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.

Latest from Evan Dyer

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?

There's no quick post-pandemic fix for Canada's long-term care facilities, say experts

Pandemics, like the viruses that drive them, attack weak points. The novel coronavirus exploited a weakness in Canadian society — this country's tendency to warehouse its elderly in poorly supervised long-term care homes.

Timing is everything: how Canada got into a pandemic economy — and how it might get out

The pandemic is a real-time laboratory for testing the economic and political limits of government deficit spending in a crisis. One lesson learned so far is that the governments that stepped up quickly with big rescue packages have tended to be the ones keeping the damage done by job losses to a minimum.

COVID-19 taught Canada a costly lesson — that early border closures can work

In the early weeks of its COVID-19 response, the federal government was insisting that border closures are ineffective against pandemics. Subsequent events have proven that theory to be wrong — and many experts are asking what Canada's late start cost us.

Ex-ministers, ambassadors call on Trudeau to push back against Israeli annexation plan

Four Chretien-era cabinet ministers are among 58 former Canadian diplomats and politicians who added their names to a letter calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government to show stronger resistance to a proposed Israeli annexation of a large part of the occupied West Bank.

Today's court decision on Meng Wanzhou's extradition could rattle the Canada-China relationship

No matter how the ruling goes today in the case of Meng Wanzhou, it will have an impact on the fraught relationship between Canada and China.

Critics say Canada's silence speaks volumes as Israel races towards annexation

Israel now has two prime ministers who have agreed not so much to share power as to operate two parallel administrations. That includes agreeing to disagree on a plan to annex part of the West Bank. If the Trudeau government is pushing back against an annexation plan that would mean the end of the "two-state" solution, it's keeping it quiet.

Canadian-approved N95 mask targeted by Chinese counterfeiters

A Chinese-made mask approved by Health Canada is the subject of a counterfeit warning issued by the Centers for Disease Control in the U.S.

The pandemic is creating a season of anxiety in hard-hit farm sectors

Canada is not running out of food. But the pandemic is putting unprecedented pressures on certain agriculture sectors — and the long-term future of the globalized food trade is under a cloud.

The coming flu season could make the pandemic worse. Is Canada ready for it?

As countries compete ferociously for resources to fend off the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Canada may want to start planning ahead for another viral wave set to sweep over the planet: the annual influenza epidemic.

An ill wind: The pandemic is giving states political cover for controversial acts

Crisis or opportunity? For some governments in a hurry to do things voters might balk at in normal times, the pandemic offers both.

From pipe dream to prospect: the pandemic is making a case for a universal basic income

Before the pandemic hit, the idea of a universal basic income was fringe policy in much of the developed world. But now that the economy is on life support and Canadians are being paid to stay away from work, the idea is looking more like common sense to many.