December 9, 2002

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Cover

IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD

The Bible is at the core of Western civilization, writes BRIAN BETHUNE, and the assault on the history in it still has repercussions
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History

THE LAST NIGHT OF THE CONDEMNED

It’s been 40 years since anyone in Canada has been executed
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Afghanistan

A TIME OF HOPE

Afghans are stuggling to get back on their feet, writes SALLY ARMSTRONG
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THE MAIL

THE MAIL

Why does our national magazine spend so much time worrying about our national identity (“America lite: is that our future?” Cover, Nov. 25)? Rest assured, Canadians aren’t like Americans, and the people who can tell you that quickest are Americans.
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Books

SPLENDOUR UNDER THE COVERS

There are gorgeous books for all tastes among the season’s gift options
THE MEDICARE CHALLENGE 1819
Health

THE MEDICARE CHALLENGE

FROM THE OUTSET it has embodied all the elements of a fine spectator sport: adaptable principles, skilled deception, bullying and emotional blackmail. Little wonder Canadians love their medicare. True, the health-care system we have evolved over the past almost 60 years—the envy of at least some of the world—has provided no small share of little miracles.
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Health

‘DOLLARS BUYING CHANGE’

Romanow calls for more federal funding, but only if provinces spend it wisely
‘I WAS FIGHTING FOR MY LIFE’ 6061
The Maclean’s Excerpt

‘I WAS FIGHTING FOR MY LIFE’

Ontario’s lieutenant-governor recalls the attack that almost killed him
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Film

WILD HOLLYWOOD ORCHID

Adaptation, a mind-blower with heart, is the most dazzling U.S. movie in years
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Essay

SPEAKING IN TONGUES

Bilingualism is saving the country, writes BENOIT AUBIN in Montreal
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