This must have been a week of cognitive dissonance for Trudeau. He apologized emotionally for Canada's turning away of Holocaust refugees, while slamming the door Nigerian asylum seekers from the U.S.
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.
What I like about the blender model is it still leaves room for change and for wide swings between options, versus being stuck in a static politics of us versus them.
Toronto's van attack tested all of us. And not everyone gets a passing grade.
Starbucks is a really irritating corporate juggernaut. They want moral vindication, not just profit margins.
Lenin said there are decades when nothing happens and weeks when decades happen. Then there's Trumptime, when every day seems to last a century of cataclysmic moments and tomorrow is another century.
You're not supposed to brag about deficit because it sounds "fiscally irresponsible" and it may be why Delaney has never been beatified into the cabinet.
I tend to see the horrors of manipulation as less striking than the signs of human ability to act independently anyway. How else do you explain unexpected events like Bernie Sanders' surge?
As Trump's America veers closer to entertainment than politics, citizens are the losers.
The U.S. has seen a return to marches, protest, chants and strikes -- necessary acts that are also fun, writes Rick Salutin.
There's no inherent opposition between democracy and populism. Populism isn't the enemy of democracy; it springs from it and yearns for it. Populism is democratic, that's why they call it populism.