Rick Salutin June 1
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
Parker Barss Donham May 30
Sydney, Nova Scotia is the site of what's commonly regarded as the worst industrial waste dump in Canada - if not North America. But bureaucrats and politicians are slowing the clean-up efforts.
Murray Dobbin May 29
A Burnaby B.C. high-school science project uncovered groundwater contamination courtesy of the local Chevron refinery. Turns out that the provincial environment ministry already knew of the toxic lev
Parker Barss Donham May 28
Nova Scotia Speaker of the House Murray Scott wants to increase security in the Nova Scotia Legislature. But each incremental restriction of access makes contact between citizens and lawmakers less n
Rick Salutin May 25
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
Parker Barss Donham May 13
A decade after the Marshall Commission reported its findings of police racism, two lawyers have effectively been fined a million bucks for asserting that an illegal search of three 12-year-old black
Rick Salutin May 11
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
Rachel Giese May 11
One caller is cheesed off because his girlfriend won't have sex when he comes home drunk. Enzo doesn't know why his wife is so mad because he stood her up on their fifth anniversary to go to a hockey
Parker Barss Donham May 9
Some older, wiser Nova Scotia Tory should have a word with newcomer Cecil Clarke; tell him to dial it back before he does his career permanent damage. Let the dinosaurs in the Tory Caucus take some o
Judy Rebick May 8
Judy Rebick
With the first volley of tear gas, a pink dragon flew over the police. One protester said that he thought he was hallucinating when he saw it.
Linda McQuaig May 7
Scrambling to convince doctors and hospitals to treat you when you have no money but desperately need their services is an idea so wild that it's hard for us Canadians to get our heads around it. But
Parker Barss Donham May 6
Nova Scotia has the highest rates of cancer in Canada, and within the province, Cape Breton is a hot spot for lung, breast and stomach cancer. Yet the scope of the problem, the magnitude of the risk
Rick Salutin May 4
There is something obscene about turning a work of art into a product for sale, even though it happens all the time.
Parker Barss Donham May 2
A marijuana activist sues the Crown and a judge for violating his rights.
Murray Dobbin April 30
The past fifteen years has seen a relentless downsizing of social democracy to the point where soon all that will be left is market democracy. That's the brand promoted by the United States and Canad
Parker Barss Donham April 29
To portray many groups as isolationist or anti-trade may be rhetorically satisfying, but it's logically absurd. They oppose neither trade nor globalization. They object to trade deals that enshrine c
Parker Barss Donham April 29
The Wall of Shame was a repugnant departure from the democratic norms that Canadians pride themselves in, an unwelcome intrusion of Indonesian crowd control into a country with a deep tradition of ci
Rick Salutin April 27
Two guys who inspired one columnist to be a columnist.
Judy Rebick April 26
Judy Rebick
The rule of law broke down. A significant and important part of the population withdrew their consent to be governed. The state was reduced to what Karl Marx called its essence - an armed body of men
Parker Barss Donham April 25
The Nova Scotia NDP is not a philosophy club, a reading circle, or a discussion group. It is a political party, one that, in the two years before MacDonald assumed its leadership, had seriously chall
Linda McQuaig April 23
What's new about the trade deals today isn't that they promote trade. What's new is that they promote trade (and investment) - at the expense of everything else.
Parker Barss Donham April 23
A handful of police reinforcements arrived and fired tear gas, firmly implanting the idea of leaving in the protesters' minds. But the gas soon dissipated and the protesters returned.
Rick Salutin April 20
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.
Murray Dobbin April 19
Free trade proponents ask the rhetorical question: Whom do these demonstrators represent? The answer may just be the 90 per cent of Canadians who think its time these negotiations were opened up to p
Parker Barss Donham April 18
There's no reason to expect mainstream media to cover this weekend's protest and any ensuing police violence more accurately than they did in Seattle.
Parker Barss Donham April 14
As it stands, Nova Scotia's bill to regulate lobbyists will require more from nonprofits than it does from business. Here's how.
Rick Salutin April 13
The current debate about hockey's dapper host and his alleged favouritism isn't about the game and it isn't about bias. It's about the human condition.
Judy Rebick April 13
Judy Rebick
Those commentators who are concerned that the media focus is too much on police repression and not enough on the actual issues raised by the trade agreements should relax. Democracy is the issue and
Linda McQuaig April 9
Under the guise of a trade deal, we've created stronger international rights for corporations to be free from constraints on their profit-making than for humans to be free from beatings, execution an
Murray Dobbin April 2
The security buildup for the Quebec Summit is not a case of the police getting out of control. The problem is precisely that they are in control.