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  • Maxime Bernier and the lessons of political loyalty
    This is not a small thing that has happened to Maxime Bernier. It’s a brutal humiliation of a major figure in a national party. The man who led the federal Conservatives’ leadership voting last year for 12 consecutive ballots (using the party’s novel preferential voting system) before losing, narrowly, to… ... more
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  • The Big One is coming to Los Angeles, but nobody knows when
    Seismologist Lucy Jones deploys arresting details to brilliant effect throughout The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them). She highlights the atavistic, beggar-my-neighbour responses disaster can spawn by pointing to the armed guards patrolling riverside levees during the Great Mississippi Flood of… ... more
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  • A father and son’s quest for light in a Rohingya refugee c...
    Ten-year-old Ajijur Rahman squats between paddy fields and an irrigation canal full of muck by Bangladesh’s Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp. Beside him are two solar panels—one rests on the seat of a red plastic chair, while the other leans on the chair’s legs below it, wrapped in a cable leading… ... more
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  • McGill fails to protect against sexually abusive professors,...
    In my second year at McGill University, I enrolled in a political science course taught by Professor X, who was revered by many students in the major. It wasn’t until halfway through the semester that I first heard the rumours… ... more
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  • Donald Trump has dragged James Comey into the partisan muck
    From talking about the size of his hands to how quickly he’d knock out Joe Biden in a brawl, Donald Trump likes to boast about his manhood. Still, the feature that has garnered the kind of partisan meme-making and unending commentary usually reserved for feminine appearances—pantsuits, anyone?—has been his hair. It’s a frequent target of comedians and… ... more
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  • A letter to a grandmother: ‘I love you the way someone lov...
    Anna Maxymiw with her grandmother. Anna Maxymiw lives in Toronto. Her first book, The Lodge, is out with McClelland & Stewart in spring 2019. To my baba: You told me when I was younger that you wanted to be called Babcia, because Baba sounded too reminiscent of Baba Yaga, that… ... more
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  • Why everyone should buy real estate in Brantford?
    Brantford, Ontario is the best city in Canada to buy real estate, according to the latest annual MoneySense ranking Where to Buy Now. Often known as “Telephone Cityâ€� after its famous resident and inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, Brantford came out on top when MoneySense factored in… ... more
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  • The technology trap: Should you give your kid a smartphone?
    Caroline Kassabian tried not to freak out when her nine-year old son accidentally stumbled upon pornography as he perused the Internet at home on his iPad. She was careful not to scream or rip the tablet from his hands. After all, he appeared as shocked as she did when he… ... more
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  • I am not overprotective–I lost a child
    Here’s the first kind of mom I was: a nervous—but thrilled—first-timer. When my oldest son, Ty, was born with the help of IVF 14 years ago, I worried about everything, as you do with your first, but I was so, so happy to be a mom. I couldn’t get enough of him. We travelled… ... more
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  • Diplomacy is dead—and party politics killed it
    Then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks to members of the media as he visits members of the Advise and Assist mission west of Erbil, Iraq, on May 2, 2015. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP) In early 2016, I received a curious request through the secure messaging app Telegram from a contact at the Canadian… ... more
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  • The wake-up call for a generation of wide-eyed home buyers
    Not everybody is going to have sympathy for the group of homebuyers in Oakville, Ont., who say they are facing financial ruin on new homes thanks to attempts by the Ontario government to cool the housing market. These weren’t housing speculators trying to score quick bucks, according to the Toronto… ... more
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  • Baby bets: What the oddsmakers say about Prince William and ...
    The birth of a child is usually a private experience for parents, family and friends. That won’t be the case for the third baby of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, who will arrive to an avalanche of media coverage, commemorative mugs and plates as well as a deluge… ... more
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  • For this ‘hockey wife,’ the Humboldt tragedy hits close ...
    Jessica Scott-Reid is a Canadian freelance writer, and the wife of former Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Reid. I had just chatted with Robert Dietrich a week before he died. I knew Robert—a young German with Soviet roots—from his time playing with my husband Brandon in Dusseldorf, Germany, two years prior. He congratulated me… ... more
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  • How well does Facebook think it knows you?
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  • What would a guaranteed basic income cost Canada? Just $43 b...
