Protests against police violence, impatience over abuse of women and Palestinian statehood are a few things that were hopeful this year.
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.
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.
Ferguson protesters trashed some buildings and blocked traffic. That's pitiable compared to lawlessness by police, governments and the finance sector.
The legal decision that denied chemo to an Aboriginal girl based on her parents' Aboriginal rights makes it sound like a noble but tragic conflict between two rights -- but these rights are not equal.
Remembrance Days grow clearer in retrospect. They remember past wars after all, not wars happening now or about to happen. Those are contentious; they involve arguments and disagreements.
In a superbly ill-timed, ill-advised recommendation to young, unemployed Canadians, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz has told them to "Get some real-life experience even if it's for free."
What is this -- the Middle Ages? A Toronto church has given sanctuary to a Hungarian Roma family who came here as refugees. How did it come to this?
After Wednesday's events in Ottawa, Rick Salutin comments on the "unprecedented chaos, lost our virginity/innocence, never gonna be the same, demise of Canada as a Peaceable Kingdom" narrative.