Originally published in The Toronto Star
(Most articles transcribed from StraightGoods.ca)
Columns posted: 165
Harper relies on stoking resentments in discreet class war - Dateline: 07-May-13
Thatcher-style attempt to crush unions would leave Canadian workers powerless
Harper claims tax haven crackdown, yet he opened floodgates for corporations
- Dateline: 09-Apr-13
Tax havens could be shut down with same technology used for passport control
Chavez depicted as tyrant for challenging Western oil domination - Dateline: 12-Mar-13
Venezuela's Robin Hood championed rising up of Third World
Workplace rights are still in style - Dateline: 12-Feb-13
Folks who brought you the weekend under siege in anti-union attacks.
Canada's energy juggernaut hits a native roadblock - Dateline: 14-Jan-13
Aboriginal people's insistence on their constitutional rights may be the last best hope of Canadians to reverse our reckless disregard for the dictates of Mother Earth.
Assault-style weapons easily available in Canada - Dateline: 17-Dec-12
Shopping online, it's easy to forget that assault weapons are machines designed explicitly to kill humans in warfare.
Fight against climate change blocked by Luddites at Big Oil - Dateline: 19-Nov-12
Fossil fuel companies unwilling to write off trillions in proven reserves.
"Binders full of women" and the myth of a new Matriarchy - Dateline: 22-Oct-12
Reports of "End of Men" exaggerated: they still earn lots more.
The Biggest Heist in Modern Times - Dateline: 25-Sep-12
Mitt Romney and the end of Conservatism.
Good wages key to recovery - Dateline: 28-Aug-12
Downscaling wages counterproductive.
Media ignore climate change - Dateline: 05-Aug-12
Even in heat wave, government and media silent on global warming.
Shooting the hippo – again - Dateline: 02-Jul-12
Austerity is an ideological need, not an economic one.
Anti-terrorism law to name ecologists as threat - Dateline: 04-Jun-12
Stephen Harper government turns environmentalists into public enemies.
Quebec students challenge dogma - Dateline: 07-May-12
Subsidizing education creates workers to carry pension costs.
Ontario headed for a showdown - Dateline: 23-Apr-12
NDP's Andrea Horwath reclaims social contract.
Jet costs an inside joke - Dateline: 09-Apr-12
Harperites fib about F-35 costs while imposing "austerity" budget.
Scale of robocall scandal - Dateline: 13-Mar-12
Widespread voter suppression big league for Canada.
Confined to cuts - Dateline: 13-Feb-12
Drummond Commission's mandate did not permit tax increases.
The brutality of unfettered capitalism - Dateline: 16-Jan-12
Ottawa favours foreign companies over local workers.
World's poor pay for PM's policies - Dateline: 19-Dec-11
Harper's sabotage of climate change remedies hurts Africa most.
Occupy brings a new focus - Dateline: 21-Nov-11
Protesters moving us from the terror era to the income-inequality era.
OWS makes greed obsolete - Dateline: 24-Oct-11
Occupiers call social norms into question.
The great northern tax haven - Dateline: 26-Sep-11
As US and UK move to tax rich more, Canada hangs back.
Eulogy uplifts progressives - Dateline: 05-Sep-11
Stephen Harper had to rise each time Stephen Lewis inspired a standing ovation.
Debt crisis disguised tax grab - Dateline: 08-Aug-11
Tycoons laughing all the way to the bank.
Pomp, pageantry and unions - Dateline: 11-Jul-11
Royals' visit obscures new attacks on labour, middle class.
Canada mines African discontent - Dateline: 07-Jun-11
Tanzanian uprising against Barrick Gold leaves seven villagers shot dead.
The trouble with the TFSA - Dateline: 02-May-11
Tax Free Savings Accounts are first step to abolishing tax on capital gains.
Lush potential for coalition - Dateline: 11-Apr-11
Opposition parties could sign an accord to achieve certain goals.
Behind looming cutbacks - Dateline: 21-Mar-11
Luxury for the rich but "realism" for the rest of us.
The hedge fund manager and the nurse - Dateline: 07-Mar-11
Time to question the way economic dogma values different kinds of work.
Universities' corporate temptation - Dateline: 21-Feb-11
Big donors set parameters unfriendly to social analysis.