    A national basic income program modelled on an ongoing Ontario pilot would cost $76 billion and benefit 7.7 million in the base year, according to a report released today by the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO). Minus existing federal… ... more
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  • Which universities best prepare students for employment?
    Our annual student survey asked 23,988 students whether their education is preparing them for post-graduation employment. We’ve ranked both schools and program areas based on their responses. We also asked nearly 2,800 professors to share whether freshman students arrive with the reading and writing skills required to thrive. Overall, we… ... more
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  • How I went from Supreme Court chief justice to ‘Citizen Mc...
    On Dec. 15, 2017, I ceased to be a judge. As I made my exit through the great doors of the Supreme Court of Canada as chief justice for the last time, as I accepted the hugs and handshakes of my colleagues, a single phrase kept drumming at the base of… ... more
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  • We need to stop worrying and just let our kids play
    I worry about my children. You worry about your children. We all worry about our children. Worry is the fundamental condition of parenthood—I cannot imagine being a parent and not worrying. But where I’m at now is this: I worry that, by worrying, I might really be doing something worrying… ... more
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  • The case for broken bones
    I barely heard my cellphone ringing over the wails of my six-year-old. It was a spring night at SickKids hospital in Toronto, and my son, Cameron, lay with his swollen arm propped on the rail of an emergency-room gurney. He’d fallen from a set of monkey bars during a class… ... more
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  • Putting the “limp” in Olympics: Calgary’s 2026 bid liv...
    A few days before Calgary city council voted on Monday to keep Calgary’s 2026 Olympic bid plodding forward, a poll showing a slight majority of local support showed that young Calgarians are more prone to back another bid than older residents. This was, at first, surprising, as it appeared when… ... more
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  • Nationalizing Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline is a...
    When Kinder Morgan announced on Apr. 8 that it was suspending all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley immediately floated the idea of the Alberta government buying an equity stake in the pipeline. Even her political opponent, United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney, agreed,… ... more
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  • The most logical peacekeeping mission for Canada might be an...
    James A. Haley is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ont., and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars’s Canada Institute, in Washington, D.C. The views expressed are his own and should not be attributed to CIGI or the Wilson… ... more
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  • Doug Ford needs to find his gravy train
    Andrew MacDougall is a London-based columnist and commentator. He was a director of communications to Stephen Harper. Well, that didn’t take long. We’re still miles away from the writ, and both the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives in Ontario have already dropped the gloves to trade haymakers. Feeling her oats after… ... more
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  • Why this is one of the most important weeks of Queen Elizabe...
    The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as well as the coming arrival of Prince William and Kate’s third child, are stealing the headlines when it comes to royal news. But beneath all the glamorous distractions is this fact: as she prepares to celebrate her 92nd birthday, this may… ... more
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  • Elgar Petersen and the pulse of the Humboldt Broncos
    All Elgar Petersen really wanted was for the referee to drop the puck. It was Sept. 15, 2000, a banner day for the Humboldt Broncos. Fans filled the once-called Uniplex Arena to watch their junior A hockey team for the home opener of the season, but this day was extra… ... more
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  • Lawrence Wright, Scientology critic: Texas a lot more progre...
    Although he was born in Oklahoma in 1947, Lawrence Wright has spent most of his life since childhood in Texas. One of the most eminent non-fiction writers in America, best known for his 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winner, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, and his 2013 examination of… ... more
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  • Is Canada prepared for a chemical weapon attack like the one...
    Gaibrie Stephen is a Toronto-based resident physician and writer with an interest in health systems and  primary and critical care, Tanishq Suryavanshi is a medical student and writer interested in health innovation and emergency medicine, Blair Bigham is a journalist, scientist and physician based in Hamilton, Ont. On Mar. 4, an ex-Russian… ... more
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  • Daniel Jean testimony in Ottawa: Live video
    Dnaiel Jean, Justin Trudeau’s national security adviser, will testify at the House of Commons national security committee, where he’ll attempt to explain, or perhaps clarify, his role in a media briefing that claimed factions in the Indian government… ... more
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  • The politics behind Canada’s Food Guide
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  • Your helicopter parenting means you’re privileged
    Parenting is a delicate dance, and finding your footing is a matter of trial and error. You’ve got to learn how to move with your tiny partner, while doing the pas de bourrée through life’s responsibilities and the grand jeté over your own childhood baggage. Eventually, the music shifts, telling… ... more
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  • How did good parenting become a crime?
