Michele Landsberg January 26
Last week, U.S. President George Bush decided to withhold the US$45-million both houses of Congress had agreed to give to the United Nations Population Fund. The impact of this sudden decision will b
Rick Salutin January 25
Rick Salutin
Don't blame the privatizers because of our crumbling health care system. They've tried everything, including accusations of timidity. "I hope you will overcome the fear of change," Ralph Klein told A
Lyle Stewart January 25
Monitoring the state of Canadian sovereignty might be akin to keeping an endangered-species list. But there are some interesting developments on the sovereignty watch this week.
Thomas Walkom January 24
That weak spot is the phrase "medically necessary" in the Canada Health Act, the federal law governing medicare. When Alberta Premier Ralph Klein announced this week he plans to radically reform medi
Rachel Giese January 24
After her six-year battle with the feminists at the Vancouver Rape Crisis and Women's Shelter, Kimberley Nixon has won the right to volunteer there. Nixon, a transsexual woman who had gender reassign
Dalton Camp January 23
It is not at all certain that our American allies have a handle on the war they so eagerly got themselves (and us) into. In the clamour of patriotism and the appealing visuals of air bombings, it is
Tom Walkom January 22
Asked about Alberta's new law allowing private hospitals, federal Health Minister Anne McLellan says she has no objection as long as these institutions operate within the parameters of the Canada Hea
Michele Landsberg January 20
Whatever the financial woes we face now and in the future, Toronto has inherited a safe, solid transit system (with on-time subways), the sine qua non of a successful modern city.
Dalton Camp January 20
The Defence Minister and the Canadian government has defaulted in its responsibilities to its Armed Forces and to the Canadian people by wobbling and waffling on the issue of the disposition and proc
Michele Landsberg January 19
That fact alone speaks to our shallow and sensationalist interest in the topic; if we really gave a damn, we wouldn't begrudge the tax dollars to support way more prevention.
Lyle Stewart January 18
If nothing else, it's going to be fun watching the neo-conservatives try to do an ideological end-run around the Enron implosion.
Roy Adams January 18
Uncle Sam justified his incursion in Afghanistan on the basis that he is actually engaging in pre-emptive self defence. That justification is dubious according to those who have knowledge of the fine
Rick Salutin January 18
Rick Salutin
Since the 1960s, it has felt like Canadians either had to fight the Americans or join them; and since then the pressures have kept increasing. After September 11, the issues here are not just politic
Rachel Giese January 17
Some Americans might be heartened to find out that their president is just regular folks, a guy who likes to kick back in front of the TV on the weekend. Trouble is, he's not just some working stiff,
Judy Rebick January 16
Judy Rebick
In cabinet, John Manley has moved to the top of the totem poll because of his performance post-September 11. Ottawa insiders tell us that Manley has performed superbly as foreign minister but it's ha
Dalton Camp January 16
The fall of Enron, friend and spoiled child of the Bush administration, its principal donor and maximum financial supporter, has been described as a systemic failure in which Murphy's law presided ov
Tom Walkom January 15
If September 11 was an act of war, why are those captured in the aftermath not treated as prisoners of war? It is considered legitimate self-defence for the U.S. and its allies to invade Afghanistan.
Linda McQuaig January 14
Mainstream media are not particularly interested in stories suggesting the rich enjoy favourable treatment from government. So it wasn't surprising there was minimal coverage last month of the final
Lyle Stewart January 11
In contrast to last week's outbreak of Grinch-hood, today I'll try on an optimistic and quite possibly rose-tinted pair of lenses to see what 2002 could be like. What follows is much more a wish list
Rick Salutin January 11
Rick Salutin
The question of whether art imitates life or the reverse has long been settled: art, in the crass sense, won. Most of us have seen far more images of reality than we have actual landscapes, personali
Roy Adams January 11
We ought to be wary of the policy prescriptions flowingprimarily from theoretical economics. Much of the so-called neo-liberal agenda that has been driving economic policy for two decades springs fro
Rachel Giese January 10
The only remotely good news is that the destruction of the environment has been created by humans and is still, but just barely, within the hands of humans to fix.
Bill Tieleman January 10
The latest - and lowest - plan from the British Columbia Liberal government is to privatize welfare, contracting out service delivery to corporations whose profits will come from increasing misery fo
Dalton Camp January 9
Canada should examine the motives of those who seem so eager to put Canadian lives at risk in Afghanistan when and where our presence is not really needed and for no true purpose or clear end.
Tom Walkom January 8
An increasing number of influential economists, politicians and business leaders want this country to follow Argentina's path, to adopt the American dollar. All point to the euro, the new single curr
Rick Salutin January 5
Rick Salutin
I dream of writing on Stockwell Day or globalization once again. I don't even think this is a war, yet I repeatedly call it that. Maybe I hear quotes around it in my mind, but forget to insert them.
Rachel Giese January 4
It's true that nothing could be a better legacy for September 11 than a shift in American values from selfishness and self-absorption to compassion and generosity. But the irony is that America, even
Roy Adams January 3
A recent Supreme Court decision rejected Ontario's labour legislation, which denied agricultural workers the right to organize. The court went on to state that Canadians share this fundamental right,
Rick Salutin December 28
Rick Salutin
During this holiday season, the columnist explores journamentalism, tribalism and culture in community.
Rachel Giese December 27
Where to even begin? The big ones are too horribly obvious: the terrible terrorist attacks of September 11 and the violence and repression that's been employed to avenge them; the women-hating Taliba