SNC-Lavalin: not a traditional scandal

The SNC-Lavalin controversy has been dogging the federal government for several weeks now – the first serious political crisis Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has faced. Today in The Conversation Canada, Jonathan Malloy of Carleton University explains how the SNC-Lavalin affair doesn’t fit the traditional pattern of a scandal. “In public affairs, what is legally wrong is not necessarily unacceptable politically, and vice versa,” he writes.

That’s just one in a great lineup of all-Canadian stories we have to start your week.

And finally….Nine years ago, Canadians across the country were celebrating the success of our athletes at the Vancouver Olympics. But will we every host another Olympics? Nicole Forrester, an Olympian and assistant professor at Ryerson University, looks back at the first Olympics to ever be held in Canada – the 1976 Games in Montréal, which left many positive legacies despite the negative publicity it has received over the years.


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Is the SNC-Lavalin controversy truly a political scandal? If so, it’s unlike any we’ve seen before in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen here in January 2019 with Jody Wilson-Raybould after she was shuffled out of her job as attorney general. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Is the SNC-Lavalin controversy truly a scandal?

Jonathan Malloy, Carleton University

A standard political scandal involves a person who did something wrong out of negligence or motivations of money, personal ambition, sex, etc. But the SNC-Lavalin affair so far lacks those elements.

Rosemary Brown, then a member of the B.C. legislature, speaks at a protest against pornography in downtown Vancouver in 1984. (CP PHOTO/ Chuck Stoody)

Black activists: Quiet and gentle Canadians?

Daniel McNeil, Carleton University

Historically, successful Black Canadian politicians have operated as quiet leaders and shy elitists.

Franco-Ontarians protest cuts to French services by the Ontario government in Ottawa on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle

The Université de l’Ontario français: Here’s what it could become

Marc L. Johnson, Université de l'Ontario français

Ontario's newest university serving a diverse francophone community will focus on the community's strengths and contribute to major contemporary issues.

There are lots of losers in Doug Ford’s Ontario. Who are the winners? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Doug Ford’s Ontario: Who’s winning, and what it means for the province’s future

Mark Winfield, York University, Canada

The very short list of winners, and a growing list of losers, in Doug Ford’s Ontario does not bode well for the government’s political future -- or the province.

Montréal’s Olympic Stadium remains the symbol, for better or worse, of the 1976 Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Will Canada ever host another Olympics? If not, don’t blame the 1976 Montréal Games

Nicole W. Forrester, Ryerson University

Many Canadians point to the 1976 Montréal Games as the reason why the country should never host another Olympics. But an Olympian argues the Montréal Games had many lasting benefits.

La Conversation Canada

Des drones larguent des pesticides dans un champ de thé. La majorité des études concernant les pesticides sont financées par ceux qui les produisent et les vendent. Shutterstock

La science des pesticides doit être indépendante, plaide un chercheur

Sébastien Sauvé, Université de Montréal

La majorité des études concernant les pesticides sont financées par ceux qui les produisent. Or, seule la recherche scientifique indépendante nous informera sur les meilleures approches agronomiques.


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