This is a time of rejuvenation for non-violence. The Occupy movements were built on what one writer called "the courage of young people to fly into conflict on Gandhi's wings."
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 Occupy movements have largely become dramas revolving around the excellent question posed by The Clash: Should I stay or should I go? But it's possible that this is the wrong question.
Remembrance Day is about the dead, not the war. The memorial symbol that emerged after World War I expresses this perfectly: the tomb of the unknown soldier.
In 1993, when Dusan Petricic came to Toronto from Belgrade in what is now always called "the former Yugoslavia," he was generally seen as its leading political cartoonist.
Philanthropy literally means love of man, or humanity. You don't sense much of that in the New version, though there's lots of self-praise, and a sense of power through the ability to micromanage.
My mind keeps drifting back to the recent Air Canada flight attendants' strike that never happened, as a result of threats from the Harper government.
I think I know what the Occupy movements mean to say and over which they are reproached by ill-wishers and well-wishers alike (e.g., "vast potential... untethered to many real-world goals").
I'd like to treat the national celebration of the return of the Winnipeg Jets -- along with the simultaneous debate over fighting and violence -- as a contemporary case of Depression Culture.
Amira Hass uses "normal," which seems like a bland word, in an intensely moral way that jolts you: This cannot be the norm for human behaviour.
The old Progressive Conservatives shared the zeitgeist of an earlier time. It involved a sense of the usefulness of government and the importance of some kind of social solidarity.