Justin Ling

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A brilliant scientist was mysteriously fired from a Winnipeg virus lab. No one knows why.

She was escorted away by the RCMP more than two years ago, sparking international controversy. What really happened to Xiangguo Qiu?
The truck protest in Ottawa on Feb. 3, 2022 (Adrian Wyld/CP)
Opinion

The curse of the convoy

Justin Ling: Some Conservatives have been eager to support the truck convoy movement, while also ignoring the obvious ugly elements at work—and it’s going to cost them
Ford tours the Specialized Care Centre, run by The Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre on Jan. 4, 2022 (Tijana Martin/CP)
Health

Our current health-care disaster could have been averted

Justin Ling: All the promises we heard over two years about strengthening the health-care system turned to sand. Now health care workers and Canadians are paying the price.
Volunteers speak with a family during a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont. on Dec. 4, 2021 (Lars Hagberg/CP)
Politics

Caught flat-footed, Canada once again fumbles its pandemic response

Justin Ling: For the past 24 hours governments scrambled to come up with travel measures to address Omicron. Meanwhile, the wait for boosters and tests continues.
Putin is shown during his talks with Biden via videoconference in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on Dec. 7, 2021 (CP/Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Politics

Will Canada help save Ukraine?

Justin Ling: While America tries to rally support and spell out real consequences for a Russian invasion, Ottawa’s attention seems to be elsewhere
A grocery store worker clean a work space and plexiglass divider in downtown Vancouver on April 29, 2020 (Jonathan Hayward/CP)
Health

The plexiglass barrier problem

Justin Ling: Vaccines, masks and ventilation are working. So why do governments keep doubling-down on the measures that don’t effectively stop COVID?
Trudeau poses for a photo as he greets commuters at a Montreal Metro station on Sept. 21, 2021 (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)
Ottawa

How close did the Liberals come to losing?

Justin Ling: Focus groups of Liberal supporters after the Sept. 20 vote show there was dissatisfaction with what was being offered by the party
Legault waves to his caucus at the beginning of a pre-session caucus meeting on Sept. 8, 2021 in Quebec City (Jacques Boissinot/CP)
Politics

Federal election 2021: Quebecers remain unimpressed

Justin Ling: Quebec voters didn’t listen to their very popular premier, who vaguely backed Erin O’Toole. In the end, no party got the breakthrough they wanted.
Montreal police ready to intervene at a protest against the return of the eight o'clock curfew in Montreal on April 18, 2021 (Mario Beauregard/CP)
Opinion

Federal election 2021: The case for anger

Justin Ling: There are so many good reasons to be mad at our politicians who have abandoned their posts over the last year rather than defend the Charter and civil liberties
Trudeau handles a piece of steel at a campaign stop in Cambridge, Ont., on Aug. 29, 2021 (Nathan Denette/CP)
Opinion

Federal election 2021: The men on the campaign trail

Justin Ling: One thing this election has made clear: For all the gains towards gender equality this country has made—boy, do we ever have a way to go