Heather Mallick December 30
In 1975, the American humourist Nora Ephron compared <i>People</i> magazine, invented the previous year, to a potato chip. It is empty calories, she said. I think she meant it's a takeoff mag: you co
Rick Salutin December 30
Rick Salutin
Last month, I heard Seymour Hersh, who exposed the My Lai massacre in Vietnam 36 years ago and Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse more recently, at a fundraiser for journalistic freedom. He began by saying he
Scott Piatkowski December 29
Scott Piatkowski
Everything I needed to know in life, I've learned from my spam folder. Well, not quite <i>everything</i>, but sorting through the myriad bulk e-mails that I receive everyday is certainly an instructi
Tricia Hylton December 28
We just don't marry. Out of every ethnic group in Canada, Black Canadians marry the least. If marriage remains the foundation of a strong and stable family and community then clearly, this foundati
Thomas Walkom December 27
It wasn't long ago that newspaper editors would warn their reporters against Afghanistanism &#151; that is, writing at length about places that few of their readers knew or understood. Now, as a coun
Rick Salutin December 23
Rick Salutin
It's been a good year for obnoxious on TV, a quality whose value rises as Christmas approaches with its sentimentality, or schmaltz, to slightly multiculturalize the reference. Sentimentality often c
Scott Piatkowski December 22
Scott Piatkowski
The last time I ran in a federal election was in 1993 (don't ask how I did). At that time, I remember reading and critiquing the Liberal Red Book (co-written by Paul Martin). For those who've forgott
Thomas Walkom December 20
The Liberals are pouncing with glee on the undiplomatic remarks of U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins. By warning Prime Minister Paul Martin not to make the U.S. an issue in Canada's election campaign, Wi
Heather Mallick December 19
You wouldn't think there'd be anything new to say about masturbation. It's like the number seven. There it sits between six and eight, holding its place, and there isn't a damn thing you can say abou
Linda McQuaig December 19
There's a school of thought that feels, even when the U.S. does bad things in the world, we should look the other way and keep our eyes cast demurely downward. If Washington chooses to invade Iraq, t
Rick Salutin December 16
Rick Salutin
<b>Paul Martin, nationalist:</b> I agree with Stephen Harper and Jack Layton, that Paul Martin rings false when he comes on like Joe in the old beer ad (&#147;I <i>am</i> Canadian&#148;). But calling
Scott Piatkowski December 15
Scott Piatkowski
Apparently, the White House was less than pleased at the lecture they received from Paul Martin during last week's climate change conference. The conference was aimed at negotiating an agreement to f
Thomas Walkom December 13
Here's another issue no party leader is talking about in this election campaign: Should Canada's federal government aid and abet torture? Unfortunately, this isn't an academic question. I wish it wer
Naomi Klein December 12
Naomi Klein
It was the &#147;Mission Accomplished&#148; of George W. Bush's second term, and an announcement of that magnitude called for a suitably dramatic location. But what was the right backdrop for the inf
Linda McQuaig December 12
There are more than one million preschoolers in Canada whose mothers work outside the home. Do we know what's happening to these kids while their mothers work? We should. What's happening to them wil
Keith Gottschalk December 9
Keith Gottschalk
My little town is about to be eaten by a new Wal-Mart. This isn't big news anywhere other than in Chardon (population around 5,600), nestled in the snowbound heights east of Cleveland. To the people
Rick Salutin December 9
Rick Salutin
&#147;It doesn't feel like an election,&#148; someone mused. But he found it hard to explain why. &#147;It's not necessary!&#148; spat somebody else. There's a grumpiness around this campaign. If a s
Scott Piatkowski December 8
Scott Piatkowski
When it was first announced that the federal election would be held on January 23 &#151; nearly eight weeks after the writ was dropped &#151; many observers speculated that the campaign would be play
Thomas Walkom December 6
On Thursday, Stephen Harper &#151; the man many Canadians think of as the great privatizer &#151; announced he was firmly in favour of single-tier universal, public medicare. On Sunday, Jack Layton,
Linda McQuaig December 5
No doubt some people would adamantly deny the need for mandatory worldwide action against climate change, even as freezing flood waters engulfed them. This scenario is no longer far-fetched. As we e
Rick Salutin December 2
Rick Salutin
Here's my problem with Michael Ignatieff, who's had a spot of bother parachuting into a Toronto riding as the Liberal candidate. He has the kind of profile &#151; public intellectual, academic, autho
Scott Piatkowski December 1
Scott Piatkowski
What is more surprising than Bono's remarks of last week is the fact that it has taken him more than two years to realize that Paul Martin is very good at mouthing the right words, but sadly lacking
Jerry West November 30
Jerry West
There are some things that happen that just boggle one's mind. The recent MLA pay raise fiasco in BC is certainly one of them. Voting a pay raise without any public discussion? What were they thin
Thomas Walkom November 29
It is reported that Conrad Black wants his Canadian citizenship back. Some will say that Black, having renounced Canada in order to take a seat in Britain's House of Lords, does not deserve to reclai
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
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
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

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