Brian Fawcett is a Toronto-based writer.

John Baird

By Brian Fawcett / 2011 October 22
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Lantern-jawed Federal Conservative Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Stephen Harper’s chief attack dog and parliamentary bully. Foreign Affairs is his fourth cabinet post, having held Transport, Environment and Treasury Board, and a couple of other ministries no one has ever heard about.  He was also a post-teen cabinet minister in Mike Harris’ right-wing Ontario regime,…

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Rob Ford

By Brian Fawcett / 2011 October 22
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This wealthy Etobicoke bully accurately translated the discontent in Toronto’s suburbs with David Miller’s downtown-focused administration into a successful run at the mayoralty race for the city in 2010, bringing his supposedly-smarter older brother Doug with him to city council as his designated shit-kicker. The brothers ran a Mike-Harris-comes-to-Toronto campaign that convinced voters that the…

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Indigo Books and Music

By Brian Fawcett / 2011 October 22
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Former chain-bookstore responsible for the destruction of Canada’s independent bookstores, now busily transforming itself into the WalMart of Canada’s cultural sector, where “culture” is increasingly defined as merchandise suitable for people who like look at picture books and listen to classical music in the bathtub while surrounded by scented candles.

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Kevin O’Leary

By Brian Fawcett / 2011 October 22
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Montreal-born self-made entrepreneur, television personality and right-wing loudmouth who has been the presiding spirit—and primary benefitee—of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s move to save itself from Stephen Harper by transforming itself into Fox North, a publicly-funded television obsessed with celebrity and business propaganda. O’Leary got rich by selling a software company he and a couple of…

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Touring the Forest with Theresa Kishkan

By Brian Fawcett / 2011 October 18
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Brian Fawcett reviews Theresa Kishkan’s new book, and is pleasantly surprised…

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Prodigal Thinker

By Brian Fawcett / 2011 June 23
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Myrna Kostash searches for a saint on the road to Byzantium. Brian Fawcett traces her pilgrimage.

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Frank Davey’s Tish

By Brian Fawcett / 2011 June 6
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Brian Fawcett reviews Frank Davey’s book on the Tish Group. He has a few harsh remarks to make.

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What To Do With the Writers’ Union of Canada

By Brian Fawcett / 2011 June 4
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Brian Fawcett goes to the Writers’ Union of Canada AGM and doesn’t find it relevant or much fun

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Renee Rodin’s Reality

By Brian Fawcett / 2011 February 1
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Brian Fawcett reviews Renee Rodin’s memoir, Subject to Change. He finds it sweet, and intelligent.

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Stephen Harper After Five Years As Prime Minister

By Brian Fawcett / 2011 January 1
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Five years later: what do we know about Stephen Harper? Not much.

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