Week 3: This Week on the Trail

By Ian Capstick · August 28, 2015

The Duffy trial wound down this week, leaving Canadians with a major takeaway: the levers of power in Harper’s PMO were controlled more tightly than anyone on the outside could have imagined.

Women’s issues were in focus briefly this week as the NDP suffered the brunt of an online barrage of criticism for skipping the proposed debate on women’s issues. This was coupled with Joe Oliver’s cancelled briefing to an all-male social club, where the LPC dispatched Chrystia Freeland to complain at the front door.

Deficits and spending dominated the rest of the week with the LPC announcing a deficit scenario attached to massive infrastructure investments. The announcement was well received by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and big city mayors. Some commentators are skeptical of the political implications of the move, while others are hailing it as the start of a “policy based election”, as the Globe’s John Ibbitson tweeted.

There is an overall stagnation in the polls—indicated by the small movements within the margin of error in most polling—suggesting either Canadian voters are not focusing on the campaign so far or the parties have failed to galvanize voters with their policy announcements and attacks to date. — Ian Capstick


Trending On Our Slack: Week 25

By Katie Shapiro · June 24, 2016 Another week, another peak into what goes on in our #nwr Slack channel (truly, a lot of it are GIFs. We can’t help ourselves.). This week we welcomed Rory to our team, we contemplated the meaning of Brexit, and we had our staff retreat, among other things. Here’s what made the highlight reel: Happy National […]

Trending on our Slack: Week 23 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Katie Shapiro · June 11, 2016 Every week there are so many news stories, so many new favourite songs, and so many GIFs that are shared amongst the team that it can sometimes be hard to narrow down the ones to highlight in these very-official-and-very-important roundups. But, with a little inspiration, the Slack roundup choices were clear. The Good We welcomed […]

Trending On Our Slack: Week 21

By Katie Shapiro · May 27, 2016 It’s been a busy week at the office, but amidst the regular work hustle there have been a few highlights. It’s nice to take a moment at the end of the week to take stock of the fun before everything starts to blur together. So, forgive us for this slightly inward-looking edition of “Trending On Our Slack”, […]
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