A recent Star piece by two criminologists brought a new gaze to the idea of community. It examined reconstruction of public housing in Toronto's Regent Park.
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 Harper government has put a big push behind the 200th birthday party for the War of 1812, as part of their campaign to glamourize Canadian wars.
Speaking of debts, as most governments do in order to explain why they can't create anything and need to cut back on whatever is already there, here's what I think we owe to striking Quebec students.
If you're under 40, the only economic wisdom you've ever known is the nostrums of neo-liberalism, which began in the Reagan-Thatcher 1980s and continues into the current round of austerity budgets.
What is more public: the CBC or the Internet? Maybe what we need is a distinction between public broadcasting, which is a mere matter of who formally owns a network, and public media.
Madeleine Parent was a labour leader and fighter for social causes through a career that spanned the country and, though it wasn't as big news here, it was a front-page story in Quebec.
This week Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, the energizer bunny of the Harper cabinet, popped up to put more polish on his argument that immigration needs to be driven by business specs.
The Christianity on display in the race for Republican presidential nominee is, you should forgive the expression, a godsend to nouveau atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris.
I'm writing while on what I think of as my cradles of western civilization tour. It consists of Greece and Israel.
Last week the census came out, begetting the usual flurry of analysis. But I was more intrigued by an Ipsos worldwide survey on happiness, which they've been "tracking" since 2007.