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Recent articles by Heather:

Confused about language? I have the write word for you

Thinking twice and sometimes 7.5 times before using words and phrases is how I earn my coin. And even then at 4 a.m. I thrash like a gaffed salmon on ... → Read More

New Dostoyevsky biography shows we don’t have it so bad

It’s not a contest, but he still wins the misery stakes. I know writers suffer, but here they got CERB. Dostoyevsky got a Siberian prison sentence. → Read More

Six books that make great Christmas gifts

Seek out these fine books for holiday gift-giving, Heather Mallick writes. → Read More

Today’s vaccine lesson: a terrific apology from Kristyn Wong-Tam

Wong Tam no longer blamed the memo but herself. She not only admitted the specific mistake but also how its context made it worse. And then she self-p... → Read More

Conspiracy nuts are going to the dogs. Beagles, to be precise

Dr. Anthony Fauci is accused of a new evil plot. Naturally, Donald Trump Jr. started selling “Fauci Kills Puppies” T-shirts. → Read More

What the Cosby and Ghomeshi cases teach women: Take notes

Two new memoirs reveal much about how to survive in a male-dominated world, Heather Mallick writes. → Read More

‘Let’s go, Brandon!’: Canadian-style coded phrases

The three words have a rude, secret meaning for Republican supporters. Heather Mallick proposes our own cryptic catchphrases to shout out. → Read More

Doug Ford is not the man to give women what they need

Governments exist to care about the future. It would be a false economy not to alter the built world to accommodate human bodies and the thousand natu... → Read More

Cars are laughing at us from their luxury condos

A Cadillac ranch in the Etobicoke skyline would give driving home a whole new meaning. I have always puzzled over houses for cars. Cars go outdoors, t... → Read More

Ban ‘Lord of the Flies’? In the age of Donald Trump, it’s required reading

It’s a shame that many Ottawa high school students will no longer be able to read the very instructive “Lord of the Flies” in class. It’s exactly what... → Read More

Your donation to the Santa Claus fund will help us make a child’s Christmas one to remember

Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund hopes to raise $1.5 million to help children in need have a happy Christmas → Read More

From Sedaris to Bezos, how many en suites does one man need?

It’s hard for a writer to be raised in a middle-class family, move into the kind of poor white American life that hurts, start writing essays, claw hi... → Read More

It’s hard to be a ‘woman,’ so let us keep our word

Things women go through: Dress codes. Body-shaming. Violence. Childbirth. Breastfeeding. Worse jobs. Lower pay. Stigma. Being a woman is a dirty old r... → Read More

Of masks and men — why do they put posturing over pragmatism?

Women have almost no regard for symbolism, but have a great respect for practicality. This is one of the differences between us and toxic men. I am no... → Read More

Stoking hatred to make money has always been Facebook’s game

Everything about Facebook makes you into the kind of person you never dreamed you’d be, Heather Mallick writes. → Read More

Sorry, Alberta, there’s nothing ‘friendly’ about Canadian oil — or anyone else’s

As Americans are slowly realizing, it doesn’t matter whether oil is friendly or unfriendly, Heather Mallick writes. → Read More

Citizens must respond to hostilities by making every day Buy Nothing from China Day

China has never been capitalist or even socialist, except in exporting cheap and badly made goods globally. China is not a country of laws and rules. ... → Read More

Read Canada’s new literary star Emily St. John Mandel now — you’ll thank me

Emily St. John Mandel’s novels are redeeming CanLit. The book that will make her famous is “Station Eleven,” though I believe “The Glass Hotel” is her... → Read More

Stop your sneering, America, Canadians have had enough of you

Americans see Canada and think maple syrup and all that does is confirm that they view the world as cartoons and clichés after decades of disgracing t... → Read More

Trudeau’s reelection is like having your lost purse returned

Justin Trudeau is still our prime minister, which bodes well for facing down new variants, possible booster shots and our collective ability to cope w... → Read More