There's a great family drama going on just beneath the surface of those nearly unwatchable NDP leadership debates. Watchable TV isn't everything.
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 Shafia case is so unsettling that it seems to unleash the search for a single key to explain it. Then you could toss away other keys that don't work. But I don't think that's the way to go.
Consider this a delayed obituary for McClelland & Stewart, "The Canadian Publishers," which effectively expired this month after a lengthy decline in the care of several owners.
I never much liked storytelling as a model for Life Itself and this may be a hint that it's due for retirement. In Canada it had a particularly strong run as a model for Canadian culture.
The brand new Academy of the Impossible plans to take a step beyond hacktivism toward the integration of online agitation with direct action in the streets, that the Occupy movements have embodied.
Reactions to Steven Spielberg's film version of Tintin, The Secret of the Unicorn, have been intense, especially in Europe, where Tintin has been a cultural marker since the 1930s.
What may have been unique this past year was a collapse of the conventional fountains of authority and respect. In the Arab world that meant governments. But in the West, it meant big business.
I'd like to join the war against the war against Christmas: a cause bravely championed by muffled voices in the catacombs like Bill O'Reilly at Fox News and Rex Murphy on CBC.
Even now, as we speak, 153 august trade ministers from the nations of the World Trade Organization are gathered in Geneva to chant the ancient spells for warding off economic disaster.
Watching a hockey game on TV, even though you know it's happening right now, has a predetermined feel. You can't do anything to affect it, but it affects you.