Westerners kept Arabs from democracy - Dateline: 07-Feb-11
Despots relied on weapons from US and other countries.
Harper's strange victory - Dateline: 24-Jan-11
PM promotes antiquated Father Knows Best worldview.
In the crosshairs of the right - Dateline: 10-Jan-11
Arizona shooting highlights media deference to violent right-wing rhetoric.
Canada discovers trickle-up economics - Dateline: 27-Dec-10
Middle- and lower-income Canadians are subsidizing the rich.
G20 protesters ran into secret law - Dateline: 13-Dec-10
Secret Ombuds report reveals beating videos, resurrected Public Works Protection police powers.
Support for seniors threatened - Dateline: 29-Nov-10
Public pensions better than private for reducing poverty among elderly.
Equality slipping away - Dateline: 15-Nov-10
Wealth sharing needs new champions.
Astroturf alert in USA - Dateline: 01-Nov-10
Koch brothers' fortunes fertilize so-call grassroots Tea Party.
UN snub could haunt Conservatives - Dateline: 18-Oct-10
World, Canadians, still prefer to see Canada as a peacekeeping nation.
Unearned wealth - Dateline: 04-Oct-10
Tax-exempt fortunes feed inequality.
Registry no threat to freedom - Dateline: 20-Sep-10
Registration a small price to pay for protecting public safety.
Pay cuts for poor, tax cuts for rich - Dateline: 06-Sep-10
Ontario's civil service wage cuts will subsidize effects of tax cuts for banks.
Harper's meeting with Rupert Murdoch - Dateline: 23-Aug-10
Media-hating PM seems eager to see Faux [Fox] News in Canada.
F-35 jets are useless without war - Dateline: 09-Aug-10
Worse is MacKay's explanation that purchase will help armed forces grow.
Making it easier to ignore the poor - Dateline: 26-Jul-10
Census gives essential data on income distribution.
Ignoring nature's wake-up call - Dateline: 12-Jul-10
Oil companies, governments, shrug off horror of BP's Gulf gusher.
Leaders play, people pay - Dateline: 28-Jun-10
Before the summit even began, Harper was clearly gearing up for a crackdown.
Canada complicit in flotilla "farce" - Dateline: 14-Jun-10
Harper embraced Netanyahu, despite world outcry.
G20: Protest-phobia - Dateline: 31-May-10
Government, media smearing protesters before G20 even starts.
New voice for the financial elite - Dateline: 17-May-10
CD Howe Institute launches new centre on monetary policy.
Restraint hits poor the hardest - Dateline: 03-May-10
Ontario's austerity program literally takes food out of the mouths of the hungry.
Culture of greed under attack - Dateline: 19-Apr-10
The SEC finally is taking action against Wall Street.
Warm, with a chance of disaster - Dateline: 05-Apr-10
Oil companies fund fog of uncertainty on climate change.
Guns, not butter - Dateline: 22-Mar-10
Harperites try to turn Canada into aggressive pipsqueak of the north.
Ontario condemns dissent at universities - Dateline: 08-Mar-10
Legislature wrong to condemn "Israeli Apartheid Week" on campuses.
Ontario condemns dissent at universities - Dateline: 08-Mar-10
Legislature wrong to condemn "Israeli Apartheid Week" on campuses.
Restraint for everything but sports - Dateline: 22-Feb-10
Canada spends $6 billion for Olympics but budget holds line on health and education.
Flaherty nixes Tobin tax - Dateline: 08-Feb-10
Harperites obstruct G7 push for tax on financial speculation.
Populism masks elitists - Dateline: 25-Jan-10
Nothing could be less populist than the right's agenda.
Proroguing shuts down investigation - Dateline: 11-Jan-10
Harper's decision cut off inquiry into possible complicity in torture.
Afghan detainees a serious issue - Dateline: 14-Dec-09
Knowingly transferring prisoners to be tortured amounts to a war crime.
A hero stands up to cowboys - Dateline: 30-Nov-09
Richard Colvin has demonstrated a rare level of integrity and courage.
Financial elite back in the saddle - Dateline: 16-Nov-09
Fraser Institute gala will revel in having dodged the bullet when the economy collapsed.
