Entries by Jaime Watt

We are done with COVID-19 but it is not done with us

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, June 13, 2020. Though it now seems easy to forget, we remain locked in a battle with the novel coronavirus. It has been 93 days since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic; a declaration that brought with it unprecedented restrictions on our liberties […]

Protest is a powerful force for progress

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, June 6, 2020. In January 1909, a group of notable Americans signed their names to a statement that called for a national conference focused on the civil and political rights of Black Americans. The “Call” was signed by the likes of W.E.B. Dubois and Ida […]

The ‘she-cession’ may be new but its underlying causes are not

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, May 24, 2020. Of all the inequalities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is none more glaring than the profoundly unequal effect it has had on the lives of women. The impacts are felt everywhere. Primary caregivers have been forced to balance their professional and personal […]

Canada’s official residences deserve our care and respect

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, May 17, 2020. This week, a furor arose on a topic that feels remote to most Canadians, even more so amid the upheaval of COVID-19: the prime minister’s cottage. In the context of unprecedented layoffs, a health-care crisis and a looming recession, there are many who […]

A working Parliament is more critical than ever

This editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on Sunday, April 26, 2020. Though it was justifiably overshadowed by last weekend’s tragedy in Nova Scotia and the ongoing pandemic itself, parliamentarians this week resolved an important debate over when and how the House of Commons and its committees will convene during this state of emergency. […]