It's true universities have expanded democratically in the past 50 years and become "mass" institutions -- usually said with a sneer in the current debate. But what's wrong with that?
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.
I keep hearing people ask about the Globe and Mail. Their questions are like: What's with the Globe? Who does it think it is? What's it trying to be?
You could build economic structures on hockey fan passions, confident that they won't easily ebb away. Why not? Because feeling part of larger things is at our core.
Sarah Polley's new documentary isn't a story, though it's about stories, as its title says, which are forged from the material of life.
What an odd moment Barack Obama's collapse in Wednesday's TV debate was, much like Robert Redford's in The Candidate. We all have go-to cultural images and that's one of mine.
What's with Stephen Harper's anglophilia -- lavish royal visits, restoring "royal" to the navy and air force -- and now Canada-U.K. embassy mergers?
The Internet rescues political humour. I don't mean humour about politicians, which is doing fine. I mean the gormless putative humour voiced by politicians.
It's in teachers' own interests to demand, through their unions, that teachers be at the heart of the system -- by having a major say on what happens in their classrooms.
Big audiences come with and without taste. Here's where you start to see Stursberg's real problem. The guy, as Steve Jobs said about Microsoft, simply has no taste.
There was nothing fraudulent about the way Rob Ford became mayor. It may be dispiriting but it wasn't illegal or immoral and the flaws it exposed are built deep into the system.