Harper's extremism is showing - Dateline: 02-Nov-09
Harperites set tone that encourages attacks on open campus debates about Israel.
Bankers' salaries still rising - Dateline: 19-Oct-09
Banks and securities firms are on track to pay employees a record $140 billion.
Give peace a seat at cabinet table - Dateline: 05-Oct-09
NDP MP and Liberal MP call for a Department of Peace.
Americans would rather die than share - Dateline: 21-Sep-09
US debate on health care is a warning to Canadians.
Different rules for the rich - Dateline: 07-Sep-09
Wealth stored in tax havens is out of sight, out of mind.
Beware American fibs about Canadian programs - Dateline: 10-Aug-09
Right promotes profit over people in health care, pensions.
NATO is an unwelcome wedding guest - Dateline: 27-Jul-09
Canada continues to kill civilians in Afghanistan.
Employers use crisis to demand concessions - Dateline: 13-Jul-09
Toronto's city workers find themselves blamed for economic crisis.
Finance Minister promotes new right-wing think tank - Dateline: 29-Jun-09
Minister's office denies any impropriety in letter and private dinner supporting the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.
Taped Raitt talk reflects poorly on Liberals - Dateline: 15-Jun-09
Cash-strapped party said to have been influenced by bankers, CEOs.
Deficit trumps EI, social spending - Dateline: 01-Jun-09
Harperites blame deficit on unemployed, not on tax cuts or military spending.
Mulroney's evasions - Dateline: 18-May-09
Former PM has at least 225,000 reasons for his relentless secrecy on Schreiber's payments.
A peace plank for Ignatieff - Dateline: 04-May-09
New Liberal leader needs to position himself politically.
Corporations blame unions for economic meltdown - Dateline: 20-Apr-09
Elite deflect blame, settle old scores, by demanding concessions from auto workers.
Why Harper barred Galloway - Dateline: 06-Apr-09
PM feared British MP's message on Middle East, Afghanistan.
Getting a grip on greed - Dateline: 23-Mar-09
Focus on AIG bailout misses the bigger picture.
Those poor, persecuted rich people - Dateline: 09-Mar-09
Obama's budget plan would shift more than $1 trillion US of the tax burden from the middle class onto high-income earners.
Obama's star power dazzles - Dateline: 23-Feb-09
Real question is whether he can get the job done.
About those bank CEO salaries... - Dateline: 09-Feb-09
There is no evidence that phenomenal pay packages inspire higher performance levels.
Financial elite have no shame - Dateline: 26-Jan-09
Even in face of crisis, they continue to push for tax cuts instead of stimulus.
Canada has role to play in Mideast - Dateline: 12-Jan-09
Harper should follow Robert Stanfield's example and try to be a "fair interlocutor".
Israel continues to get unshakable support from Harper - Dateline: 05-Jan-09
Problematic nature of promises takes on a new dimension with intense attack on Gaza Strip.
Geopolitics of oil - Dateline: 01-Jan-09
Prices may have fallen but black gold retains its unique ability to fuel international conflicts.
Good looks, nobel lineage, spineless - Dateline: 15-Dec-08
New Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff seems to lack convictions.
Majority is heard at last - Dateline: 01-Dec-08
A Liberal-NDP coalition promises to be a superior government than one run by Harper.
Harper still supports Bush - Dateline: 17-Nov-08
At G20, Harper sides with Bush in opposing re-regulation of financial markets.
"Common good" rediscovered - Dateline: 03-Nov-08
The new president is going to need a whole new set of policy tools.
Maybe the rich are the problem - Dateline: 20-Oct-08
Suddenly, "spreading the wealth" no long seems unthinkable.
Bulking up Pentagon North - Dateline: 06-Oct-08
Harperites already announced their intention to spend half a trillion dollars on the military.
Harper pushes "Alberta Agenda" - Dateline: 22-Sep-08
His economic toolbox has only one tool: tax cuts.
Real leaders are willing to take risks - Dateline: 08-Sep-08
Stephen Harper says that tackling global warming would be too risky.
Twisting the concept of "elite" - Dateline: 02-Sep-08
Republicans distort language to conceal their real allegiances.
