Almost all of us miss NHL hockey some of the time. And some of us miss it all of the time: players, owners, sports journalists. But its absence may also be a covert present in this gifting season.
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.
The mystery is why Dalton McGuinty was willing to torpedo everything he stood for. Not just his "legacy," which may be a journalistic flourish, but the goals he seemed to be in it for from the start.
Art Pape, my lifelong friend, died of cancer last week, at 70. For him, success didn't mean mere fame or achievement; it had to be tied to service to others and social justice.
Under globalization, the old work world is gone forever, and not to be mourned. The need isn't to reinstate the past; it's to provide some security and equity under the new dispensation.
I already feel nostalgic for the Rob Ford era in Toronto politics. It was a missed opportunity. A teachable moment that existed too briefly.
It seems to me the Americans discovered, or blundered onto, a new diplomatic strategy. It was this: Agree with everything Israel says, then do exactly what you want anyway.
Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven is now at the McMichael art gallery near Toronto, after what we're told was a successful European tour.
Obama couldn't have done it without Romney. But he couldn't have done it without Occupy Wall Street, either. In fact he needed Occupy Wall Street first, in order to make full, effective use of Romney.
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?
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?