Linda McQuaig February 21
When it comes to meeting our Kyoto targets, Paul Martin's resolve has all the firmness of ice cream left too long in the sun. Yet Martin's resolve couldn't be firmer when it comes to meeting his gove
Heather Mallick February 20
First-generation immigrants to Canada can be pretty much counted on to vote Liberal. They may get injections at the border or be given Little Liberal Pills, I don't know, but they sense that Liberals
Rick Salutin February 18
Rick Salutin
Arthur Miller was a leftist, his views formed in the 1930s, when those traditionally in power had discredited themselves by letting the economy rot while fascism rose. “For the first time,”
Duncan Cameron February 17
Duncan Cameron
Claude Lamoureux, president and chief executive officer of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, won the prize this week for the clearest, briefest, explanation of what makes the corporate world sick,
Scott Piatkowski February 17
Scott Piatkowski
“Many of the so-called 'new solutions' being proposed for health care — pay-as-you-go, user and facility fees, fast-track treatment for the lucky few, and wait-lists for everyone else &#151
Thomas Walkom February 15
Omar Khadr has a Toronto public library card. He likes chocolate. Like many Canadian teenagers, he can't spell very well. He is lonely. “Don't forgat me,” he wrote his family in one letter.
Naomi Klein February 15
Naomi Klein
Iraq's elections were delayed time and time again, while the occupation and resistance grew ever more deadly. Now it seems that two years of bloodshed, bribery and backroom arm-twisting were leading
Linda McQuaig February 14
By now, most people acknowledge the dangers of global warming and the need for the sort of collective action set out in the Kyoto accords. But some powerful corporations still hope to head off any su
Heather Mallick February 13
We are so carefree about our freedoms in Canada, even as our three levels of government follow the lead of the mad American government and drill into our privacy, gather data on us and spirit our cit
Rick Salutin February 11
Rick Salutin
The whiff of a small-town pol, with elements of ward-heeling and corruption, has often hovered around Jean Chrétien. Personally, I think his lobbying for a loan for a hotel in his riding t
Scott Piatkowski February 10
Scott Piatkowski
Last week, as I was watching the award-winning documentary <i>Romeo Dallaire: Shake Hands With the Devil</i> on CBC, I felt physically ill. Did we learn anything from Rwanda? Apparently not. As many
Duncan Cameron February 9
Duncan Cameron
Canada's finance minister took some of the blame last week from British officials for killing the U.K. plan to write off African debt. Ralph Goodale said all the British want to do is take from Peter
Thomas Walkom February 8
Iraq's election is rekindling a bitter debate in this country over George W. Bush. &#147;Bush was right,&#148; <i>The Star</i>'s Richard Gwyn wrote. In <i>The Globe and Mail</i>, Marcus Gee called th
Linda McQuaig February 7
The fact that millions of Iraqis turned out to vote has led many here to conclude that George W. Bush was right to invade Iraq. What an odd conclusion. To listen to the giddy media commentary, one co
Heather Mallick February 6
In all the posturing and chewing about rights, both human and religious, involved in legalizing same-sex marriage, people are working under the smug assumption that this really is all about marriage.
Rick Salutin February 4
Rick Salutin
The Iraq election was not a U.S. project. It was forced on the U.S. against its will, by Shia religious leader Ali al-Sistani, who sent 100,000 people into the streets a year ago. The U.S. tried to r
Scott Piatkowski February 3
Scott Piatkowski
Stephen, Stephen, Stephen&#226;e&#166; give your head a shake. Your strategy to make the fight against same-sex marriage the centrepiece of your opposition to the Martin government is not only destin
Duncan Cameron February 2
Duncan Cameron
There is a Japanese restaurant in Vancouver, on Denman St. near Robson, where the staff cheer when new clients are seated, and applaud when they exit. We should all do the same when our fellow citize
Thomas Walkom February 1
Paul Martin should say no to George Bush's defence scheme for two reasons: The first is practical. The second is purely political. He is a man who, as prime minister, has accomplished little. He babb
Linda McQuaig January 31
In the weeks before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the influential <i>New York Times</i> columnist Thomas Friedman wrote that the invasion would lead to &#147;a long-term U.S. occupation&#148; and that &
Heather Mallick January 30
The unwrapping of the new Airbus A380 was just as glorious as its European builders had intended. There was blue light, the spacey symphony and then the huge tube itself that will carry 550 passenger
Rick Salutin January 28
Rick Salutin
&#147;Fetish&#148; is a handy term that comes from anthropology, where it describes &#147;any object of irrational or superstitious devotion.&#148; Karl Marx adapted it as he puzzled over the oddity
Scott Piatkowski January 27
Scott Piatkowski
When presented with a political football &#151; the controversial request by some Ontario Muslims to give legal recognition to Shariah-based arbitration panels &#151; Premier Dalton McGuinty has chos
Duncan Cameron January 26
Duncan Cameron
With Paul Martin traveling, Liberal fortunes took a good turn. Stephen Harper was all alone to explain how gay marriage led to polygamy. You know the logic: once the sanctity of marriage is interfere
Thomas Walkom January 25
Refresh my memory. Exactly why was Paul Martin traipsing around Asia? One night, there's coverage of Martin in Thailand, viewing areas devastated by the recent tsunami. A day or so later, he's in Sri
Heather Mallick January 24
The news came from Lawrence Summers, the president of Harvard University, that girls aren't as smart as boys when it comes to math and stuff. Therefore, it is cause for rejoicing that, during his fou
Rick Salutin January 21
Rick Salutin
Last Sunday's <i>Toronto Star</i> did not land on the porch with the seismic thud of the Saturday <i>Star</i>, but it carried a heavy load of expectation. It was the new, redesigned, new, rethunk, ne
Scott Piatkowski January 20
Scott Piatkowski
In the U.S., the Democratic Party seems determined to cope with its latest defeat by becoming even more like the Republican Party. That means that they are likely to acquiesce to the privatization o
Duncan Cameron January 19
Duncan Cameron
If there is one quote that summed up the 1980s for me, it's from Mel Watkins: &#147;Those who repeat to us that there is no such thing as a free lunch, would have us believe that there is such a thin
Thomas Walkom January 18
Ralph Klein has thrown down the gauntlet. The Alberta premier has long been hankering to scale back and privatize medicare. Last week, he served notice that he's going ahead. In a speech to the Calga