Deep social change happens so slowly it looks like nothing is happening. The imminent legalization of (nonmedical) marijuana is a perfect example.
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.
What if the owning and renting classes simply view a basic income as another source to be scarfed up, so it ends up merely expanding the gulf between the rich and the rest?
The fog of war obscures the truth from Vimy to Mosul and Allepo.
The question isn't the tedious: When was someone radicalized? It is: how did this mayhem become so normal over so much time?
This budget rocked, in one sense: it did a 180 on the stifling monomania of the last 30 years -- the obsession with deficits.
A new model for funding journalism could hardly be odder than the match between journalism with its solemn civic duties on one hand and profit-driven ads on the other.
In hard times populism, which basically embodies the comprehensible anger of the majority, stands ready, but requires an outlet.
Motion M-103, the mild declaration (nothing more, no legal force at all) of concern for the rights and especially safety of Muslims in Canada, is the PC controversy writ small.
Like all great labour leaders, Bob White felt it wasn't just about getting more stuff for his members; it was about addressing the social roots of inequality and ugliness.
Smartness has subtly insinuated itself everywhere -- except, apparently, among voters. Smart won't ever replace fair; that's just stupid.