Paul Wells

Paul Wells is a national affairs columnist at the Toronto Star. Previously, Wells was the political editor of Maclean's magazine. In 13 years at Maclean's, he won three gold National Magazine Awards. He moderated last year's Maclean's national leaders' debate, which drew more viewers than the two other English debates combined. His book The Longer I'm Prime Minister won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize, the John W. Dafoe Book Prize and the Ottawa Book Award.

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Coronavirus ghost town: Introducing live music from empty venues

“Urgent circumstances call for urgent creativity,” Mark Marczyk says. A global pandemic brought the circumstances. Marczyk and his associates are applying the creativity. The first results will be apparent right here at 7 p.m. EDT, when Canadian...

Here’s that rainy day. Remember this feeling.

How’s the digital economy working for you so far? We’ve been hearing forever that instant communication would render everything else obsolete. Here’s futurist Don Tapscott quoting management guru Peter Drucker from 1998 to the effect that, in ...

Inside Ottawa’s ‘light-speed’ epidemic-driven overhaul

Canada’s federal government is considering further restrictions on cross-border traffic to ensure a runaway coronavirus pandemic in the United States doesn’t wreck Canadian efforts to contain the outbreak, a senior cabinet minister says. And Jea...

Coronavirus: The early show

Allow me to quote from my trusty and freshly towelette-sanitized Big Book of Columnists’ Clichés. “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise,” Winston Churchill said in 1947. “Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst...

Isolation: Old habits are proving dangerously hard to break

Canadians are increasingly likely to practice physical distancing as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, new polling shows. But despite repeated grave warnings from political leaders and public-health officials, many Canadians, especially ...