A city comes to life

Tianshui is the second-largest city in northwestern Gansu Province. Less severely impacted by COVID-19 than other areas, Tianshui is finding its pulse as restrictions lift and the colours and quickening step of spring brightens warmer days. This gallery of recovery snapshots captures one city’s return to a new (but different) normal.

China’s Chernobyl moment

More than one hundred China experts and senior political figures have signed an open letter describing the Chinese Communist Party government’s cover up of COVID-19 as “China’s Chernobyl moment.” The group of signatories, who include some of the world’s leading authorities on Chinese politics, law, and modern history, say that the Chinese government’s rule by fear endangers Chinese citizens—and the world. 

Opinion: In China, defiance of totalitarian rule is spreading as fast as the coronavirus

The people are no longer fearful,’ says Chinese law professor, Xu Zhangrun. ‘As a result of this great virus, the people are enraged and they’ve had enough’. Read the new opinion piece on China’s growing people problem in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic. By Patricia Adams, Executive Director of Probe International, for the National Post.

That pipeline again

What’s the difference between the 2018 Federal Court of Appeal decision to quash federal approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion and the FCA’s 2020 decision to uphold cabinet’s approval of the project? The heroes and villains have changed places. Read between the lines with legal expert Andrew Roman.