Linda McQuaig November 28
Let's start with the basic fact: A staggering historic injustice was done to native people by the Europeans who arrived here centuries ago and eventually took over virtually all the desirable land th
Tricia Hylton November 28
You're free to be who you want to be, unless you are a black woman. Then you are defined by a number of stereotypes that tell you who you are. Some of these stereotypes have been around since slavery
Heather Mallick November 27
I read the centre-left British newspaper the <i>Guardian</i> online and pay $620 a year to get its Saturday paper airmailed. I&#226;e(TM)ve been reading it for 40 years. No, I am not 102. I am 46 but
Rick Salutin November 25
Rick Salutin
I hate zero tolerance. It's a counsel of despair. You toss kids out of school. Then you toss them into jail. Nothing changes, nothing gets better. And I hate how you're made to feel icky and mealy-mo
Scott Piatkowski November 24
Scott Piatkowski
It's sheer poetic justice that the foundation on which the Bush Republicans based their one-time popularity and re-election strategy &#151; shameless pandering to Americans' post-9/11 fears about nat
Thomas Walkom November 22
Advocates of two-tier health care prepare to take on medicare, confident that now they can win. &#147;There's a war out there and we have to win,&#148; said Sally Pipes, the head of San Francisco's P
Linda McQuaig November 21
There was no end of scorn heaped on the Liberals last week for trying to buy our votes. But the problem isn't that they're trying to buy our votes. The problem is they're offering so little in return
Heather Mallick November 20
Everyone has a hobby. Whether it's Joan Barfoot novels, Springsteen lyrics or cultivating snakeshead fritillaria (I do all three, the last without success). But there's nothing like boycotting. And o
Rick Salutin November 18
Rick Salutin
Here's the bumper sticker I'd like to slap on for the threatened election: &#147;Just Don't Vote. Make Them Govern.&#148; That's because this Parliament has actually done some things due to the minor
Scott Piatkowski November 17
Scott Piatkowski
Whether we're humming Christmas music on our way to the polling station in December, brushing snow away from our lawn signs in January or February, or taking a break from devouring a chocolate bunny
Jerry West November 16
Jerry West
We do not need Hollywood, New York, Montreal, Toronto or anywhere else to produce soap operas to entertain us any more. Recently Parliament has been surpassing anything that the scriptwriters could
Thomas Walkom November 15
Almost two years after the merger that created it, Canada's new Conservative party remains haunted by the circumstances of its creation. In theory, it should be riding high. The 2003 union of the old
Linda McQuaig November 14
When top White House aide Scooter Libby was indicted for perjury, George W. Bush was quick to point out that &#147;(i)n our system, each individual is presumed innocent and entitled to due process an
Heather Mallick November 13
Money doesn't interest me as much as &#147;the principle of the thing,&#148; a phrase I admit I use mainly to irritate the right wing. Money isn't a principle, I tell them. Their blood pressure soars
Rick Salutin November 11
Rick Salutin
All the violence gets confusing. This week, it's been either urban youth violence (Paris, Toronto) or terror mayhem (Amman plus the usual places). On Wednesday, CBC Newsworld ran an all-day special,
Scott Piatkowski November 10
Scott Piatkowski
Four weeks ago, I wrote a column questioning the McGuinty government's plan to stake Ontario's energy future on nuclear power, despite the fact that nuclear had long proven to be expensive, unreliabl
Duncan Cameron November 9
Duncan Cameron
<b>Paris, France &#151;</b> The underlying issues of youth unemployment, religious and racial discrimination, and disaffection from French society will not be addressed by the curfew law &#151; a law
Keith Gottschalk November 9
Keith Gottschalk
Sam Alito is a mainstream jurist. Don't believe me? Ask the White House. They've prepared a 600-page briefing book on President George W. Bush's newest nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. They needn't
Thomas Walkom November 8
The Supreme Court's controversial decision taking aim at medicare did not occur in a vacuum. The decision relied on the efforts of three people well skilled in the political arts. They are the unsung
Linda McQuaig November 7
If George W. Bush had announced, prior to invading Iraq, that his motive was to seize Iraq's oil, to enhance Israel's power or to ensure U.S. military dominance of the Middle East, none of these just
Heather Mallick November 6
My childhood &#151; call it Castle Keep &#151; is a bricked-up place I do not visit. But occasionally I kick a few bricks out of the wall, peek inside if it might assist someone else, and mortar it u
Naomi Klein November 6
Naomi Klein
When Manuel Rozental got home one night last month, friends told him two strange men had been asking questions about him. In this close-knit indigenous community in southwestern Colombia ringed by so
Rick Salutin November 4
Rick Salutin
The well-known version of the Rosa Parks story lacks in politics: The triumph was due to education, debate, strategy, leadership and, above all, grassroots organizing. It was not due to one sudden, b
Scott Piatkowski November 3
Scott Piatkowski
Hands up if you had heard about the problems facing the aboriginal community of Kashechewan before last week. Let's see&#226;e&#166; that's one, two&#226;e&#166; any others? (This interactive column-
Duncan Cameron November 2
Duncan Cameron
One searches in vain for anybody from the Western industrialized world who actually takes seriously the objective that was announced in November 2001 when the current Doha round of world trade talks
Tricia Hylton November 2
&#147;You're stupid.&#148; &#147;No, you're stupid.&#148; &#147;No, I'm not stupid, you're stupid.&#148; This is a typical exchange on the popular kids' program <i>SpongeBob SquarePants</i> between
Thomas Walkom November 1
The federal government says it is outraged that Maher Arar was tortured in Syria. It is talking tough. Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew wants the culprits responsible brought to justice. &#1
Linda McQuaig October 31
For years now, the survival of Canada as a meaningfully independent country has seemed precarious. Canadians have been coaxed into accepting &#147;free trade&#148; deals &#151; deals that seem less a
Keith Gottschalk October 30
Keith Gottschalk
Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald dropped his first bomb Friday in a 22-page five felony indictment of I. Lewis &#147;Scooter&#148; Libby, U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, for hi
Rick Salutin October 28
Rick Salutin
Many reports from the U.S. have said: <i>With all his troubles &#151; Katrina, Iraq, the economy &#151; the last thing George Bush needs is criminal charges against top aides like Karl Rove</i> (expe

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