Western Star Western Star - Russell WangerskyList of the latest articles from this category./Author-Russell-Wangersky/1032/12Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:49:01 -0500Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:49:01 -0500enWangersky: Strange but true, 28 Nov 2015 04:16:00 -0500At Dundas and University, a waffle hands me a pamphlet for a nearby breakfast joint. We’re waiting, but it’s no game, 26 Nov 2015 04:15:00 -0500Well, I asked for it. I tagged a request onto the end of a column on the prevalence of delays in our medical system, asking people to write me if they were experiencing delays of their own. Supply and demand, 24 Nov 2015 04:15:00 -0500It is the pith and substance of capitalism and the free market: make a better product, one that people want, and you’ll be rewarded. Wind-up and pitch, 21 Nov 2015 04:15:00 -0500A guy came up to me on the street — a small, urgent man, wearing a leather Miami Dolphins jacket. Expensive jacket. It's a waste, 19 Nov 2015 04:15:00 -0500Perhaps it takes a big city to show it to you the most clearly: nighttime in Toronto, as the streets empty of young men in sharp suits and expensive haircuts, of women moving briskly from work to home, the piles start to form. Health care delayed, 17 Nov 2015 04:15:00 -0500It didn’t come up in the last federal election — but it sure as heck should have. Aerodynamic waver, 14 Nov 2015 04:15:00 -0500I deliberately waited to write this, waited until the ceremonies of remembrance had cooled for another year, waited until the poppies came off the lapels. Hanged by a thread, 12 Nov 2015 04:15:00 -0500Consider yourself warned: this is a column with elements that rank about a 9.2 on the “ick” scale.It’s about science and a nasty little crime that took place in 2003. The honeymoon is over, 10 Nov 2015 04:16:00 -0500Don’t make the mistake of thinking we’re your friends. We’re not. And some time in the next few weeks, if not already, you’ll realize it. Slithering through the loophole, 07 Nov 2015 04:16:00 -0500Months ago, during the Mike Duffy trial, a number of journalists found themselves caught up in one of those “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin” academic arguments: while then Prime Minister Stephen Harper hadn’t been called as a witness, if he was, would he be able to use ... Freeze and thaw, 05 Nov 2015 04:14:00 -0500It snowed a little in St. John’s Tuesday night, because snow it must and snow it will. Personal playlists, 31 Oct 2015 04:16:00 -0400“You were working as a waitress in a cocktail barWhen I met youI picked you out, I shook you upAnd turned you aroundTurned you into someone new…” — lyrics from The Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me?”What is it about music? That song comes on, and only a few notes in, I’m shuddering back to ... Tightening up technicalities, 29 Oct 2015 04:14:00 -0400It all comes down to driving being a privilege, not a right. Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a ruling on British Columbia’s roadside breath testing legislation. Everyday heroes, 27 Oct 2015 04:15:00 -0400It was in Austin, Man. It could have been Margaree Harbour, N.S., Alberton, P.E.I or Sussex, N.B. Glovertown, Newfoundland, or Wolfville, N.S. Freeze-frame, 24 Oct 2015 04:14:00 -0400Sometimes, all I have is a collection of disparate things that seem important, but lack their central thread. This is all I have, but the pieces fit. Policy for hire, 22 Oct 2015 04:14:00 -0400Here’s a little regime-change advice that could make a big difference in this country under a new federal government: let’s start making our own policy. Why I won’t vote Conservative, 17 Oct 2015 04:15:00 -0400Normally, this would be the point in a federal election campaign when I would be writing that people should vote — that they should know the issues, pick the candidates that best represent their beliefs, and just vote. Teens, technology and torture, 15 Oct 2015 04:15:00 -0400Adolescence has always been one of Dante’s nine circles of hell. Dissed for being different, 10 Oct 2015 04:15:00 -0400Kids — and adults — can be cruel. Links between us, 08 Oct 2015 04:16:00 -0400The Shulie Road is officially called Nova Scotia Route 209: it wraps around the coast of the triangular piece of Nova Scotia that sticks south and west down into the Bay of Fundy, the chunk of land between Truro and New Brunswick.