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.
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.
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.
<p> This election is like a snapshot of Canadian political culture. Snap it fast. </p>
Electoral politics is still basically about aggregating people, not dividing them -- which the Democratic establishment does in a freakily similar way to what they accuse Trump of.
I think it's largely arbitrary whether you choose to be amazed that people don't learn solidarity from viole catastrophes or that they do.