Part of sports' appeal is that in it, merit is more or less rewarded, far more than in areas like business, health, or politics. But merit doesn't rule, and when you win, chance plays a part.
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.
An impressive consensus, about 65 per cent, on basics like climate, was spread across at least four parties, determined to throttle each other.
Two-thirds of Canadians agree broadly on a "progressive" agenda, but consensus is spread across multiple parties -- and due to our electoral system, the remaining 30 per cent can acquire power anyway.
This column is about the Liberal party. I'm afraid it will contain more questions than answers. At the least, the questions will be better than the answers.
The U.S. is now at peak derangement on the Trumpometer, which measures Americans' states of mind. While some Canadians join in, mostly we don't, and not just because we lack Trump.
There's a difference between embracing abstract progressive principles, and grasping in depth what's involved, including your own privilege and blind spots.
A friend of many decades, and founder of organizations for Canadian writers and artists, writer Graeme Gibson, died Wednesday at the age of 85.
We should consider this election a privilege. For the first time, the top issue in voters' minds is the main threat not only to Canada but to organized human life: environmental crisis.
The Brexit drama continues to rattle along, ever squirrelier. You can't take your eyes away. How do they manage that?
The term "affordability" hides the stasis or fallback of the last 40 years and the failure of neoliberalism to deliver even a sustained status quo.