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Pomp, pageantry and unions

Pomp, pageantry and unions

By Linda McQuaig

We surely seem to be living in conservative times – with the NDP trying to distance itself from all things socialist and the public apparently unable to sate its appetite for all things royal. Continue Reading

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Canada mines African discontent

Canada mines African discontent

By Linda McQuaig

While Canadians may think of ourselves as best known for owning the Olympic podium, among Africans we may actually be better known – and not particularly liked – for owning their natural resources. Continue Reading

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The hedge fund manager and the nurse

The hedge fund manager and the nurse

Linda McQuaig

Common sense tells us it’s wrong that hedge fund manager John Paulson made $3.7 billion in 2007, while a typical nurse earned about $45,000. Paulson made his billions by betting against the subprime mortgage market, helping trigger the 2008 financial collapse. In what moral universe is he worth as much as a single nurse – let alone 82,000 nurses? Continue Reading

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Universities’ corporate temptation

Universities’ corporate temptation

By Linda McQuaig

Some grand new buildings at the University of Toronto – including a lavishly renovated “heritage mansion” – seem to beckon us to walk through their doors into halls of higher learning.  But they’re also evidence that our universities, faced with deep government funding cuts, have found comfort in the warm embrace of corporate money, which is paying for the impressive new facilities. Continue Reading

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Western hypocrisy on democracy in the Middle East

Western hypocrisy on democracy in the Middle East

By Linda McQuaig

The fact that the Arab world is awash with dictators has long been a key piece of evidence used to whip up anti-Muslim sentiment in the West. Surely all those dictators are proof that Arabs don’t love democracy the way we Westerners do, that they are culturally, religiously and perhaps congenitally attracted to tyrannical strongmen as leaders. Continue Reading

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PM promotes antiquated Father Knows Best worldview

PM promotes antiquated Father Knows Best worldview

By Linda McQuaig

Canada was a fairly grim place before the Conservatives came to power, Stephen Harper informed us in his weekend speech celebrating five years as prime minister. Among the litany of troubles in those days before Conservatives brought light to a darkened land, Harper said on Sunday, was that “parents were disrespected, really thought more likely to spend money on beer and popcorn than take care of their children.” Continue Reading

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The mainstream tolerance of right-wing extremism

The mainstream tolerance of right-wing extremism

By Linda McQuaig

While denouncing suicide bombers is the bread and butter of U.S. politics, there was barely a murmur of outrage last February when a suicide bomber flew a plane into a Texas office building, killing one office worker and injuring 13 others. Continue Reading

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THE GROWTH OF EXTREME INEQUALITY IN CANADA

THE GROWTH OF EXTREME INEQUALITY IN CANADA

By Linda McQuaig

There was always skepticism about claims that, as the rich became richer, income would “trickle down” to others. What wasn’t perhaps foreseen was that the trickling would actually be in the other direction, and that it would be more of a torrent than a trickle. Continue Reading

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G20 PROTESTERS RAN INTO SECRET LAW

G20 PROTESTERS RAN INTO SECRET LAW

By Linda McQuaig

In the aftermath of the G20 fiasco here last summer, one thing Torontonians agreed on was that such summits should be held in isolated venues – on military bases, on ocean-going vessels, on melting glaciers – anywhere but where lots of people reside. Continue Reading

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PUBLIC PENSIONS BETTER THAN PRIVATE FOR REDUCING POVERTY AMONG ELDERLY

PUBLIC PENSIONS BETTER THAN PRIVATE FOR REDUCING POVERTY AMONG ELDERLY

By Linda McQuaig

Mayor-elect Rob Ford famously painted the city’s garbage collectors as a pampered elite enjoying a “gravy train”. Appealing as it must be to pick up Toronto’s garbage, that’s one gravy train I don’t mind missing out on. Continue Reading

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