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‘Bold decisions’ are needed if the CBC is to survive

Opinion|By Alex Marland
David Taras and Christopher Waddell recently authored The End of the CBC?, published by the University of Toronto Press. They have exceptional credentials to examine the English arm of the public broadcaster.
News|By Palak Mangat
'Implementation of the new measures has begun and will be finalized' in the 'coming days,' says a CBSA spokesperson.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Laura Trethewey talks about her new book, The Imperilled Ocean: Human Stories From a Changing Sea, an illuminating, beautifully written, and important read, especially for Canada's federal legislators.
News|By Mike Lapointe
The longtime provincial and federal Grit backroom operative talks byelections, advice for Justin Trudeau, leadership races, and her new book Let ‘Em Howl with The Hill Times.
Opinion 3:09 PM ET
Beyond testing, we must also ramp up tracing and notification of possible contacts.
Relief should be extended to non-profits and charities proactively, before they are forced to lay off staff, abandon leases, or even shutter permanently. 
Taiwan needs the world, and as the COVID-19 situation proves, the world needs Taiwan.
Opinion|Gwynne Dyer
'Never waste the opportunity offered by a good crisis,' as Machiavelli allegedly said 500 years ago. So is what we are seeing in Hungary now the tip of the iceberg?
Books & Big Ideas
News|By Beatrice Paez
'When Black or Indigenous or other people of colour get into the political system, it always assumed it’s they who must carry this change for the rest of us,' says journalist and activist Desmond Cole.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Mark Bourrie talks about his book, Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson.
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Wendy Wickwire talks about her compelling and historically important book, At The Bridge: James Teit and an Anthropology of Belonging.
Opinion|By Alex Marland
Amanda Clarke's Opening the Government of Canada: The Federal Bureaucracy in the Digital Age is a result of years of work documenting the Government of Canada’s transition to a digital world.
In Vancouver Granville, the race is heating up between Independent incumbent Jody Wilson-Raybould and her Liberal challenger, who's raising the spectre of a Conservative government to draw votes.
The federal NDP campaign team is stocked with experienced organizers, including people who backed Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath in 2018 and B.C. Premier John Horgan in 2017.
From British Columbia, to the East Coast, here are some of the juiciest races to keep an eye on in this campaign.
The Green Party’s Ottawa headquarters now has about 80 staffers, up from 39 before the start of the year.
Opinion|By Gideon Forman
Greta Thunberg's speeches are collected in this book, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, her first in English, at age 15 and 16, and like other great leaders, she denies she’s up to the task history has set her.  
Feature|By Kate Malloy
Daniel Pauly talks about his recently released book, Vanishing Fish: Shifting Baselines and the Future of Global Fisheries.
Meanwhile, Melissa Rumble has been promoted to take over as director of operations to Science and Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan.
Opinion|By Sean Wilson
It’s not easy to feel optimistic about democracy these days. In his important new book, Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up, activist and author Dave Meslin tackles our democratic deficit and proposes meaningful solutions that would encourage more connectivity between citizens and their governments.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
As in a forest, old trees fall down to make way for the new—and there are ‘a bunch of old dead trees in Ottawa’ right now, says Canadian activist Dave Meslin.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Understanding the history, context, and customs of Indigenous peoples goes a long way to improving Indigenous relations and achieving reconciliation, says author Bob Joseph.
Feature|By Rachel Giese
The following is an excerpt from Boys: What It Means to Become a Man, by Rachel Giese, which has been shortlisted along with four other books for this year's Writers' Trust of Canada's Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, the best political book of the year. The winner will be announced in Ottawa on May 15.
Homes: A Refugee Story, by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung, has been shortlisted along with four other books for the Writers' Trust of Canada's 2018 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. The winner will be announced in Ottawa on May 15 at the Politics and the Pen gala.
Feature|By Jacques Poitras
Pipe Dreams: The Fight For Canada's Energy Future, by Jacques Poitras, has been shortlisted along with four others for the Writers' Trust of Canada's 2018 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. The winner will be announced in Ottawa on May 15 at the Politics and the Pen gala.
News|By Beatrice Paez
In The Tangled Garden: A Canadian Cultural Manifesto for the Digital Age, Richard Stursberg, the former head of English Services at CBC, looks at how Canada can provide a counterweight to the U.S.’ huge cultural influence.
The following is an excerpt from Excessive Force: Toronto's Fight to Reform City Policing, by Tim Harper and Alok Mukherjee, one of five books nominated for this year's Donner Prize, the best public policy book written by a Canadian. The winner will be announced on May 1 in Toronto.

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