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Past articles by Bruce:

Tucker Carlson says the U.S. should invade Canada. Would we roll out the welcome mat?

Perhaps most Americans aren’t too worried about liberating us. But the Fox personality’s blustering talk reminds us of the real danger. → Read More

Bobby Hull was a great hockey player and a miserable human being. His legacy isn’t complicated

The hockey was indelible, but Hull, who died Monday at age 84, had demons behind closed doors, including a long history of domestic abuse. That can’t be forgotten. → Read More

Trusting the Ford government to get health reform right? That’s a big ask

When it comes to walking the fine public-private line of health care, the devil is in the details → Read More

A TV reporter’s ‘vulnerable moment’ sets off the sad spectacle of the anti-vax rage machine

The instant speculation about Jessica Robb feels like a desperate attempt to create a reality where none exists, based on distrust of institutions. → Read More

The NFL never stops. It did for Damar Hamlin

Football is a brutal sport and always has been, but the collapse of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin was different, writes Bruce Arthur. → Read More

A naked John Herdman in Croatian tabloids? Anything can happen at the World Cup

More than the “we’re off to eff Croatia” comment waking up a sleepy Croatian squad, Luka Modric’s team will be more concerned with Canada’s on-field play. → Read More

Canada earned some respect in their loss against Belgium — but now they have no margin for error

Canada played fearless football against the highly ranked Belgians, becoming the first team to attempt 20 shots and a penalty in the World Cup and not score since 1978. But now they’re bottom of their group and need to avoid losses to Morocco and Croatia. → Read More

Canada’s World Cup wait is finally over and, win or lose, the games will be something to savour

Men’s soccer has been an embarrassment in this country for so long, Bruce Arthur writes, but this group will seek to show up on the world stage and not be afraid. → Read More

Qatar’s World Cup opening was an embarrassment amid riches

You want a host nation whose fans care enough not to ditch the World Cup opener to beat the traffic — except for the ones paid to be there, that is. → Read More

Ontario isn’t bringing back a mask mandate even to help kids — COVID has beaten it out of us

Dr. Kieran Moore and the government won’t make you wear a mask when you’re indoors, or sick. You should anyway. → Read More

Climate change is humanity’s biggest problem — yet we have never seemed so small

As storms and extreme weather tear through our country, the need for a serious response has never been clearer, but Canada’s political debate is unserious, writes Bruce Arthur. → Read More

The latest Conservative fight with media may be serious, even as it’s absurd

Performative reaction to the language in a journalist’s tweet shouldn’t fool us from a party that backed the “Freedom Convoy” and its associated rage. → Read More

Surging angry, dangerous Canadians have no arguments, so they can’t be argued away

We’re talking about people being angry over largely imaginary problems, argues Bruce Arthur. → Read More

Blasting Kieran Moore for his vacation? We’ll need him on our side, for bigger battles

What matters is Ontario’s chief medical officer needs to be stronger on the big stuff in the pandemic, especially when resistance mounts. → Read More

The siren song of ‘mild’ Omicron has seduced us. But the reality is brutal

From the start, Omicron has raced past our attempts to minimize it, or wish it away. And now the hospitals are filling up. → Read More

Doug Ford’s made his bed. Now don’t rely on it

A cynical photo-op in an Omicron flood, with hospitals short-staffed, takes the place of serious action. → Read More

Ontario’s restrictions are too late and might not matter enough. But at least Ontario tried

There are already too many COVID-19 cases, too fast. Monday’s 1,232 hospitalizations were triple the number from one week earlier. → Read More

With defences crumbling and visibility low, Ontario flies into the Omicron storm

Some public health units ran out of Pfizer or contact tracing or both, and testing may be next. These are the early days of the battle. → Read More

The science table warns about Omicron. The province shrugs. And so we wait

Like the third wave, Ontario appears to be waiting to see if the modelling shows up in the hospitals again. → Read More

Omicron will cause chaos. But Doug Ford has started doing something, and so should everyone

Boosters and rapid tests are welcome steps for Ontario, if no match for the sheer speed of growth. → Read More