Dalton Camp July 1
The idea of belonging to a country is under attack. One of our national newspapers serially produces dire comparisons showing the joys of living in a prospering United States as against our own sadly
Michele Landsberg June 30
My broken toes seem to chronicle, in their fragmented way, the course of my adult life.
Rick Salutin June 29
Rick Salutin
It's jazz festival week in Toronto. The sounds of Peter Appleyard's vibraphone drift across Queen Street from the big white tent with chandeliers in City Hall Square. It's a kind of camouflage, or so
Rachel Giese June 28
At a groundbreaking United Nations special session on HIV/AIDS earlier this week in New York City, fundamentalist religious leaders prevented a leading gay activist from participating in a roundtable
Parker Barss Donham June 27
Early Tuesday morning, in the Nova Scotia Legislature, a tag team of NDP and Liberal MLAs presented a series of petitions. They circled the opposition benches in turn, like kids playing one-a-cat. Th
Dalton Camp June 27
Observers of the great political drama to the south may see a growing opposition to President George W. Bush's brand of arch-conservatism. His approval ratings are low and on hold; the nation doubts
Thomas Walkom June 26
Lake Huron's Amberley Beach boasts a beautiful waterfront area - and a sign warning swimmers of the hazards posed by the untreated fecal waste contaminating the lake. Animal manure is virtually unreg
Dalton Camp June 25
It is only through trial and error that we can discover the underlying wisdom of the Canadian government in becoming a booster of genetic modification. Perhaps the government thinks it has something
Parker Barss Donham June 24
For two weeks, Premier John Hamm's Tories have been on the ropes, absorbing blow after blow in the ring of public opinion. Their ill-conceived plan to impose below-market wages and working conditions
Michelle Landsberg June 23
In 1995 - the year before Theresa Vince's obsessed stalker and former supervisor murdered her - the Harris government was elected. One of its early deeds was to repeal the employment equity law, whic
Rick Salutin June 22
Rick Salutin
More on the Thomas Walkom-Robert Fulford to-and-fro: In the <i>National Post</i>, you can't avoid "news" about its own campaign to unite the right, the brain-drain it alone discerns, or the national
Rachel Giese June 21
On Tuesday, the news broke that the Canadian navy's Commodore Eric Lerhe had been relieved of his duties for visiting a porn Website - with a navy computer on his own time. The news made the front se
Parker Barss Donham June 20
Nova Scotia's Conservative government is losing the fight over Bill 68. This government has had considerable success demonizing coal-miners and steelworkers. It may one day succeed in vilifying schoo
Naomi Klein June 20
Naomi Klein
Last week, grocery giant Loblaws banned any reference to genetically modified (GM) foods from labels of products sold in its stores. This decision points to a broader strategy that North American foo
Dalton Camp June 20
On Saturday <i>Toronto Star</i> columnist Thomas Walkom wrote what the <i>National Post</i> called "a 2,400-word expression of sympathy ... for violent protest from the left."To agree with Walkom - a
Thomas Walkom June 19
On Saturday, Thomas Walkom wrote a column reporting on the invasion of the provincial finance minister's constituency office by members of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP). He suggested t
Linda McQuaig June 18
The Canadian public's intense dislike for former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney wasn't just about his policies. It was his deferential attitude towards Washington and U.S. corporate power that grated
Parker Barss Donham June 17
Nova Scotia cannot afford a strike by 9,000 hospital workers.But Premier John Hamm badly overplayed what should have been a winning hand. His political and strategic misjudgement will haunt the gover
Michele Landsberg June 17
Filmmaker Gerry Rogers' 72-year-old aunt had a mastectomy one day last week at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. By 8 p.m., groggy and nauseous, she was ushered out of the hospital over her family's pleas
Dalton Camp June 17
Last week, Stockwell Day appeared before a business audience in Toronto. Both The leader and his crowd were carrying the accessories of the day's fashion - thinner wallets and fewer hopes. It had not
Thomas Walkom June 16
Earlier this week, members of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty invaded the constituency office of finance minister Jim Flaherty. Vigorous political protest of this sort is not new in Canada. And
Michelle Landsberg June 16
Picture a woman, shrouded head-to-toe in her blue burqa. She's hiding a smuggled camcorder beneath her clothing. The crowd in a Kabul stadium roars, as an "adulteress" is about to be brutally execute
Rick Salutin June 15
Rick Salutin
In politics, as in sports, off-season is the season of hope. A time when everything is possible. It is the hour of pure theory: What if we combine two parties? What if we change our name? What about
Judy Rebick June 14
Judy Rebick
Last June, The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) held a militant demonstration on the steps of the Ontario legislature. The demo turned violent. Now OCAP is bringing those confrontational tact
Rachel Giese June 14
A Dutch reproductive-rights group has converted a fishing boat into a state-of-the-art family-planning clinic. The ship's volunteer medical team plans to travel around the world, docking in countries
Parker Barss Donham June 13
This past Friday - at Eskasoni, Nova Scotia's largest Native community - Justice Claire MacLellan called Tuma Young to the bar. This was the first admission to the bar of a fluent-Mi'kmaq-speaking No
Dalton Camp June 13
U.S. President George Bush delivered a presidential homily following Monday's execution of mass-murderer Timothy McVeigh. The publicity attending the execution will give McVeigh status as a hero. It
Naomi Klein June 13
Naomi Klein
The Canadian political the left currently comprises a weakened NDP and an endless series of street protests. It's a recipe for fighting like crazy to make things not quite as bad as they would be oth
Thomas Walkom June 12
The ongoing battle between Ontario's Harris government and Cancer Care Ontario has been painted in Goliath-and-David terms. The government has been portrayed as a monolithic, vengeful bully, and tryi
Dalton Camp June 11
Within the Alliance caucus, Calgary West MP Rob Anders is not an aberration. The extremism of his viewpoint, the impulsive boorishness of his action, and the reckless insensitivity are among the fami

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