The great feat of public schools is being open to everyone; they offer unique opportunities to learn from those unlike us. That gets lost if school populations are desegregated by program.
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 alternative to socialism is no longer neoliberalism; it's Trumpian racist populism, which is probably a nonstarter in Ontario.
Sophistication lies in giving yourself fully to the present while knowing it's transient, yet keeping in view, somewhere on the horizon, your larger goals.
Conventional soldiers "keeping the peace" could be as fatuous as the obscene "war to end all wars" was. But apparently most Canadians like the idea of peacekeeping -- who wouldn't?
One key indicator of elitism is the notion that worthiness is related to education. I'm all for good public schools but an education makes you educated, not smart. That comes from somewhere else.
If free speech gets shut down it will always be the privileged who benefit because they have the power, the guns, the legal institutions, the money, to bend the final decisions to their ends.
Taking care of big public programs, like health care and better CPP, means you need more revenues to fund them -- and that means more taxes.
The U.S. president has revived the fear of a nuclear holocaust for a new generation.
As news outlets struggle to survive, the obvious solution is public funding
America is known for embracing action and pragmatism versus "theory." But when an enemy actually strikes — hurricanes or mass murderers — it goes limp and turns to the Lord