Linda McQuaig October 14
There were few in Ottawa inner circles resisting Paul Martin's deep spending cuts as Finance Minister, but one strong dissenting voice came from Douglas Peters, who died last week at the age of 86.
Rick Salutin October 14
Rick Salutin
The main reason the "world" can't avert its eyes from the Trump drama isn't because it's imaginative and dazzling but because it's happening in a nation that has fateful impacts on everyone beyond it.
Murray Dobbin October 14
It's amazing what we gradually accept as normal -- even admirable -- in how we treat each other in Canada. As Bruce Cockburn's song suggests, the trouble with normal is it always gets worse.
Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan October 13
The movement to combat climate change is growing dynamically and unpredictably, and is facing increasing repression from the fossil-fuel industry and government authorities.
Rick Salutin October 7
Rick Salutin
A commitment to free speech doesn't reconcile easily with human rights codes that may compel respect and courtesy toward specific groups -- including their right to be addressed as they choose.
Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan October 6
Climate change is real, and it is worsening. That it should play a central role in the U.S. elections is undebatable.
Wayne MacPhail October 5
Wayne MacPhail
At the Association of Science and Technology Centers conference, two products stuck out. One created virtual reality, the other augmented reality. Both were imagination prosthetics for adults.
David Christopher, Digital Freedom Update October 4
David Christopher
It's here. The Liberal government has finally launched its long-awaited public consultation on Bill C-51, and a broad range of privacy and national security issues.
Linda McQuaig September 30
The U.S. election is far from over, but Monday's faceoff was a crucial battle in that campaign, and it fell to the first woman candidate in U.S. presidential history to take a dangerous bully down.
Rick Salutin September 30
Rick Salutin
In politics, we tend to see what we want or need to. You're looking for an outcome, yearning for it. What, though, of political cases that require actual thought, not prejudgments?
Murray Dobbin September 30
If recent mainstream economic reports are to be taken seriously, some of the big brains managing global capitalism these days are starting to lose faith in their neoliberal ideology.
Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan September 29
The U.S. has less than 5 per cent of the world's population and almost 25 per cent of the world's prisoners. Now a national movement is growing for prisoners' rights.
Pro Bono, Shelina Ali September 29
An inquiry into the conduct of Federal Court Judge Robin Camp when he presided over a sexual assault trial raises some hard questions about the impartiality of the Canadian justice system.
Naomi Klein September 28
Naomi Klein
We have a new federal government, a new tone around First Nations and the environment. But when it comes to concrete action on lowering emissions and respecting land rights, much remains the same.
Lois Ross September 27
Lois Ross
Land use, access to agricultural land, and who stewards land, are key issues in food production. Land-grabbing is a growing concern because it determines not only access but also how land is used.
Rick Salutin September 23
Rick Salutin
Tens of thousands of Jews migrated to Canada in the first part of the past century. That community, in Toronto, is described in a lovely, loving new book by the late Michael Mandel: The Jewish Hour.
Matthew Behrens September 23
Trudeau's cheery offer at the UN to bring peace to the world fell flat in light of his government's "principled" commitment to sell billions in weapons and blanket militarism.
Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan September 22
The number of people suffering forced displacement today is staggering -- the greatest flow of refugees since the Second World War. It is in this context that the UN convened its refugee summit.
June Chua September 22
Tangled Art Gallery in Toronto is opening its first-ever installation, featuring the work of local artist Gloria Swain and focusing on her experience as a Black woman in the mental health system.
Wayne MacPhail September 21
Wayne MacPhail
The ideograms of Chinese, Egyptian and Sumerian texts all demonstrate how powerful a picture-based language can be. Maybe all we've really done with emojis is come full circle.
Rick Salutin September 16
Rick Salutin
Rev. Gretta Vosper is a self-declared atheist. Understandably, this has the United Church in a bit of a tizzy. But heresy in the name of faith and god has always been an intrinsic part of religions.
Murray Dobbin September 16
If global trade isn't going to pull the world economy out of its persistent doldrums, why are countries putting so much political energy into signing these agreements?
Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan September 15
"Authorities in North Dakota should stop embarrassing themselves, drop the charges against Amy Goodman and ensure that all reporters are free to do their jobs."
Wayne MacPhail September 14
Wayne MacPhail
Was Apple's decision to remove the headphone jack arrogant, elitist and greedy? Maybe. Is it the first time it has done something like this? Definitely not.
Rick Salutin September 11
Rick Salutin
The slow movement continues to occupy new terrain, gradually. It's made its mark in food, gardening, aging, travel, money. Now we await The Slow Citizen.
Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan September 11
A petroleum pipeline, called the Dakota Access pipeline, is being built, threatening the Missouri River. A movement has grown to block the pipeline, led by Native American tribes.
Ole Hendrickson September 7
Ole Hendrickson
There are no signs that the government will rethink its position on nuclear disarmament before the UN General Assembly, which will likely vote on launching negotiations on a nuclear weapons treaty.
Wayne MacPhail September 7
Wayne MacPhail
The alternative world of steampunk is a world frozen in a parallel Victorian era of remarkable, imagined technology. The steampunk attitude towards its technology sheds light on present-day thinking.
Jim Stanford September 2
Jim Stanford
Prime Minister Trudeau leads a big entourage to China this week, in hopes of expanding Canada's foothold in that huge economy. Here are the main features of our current, unbalanced relationship.
Rick Salutin September 2
Rick Salutin
Parents are the primary parents of their children, not their teachers. Mostly parents should parent, which is hard enough. For learning purposes, kids need people at a distance.

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