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Conservatives deserve applause for China push, but call to move Olympics is misguided

Opinion|By Tim Powers
The reality is this: the Olympic Games are not a lemonade stand. You can’t just move it to the other side of the street if you don’t like its location
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Justin Trudeau is likely playing close attention to the election drama on the East Coast. If he has intentions of a spring election, this is a nightmare scenario that could play out in other parts of Canada.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
True accountability will come, must come; the temporary gnashing of the teeth provides political entertainment, but little else at this juncture.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Time will tell if lessons have been learned by this Hollywood Squares-inclined bunch. Sometimes good governing can be accomplished with a little boredom and septuagenarian savvy.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Newfoundland and Labrador is a place where entrenched special-interest bodies within and outside the electoral system will make it difficult to have the debate and discussion that is really needed.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
As COVID-19 has controlled our lives for the last 10 months, it also controls the electoral clock.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
An uber majority of elected officials followed the rules they set out and lectured us to follow, but a few high-profile rule breakers have damaged the credibility of the politician as public health messenger.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
From politics, to policy, to people, there is no area of life that hasn’t been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic—but everything we’ve been through in 2020 will shape us in 2021.
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Opinion|By Tim Powers
The vaccine debate is far from over, but it might be time for the opposition to assess their strategy and watch more carefully for government slights of hand.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
When voting time comes, the government is calculating the electorate will have tuned out all the debate on what the big numbers mean and remember the thousand dollars they got, along with the job they were able to keep.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
This is a savvy move by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who of late has been under heavy criticism for his overall management of the pandemic.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
My hope is this Ratansi mess does not lead to a politically motivated ill-thought-out reaction. A desire to erase all form of familial-related employment in federal politics would be dumb.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
There are political neophytes growing up now who will see Trump’s political success even in defeat and look to copy it. What a rotten legacy with real potential impacts for us all.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Remembering Maz is also vital as the American election comes to a merciful end. His bridge-building approach, grounded in decency and respect, should be more sought after in the days ahead across North America.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
It is not hard to conceive the Trudeau Liberals would want to get the support of Canadians while they are writing them cheques, and before they hand them the bill.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
While I agree the opposition is right to push for accountability of the government, their messengers can sometimes drift with their rhetoric and imaginings.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
One and half months into his leadership and no one is calling for his head—that is pretty good by Conservative Party standards.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Whenever I've felt I need an exercise pick-me-up, I binge watch The World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji. It makes the virus just seem like a pimple on the arse of life.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
One of the great casualties of COVID-19 is the division it is sowing between regions and people on an individual level.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
While Atlantic Canada has done a good job of managing COVID-19 counts, it is breathtakingly short-sighted to assume that the retention of the 'bubble' for a sustained period is effective policy.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The return of Parliament will likely provide us brief moments of escape from our pandemic prison. Unfortunately, though the virus’ outbreak will continue to dominate everything.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Since the Kielburgers announced their decision to shutter WE Charity's Canadian operations, a game of blame and brand protection has broken out.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Teachers and early childhood educators are the new front line in this COVID-19 conflict.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
If the return to school is a mighty mess and wave two of the virus hits with force in the fall, the Liberals might get a mighty smack in the chops from a tired, angry, disheartened public.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Erin O'Toole won't have much time to enjoy the win. Being the leader of the Conservative Party is difficult at the best of times, but much more precarious when in opposition.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The fable of Morneau and the beginning of the Liberals’ rebrand is now upon us. Flip on some Sister Sledge and let us all sing the chorus of We Are Family.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
My goal most days is to limit moments of anxiety and find some good in the circumstances, because there are positives to be had.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Furey’s greatest challenge will not be enthusiasm or passion, but rather the provincial political system that has rarely rewarded disruption and provides benefits for ward keepers who do not shake things up.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
While the finance minister and the prime minister have apologized for their mistakes, those acts of contrition do not seem enough for the circumstances.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The bigger challenge for the Trudeau government and the provinces on the sports front is not going to have been saying ‘no’ to baseball and ‘yes’ to hockey—it is the state of our national sports structure.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
Managing reopening the wrong way could also stoke some nasty regionalism and inflame discontent. We all have a role to play in making sure that is not the case.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
For the benefit of the organization they both hope to lead, addressing the accusation of campaign hacking internally and co-operatively would have seemingly been a better approach for the party.

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