The urge to identify symbolically with some larger group runs wide: countries, faiths, "races," Ford nation, Leafs nation. What makes identity so compelling?
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.
Free trade once got by on theory and jargon: It's free, it's trade -- what could go wrong? But now, decades on, there's some reality to test it against.
Fired CBC host Evan Solomon is surely the boss of his own conscience but still, he may have found it confusing at CBC regarding what was valued there.
Is there any reason to think strikes and the unions which call them will ever reacquire the aura of romance and moral legitimacy they once had? Yes, there is.
U.S. foreign policy always manages to metaphysicalize itself out of specifics and into abstractions. The cultural source of this pattern is Captain Ahab's pursuit of the white whale in "Moby Dick."
When she ran, Wynne seemed committed to new tolls or taxes -- to expand public transit. Then she backtracked, and decided to sell off parts of Hydro One instead.
What matters in politics, in the run-up to elections? Not policies. I think people care about policies, just not during elections. What matters is the leader.
So what should we make of the NDP victory in Alberta? What does it mark politically and does it proclaim anything new about social democracy or democratic socialism?
Why are writers exercising their imaginations on being at a glam dinner in a glam venue and having their standing O scrutinized by an imagined audience?
Could we please stop treating refugees who drown in the Mediterranean as if they're another earthquake or tsunami? This isn't a natural disaster, it's a hands-on human one.