As part of its 75th anniversary, the CBC is showing an hour this Sunday of old Wayne and Shuster comedy material. They appeared for almost 50 years, first on radio; then they made the leap to TV.
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 Globe and Mail.
I think it was the battle for justice, especially on larger social issues, that drew him in. Jack Layton seemed most at home speaking for those who lacked the levers of wealth or power.
If you want to give your kids a sense of the Cold War, take them to a council meeting at city hall. Look for Giorgio Mammoliti.
You can have religion without fanaticism and dogma, and you can have fanaticism and dogma without a religion in sight. The ability to hold a deep, irrational certainty is a basic human trait.
Maybe they should have postponed Barack Obama's 50th birthday party until he shows signs of growing up a bit. He first looked callow, like a kid not quite up to it, in his BP oil spill speech.
The most chilling phrase in the Norwegian horror was the killer's statement, through his lawyer, that it was "atrocious," or in another translation "gruesome," or even just that he was sorry.
Discarnate is my fave among the many terms slung by Marshall McLuhan, who'd have turned 100 yesterday. It means, Philip Marchand wrote here, "almost literally bodiless."
Can we declare a moratorium on Canadian Schadenfreude over Rupert Murdoch and his British tabs? They deserve what they're getting and more. But it tends to conceal the mote in our own eye.
The film Bad Teacher is an attack on a rotten system that overstresses test results and undermines real teaching. It's satire, stupid, in the tradition of classical theatre like Moliere's plays.
Our table is set for multiplicity by our past experience. And it's made inevitable by our present reality: globalization, immigration, birth rate, underpopulation.