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Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | February 2, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, right, launch the Canada-Germany Hydrogen Alliance in Stephenville, N.L., on Aug. 23, 2022. It has great potential. But can Canada deliver? Photograph courtesy of PMO/Adam Scotti
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | February 2, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | February 2, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, right, launch the Canada-Germany Hydrogen Alliance in Stephenville, N.L., on Aug. 23, 2022. It has great potential. But can Canada deliver? Photograph courtesy of PMO/Adam Scotti
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 30, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and then-finance minister Bill Morneau, pictured March 22, 2017, on budget day. In his new book, Morneau’s harsh assessment is that Trudeau and key figures in the PMO have been preoccupied with opportunistic and short-term thinking. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 30, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 30, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and then-finance minister Bill Morneau, pictured March 22, 2017, on budget day. In his new book, Morneau’s harsh assessment is that Trudeau and key figures in the PMO have been preoccupied with opportunistic and short-term thinking. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 23, 2023
In a new policy brief for the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School for Public Policy at the University of Regina, Peter Nicholson has set out a proposal for what would amount to a radical change in how health care is financed in Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 23, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 23, 2023
In a new policy brief for the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School for Public Policy at the University of Regina, Peter Nicholson has set out a proposal for what would amount to a radical change in how health care is financed in Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 16, 2023
U.S. President Joe Biden, right, pictured Feb. 23, 2021, delivering a virtual joint press statement with Canadian Prime Minister Justin in the East Room of the White House. 'Under my leadership, the United States can and will lead the worlds in manufacturing once again,' Biden said last week, following the announcement by Hanwha Q CELLS. Official White House Photograph by Adam Schultz
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 16, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 16, 2023
U.S. President Joe Biden, right, pictured Feb. 23, 2021, delivering a virtual joint press statement with Canadian Prime Minister Justin in the East Room of the White House. 'Under my leadership, the United States can and will lead the worlds in manufacturing once again,' Biden said last week, following the announcement by Hanwha Q CELLS. Official White House Photograph by Adam Schultz
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 5, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on the Hill. Canadian foreign policy now seems driven by a determination to show the United States we are its most reliable ally in its efforts to contain China, as well as by our vulnerability to American protectionism, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 5, 2023
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | January 5, 2023
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on the Hill. Canadian foreign policy now seems driven by a determination to show the United States we are its most reliable ally in its efforts to contain China, as well as by our vulnerability to American protectionism, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 19, 2022
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland arrives for an appearance at the House Finance Committee on Nov. 28, 2022. Canada needs a 'comprehensive strategy' to help with an economic transition to a green economy, the International Monetary Fund says. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 19, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 19, 2022
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland arrives for an appearance at the House Finance Committee on Nov. 28, 2022. Canada needs a 'comprehensive strategy' to help with an economic transition to a green economy, the International Monetary Fund says. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 12, 2022
Canada’s rich Strategic Innovation Fund and the equally rich Net Zero Accelerator are mainly subsidizing foreign corporations to locate in Canada where they can generate wealth for their foreign parents, writes David Crane.   Image courtesy of Pixabay
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 12, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 12, 2022
Canada’s rich Strategic Innovation Fund and the equally rich Net Zero Accelerator are mainly subsidizing foreign corporations to locate in Canada where they can generate wealth for their foreign parents, writes David Crane.   Image courtesy of Pixabay
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 5, 2022
When Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly unveiled the Trudeau government’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, she quickly won praise from the United States, which was perhaps the main goal of the strategy after all, suggests David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 5, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | December 5, 2022
When Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly unveiled the Trudeau government’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, she quickly won praise from the United States, which was perhaps the main goal of the strategy after all, suggests David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 28, 2022
Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne is scouring the world, from Japan and South Korea, to the United States and Germany, offering foreign corporations billions of dollars in subsidies to come and build the next economy for us. But he is building a branch-plant economy where the decision-making powers rest in foreign head offices. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 28, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 28, 2022
Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne is scouring the world, from Japan and South Korea, to the United States and Germany, offering foreign corporations billions of dollars in subsidies to come and build the next economy for us. But he is building a branch-plant economy where the decision-making powers rest in foreign head offices. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 21, 2022
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, left, and Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, pictured Oct. 27, 2022, holding a joint press conference in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 21, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 21, 2022
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, left, and Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, pictured Oct. 27, 2022, holding a joint press conference in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 14, 2022
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured in a Hill scrum on Oct. 26, 2022. We have to take this innovation challenge much more seriously. While many worry about China, we must also worry about the new American challenge, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 14, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 14, 2022
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured in a Hill scrum on Oct. 26, 2022. We have to take this innovation challenge much more seriously. While many worry about China, we must also worry about the new American challenge, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 7, 2022
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured Nov. 3, 2022, holding a press conference at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 7, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | November 7, 2022
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured Nov. 3, 2022, holding a press conference at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building in Ottawa. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 31, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has failed to unite Canadians behind transformative climate action, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 31, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 31, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has failed to unite Canadians behind transformative climate action, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 24, 2022
From left: Pekka Lundmark, president and CEO of Nokia, sits next to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne at an event in Kanata, Ont. on Oct. 17 to announce the expansion of the Nokia Campus on March Road. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 24, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 24, 2022
From left: Pekka Lundmark, president and CEO of Nokia, sits next to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne at an event in Kanata, Ont. on Oct. 17 to announce the expansion of the Nokia Campus on March Road. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 17, 2022
Parroting the position of U.S. President Joe Biden's administration, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, in a recent Washington speech, signalled Canada’s support for, effectively, a league or concert of democracies that would exclude countries that did not follow Western practices. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 17, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 17, 2022
Parroting the position of U.S. President Joe Biden's administration, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, in a recent Washington speech, signalled Canada’s support for, effectively, a league or concert of democracies that would exclude countries that did not follow Western practices. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 10, 2022
Federal Labour Minister Seamus O'Regan, left, Rural Economic Development Minister Gudie Hutchings, second from right, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Sept. 28, 2022, in Port aux Basques, N.L., which suffered devastating damage from Hurricane Fiona. Photograph courtesy of Gudie Hutchings' Twitter handle
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 10, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | October 10, 2022
Federal Labour Minister Seamus O'Regan, left, Rural Economic Development Minister Gudie Hutchings, second from right, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Sept. 28, 2022, in Port aux Basques, N.L., which suffered devastating damage from Hurricane Fiona. Photograph courtesy of Gudie Hutchings' Twitter handle
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 29, 2022
Minister of Labour Seamus O’Regan, pictured in Ottawa on Sept. 19, 2022. This jobs gap means the growth potential of the economy is being held back, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 29, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 29, 2022
Minister of Labour Seamus O’Regan, pictured in Ottawa on Sept. 19, 2022. This jobs gap means the growth potential of the economy is being held back, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 26, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Nov. 2, 2017, taking part in an armchair discussion with Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt at the Google Canada's GO North conference in Toronto Photograph courtesy of PMO/photograph by Adam Scotti
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 26, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 26, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Nov. 2, 2017, taking part in an armchair discussion with Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt at the Google Canada's GO North conference in Toronto Photograph courtesy of PMO/photograph by Adam Scotti
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 19, 2022
Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson is likely aware of the risks of the transition to a green economy, which will be highly disruptive, changing the kinds of industries and jobs we need, and turning carbon-intensive assets into stranded assets. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 19, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 19, 2022
Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson is likely aware of the risks of the transition to a green economy, which will be highly disruptive, changing the kinds of industries and jobs we need, and turning carbon-intensive assets into stranded assets. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 12, 2022
What we need today are not backward-looking diatribes from zealous fossil-fuel advocates seeking to allocate capital to projects that threaten worse climate change, but rather forward-looking Canadians who want to be a part of the new-energy world, based on the opportunities for a better world future. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 12, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 12, 2022
What we need today are not backward-looking diatribes from zealous fossil-fuel advocates seeking to allocate capital to projects that threaten worse climate change, but rather forward-looking Canadians who want to be a part of the new-energy world, based on the opportunities for a better world future. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 5, 2022
International Trade and Small Business Minister Mary Ng recently announced the Global Hypergrowth Project or GHP, which will select and help up to 15 small-size corporate winners, chosen by a panel from the venture capital industry. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 5, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | September 5, 2022
International Trade and Small Business Minister Mary Ng recently announced the Global Hypergrowth Project or GHP, which will select and help up to 15 small-size corporate winners, chosen by a panel from the venture capital industry. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 29, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during the chancellor's visit to Montreal, Que., on Aug. 21. Photograph courtesy of PMO/Adam Scotti
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 29, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 29, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during the chancellor's visit to Montreal, Que., on Aug. 21. Photograph courtesy of PMO/Adam Scotti
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 22, 2022
The reason the world was able to create COVID-19 vaccines so quickly, argues David Crane, was because government, business, and civil society all had a vested interest and a shared goal. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pictured receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Photograph courtesy of PMO/Adam Scotti
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 22, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 22, 2022
The reason the world was able to create COVID-19 vaccines so quickly, argues David Crane, was because government, business, and civil society all had a vested interest and a shared goal. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pictured receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Photograph courtesy of PMO/Adam Scotti
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 8, 2022
The interior of an IBM quantum computing system, pictured October 2019. According to the New Scientist, quantum computers 'are machines that use the properties of quantum physics to store data and perform computations,' which 'can be extremely advantageous for certain tasks where they could vastly outperform even our best supercomputers.' Photograph courtesy Flickr
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 8, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | August 8, 2022
The interior of an IBM quantum computing system, pictured October 2019. According to the New Scientist, quantum computers 'are machines that use the properties of quantum physics to store data and perform computations,' which 'can be extremely advantageous for certain tasks where they could vastly outperform even our best supercomputers.' Photograph courtesy Flickr
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 28, 2022
Conservative leadership candidates Pierre Poilievre and Jean Charest, the two front-runners, would scrap much of the federal climate change action plan, including the carbon tax, and push development of oil and gas projects and production, despite the threat this would pose to the world’s climate. It seems they would govern as though the future didn’t matter. But a commitment to serious action on climate change should be a litmus test for anyone who wants to be prime minister, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 28, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 28, 2022
Conservative leadership candidates Pierre Poilievre and Jean Charest, the two front-runners, would scrap much of the federal climate change action plan, including the carbon tax, and push development of oil and gas projects and production, despite the threat this would pose to the world’s climate. It seems they would govern as though the future didn’t matter. But a commitment to serious action on climate change should be a litmus test for anyone who wants to be prime minister, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 25, 2022
People, pictured Sept. 3, 2019, in downtown Ottawa. While public-sector workers are well-protected—90.2 per cent have a registered pension plan—only 24.1 per cent of the much larger workforce in the private sector have a plan, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 25, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 25, 2022
People, pictured Sept. 3, 2019, in downtown Ottawa. While public-sector workers are well-protected—90.2 per cent have a registered pension plan—only 24.1 per cent of the much larger workforce in the private sector have a plan, according to the latest data from Statistics Canada. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 14, 2022
Minister of National Defence Anita Anand scrums with reporters at the CANSEC trade show in Ottawa on June 1, 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 14, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 14, 2022
Minister of National Defence Anita Anand scrums with reporters at the CANSEC trade show in Ottawa on June 1, 2022. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 11, 2022
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured here on June 16, dropped the term 'superclusters' and is now calling them 'global innovation clusters.' This is what often passes for progress in Ottawa, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 11, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 11, 2022
Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne, pictured here on June 16, dropped the term 'superclusters' and is now calling them 'global innovation clusters.' This is what often passes for progress in Ottawa, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 4, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured June 21, 2022, in Ottawa. It will take a much more activist and focused government approach if we are to expand our capacity for exports of clean technologies to offset the eventual fall in fossil-fuel exports and capitalize on the huge future market in the green revolution, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 4, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | July 4, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured June 21, 2022, in Ottawa. It will take a much more activist and focused government approach if we are to expand our capacity for exports of clean technologies to offset the eventual fall in fossil-fuel exports and capitalize on the huge future market in the green revolution, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 27, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured June 6, 2022, in Ottawa. Too often, Canada has sacrificed its interests or pursued policies contrary to our stated values to curry favour with the U.S., writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 27, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 27, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured June 6, 2022, in Ottawa. Too often, Canada has sacrificed its interests or pursued policies contrary to our stated values to curry favour with the U.S., writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 20, 2022
What appalled many Canadians about the trucker protests in Ottawa was not only the emergence of extremist groups, but the failure of police forces and other law-enforcement and intelligence agencies to deal with the protesters, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 20, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 20, 2022
What appalled many Canadians about the trucker protests in Ottawa was not only the emergence of extremist groups, but the failure of police forces and other law-enforcement and intelligence agencies to deal with the protesters, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 13, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on June 6. In a world of secular stagnation, governments will find themselves unable to deliver on promises of healthcare and pensions and workers will see a shrinkage in living standards, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 13, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 13, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on June 6. In a world of secular stagnation, governments will find themselves unable to deliver on promises of healthcare and pensions and workers will see a shrinkage in living standards, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 6, 2022
Rather than clinging to the fantasy that we can have our cake and eat it too—that we can have a strong oil and gas industry and achieve net zero emissions economy—it is time to wake up as a country and acknowledge that without much stronger action, we face a dire future, writes David Crane. Image courtesy of Pexels
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 6, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | June 6, 2022
Rather than clinging to the fantasy that we can have our cake and eat it too—that we can have a strong oil and gas industry and achieve net zero emissions economy—it is time to wake up as a country and acknowledge that without much stronger action, we face a dire future, writes David Crane. Image courtesy of Pexels
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 30, 2022
U.S. President Joe Biden, China's President Xi Jinping, and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured. For Canada, this would mean a foreign policy where we are ready to advocate for a multipolar world with effective global institutions to increase  prospects for peace and deal with the big and urgent problems the world faces, starting with climate change, writes David Crane. Photographs courtesy of Flickr and The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 30, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 30, 2022
U.S. President Joe Biden, China's President Xi Jinping, and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured. For Canada, this would mean a foreign policy where we are ready to advocate for a multipolar world with effective global institutions to increase  prospects for peace and deal with the big and urgent problems the world faces, starting with climate change, writes David Crane. Photographs courtesy of Flickr and The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 20, 2022
'We know that one day—hopefully one day soon—this war will come to an end,' Defence Minister Anita Anand, pictured, said recently to the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, referencing the conflict in Ukraine. Which meant, she went on to say, that 'we must contemplate the world order that awaits Canada on the other side.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 20, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 20, 2022
'We know that one day—hopefully one day soon—this war will come to an end,' Defence Minister Anita Anand, pictured, said recently to the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, referencing the conflict in Ukraine. Which meant, she went on to say, that 'we must contemplate the world order that awaits Canada on the other side.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 16, 2022
Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne, writes David Crane, has been writing big cheques to pay foreign automakers to produce electric vehicles here, but the intellectually property will  be owned outside Canada and the gains will flow to other countries.  The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 16, 2022
Opinion | BY DAVID CRANE | May 16, 2022
Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne, writes David Crane, has been writing big cheques to pay foreign automakers to produce electric vehicles here, but the intellectually property will  be owned outside Canada and the gains will flow to other countries.  The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade