Star Columnists (pun intended) – and a dumb question

This is in praise of the Toronto Star. I will list some ten columnists, explain what each has done, and give a pointer you can click on, to an example.

Other Star columnists not mentioned here are missing simply because, looking up ten took long enough, and these were the ten I happened to think of first. They are not the only good columnists at the Star.

And, I have included James Travers, deceased, among the ten as I think his could be the most important column mentioned here.

Ready? My list of columnists includes:

  1. Rosie DiManno. Fearlessly following up on the G20 disaster, where bad people were initially allowed to vandalize businesses outside the G20 fenced area, and then where decent citizens were subjected to overzealous policing. This is only one such article. DiManno writes about Toronto, about things city citizens should know and perhaps act upon or against.
  2. James Travers. Changing a country, one backward step at a time. A stunning critique of Stephen Harper.
  3. David Olive. Politics, this one on our military purchasing incompetence. Olive is always well researched, to put it mildly.
  4. Heather Mallick.Politics. This one is on Justin Trudeau and is upbeat. (see later for a differing opinion, eh?)
  5. Royson James. Social issues. This one is city politics and Rob Ford.
  6. Tim Harper. Politics. This one is about American tax reach and its consequences, especially for those ‘deemed’ to be American and living abroad.
  7. Chantel Hebert. Politics. This one is also on Justin Trudeau, and is not upbeat.
  8. Kevin Donovan. Social issues. Donovan was one of two reporters who saw the crack video before the police found it on some hard drive. The article linked here is about bad charities, which spend most of your donation on themselves and advertising.
  9. Edward Keenan. I think this is a newer columnist, but I’ve been noticing his work lately. Social and political issues. This one is also on the Fords.
  10. Ellen Roseman. Financial help for small people, especially being treated badly by large corporations. This pointer is to her website, from whence you can find several articles. I ‘met’ Roseman in the sense I was at a financial session where she spoke. I ‘met’ Roseman again by eMail when I had a problem with a credit card company. Her contact list must be longer than the Toronto phone book. She is effective.

Now for the point of all this, and the dumb question.

A random selection of articles that I happened to be able to find is of course uneven in its coverage of issues in Canada, Ontario, and Toronto. I trust it will serve to show readers the scope of reporting information delivered by Toronto Star columnists. This is a major source of relevant, current information.

Without this, would Adam Nobody have lost his case in court? Would ordinary Canadians simply not notice the ‘boil the frog’ technique of adding small changes to our laws? Would our military continue weird and inefficient (to put it nicely) purchasing practices?

I could ask a similar question about the other seven columnists. I’m sure you get my point, but here’s the dumb question:

What happens when print media becomes less interested, less motivated, or simply less well-funded, and gradually waters down the present high level of columnists and their informative opinions? Will we become ignorant sheep? Or are we already?

I said it would be a dumb question.

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