There's a difference between embracing abstract progressive principles, and grasping in depth what's involved, including your own privilege and blind spots.
Rick Salutin is a Canadian novelist, playwright and critic. He is a strong advocate of left wing causes and writes a regular column in the Toronto Star.
A friend of many decades, and founder of organizations for Canadian writers and artists, writer Graeme Gibson, died Wednesday at the age of 85.
We should consider this election a privilege. For the first time, the top issue in voters' minds is the main threat not only to Canada but to organized human life: environmental crisis.
The Brexit drama continues to rattle along, ever squirrelier. You can't take your eyes away. How do they manage that?
The term "affordability" hides the stasis or fallback of the last 40 years and the failure of neoliberalism to deliver even a sustained status quo.
Michael Hudson, an eminent left economist, has spent decades studying ancient Mideast economies. His latest book examines debt as "the major cause of economic polarization from antiquity" to now.
Honduras has become Canada's best bud in our co-sponsorship of the Lima Group, a monomaniacal effort to replace one distasteful Venezuelan leader with another.
Elsewhere in the world, right-wing populism is having a moment. But in Canada, you can't do outright denial or ridicule, à la Trump or Bolsonaro.
Sprouts of hope, like the larger monarch sightings this year, have been nurtured by human effort, some governmental, some non-profit, or just individuals who plant milkweed in their backyards.
The European Enlightenment of the 1700s was a high point of religious toleration and G.E. Lessing, a German Protestant, one of its eminent voices.