Pro sport is one token of a utopian future, where people don't just get to play but play as if it's life's main activity: where play and work elide.
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.
This must be Mike Duffy's finest hour. He finally is what he always falsely claimed to be: a little guy standing up to the gasbags of power.
Critical Americans have a hard time reaching a Zen-like state about their own society. But outsiders like Canadians can calm down for them, process the material and play it back.
Why does culture handle war so much better than politics? It's not just that art tells the truth and politics lies. Culture is where you let yourself hear the truth but only within limits.
Eminent journalist Luis Hernandez Navarro was in Toronto this week to speak about the crisis in Mexico after the deaths and kidnappings of student teachers last fall.
A speech Justin Trudeau gave in Vancouver last week was one of the most unusual ever from an elected official -- because he let voters in on his grotty tactics, not his high-minded principles.
The strikes at U of T and York are a reminder of the crisis in post-secondary education. The solution -- not to the strikes but the larger crisis -- is changing the customer model that has taken over.
What else might be included in the new Ontario sex-ed curriculum? How about why sex is important at all in human existence -- and how important it is.
In Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's world view, anti-Semitism is an eternal, inexplicable, malignant force. But today it takes a different form than it did in the 1930s.
We can learn a thing or two from Jon Stewart about political debate. He freely admitted his positions were "informed" by his leftishness but that's all, they weren't determined by it.