Montreal Simon: Occupy Toronto and the Old Rebel

I visited the Occupy Toronto campsite on my way back from work today, and it was a sad and desolate sight. Exhausted street kids tearing down their tents, as an icy wind blew the dead leaves around them. The demolished kitchen that once fed hundreds of people a day, now only feeding the sparrows. Replaced ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: A Manifesto For Social Democracy

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Jack Layton – In His Own Words

August 20, 2011 Toronto, Ontario Dear Friends, Tens of thousands of Canadians have written to me in recent weeks to wish me well. I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtful, inspiring and often beautiful notes, cards and gifts. Your spirit and love have lit up my home, my spirit, ...

THE FIFTH COLUMN: His Spirit Will Live on: Grandfather William Commanda (Ojigkwanong/Morning Star)

How does an atheist write about the death of a great spiritual leader. It would be hypocritical to use the conventional references to his passing on to a greater place or going to meet his creator. But there is nothing hypocritical in speaking of his spirit living on, for it will in his works and ...

Montreal Simon: Jack Layton Takes His Leave

He fought so bravely against one cancer, leading his party into a gruelling election campaign, even though it was clear that some days were harder than others. Now he must fight another battle. My battle against prostate cancer is going very well. My PSA levels remain virtually undetectable. However, these tests, whose results I received ...