Tim Hudak is a great example of the damage a good education can do. So is Stephen Harper. Both are products of university economics departments in the late 20th century.
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.
Mandela presided over a total, noble victory against apartheid -- from his cell! Personally it convinced me to never make historical predictions, or despair about anything political.
Consider this column a Canadian afterparty for last weekend's 50th anniversary show of Doctor Who. In a charming film prelude, the final acting credit reads, "Bryan Cox as Sydney Newman."
We keep count: over three recent days, U.S. media reports on Rob Ford were mentioned 200 times in Canada and 700 times in the U.S. That's reports of reports, not the story itself.
I enter the Rob Ford discussion solely for what we can learn from it; not, God forbid, because it's totally, morbidly mesmerizing.
I find the presence of Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn on the free speech podium puzzling. I'm for free speech up to and including outright hate. But the heroization is irritating.
Thrice the brinded cat hath mewed/ Thrice and once the hedge-pig whined/ Harper cries 'tis time, 'tis time: A return to the Shakespearean origins of the drama in Canada's Senate.
A smart incubation program for immigrants doesn't mean making a deal with them; it means being the kind of society they want to be part of and contribute to.
Public opinion in apparently all western countries, including the U.S., opposes a strike on Syria on "their" grounds; people have made it through the crapstorm.
The Parti Québécois government in Quebec is floating a "Charter of Quebec Values." It makes me nostalgic for the old days of Quebec nationalism.