Rick Salutin

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.

Aug 17, 2003

Outage, a case for anarchy

Anarchism: It just might work. The traffic lights and everything else in Toronto went down at 4:10 p.m. By 4:20, the complex intersection at Spadina and Harbord was running more or less as usual, wit
Aug 1, 2003

You can get blood from Stones

The Rolling Stones don't pretend to be young; they just maintain contact with their youthful impulses, while not denying their age. Mick Jagger continuing at 70? I don't see why not.
Jul 25, 2003

Tim Danson and victims' rights

With the initial investigation into Holly Jones' murder over and a trial yet to come, I'd like to focus on a peripheral element in these grim cases that keeps growing more prominent. Lawyer Tim Danso
Jul 18, 2003

Should we hear this voice?

I'd like to honour the memory of murdered Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi by discussing an issue of free expression here in Canada — an issue that is far less dramatic yet part of the same
Jul 11, 2003

Are we trying to bug them?

For years, the main irritant we provided was more sober: our universal public health-care system, known as &#0147the Canadian example.&#0148 Ralph Nader is always citing it as what Americans could ha
Jun 27, 2003

That’s the Living Truth

Near the end of the federal Tory leadership race, candidates&#146; debates aired for successive nights from Toronto, first on TVO, then <i>Newsworld</i>. I watched one at home and attended the other
Jun 20, 2003

R.I.P. Gregory Peck and Pierre Bourgault

Hollywood&#146;s Gregory Peck, who died last week, and Pierre Bourgault, who died in Montreal this week at 69, both embodied past struggles that are still around, in different forms, today.
Jun 13, 2003

No More Pussyfooting Around on Israel

The Mideast road map wasn&#146;t a victim of the latest spate of violence. It was the cause. The plan does not even try to end the Israeli occupation. Rather, it pledges a Palestinian state that is &
Jun 6, 2003

History is What Happened This Morning

The historic legacy of the Conservatives, for more than a century, right into the Mulroney years, was opposition to free trade. Brian Mulroney ran for leader in 1983 as a free-trade foe and promised
May 30, 2003

Morbid Thoughts in Morbid Times

When I say globalization is death, I don&#146;t just mean the diffusion of disease due to uncontrolled global market forces and deregulation. I also mean the death of the ability to think self-protec


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