It's hard to be smart if you've been through a system that forced you to use all your time prepping and taking tests while leaving little space for learning to think and practising thought.
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.
There's no real capitalism any more, plutocracy rules everywhere -- which is basically Bernie Sanders's stump speech. Rick Salutin looks at the Sanders effect in U.S. politics.
Why do so many Canadian crime shows fail and why do others succeed? The answer may be in Canada's own history of violence and how we choose to deal with it.
If we'd been more successful in creating a robust, conventional Canadian nationalism, who knows -- the country mightn't have as handily beaten back the nasty nativism cultivated by Harper.
As Rick Salutin pondered his choice for Annoying Person of the Year, Bernard-Henri Levy kept popping into his mind.
Trevor Noah may be the essential Keep Calm and Carry On guy, and also the ideal U.S. court jester, post-Obama. You don't always get what you want.
What's the problem with "radicalization"? The process that leads to radical outcomes -- whatever they are -- is various and malleable. Their experience radicalizes people -- or doesn't.
In a way, a tablet paper is the return of the morning paper you took in off the porch. It's self-sufficient and you spend time with it, one-on-one, says Rick Salutin.
There's a new element in the toxic formula of global xenophobia: anxiety among economically precarious people over globalization and trade deals.
The point isn't to decide who started it. It's: can you interrupt the cycle, which has nothing essential to do with Islam or religion. It's basically tit for tat.