Heather Mallick

Heather Mallick

Heather Mallick is a Canadian columnist, author and lecturer. She writes a twice weekly column for the Toronto Star, an occasional column for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's website, and a monthly column for The Guardian's website.

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Trump will either shock Americans into maturity or cause them to regress even more, Heather Mallick writes. Views
Monday, October 30, 2017
Americans Should Take a Lesson from Canadians and Just Grow Up
Canadians and Americans are different. In this Trumpian moment of madness, what a pleasure it is to remember this. Though this classic The Beaverton headline gets it right — “Homegrown Canadian racists determined to compete with flashier American racists” — and though we are sodden, absolutely...
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Monday, May 01, 2017
Why I Love Taxes — And So Should You
I love taxes. I even love paying them because they’re inarguable, which brings a kind of comfort in a shifting world. What Revenue Canada wants, Revenue Canada gets. Good for them. Unlike so many coveted things that fail to deliver — wealth only brings a new set of problems, infants are worry...
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Austerity Advances on Us Like a Shark
People don’t learn from economic hardship because looking back is too painful. They quietly put away memories of the last recession, the cold fear of missing a mortgage payment, the layoff, and then suddenly it’s back. Interest rates rise and the mortgage leaps. Your child’s going to university and...
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Bangladeshi Sweatshops and Why We Love Them
It has been a tough week for stingy Canadians who wear clothes, with three media exposés of hideous conditions in Bangladeshi sweatshops where human beings sew clothes for the lowest wages on the planet for, well, people like me.
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Monday, October 14, 2013
2013 Resembles 1927, A Terrifying Year
I don’t know why you all seem to think it’s 2013. Clearly it is 1927. I just read Bill Bryson’s book on the American summer of that year — the glorious writer has an astonishing knack for narrative even on sedative subjects like baseball — and it fell from my nerveless fingers when I realized what he was trying to convey. The world is holding 1927 all over again.
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Monday, November 19, 2012
Fiscal Cliff or Austerity Bomb, Time for Obama to Show Courage
The “fiscal cliff” allegedly approaches, as if the U.S.A. spends its days and nights in a Road Runner cartoon. Tax cuts expire but automatic spending cuts kick in, and that just might resend America into recession.
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Sunday, May 13, 2012
Mitt Romney’s Anti-Gay Bullying Has a Human Face Now
I love guilt. I wish people felt more of this emotion so foreign to Mitt Romney that he claims not to remember what a brute he was in school, the boy being father to the man, a Bain consultant who killed so many jobs in the ’80s that many grown men must have come home weeping to their families and never worked again.
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Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Spain's Pain is No One's Gain
It’s hard to list the news from Spain in order of badness. It’s all awful. Just shuffle the stats like a horrible card deal. Wait for Italy to be dealt its cards next. Then watch the eurozone fall apart and the shudders spread worldwide.
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Wednesday, March 07, 2012
We Need a Women's Rights Reawakening
Thursday is International Women’s Day. Women in Canada and the U.S. have not been in this much danger for a generation.
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