    Naomi started letting her daughter walk to school alone when Elizabeth was in the second grade. It was a two-block amble from their East Vancouver home, and eight-year-old Elizabeth knew the way—they’d been going to the school playground ever since she could stand. They went over things like street safety,… ... more
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  • Don’t forget the denominator: Understanding the stats behi...
    With the 24-hour news cycle and all-encompassing social media, it’s hard not to get swept up in the worst news of the day and want to keep our kids a little closer. The world may seem more dangerous, but is it? How should we put scary stats and figures into… ... more
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  • Trudeau, Notley, Horgan: The Sunday matinée
    It was…. Well, it was a meeting about this great country, is what it was. “Good meeting,” Alberta premier Rachel Notley said. “Frank discussion.” “We confirmed the many values that we share,” her British Columbia counterpart John Horgan said, “and our common view of Canada as a dynamic and diverse… ... more
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  • The Kinder Morgan pipeline meeting in three key quotes
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emerged from a meeting on Parliament Hill today with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and B.C. Premier John Horgan to announce that the federal government has entered into talks with Kinder Morgan to offer financial backing for the company’s planned expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline, which… ... more
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  • Parliament’s secret briefing from CSIS: beware of Russian ...
    As allegations arose of outside meddling in the past U.S. election, Canadian spies prepared to warn their politicians that the north of the border is not immune to external interference, and in their hallways of power, too, the smell of foreign spooks lurk. Russia and China could be trying to… ... more
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  • How allegations of a forgery ring are threatening Norval Mor...
    At first, nothing seemed amiss. Donald Robinson, a Toronto gallery owner, had heard about a country auction east of the city building a reputation among dealers as a cheap and plentiful source of paintings by famed Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau. Over at least a couple of visits, Robinson scooped up… ... more
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  • Jody Wilson-Raybould: My vision for the future of the Charte...
    Jody Wilson-Raybould. (Photograph by Grant Harder) Jody Wilson-Raybould is the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of Canada. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms celebrates its 36th anniversary on Apr. 17—but the story of our Charter didn’t begin 36 years ago. It started when the world recognized basic rights and… ... more
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  • Has Social Media Become A Full-Time Job For Teen Girls?
    In a suburban Toronto Starbucks, three teenage girls huddle around a table, fingers flying over their mobile screens as they break down the daily work of promoting their brands. Between sips of iced green-tea lemonades and java-chip frappuccinos, they tell me how they run new content through vetting teams before… ... more
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  • The fraught case of the National Gallery’s plan to sell a ...
    The Eiffel Tower, 1929, by Marc Chagall. (National Gallery of Canada) The saga of the National Gallery of Canada’s plan to sell an easy-to-like painting by Marc Chagall—a luminous 1929 canvas by the Russian-French artist called “The Eiffel Towerâ€�—started out as a fun mystery story, but quickly turned into a… ... more
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  • Read Trump’s statement on the reasoning behind the Syria s...
    U.S. President Donald Trump held a news conference Friday night announcing that the U.S., Britain and France would launch “precision strikes” in Syria. Here’s what he said: My fellow Americans, a short time ago, I ordered the United States Armed Forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the… ... more
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  • Trump orders air strikes in Syria, declares ‘Mission Accom...
    WASHINGTON — Allied missiles struck at the heart of Syrian chemical weapons arsenal in a show of force and resolve aimed at punishing the Assad government for a suspected poison gas attack against civilians and deterring the possible future use of such banned weapons. “A perfectly executed strike,” President Donald… ... more
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  • ‘If it’s in the pantry, it’s free gameâ...
    These photos taken by Rene Cannon, a ‘billet mom’ to Broncos Xavier Labelle, Logan Hunter and Adam Herold, offer a glimpse into the life of Humboldt Broncos players at home. Read our oral history of the tragic bus crash in Saskatchewan, and the rest of our coverage here. … ... more
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  • ‘It was the last time we saw him’: an oral hist...
    Members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team are shown in a photo posted to the team Twitter feed, on March 24, 2018 (@HumboldtBroncos/CP) As told to Aaron Hutchins, Jason Markusoff, Kyle Edwards, Meagan Campbell and Michael Friscolanti Three weeks ago, the Humboldt Broncos squeezed together for a celebratory team photo—a… ... more
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  • How rocker Lou Reed inspired Michael Imperioli’s debut nov...
