I think I know what the Occupy movements mean to say and over which they are reproached by ill-wishers and well-wishers alike (e.g., "vast potential... untethered to many real-world goals").
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'd like to treat the national celebration of the return of the Winnipeg Jets -- along with the simultaneous debate over fighting and violence -- as a contemporary case of Depression Culture.
Amira Hass uses "normal," which seems like a bland word, in an intensely moral way that jolts you: This cannot be the norm for human behaviour.
The old Progressive Conservatives shared the zeitgeist of an earlier time. It involved a sense of the usefulness of government and the importance of some kind of social solidarity.
Stephen Harper is an imperial chore boy for all seasons. His foreign policy is a rehash and mishmash of U.K. and U.S. imperial elements -- even his reframing of the War of 1812.
The genius of the Ford position is that we are losing sight of the fact that there is anything to debate in politics except how to save money.
Last Sunday in Stratford I saw Seana McKenna play Shakespeare's Richard III in a stunning version of that amazing play. It was also deeply relevant to us politically.
American politics reached a bizarre point: in order to justify their existence, government leaders decided to do something about what we have always agreed you can't do anything about: the weather.
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.
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.