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.

Jun 8, 2001

We Have a Failure to Differentiate

This week the Alliance and Conservative parties got together to talk about uniting the right under a new name. People in the NDP talked about creating a new party and uniting the right. But no matter
Jun 1, 2001

Tell Us No Stories, Tell Us No Lies

U.S. politics' sole genius is the ability to generate high-speed drama from from a standing start. Last week's Jim Jeffords story proved one thing: the high drama of a political event is in inverse p
May 25, 2001

Democracy's No-Brainers and False Parallels

Bad press for proportional representation. Workers' right to choose. Politics at the People's Summit. Settlements, violence and the power of the state of Isreal. Did the media really do in Stockwell
May 11, 2001

Why Hockey Grips Fans

Violence simmers in hockey, then it bursts out, then it simmers some more. I'm always amazed at the number of people I go to hockey games with - many, given my circles, of a left-wing or even pacifis
Apr 20, 2001

Just Don't Have Fun in Quebec

The worst thing Chrétien can say about the protesters is that they are going to Quebec to have a good time - as if enjoying yourself while doing something significant is unthinkable.
Sep 26, 2008

In praise of weak leadership

<i>Maclean's</i> began its issue on "The Leaders" with: "That every federal election is about leadership is axiomatic." Well, axioms are worth challenging &#151; parallel lines never intersect, the f
Sep 19, 2008

The piano man and the economic crisis

This week, I toured the rebuilt, expanded Royal Conservatory of Music on Bloor Street in Toronto, between the new museum and the new Varsity Stadium. It's bright and busy, it hums (trills, rumbles, e


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