Would whoever makes these decisions please stop treating refugees who drown in the Mediterranean as if they're another earthquake or tsunami? This isn't a natural disaster, it's a hands-on human one. Anyway, even natural disasters like global warming aren't merely natural now.
Brendan Shanahan gets us! He really does. I've been sitting in first row greens for 40 years watching Leafs teams fail. But this year we began talking about switching to Raptors tickets. Brendan Shanahan had given no sign he understood that mood shift since taking over the team. He's been terse and general. Then at Monday's press conference, he did it.
This must be Mike Duffy's finest hour. He finally is what he always falsely claimed to be: a little guy standing up to the gasbags of power. His career was spent providing cover for the powerful while pretending to bravely challenge their hypocrisy. Now he's genuinely doing it.
Spare some pity for Trevor Noah. He got thrown into the deep end at The Daily Show where he'll replace Jon Stewart -- as we just learned. Won't be easy. How to summarize Stewart's achievement? I'd say: he popularized Chomsky.
Luis Hernandez Navarro was in Toronto this week to speak about the crisis in Mexico after the deaths and kidnappings of student teachers last fall. He's an eminent journalist and opinion editor at La Jornada, Mexico's second largest daily. It's well to the left of leftish papers elsewhere like the Star or Guardian.
The University of Toronto, where I've been privileged to teach a half-course for decades (and more recently two half-courses, fall and spring) is being struck by its 6,000 teaching assistants, including my own. Together with contract faculty -- those on short-term contracts without security and far less pay or benefits than tenured profs -- they handle maybe 60 per cent of courses. The latter are currently voting on an offer. The TAs are picketing but not asking anyone to cancel or skip classes. At York, both categories are on strike and the university simply shut down, demonstrating how indispensable those roles are.
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I'm fine with the new Ontario sex-ed curriculum, I just wish there was more of it. It may seem lengthy because it's embedded in two voluminous documents. But they're the overall health and phys-ed courses, which include movement, nutrition, and even financial literacy. You have to comb through them for the sex -- as generations of humans always have.