The legalization of cannabis this week, and many Canadians' relieved reactions, underlined how rarely governments do something that genuinely alters people's daily lives.
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.
Howard Zinn said that it's always one step forward, two back. But today's regressive feels so depressive partly due to the proud ignorance that accompanies it.
Toronto is a city people love, but its strength is in its neighbourhoods and demographics, not its leadership. As we gear up to face Ford, wouldn't it be nice to have strong mayoral representation?
Why is "war of civilizations" discourse enjoying a revival? Canadian nationalism lacks traction with youth and a Pew poll from last week showed 74 per cent Canadian support for welcoming refugees?
Why are venerable institutions going back centuries so vulnerable? And what sustains decency and democracy in trying times, if not history and institutions? It's something simple.
Canada is a prime example of a blighted electoral system. We routinely endure governments that got around 40 per cent of votes and act like absolute monarchies.
In rejigging NAFTA, Trump seems to have delivered on one of his main pledges, which no one anticipated.
U.S. deep state villains are called 'patriots' for preventing Trump coup.
Two of Robert Lepage's shows were cancelled: SLAV, while in production in Montreal, and Kanata, a collaboration with Ariane Mnouchkine's Théâtre du Soleil in Paris.
It's not always easy, in extreme situations, to find the right words.