Evan Dyer

Senior Reporter

Evan Dyer has been a journalist with CBC for 18 years, after an early career as a freelancer in Argentina. He works in the Parliamentary Bureau and can be reached at evan.dyer@cbc.ca.

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As Canadians sour on China, an ambassador changes his tone

Dominic Barton, Canada's ambassador to China, made his first appearance at the China committee this week since before the pandemic hit Canada. He was noticeably less forgiving of Beijing and less bullish on business opportunities than last time — perhaps reflecting a turn against China in public opinion.

Government quietly made 'back door' agreement with U.S. that could undermine treaty on plastic waste

The Trudeau government quietly signed a protocol with the U.S. on October 26 that will allow Canada to continue to ship plastic waste to American waste brokers — opening a 'back door' that will allow it to evade the plastic waste shipping restrictions the federal government committed to under the Basel Treaty plastic ban.

What an Australian-style push against Chinese interference might look like

A motion brought by CPC foreign affairs critic Michael Chong, which passed Parliament last week, gives the government 30 days to come up with a plan — like Australia's — to fight foreign (Chinese) interference and influence campaigns. What might that look like and will it come to pass?

Is American democracy suffering from an overload of politics?

Three experts say the U.S. system has made too many offices and functions subject to partisan influences, while Canada relies more heavily on neutral bureaucrats for the same functions. The result is a loss of trust in the U.S., where nothing is seen as untainted by partisan politics.

COVID-19 is changing the way men and women split the risk in the workplace

The most dangerous jobs in Canada have tended to be ones dominated by men. But the pandemic is shifting some of the risk to female-dominated professions in health care, retail and social services — risk that workers' advocates say should come with better pay and protections.

How a COVID diagnosis can affect a leader's chances

In a world with about 200 national leaders of every stripe and ideology, the COVID-19 virus has zeroed in uncannily on one group: the new breed of right-wing populists.

Troubled pandemic rent subsidy program expires today — and there's no replacement ready

The Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program — the federal program designed to ease the pressure on pandemic-damaged businesses by covering a portion of their rent — expires today, leaving many Canadian businesses in the dark about what Ottawa has planned to replace it.

Experts call on Canadian universities to close off China's access to sensitive research

Three Canadian universities are among the most active in the world when it comes to collaborative work with Chinese researchers. Now, some are calling on post-secondary institutions to take steps to keep the Chinese military away from Canadian science.

'We know where your parents live': Hong Kong activists say Canadian police helpless against online threats

Activists working to defend Hong Kong's democracy say police in Canada appear to be helpless against what they call a campaign of harassment and threats against them by supporters of the Chinese state.

The great PPE panic: How the pandemic caught Canada with its stockpiles down

The federal government gives itself credit for swift action in the face of severe supply problems in the early weeks of its pandemic response. But what made that mad scramble for masks, gowns, gloves and other essential products necessary in the first place?