Rick Salutin August 16
The good up, the bad down, and the ugly. It’s worse than sports scores. No one equates those with a society’s welfare. Yet stock markets have somehow managed to equate themselves with the e
Linda McQuaig August 14
Stand up to big brother. In debates about whether or not to support the expanded U.S. war on terror, it's been argued that full co-operation with the States would give Canada greater influence with W
Jane Kansas August 12
When it comes time to shore up the dock or haul some rock out of the garden, Bill Blaikie, the Winnipeg-Transcona MP in the running for the NDP leadership, seems like the kind of guy who'd be good to
Rick Salutin August 9
Largely to do with the inadequacies of politicians, and the current bent of the gay rights movement, the same-sex marriage debate raises no hard or significant issues for the rest of society.
Thomas Walkom August 6
There have been no calls by outraged opposition politicians for an investigation. And, not a Jones or a Bouchard, there are no "Save Mohamed Mansour Jabarah" fundraising luncheons being organized in
Linda McQuaig August 6
Cocky miscalculations. It turns out the biggest success stories of the new era -- Enron, WorldCom, Global Crossing, Adelphia -- and their giddiest claims of having unlocked the mysteries of ever-incr
Jane Kansas August 6
Of course the radical dyke, small el liberal side of me wants gay marriages to be legal, but I can't comprehend why two people already in for the long haul would want to ape heterosexual convention a
Rick Salutin August 2
I think the cult of personality is the apt model to describe the feeling the Pope envokes, rather than the pop star or celebrity. The personality cult propagates an ideology, a demand to view society
Linda McQuaig July 30
CBC or Radio Free Vatican? Celebration and hype has become the stock-in-trade of the media, but thereâe(TM)s usually a little self-restraint, a faint glimmer of recognition that the media should
Jane Kansas July 30
This week Toronto and Canada welcomed a man who, for millions, stands for the word of God on earth, but for millions more is the symbol of intolerance.
Gil Courtemanche July 30
Zap. Like a lightning bolt in the clear blue skies of political life in Brittany, pooling their shared aspirations for a new participatory democracy, a coalition of socialist and communist members, f
Thomas Walkom July 30
Legal purism? How about the simple rules? The unlawful way the Canadian government gave up Canadian citizen, Mohamed Mansour Jabarah, to be jailed -- without charge or reference to any law or court -
Linda McQuaig July 30
Same old, same old. Guessing the organizers weren't going to get around to it, a group of local anti-poverty activists turned the focus of World Youth Day to homelessness and the rising number of poo
Rachel Giese July 30
What's cooking? Potluck! The government's plans of getting to the root of the structural problems that led to the recent slew of publicized corporate infamies, while chastising the corporate sector f
Thomas Walkom July 27
Given that thousands are homeless in Toronto -- with thousands more being evicted each year -- Toronto and the provincial government might have been expected to do help. Now the Ontario Coalition Aga
Rick Salutin July 26
The cult of personality the Pope possesses undermines World Youth Day and that emergent adolescent sense of autonomy and control. It's no more attractive than any modern personality cult: Chinese you
Scott Piatkowski July 25
Scott Piatkowski
Flush. RRSPs and private pension plans are taking the biggest hit as stocks spiral down the toilet, and the hand on the toilet handle is good old-fashioned corporate greed (something we didn't mind a
Murray Dobbin July 25
Feel Good Corporate Takeover. If Canadians actually buy the argument about C2P3s -- the front-group for some of the world's largest corporations -- providing better and cheaper public services, it wi
Jane Kansas July 24
Puppet Activism. While the children's show "Sesame Street" doesn't deal with how people get sick and die, its first HIV-positive Muppet character, soon to make its debut to children of South Africa,
Thomas Walkom July 23
While the Ontario public obsesses over recently fired Hydro One chief Eleanor Clitheroe, and her expense account fiddling, the real problems stem from Hydro One's fundamentally flawed electricity pol
Thomas Walkom July 21
Good old fashioned American way. Ontario's controversial new MRI and CT scan policy (Speerheaded by Ontario Health Minister Tony Clement), stating Ontarians may pay privately for these procedures out
Rick Salutin July 19
Toronto police have provisionally concluded that last Sunday's murder of David Rosenzweig was not a hate crime and so the media have pretty much decamped, since the story's essence for them was never
Linda McQuaig July 18
The old-boy, crony network continues to thrive as we witness how far things have moved from the days when governments were expected to protect something called the âeoepublic good.âe
Thomas Walkom July 16
Sounding a familliar bell. With anti-semitism as the Christian West's great shame (persisting for centuries) the senseless murder of David Rosenzweig in Toronto, early yesterday, unlocks everyone's f
Scott Piatkowski July 15
Scott Piatkowski
Who wants to play? In sheer numbers, as Canadian society is becoming less homogeneous, and the legacy of progressive immigration policies and multiculturalism is felt more profoundly, soccer is becom
Rick Salutin July 12
On Wall Street, in a speech about the recent cases of economic fraud and deception, President Bush felt a need to "reaffirm the basic principles and rules that make capitalism work." That sounds seri
Jerry West July 11
Jerry West
C'mon Georgie, Play fair. The good news is the International Criminal Court is up and running, the bad news is the United States has, under President George W. Bush, turned its back on international
Gil Courtemanche July 11
Party Emergency. Racing to stem the rising tide of the Action Democratique du Quebec, put the breaks on the right-leaning tendencies within his own Parti Québécois, and inject s
Rachel Giese July 9
While Mayor Mel Lastman fumes over the garbage strike, CUPE 416 leader Brian Cochrane shows poise over the "job-for-life" issue.
Linda McQuaig July 9
Behind Canada’s largest municipal strike in history, is the fact that Toronto is considering privatizing many of its services. But shouldn't recent disastrous corporate behaviour allow us to ret