Canada

Travels in time and space: Sea of Tranquility, by Emily St. John Mandel, reviewed

21 May 2022 9:00 am

It’s a bold writer who confronts a major historical moment such as a pandemic before it’s over, but Emily St.…

Fabulously boring: Weather Station's How Is It That I Should Look at the Stars reviewed

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Grade: C– Anyone remember that TV advert for Canada from the 1980s – a succession of colourful images, including a…

Where's the outrage over Trudeau's trip to Britain?

8 March 2022 6:00 pm

As Justin Trudeau waltzed through the UK, visiting Boris Johnson and the Queen, did anyone spare a thought for Canadians…

Portrait of the week: Storms rage, Covid curbs end and Russia’s ‘renewed invasion’

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, announced, in the House of Commons, sanctions against Russia after its ‘renewed invasion’ of…

The tyranny of Trudeau

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Early in the corona era the historian David Starkey gave some thoughts on Covid. ‘We’ve got a Chinese virus,’ he…

Trudeau vs truckers: a head-on collision

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Canada’s Covid protestors have a point

Portrait of the week: Sue Gray speaks, Boris goes to Ukraine and 477-mile bolt of lightning strikes

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Home Sue Gray, the second permanent secretary in the Cabinet Office, in a 12-page ‘update’ on her investigation into 16…

Canada should be proud of the truckers’ convoy

1 February 2022 6:52 pm

The first wave of truckers in the Freedom Convoy arrived in Ottawa on Friday, having travelled across Canada to protest…

No, America couldn’t have been Canada

29 September 2021 4:56 am

What if William Howe, the dithering British commander, hadn’t let the American army escape in the Battle of Long Island…

Another stupid, redundant, dismal Canadian election

22 September 2021 7:08 am

Canada has just surpassed even its own previous records for absurd and boring elections yielding predictable and dreary results. Almost…

Justin Trudeau’s election gamble is backfiring

3 September 2021 8:34 am

In 1966, a year before Pierre Elliott Trudeau first blazed to power, the bard-poet Leonard Cohen published his second and final…

Justin Trudeau isn't the progressive leader he thinks he is

10 July 2021 7:20 pm

It came as no surprise to me to see activists ‘celebrating’ Canada Day by setting fire to churches and toppling…

covid left

The COVID response shows the left is losing its way

8 December 2020 12:30 am

Last month, British Columbia announced that those who don’t wear masks indoors can now be fined $230. ‘To me, it’s…

canadians

The unbearable niceness of Canadians is driving us to destruction

11 November 2020 5:54 am

While Americans spent last week panicking about the state of their democracy,  north of the border we were having a…

allies

America’s allies don’t like Trump. So what?

18 September 2020 1:11 am

So, the Pew Research Center polled more than a dozen allies and, guess what, the allies — from the UK…

Justin Trudeau’s prorogation memory loss

20 August 2020 10:05 pm

A prime minister better known for his charisma than his policy achievements proroguing parliament to ride out a political storm.…

The Canadian election is turning into a comedy of cringe

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Next week my compatriots will cast their votes in what has arguably been the worst Canadian election ever. By ‘worst’…

Justin Trudeau is not a racist – but he is a fool

28 September 2019 9:00 am

The election campaign was off to an unexciting start even by Canada’s standards. A well-known but fluffy incumbent, Liberal Justin…

How Canada failed to smash the cannabis black market

30 July 2019 8:50 pm

I had forgotten how much I disliked cannabis until I found myself under its influence, in the rain, trying and…

Donald Trump one-front trade war

Donald Trump’s one-front trade war

22 May 2019 5:15 pm

At 12:01 a.m. on Monday, President Donald Trump went a long way toward defusing a potential war – not with…

The Arctic shipwreck in Edwin Landseer’s ‘Man Proposes, God Disposes’, 1864

Michael Palin follows the Erebus – an historic ‘adventure’ with a tragic outcome

29 September 2018 9:00 am

In May 1845, HMS Erebus and her sister ship HMS Terror set sail for the Arctic, never to be seen…

Midnight sun on the Yukon

I hate fishing — but was hooked by the story of the Yukon’s salmon

2 June 2018 9:00 am

‘Help!’ I thought, when I read the Author’s Note. ‘It’s about salmon, and I hate fishing.’ But by the first…

Kevin Hanchard as Rev. Gregoire and Tim Roth as Sheriff Jim Worth in Tin Star, which is like the rejected first draft of a really bad movie by Quentin Tarantino

Rockies horror show

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Tin Star, the latest Sky Atlantic drama, has a comfortingly familiar premise: Jim Worth (Tim Roth), an ex-detective from London…

In praise of Netflix

5 August 2017 9:00 am

All this week I have been trying, with considerable success, to avoid being bludgeoned by TV programmes telling me in…

Striking camp in Canada, March 1820

Annie Proulx is lost in the woods

4 June 2016 9:00 am

You can’t see the wood for the trees in Annie Proulx’s epic novel of logging and deforestation in North America, says Philip Hensher