Rick Salutin argues that attitudes to measles vaccinations seem like a good proxy for IQ testing.
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.
What Syriza and Podemos proved, against all expectations, is that you can reject the dominant neoliberal consensus on austerity, balanced budgets, etc., and succeed in the tired old electoral arena.
The time is always ripe for a dirge led by the literati over the dire downfall of culture wrought by the Internet. The latest is in the New York Times Book Review by Leon Wieseltier.
In the (relative) titillation of seeing public figures drop like bowling pins, it's easy to lose sight of the ball. The ball is CBC management.
The slaughter at Charlie Hebdo was aimed at satire, birthed along with journalism in the enlightenment era. More precisely, it was aimed at political cartooning.
Iranian philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo’s new book about torture and Toronto, among other things, is deeply irritating — in the best possible way.
Protests against police violence, impatience over abuse of women and Palestinian statehood are a few things that were hopeful this year.
The film "The Interview" represents the latest skirmish on the media front. Instead of hitting the other side with drones or economic blackmail, you settle things through duelling movies.
One mystery of the Jian Ghomeshi affair is how he managed to be such a great interviewer. How does someone self-absorbed and deceitful produce interviews that are respectful, empathetic and concerned?
Rick Salutin pays tribute to Montreal hockey legend Jean Béliveau, who was known for his consummate grace and class. Then he explains why he is missing Rob Ford already.