One benefit of crises like Idle No More, especially when they're peaceful but unavoidable, is that they shake up the status quo and make everyone look again at assumptions.
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 script at the Toronto school board this week runs like a remake of Bad Teacher, the 2011 film. It stars (now former) board director Chris Spence, caught plagiarizing in several articles.
The last time the Liberals held an all-out leadership race, in 2006, it was about replacing Stephen Harper's frail minority and wielding power.
Almost all of us miss NHL hockey some of the time. And some of us miss it all of the time: players, owners, sports journalists. But its absence may also be a covert present in this gifting season.
The mystery is why Dalton McGuinty was willing to torpedo everything he stood for. Not just his "legacy," which may be a journalistic flourish, but the goals he seemed to be in it for from the start.
Art Pape, my lifelong friend, died of cancer last week, at 70. For him, success didn't mean mere fame or achievement; it had to be tied to service to others and social justice.
Under globalization, the old work world is gone forever, and not to be mourned. The need isn't to reinstate the past; it's to provide some security and equity under the new dispensation.
I already feel nostalgic for the Rob Ford era in Toronto politics. It was a missed opportunity. A teachable moment that existed too briefly.
It seems to me the Americans discovered, or blundered onto, a new diplomatic strategy. It was this: Agree with everything Israel says, then do exactly what you want anyway.
Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven is now at the McMichael art gallery near Toronto, after what we're told was a successful European tour.