    As an actor publishing his debut work of fiction, Michael Imperioli knows better than to quit his day job. “People think it’s a vanity thing or an ego thing,â€� says the Sopranos star of his novel, The Perfume Burned His Eyes. “If I can get them to read it, maybe… ... more
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  • Justin Trudeau is going to have to buy himself a pipeline
    As a practical matter, I don’t know whether it is good policy for Canada to invest billions of dollars in a bitumen pipeline, but as a political matter, I don’t see that we have much choice. The Alberta-British Columbia pipeline dispute is a Gordian knot, and there is no way… ... more
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  • Healthy aging through immunization
    Dr. Ian Gemmill photographed at his home in Kingston, ON. (Credit: Max Rosenstein) Canada’s aging population is very interested in personal health, and for good reason. If we want to enjoy the benefits of a longer life, we must remain fit, active, and independent. We pay close attention to… ... more
    Macleans6 days ago
  • Immunization made us healthy. Vigilance can keep us healthy.
    Mary Godsall photographed at her home in Rockland, ON. (Credit: Max Rosenstein) With polio—and other vaccine-preventable diseases—all but invisible today, it can be easy for Canadians to become complacent and to forget what the world was like before immunization. Mary Godsall of Rockland, ON, contracted polio in 1950, just… ... more
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  • Russia and Iran have won Syria. They might not like what com...
    As each day passes, it looks more and more like President Donald Trump’s policy in Syria is crashing up against the reality that the country is, for the time being, lost to Russia and Iran. It must be a bitter pill to swallow for a man who, based on the… ... more
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  • Why most of Meghan Markle’s family won’t make it to the ...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to Titanic Belfast maritime museum on March 23, 2018 in Belfast, Nothern Ireland. (Andrew Parsons – Pool/Getty Images) While Prince Harry’s family will turn out in force for his May 19 wedding to Meghan Markle, the same can’t be said for the… ... more
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  • The Senate is ‘an absolutely useless body’
    Kill the Senate In a March column, Scott Gilmore argued that Canada’s Senate is an expensive anachronism that should not be able to overrule the will of a democratically elected government, as it seemed poised to do with the marijuana bill, and that Canadians should try to get rid… ... more
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  • At least Trump’s ‘Make My Associates In Legal Jeopardy A...
    In the wee hours of April 9, the F.B.I. executed a raid on the Park Avenue hotel room and Rockefeller Center office of Michael D. Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer. The agents took emails, business records and documents that may be evidence of federal crimes. These crimes include… ... more
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  • Statement from Maclean’s
    We’d like to clarify that, contrary to misinformation being spread on social media, Nora Loreto has never been an employee of Maclean’s. She is a freelance writer who published one article on our website a few months ago. We had nothing to do with her extraordinarily inappropriate tweet regarding the Humboldt… ... more
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  • Catherine McKenney, Catherine McKenna and Ottawa’s struggl...
    City councillor Catherine McKenney on her scooter at Ottawa City Hall. (Photograph by James Park) In downtown Ottawa, in October 2014, Catherine McKenney took municipal ofï¬�ce. In downtown Ottawa, in October 2015, Catherine McKenna took federal ofï¬�ce. Even they get perplexed. “Hi, I’m Catherine McKenna,â€� said Catherine McKenney once, introducing… ... more
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  • How Canada’s Best Managed companies focus relentlessl...
    Last spring, Toronto-based Klick, a privately owned marketing agency focused on the health care industry, unveiled a wearable device that digitizes the tremors of someone suffering from Parkinson’s disease then recreates them for someone else to feel first-hand. The idea for the device, called SymPulse, arose from concerns about the… ... more
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  • Seven questions that put Mark Zuckerberg in the hot seat
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  • Bob Rae’s report on the Rohingya falls frustratingly short
    I hope that Bob Rae’s report on the situation facing the Rohingya people in Burma will finally provide the impetus for some government action. That said, there is much about the report itself and the context around it that continues to be quite frustrating. The Rohingya people in Burma have… ... more
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  • Second Cup wants to make some of its cafes into marijuana di...
