One week before the writ dropped, Arlene Last-Kolb stood atop the steps of the Manitoba legislature and kicked off a hot-button election debate: How should government care for those who use drugs? Don't think this is a ballot question in any MB riding but this is a question federal Conservatives spent a good chunk of time talking about at their recent policy convention. [Wpg Free Press]
The five candidates to lead the Ontario Liberal Party each tell columnist Martin Regg Cohn why they are the best choice to defeat the Progressive Conservatives in the next provincial election. [TorStar]
This planetary boundaries framework update finds that six of the nine boundaries are transgressed, suggesting that Earth is now well outside of the safe operating space for humanity. [Science Advances]
(Researchers) identify 51 populist presidents and prime ministers from 1900 to 2020 and show that the economic cost of populism is high. After 15 years, GDP per capita is 10% lower compared to a plausible non-populist counterfactual. Economic disintegration, decreasing macroeconomic stability, and the erosion of institutions typically go hand in hand with populist rule. [American Economic Review]
Metroland Media Group is ending the print editions of its 70 community newspapers and is getting out of the flyer delivery business as it seeks protection under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act as part of a restructuring plan.
The move will see 605 jobs eliminated, including 68 journalists, which is about 60 per cent of Metroland’s total workforce. Around a third of the employees to be laid off work at Metroland’s flyer distribution operations, and another third are part-time staff. [KawarthaNOW]