Mo3, as friends knew him -- Mohamud Mohamed Mohamud -- from Hamilton and long before that Somalia, died this week in Syria, possibly fighting for ISIS. He was 20.
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.
Here's what's truly unforgivable about the Fords. It's their implacable need and ability to suck up attention in the public arena so there never seems room for anything or anyone else in the city.
I'd like to thank the Franklin expedition for definitively settling the irritating argument between the private sector and the public sector over who's the problem and who's the solution.
"Developments in other parts of the world, particularly in Iraq and Syria, threaten our security at home," said Barack Obama. But the threats at home may be different from those he has in mind.
It's delightful how change -- of an encouraging sort -- happens. Just when you thought TV was an eternal cesspool, along comes this year's Emmys with its fine array.
What's the real problem with being yourself or "human" as a public figure? Nothing fails like trying to look human or show your human side: it's inhuman to attempt to prove you're human.
Do so-called 'Great Nations' really need organizing principles as Hillary Clinton argues? Rick Salutin thinks a much more down-to-earth mantra is far less destructive.
To the extent that national character exists, what accounts for it? How does the experience of occupying -- or of being occupied -- shape the development of a national personality?
John Graves Simcoe, whose "day" we're celebrating in Toronto, was the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada. You could say he saw a lot but didn't notice much.
There is a paradoxical category of Progressive People On Everything Except Israel: because Israel is viewed by many leftists as self-evidently right-wing, such individuals embody a contradiction.