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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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.

Some health experts questioning advice against wider use of masks to slow spread of COVID-19

Public health advice being offered in Canada on the usefulness of masks in preventing the spread of COVID-19 is starting to conflict with messages from other parts of the developed world.

Mexico's choice: Amulets or science to fight COVID-19

Mexico is finally taking COVID-19 more seriously since Thursday. But the president and other politicians have promoted non-scientific theories about COVID-19 while downplaying its likely effect on Mexico. Many Mexicans worry that their government is not prepared for what is coming.

Business owners call for direct wage subsidies to prevent a cascade of layoffs, bankruptcies

Some business owners are calling on the government to change its plans to prop up the economy in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that the Employment Insurance system is not the best tool available.

Panic sets in for Canadians stranded in Guatemala by pandemic

The government of Canada offered the promise of evacuation today to two thousand Canadians stranded in Guatemala. But many of those Canadians say they're becoming more and more alarmed as time passes without word on when they'll be allowed to leave.