Disarmed to nuclear danger - Dateline: 18-Aug-08
Iran has no nukes but the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, Israel, India and Pakistan have more than 20,000.
Behind Obama's rhetoric - Dateline: 29-Jul-08
His main attraction is the notion that he is going to bring about real change.
Canadian energy policy "Made in USA" - Dateline: 15-Jul-08
The window may be closing on what's left of Canadian decision-making power over our own energy.
Big Oil poised to make triumphant return to Iraq - Dateline: 05-Jul-08
Small service contracts announced last week are a step toward major development deals.
Averting Our Gaze From US Cruelty - Dateline: 30-Jun-08
Does the president of the United States have the right to order a detainee buried alive?
Changing the "market rules" rule - Dateline: 16-Jun-08
John Maynard Keynes solved the Depression by figuring out sometimes it's alright for governments to intervene.
Reopen NAFTA, reclaim our oil - Dateline: 02-Jun-08
Canada will need tough negotiators to gain parity in trade agreement.
A loss of balance on Israel - Dateline: 20-May-08
May was a 60th anniversary – albeit a very different kind – for Palestinians too.
StatsCan reports rising inequality - Dateline: 05-May-08
Post accuses StatsCan of fomenting class war for reporting the facts.
Crime and (mild) punishment - Dateline: 21-Apr-08
The killing of Paul Croutch sounds almost like a hate crime against the homeless.
Media cheerleaders miss story - Dateline: 07-Apr-08
The US has succeeded in getting Canada to take the lead in an unpopular counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan.
Iraq war illegal and botched - Dateline: 24-Mar-08
Worse, no lesson has been learned.
MPs to vote on extending mission of torture - Dateline: 10-Mar-08
Liberals and Harperites focus on good intentions, not interrogation practices.
Dion caves, Harper raves - Dateline: 25-Feb-08
Harper trumpets plans to divert ever-larger sums to armaments.
Keep Pearson out of it - Dateline: 04-Feb-08
Afghanistan mission bears no similarity at all to Pearson's peacekeeping force in the Sinai.
Energy hogs rule - Dateline: 21-Jan-08
Elites love to pig out on energy.
Decoding US politics - Dateline: 14-Jan-08
Republican candidate debate underscores differences between Americans and Canadians.
Americans are shrinking - Dateline: 07-Jan-08
Height appears to be a useful measure of the well-being of a nation's citizens.
Downplaying Mulroney's offence - Dateline: 10-Dec-07
Far from digging for facts, media seem to be looking for excuses for PM accepting cash.
Media give Harper an easy ride - Dateline: 03-Dec-07
Few challenge PM on his unpopular Kyoto stand.
Mulroney offers no explanation - Dateline: 19-Nov-07
Harper rode a wave of outrage over the Liberal scandals all the way to 24 Sussex.
Social programs outgunned - Dateline: 29-Oct-07
Canada's military has been on the receiving end of almost all of Ottawa's new spending.
Commission a clever ploy - Dateline: 15-Oct-07
Harper trying to wean Canadians off our attachment to peacekeeping role.
Ontario's minimum wage still $8 an hour - Dateline: 01-Oct-07
Both Liberals and Conservatives consider minimum wage a low priority issue in election.
Electoral reform on Ontario ballot - Dateline: 17-Sep-07
Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) system would more accurately reflect how people vote.
Long on mea, short on culpa - Dateline: 10-Sep-07
Michael Ignatieff's apology skirts the most important issues.
Countless Afghan deaths - Dateline: 03-Sep-07
Canadian media use every soldier's death to justify invasion, but minimize Afghan civilian deaths.
SPP and water - Dateline: 21-Aug-07
Is water on the table at Montebello?
Toronto tax phobia starves transit - Dateline: 07-Aug-07
City would rather slash subway services than implement land transfer tax.
More energy pussycat than superpower - Dateline: 23-Jul-07
PM should put Canada's energy needs first, in SPP talks.
Conrad Black's drama - Dateline: 16-Jul-07
Canada's most flagrant media tycoon once suggested that this writer be "horsewhipped".
"Three Amigos" to meet in Montebello - Dateline: 09-Jul-07
Continental integration on the march.
