There are loads of achievers in this country. But most didn't play a key part in a crisis that was politically charged for the government.
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.
When Rick Salutin studied religion as a student, it was widely felt that almost all cultures had seen a continuity between the divine realm and the natural one. How does this apply to the oil spill?
What is striking, now that we get to see yon leaders in the flesh (on TV), is not the vast, largely arbitrary disruption they have caused here, but their obliviousness to it.
A spectre is haunting Canada, as Marx and Engels said in a different era (and not about Canada): the spectre of the Canadian left.
G20 is like the second coming of SARS, the last time Toronto took a turn on the world stage: a lesson in ways to turn a fairly vibrant town into a desert.
Israel's claim this week that its soldiers killed nine civilians in self-defence on an aid-to-Gaza flotilla it had boarded is at best tone deaf. It strains credibility.
If there are redemptive elements in this, they exist far outside the courtroom, in Sheppard's brother, kids, his cycling comrades and his dad.
Is there an alternative? Would candidate Derek Chadbourne, who is a bike courier and runs a local repair shop, be any different?
The CBC and Conservative David Frum are like two ships passing in the ideological night, one being criticized for being too left and the other for being too right.
It's worth listening to what the people say, and not just to those who insult, demean and dismiss them.