampoo, we too can sleep in and be “low-maintenance,” at least for a few days a week. It’s freaking equality in a can. But, alas, that equality is under attack. Rumours are swirling that the grease-nixing stuff could actually be bad for our hair, even leading to thinning and shedding. Code Red, my friends. Unwilling to part ways with my beloved Batiste, I turned to the pros to see if there was any truth to the claims. Read on for everything you need to know. Is dry shampoo bad for hair? For most of us, the answer is no, says Dr. Jeff Donovan of Whistler’s Donovan Hair … [Read more...] about Is dry shampoo bad for your hair?