Harper missteps in Middle East - Dateline: 25-Jun-07
Joe Clark offers precedent for reconsidering position.
Harper bids to be Bush's "poodle" - Dateline: 12-Jun-07
Support for missile defence shield contrary to official policy.
Class War Against Homeless Moves into a new Phase - Dateline: 01-Jun-07
"Streets to Homes" program stresses penalties, not supports.
Opposition blocks Harperite deal - Dateline: 14-May-07
Canadian public not willing to accept handmaid role to lawless Bush regime.
Building a Nation with Body Bags - Dateline: 13-Apr-07
Stephen Harper's government isn't squeamish about promoting war as "nation-building".
Tax Cut Mantra Music to Ears of the Wealthy - Dateline: 17-Mar-07
Neoconservatism has dominated recent Canadian public debate and public policy.
Harper goes limp when it comes to Kyoto - Dateline: 16-Feb-07
A government reveals a lot about itself by what it says it can't do.
NATO vs UN - Dateline: 08-Jan-07
Hostility to UN linked to restraint it imposes on US.
U.S. Troops Should Leave Iraq... - Dateline: 18-Dec-06
But how will America then keep control of the oil fields?
Selective Outrage - Dateline: 25-Sep-06
It's telling that Ottawa has not demanded answers from Washington.
Another Opportunity Missed - Dateline: 11-Sep-06
The 'war on terror' will turn a generation of angry young men against the West.
Being pushy - Dateline: 13-Feb-06
Is our mission about preserving our way of life, or helping US extend its supremacy?
Even without a majority - Dateline: 06-Feb-06
Harper can still dismantle, de-regulate, and quietly undermine Canadian standards.
Harper's first test - Dateline: 30-Jan-06
Hamas election will test Harper's diplomacy.
Minority preferred - Dateline: 23-Jan-06
Conservatives' rise in popularity has been driven by Canada's elite, not majority.
Canada divided - Dateline: 16-Jan-06
Harper will cater to whims of wealthy.
No "new" Harper - Dateline: 09-Jan-06
Political animal can't hide neo-con spots.
Poverty breeds crime - Dateline: 02-Jan-06
Is there a link between Yonge Street shootings and Mike Harris' 1995 welfare cuts?
Canada should lead, not follow - Dateline: 19-Dec-05
We need to step out from US shadow.
Child welfare not in LIB or PC plans - Dateline: 12-Dec-05
For-profit centres need to be kept at bay.
Sea change - Dateline: 05-Dec-05
Emissions simply don't respect borders.
Injustice costs - Dateline: 28-Nov-05
Canada got off lightly considering damage done by residential schools.
Governance game - Dateline: 21-Nov-05
Liberals should buy votes by building country, not cuttings taxes.
Khadr's legal rights - Dateline: 14-Nov-05
Canada should insist rule of law applies even to unlikeable teen.
Libby just the tip - Dateline: 07-Nov-05
Spy "outing" story reveals a tale of lies about Iraq.
Culture not for sale - Dateline: 31-Oct-05
Protecting our culture gives us a chance to develop our own sense of the world.
Whose oil is this? - Dateline: 24-Oct-05
We would have to scrap NAFTA to loosen American grip on our energy sources.
Tax burden - Dateline: 17-Oct-05
When all taxes are factored in, Canadians all pay about the same percentage.
Smoking costs - Dateline: 10-Oct-05
Ruling rightly blames adults for teen addictions.
Bring back GATT - Dateline: 03-Oct-05
We should revert to use of global trade rules.
The costs of tax cuts - Dateline: 26-Sep-05
Proposed $7 billion in tax cuts would be better spent on 250 000 homeless.
Lingering images - Dateline: 19-Sep-05
Mulroney's fawning manner grated with Canadians.
US Turning Point? - Dateline: 12-Sep-05
American Right may have met its match in hurricane crisis.
Rising Gas Prices - Dateline: 05-Sep-05
Reducing taxes is a fix that would delay us from confronting the underlying problem.
Playing at Peace - Dateline: 22-Aug-05
Limited pullout won't bring Israel lasting peace.
"Blowback" - Dateline: 08-Aug-05
Canadian Forces' job is less about killing people than helping to keep peace.