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Recent articles by Martin:

Should Canada boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics?

Tempting as it is to demonize and isolate Beijing, the West cannot so easily decouple from its economic integration and environmental linkages with Ch... → Read More

Doug Ford offers only sullen silence as our climate crisis escalates

If there is a climate emergency on planet Earth, it appears to have gone unnoticed by the premier, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Doug Ford’s highway plans are taking us for a ride

The promise of new highways, byways and bypasses is a political perennial. The problem is when they are purpose-built for swing ridings while taking e... → Read More

Ontario universities are playing their students for fools by keeping classrooms closed

Young people have been betrayed by the very institutions they thought would prepare them for life’s challenges, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Brace yourself: 2 billion travellers are on track to hit the beaten path

If we can’t live without travel, can we learn to live with it? That depends on whether we can gain new insight into the way we’ve always seen the sigh... → Read More

Memorial for Bill Davis is a reminder of how politics should be done

A belated public memorial to the late Bill Davis was meant as a remembrance of politics past but it was also a testament to the art of politics as it ... → Read More

How did Doug Ford and labour leaders become best friends?

Doug Ford and union leaders were barely on speaking terms until COVID came along and now nearly two years later, the ground has shifted — not just epi... → Read More

Mohamad Fakih and Walied Soliman made legal history. Now it’s harder for haters to have their way

Mohamad Fakih and Walied Soliman were personally harangued and persecuted for no reason beyond their faith, they were publicly vilified and personally... → Read More

After a humiliating fall from grace, can Rod Phillips redeem himself by reforming long-term care?

If not for his public shaming over a Caribbean getaway in mid-pandemic, Rod Phillips would surely be the mighty minister of finance today, basking in ... → Read More

Ontario's labour minister is trying to help workers. Too bad Doug Ford is in the way

Monte McNaughton has come a long way, and just in time for the coming provincial election, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

How do you defend the indefensible? Just ask Doug Ford’s attorney general

Doug Downey may have the toughest jobs in Ontario’s cabinet, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Steven Del Duca is promising Ontario a better way to vote. Whether that happens is up to you

The Liberal leader is trying to reframe the reform question by recasting the way voters cast their ballots, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Here’s why Doug Ford won’t congratulate the Ontario-born winner of the Nobel Prize for economics

Ford’s silence amid the province’s hour of triumph is a teachable moment, and a cautionary tale of competing storylines, Martin Regg Cohn writes → Read More

Vulnerable patients are the victims of Ontario optometrists’ tunnel vision

Ontario’s most vulnerable patients are caught in the middle of a cynical squeeze play by the province’s optometrists, with the provincial government p... → Read More

The two Michaels’ ordeals may have ended, but Canada’s problems with China are far from over

We’re not making it any easier by flagellating ourselves and goading our government’s diplomats with facile critiques, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Justin Trudeau bets he can win big in Ontario without beating on Doug Ford

The premier served as a political punching bag in the last federal campaign, but now the perfect foil is no more, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Canada can still help the women of Afghanistan. Here’s how

We cannot rescue an entire country, but we can help those who need it most, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More

Moderating a debate in Toronto Centre, I saw a better kind of politics

When it comes to federal elections, party leaders never deviate from the party line on television — they only ever disagree with their rivals. Local c... → Read More

COVID-19 vaccinations are essential. Why did it take Doug Ford so long to figure that out?

This month — 17 months after COVID-19 took root in Canada — our prime minister, premier and mayor have finally found their voices on vaccination manda... → Read More

I saw Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Women there have good reasons to brace for the worst now

The women of Afghanistan can only hope that the Taliban are better at learning the lessons of history than we are, Martin Regg Cohn writes. → Read More