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Stories by Lisa Van Dusen

Destiny’s child: the Queen as survivor

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Whatever we’re living through now, chances are Queen Elizabeth has seen worse. Which makes her perspective priceless.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Hunkering down amid a global pandemic whose containability depends on your latitude, longitude, and head of government requires mad adaptation skills.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Donald Trump has called himself a wartime president. The question is: whose side is he on?
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Working from home is not for amateurs. It requires a knack for troubleshooting and a few handy props.
In a year when American voters are longing for both change and normalcy, electability trumps all other arguments.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As the world faces a pandemic, a dubiously performative president of the United States sets the stage.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The man who lost to the woman who lost to Donald Trump is now the one delivering all the previously unthinkables.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
There’s a new favourite word to add to our expanding lexicon of Orwellian, new world order gibberish.
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Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
For which babies boiled and fricasseed provide both inspiration and a cautionary tale. With thanks and apologies to J. Swift.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The 2020 U.S. presidential campaign is already giving the relentless dumpster fire of 2016 a run for its lunacy.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
By keeping Donald Trump in the White House, the Republicans will disprove the theory that the corruption degrading American democracy is all about one man’s narcissism.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Beijing is celebrating the Lunar New Year by cracking down on satire. This is not a good sign in a presumptive superpower.
The real two popes seem at odds over priestly celibacy. I blame Fleabag.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Boris Johnson is casting content creators for a whole new sh*tshow. Public servants need not apply.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
A happy Christmas to all! In spite of, you know… everything.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Amid all the toxicity, an impromptu clapback in Washington provides a political moment of—gasp—truth and love.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The question for NATO isn’t ‘Who’s the enemy?’ It’s ‘How do we respond?’
Canada’s rational new deputy prime minister will need a doctrine of radical normalcy to wrangle Donald Trump and Doug Ford.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Albert Einstein said that time could not be absolutely defined. That doesn’t mean it can’t be leveraged as a political commodity.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Like so many narratives catalyzed by Donald Trump, the targeting of America’s career diplomats is likely about more than just Donald Trump.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Rime (noun): An accumulation of frost on an exposed object.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The real challenge presented by the Oct. 21 election result will be for Parliament to produce progress from division.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
With elections being messed with in ways democracies are just beginning to fight, maybe protecting the process itself should be the ballot question.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The political wince-o-meter that once delineated interesting from incriminating is busted. The results are about what you’d expect.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As Ottawans make progress in preventing an eyesore addition to the capital’s iconic Château Laurier hotel, local artist Shirley Van Dusen (yes, relation) ponders the beauty of a favourite subject.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As Britain grapples with the ongoing chaos of Brexit, a second prime minister in as many decades delivers a 'my bad' for a balls-up.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
With the disclaimer that these days, the 48 hours between filing and press time can produce a multitude of dumpster fires, our federal election actually seems pretty normal so far.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As cyberconnection obliterates boundaries, some speculate that truth stranger than fiction will render literature obsolete.
The word ‘conspiracy’ has been so tainted by crackpots, including the one in the Oval Office, it may be due for a semantic reclamation.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The first rule of campaigning No. 347 should be ‘Never speak publicly about your own electability.’
Political scandals can now be charted on a graph from detonation to amplification to stoking to fallout. There was one in 2008 that took a different turn.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As we gear up for elections on both sides of the border, the new must-have campaign accessory is your very own ‘crap Rasputin.’

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