The year is only a few days old, yet it feels like we’re stuck in 2023. Russia remains at war with Ukraine. Hamas is still at war with Israel. China is meddling in Taiwan’s election. Artificial intelligence is eating our jobs. Social media is filled with rage about inflation, Palestine, trans rights and Donald Trump. It’s enough to make you hide under the covers, shut off your news feeds and watch cat videos until you fall into a fretful sleep.
Here in Canada, it also feels as though, despite the new year, we’re grappling with the same problems, and no idea how to tackle them. In fact, our federal government’s contradictory policies are making things worse.