We keep count: over three recent days, U.S. media reports on Rob Ford were mentioned 200 times in Canada and 700 times in the U.S. That's reports of reports, not the story itself.
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.
I enter the Rob Ford discussion solely for what we can learn from it; not, God forbid, because it's totally, morbidly mesmerizing.
I find the presence of Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn on the free speech podium puzzling. I'm for free speech up to and including outright hate. But the heroization is irritating.
Thrice the brinded cat hath mewed/ Thrice and once the hedge-pig whined/ Harper cries 'tis time, 'tis time: A return to the Shakespearean origins of the drama in Canada's Senate.
A smart incubation program for immigrants doesn't mean making a deal with them; it means being the kind of society they want to be part of and contribute to.
Public opinion in apparently all western countries, including the U.S., opposes a strike on Syria on "their" grounds; people have made it through the crapstorm.
The Parti Québécois government in Quebec is floating a "Charter of Quebec Values." It makes me nostalgic for the old days of Quebec nationalism.
Mouthing phrases like "free and fair election" does nothing for legitimacy. In fact, if you think about it, we hardly know what we really mean by democracy.
In an age like ours, where crass, self-seeking behaviour by the rich and mighty is more overt than it once was, a sense of vile underlying impulses may grow even stronger.
All key social issues today relate to challenging corporate wealth and power. It's hard to imagine mounting any real challenge without an economic counterforce, which is what unions are.