Thomas Walkom, TorontoStar

Thomas Walkom

TorontoStar

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Recent:
  • TorontoStar
  • The Standard
Past:
  • WR Record
  • The Hill Times
  • Hamilton Spectator
  • The Mississauga News

Recent articles by Thomas:

Keep calm and continue the fight against Omicron

If we can collectively do what is necessary, we should be able to deal with the latest variant of this terrible disease. → Read More

Smaller farms could help animals survive climate emergencies

Most chickens and hogs are kept caged, mainly because it is cheaper. But during heat waves or floods, these cages become death traps. → Read More

Ottawa should respond to American protectionism with its own ‘Buy Canadian’ policy

What’s the use of a binding trade agreement if one participant is free to ignore it? Perhaps the answer is to borrow from America’s playbook. → Read More

Ontario’s government is weirdly unprepared for the pandemic’s fourth wave

The Ontario government risks becoming irrelevant. It has signalled that it won’t involve itself in the nitty gritty of public health, and has delibera... → Read More

Chalk one up for Ontario’s vaccine hesitant, as Doug Ford backs down on mandate for health-care workers

Ford’s decision does not make sense on any level other than the political. By staking out a position of opposition to mandatory vaccination, Ford’s Pr... → Read More

Cabinet shuffle shows Justin Trudeau is serious about fighting climate change

The Liberals have been dab hands when it comes to saying what they should do to curb global warming. They have been less successful in the doing of it... → Read More

Inflation is up, but does that matter any more? The Liberals don’t seem to think so

In September, consumer prices rose by nearly five per cent. It cost a lot more to drive a car, and considerably more to eat. In the days before COVID,... → Read More

Dealing with the Taliban, and other mysteries of Canada’s foreign policy

During the Cold War, we sold wheat to our enemies in Soviet Russia. Later we made convenient deals with Fidel Castro’s dictatorship in Cuba. We dealt ... → Read More

The new government can likely get only one or two big things done before the next election — and it will decide Justin Trudeau’s legacy

Trudeau will be remembered for legalizing marijuana and for establishing a national child-care system. But in the end, his government will be judged f... → Read More

Most Canadians voted for the status quo. What does this mean for the opposition?

Voters not only elected another minority government — most voted for no change at all. This does not mean that voters will support Justin Trudeau’s mi... → Read More

This unhappy and largely pointless election campaign is nearly over

Justin Trudeau could never satisfactorily explain why he called the election in the first place. The opposition parties could never satisfactorily exp... → Read More

The Liberals say Erin O’Toole is dangerous. So why call an election that could put him in power?

The message to voters is both clear and weird: O’Toole must be stopped. He can’t be allowed to win power. Yet for some reason, the Liberals are giving... → Read More

Erin O’Toole surprises with Conservative platform on animal welfare

Most politicians stay away from animal issues, as they are too likely to bring grief. And yet O’Toole said he would ban puppy mills and outlaw the imp... → Read More

In this federal election campaign, what’s relevant is largely dull and what’s interesting is largely irrelevant

The fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban has almost nothing to do with Canada’s federal election, but it has gripped the imagination of Canadians and pr... → Read More

North Korea’s flirtation with the West is on again

South Korea urged the U.S. to build on the 2018 Singapore agreement signed by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and then-president Donald Trump — an a... → Read More

With inflation inching up, can the Trudeau government maintain its casual approach to deficits?

Much of Ottawa’s new spending was a reaction to the pandemic. But the Liberals were clear: Big spending would persist even after COVID-19 was dealt wi... → Read More

When everyone is fatally flawed, where do we find our heroes?

Criticism is now being levelled against all kinds of figures in Canadian history. In some cases, hindsight has turned heroes into villains. That’s cer... → Read More

I will proudly celebrate Canada Day next week. Yes, we have dark episodes in our history, but we have also done much good

I know my country is far from perfect. But I also know the good things Canada has done, like taking on Hitler or pioneering a medicare system that in ... → Read More

Justin Trudeau is acting as ‘head waiter to the provinces.’ His father would be horrified

Trudeau has gone out of his way to support Quebec Premier François Legault’s plan to unilaterally change the Constitution in Quebec’s favour. In parti... → Read More

New technology comes nowhere close to solving the problem of nuclear waste

In recent years, more attention has been paid to using radioactive waste as fuel to create more nuclear power from so-called small modular reactors. H... → Read More