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Rick Salutin is a Canadian novelist, playwright and critic. He is a strong advocate of left wing causes and writes a regular column in the Globe and Mail.
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'The Jewish Hour' tells a story of immigration that resonates today

"The Jewish Hour" book cover

The tens of thousands of Jews who migrated to Canada in the first part of the past century came as immigrants, not refugees, so it might ring false to compare them to, say, recent Syrian arrivals. But they could've been seen as refugees, based on motives and experience, as they fled pogroms in Eastern Europe. That's how my grandparents got here, from Ukraine and Belarus.

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It's bad enough when your reverend is a heretic. But what if she's an atheist?

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The Rev. Gretta Vosper and her heretics -- pardon, congregants -- had their brief moment at the Inquisition yesterday -- pardon, hearing. The deciders in the United Church of Canada will now pray, ponder, then render judgment.

Vosper is charged with not believing "in God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit," for which she could be defrocked -- a term sounding newly pertinent in the era of the burkini. She calls herself an atheist, as regards the traditional "God" but says she understands "god" (she prefers lowercase) in her own way; so she both denies and affirms.

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Next in the slow movement: The slow citizen

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The slow movement continues to occupy new terrain, gradually. I just read The Slow Professor. It's a beguiling book, written in controlled anger at the corporatized university, overrun by administrators and marketers. Being a prof was once the ideal, or idealized, notion of a perfect Canadian job; now they feel like cogs on the assembly line in Modern Times. Authors Maggie Berg of Queen's and Brock's Barbara Seeber wrote it together, further decelerating the process.

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Let parents parent and teachers teach

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Tuesday, for the first time in many years, I won't have a kid going back to school at the TDSB: a teary moment but one we know must come. So, heartfelt thanks to teachers, principals and also (sometimes especially) support staff for a mostly great run. And in the spirit of a parental valedictory address, let me turn to Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown's recent climbdown for inspiration.

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Nature is not benign, it's responsive

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When I got home from the cottage Monday, there were signs of struggle in the kitchen, like scratched, torn packaging on rice cakes. Mice? But why didn't the cat disperse them as he always does? Rats? Later I heard scuffling and went back in: a squirrel!

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The time is right for the NDP to return to its socialist roots

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There's been a strange summer-long silence from the NDP. Last week, after the near terror event in Strathroy, they should have been vocal on Bill C-51, the terror bill. The Liberals looked paralyzed and the Tories had their hard line. The NDP should own this, it was their only winner last election. But they went quiet. Then there's the strange case of their leadership race. What leadership race?

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If climate change is our defining issue, where's the public debate on it?

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I've been reading about the great public debate on the theory of relativity. It happened 100 years ago, mostly in Europe, but it's refreshing to look back at it in view of how today's major science issue, climate change, has been treated -- when it's been treated -- during the U.S. election.

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Rio may be end games for high-performance capitalism

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Ozymandias in Rio. In Copenhagen in 2009, when Brazil's successful bid for this year's Olympics was announced, Lula, then the country's president, leapt in the air and danced. So did most Brazilians back home. He said, extraordinarily, "I confess to you if I die right now my life would have been worth it."

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Aversion to Hillary is part of a self-perpetuating cycle

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So why do they all hate Hillary? I'd like to opine on this week's pervasive puzzler, raised here and elsewhere. To begin, I don't think it's because she's a woman. There are too many strong-minded women in public life to make that plausible. If you say, "Yes, but not in the U.S.," I'd reply that Hillary evokes all-encompassing hostility far more widely, and offer myself as an example.

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We may be living in a non-leadership moment

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It's tempting to say Donald Trump is all leader and no ship: no party inclinations in any recognizable forms, nor typical policies, organization, strategy or scripts. It centres on him alone. Except for a literal ship, labelled Trump, that he flies in on and speaks in front of. He likes it so much, he flies it home to New York each night to sleep in his bed -- which is kind of touching -- then drops in again next day.

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