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Avengers assemble!

As a kid, my favourite Saturday morning cartoon was The Marvel Super Heroes, a barely animated series produced in the 1960s that was still airing in reruns on French-Canadian TV ...

Big screen versus small screen

"The television screen is the retina of the mind’s eye." – Videodrome (1983, David Cronenberg) In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, James Wolcott makes a case for television getting ...

Pop culture nostalgia, 1997 edition

Fifteen years ago, I graduated from high school and started college. It was a big year for me, but that’s not what makes me want to write about it. As ...

Video store-dust memories

"In the meantime, the only thing I could do was get a job at this video store because of my knowledge of movies. And it ended up being like my ...

Kevin Smith, life coach

"We can’t all be Superman, but we sure as shit can train hard, and with loads of practice, we can be Batman," writes Kevin Smith in Tough Shit: Life Advice ...

Bloke Nation

Printemps érable

Like sap rising in spring, the Printemps érable showcases the talents and humour of Quebec students. Here are some examples: Red-clad students board subway cars during the morning rush hour ...

April 22

I am holding the side of the stroller. My brother is holding the other side. My twin baby sisters are riding in the stroller, and we are walking alongside our ...

The journalism of outrage

I was a speaker facing student journalists attending the annual convention of the Canadian University Press in Montreal. "How many of you would say you are ‘muckrakers’ or ‘shit disturbers’ ...

Too big to wrap your brain around

The debate over Canada’s plan to purchase the unfinished F-35 fighter jet is a crucial event for our democracy. It is the biggest purchase of its kind Canada has ever ...

Make my day

Full disclosure: I am director general of the Tolerance Foundation. We awaken students to the power of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We also field a team of animators ...