    An employee inspects medicinal marijuana by hand at Tweed INC. in Smith Falls, Ont., on Dec. 5, 2016. (Lars Hagberg/AFP/Getty Images) TORONTO – Second Cup wants to serve up a different kind of buzz by converting some of its coffee shops into cannabis dispensaries. The Canadian retailer announced Thursday that… ... more
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  • How speculators inflated the Toronto housing bubble
    There are many culprits behind last year’s unsustainable rise in Toronto house prices, with experts blaming everything from foreign buyers to lack of supply. But a new report singles out another major factor: speculative investment. Toronto brokerage Realosophy Realty Inc. found 16.5 per cent of low-rise houses in the Greater Toronto… ... more
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  • If only Stéphane Dion had saved Canada’s foreign policy
    “In Geneva and New York, in March, June and September 2016, I attend several bilateral meetings between Dion and about 30 foreign ministers from other countries,” Jocelyn Coulon writes in his curious new book about Justin Trudeau’s foreign policy, Un selfie avec Justin Trudeau (published last week in French only… ... more
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  • Mark Zuckerberg’s insane to-do list for Facebook after fac...
    During his two days of testimony in Washington, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent 10 hours answering questions on the Hill about the theft of user data by Cambridge Analytica, personal privacy and Russia’s involvement in the last U.S. presidential election, among many other topics. However Zuckerberg’s answers to… ... more
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  • Humboldt Broncos trainer dies after crash, raising death tol...
    SASKATOON — A woman who worked as a trainer for the Humboldt Broncos hockey team and was on a bus that crashed last week has died. The family of Dayna Brons says the 25-year-old died this afternoon in Saskatoon hospital from injuries sustained in Friday’s crash. READ: #PutYourStickOut: Humboldt tributes from… ... more
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  • The Kinder Morgan spat is an intractable slog—but it...
    Pipes are seen at the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain facility in Edmonton, Alta., Thursday, April 6, 2017. (Jonathan Hayward/CP) The struggle over Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline reached a histrionic state this week after the company halted all non-essential project spending and construction. Soon after the unexpected announcement, up went… ... more
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  • Beyond Kinder Morgan: Bureaucrats warn of oil sands trouble ...
    Kinder Morgan’s suspension of funding for its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion this week may have been a blow for the Albertan oil industry, but it could get worse as the federal government goes about its planned overhaul of energy and environmental policies, an internal report suggests. Bureaucrats had been warning… ... more
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  • Kim Thúy on how “refugee literatureâ€� differs...
    For almost a decade, Montreal author Kim Thúy, 49, has been writing the same-yet-entirely-different story of a Vietnamese diaspora everywoman, using the events of her own life as a lens to reflect the modern history of an entire nation. Despite the exact parallels to Thúy’s life, that’s not her in… ... more
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  • Trans Mountain shows that investor confidence is collapsing ...
    Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis are economists with the Fraser Institute. Ottawa can save its money. Despite the announcement that Ottawa will spend almost $300,000 to discern the reason behind the lack of investment in Canada’s energy sector, there’s actually no great mystery about why it’s happening: Canada is… ... more
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  • The double standards of being a royal child who’s a ‘spa...
    Crowd barriers are erected opposite the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, in central London on April 9, 2018, where Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s baby, which is due in April, is expected to be born.(Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images) On Apr. 9, parking restrictions were unveiled outside the Lindo Wing… ... more
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  • Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Senate hearing: Six awkwar...
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  • What the U.S. pro-life movement forgets about its own roots
    If there’s one thing the modern anti-abortion movement in the U.S. is known for, it’s absolutism. So when Pope Francis ventured this week to charge, in a small part of a lengthy statement, that no Christian can consider “the situation of migrants, for exampleâ€� as “a secondary issue compared to the… ... more
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  • Ontario’s election is about to be a scramble for work...
    An expanding working class may have dealt the final blow to the Kathleen Wynne Liberals, whose support has now become concentrated among upper class Ontarians and a shrinking middle class. For now, Doug Ford’s PCs hold a strong hand with working class voters—nearly double the support of either the Liberals… ... more
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  • How sugar taxes punish the people
    Taxing sugar places the burden on the poor – people who are already burdened by higher rates of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. (Shutterstock) Sarah Fessenden, Lecturer in Anthropology, University of British Columbia Let’s stop pretending that unhealthy, unjust food systems can be solved by a tax on the… ... more
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