May 29, 2006

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NATIONAL

SINCE RADWANSKI, OTTAWA'S TOP 99 BUREAUCRATS HAVE SPENT $14,000,000 ON TRAVEL AND HOSPITALITY IN A SYSTEM RIPE FOR ABUSE

The fraud and breach of trust charges against him were said to be the final note in a crisis that, thankfully, had passed. George Radwanski had been some public servant—a dimestore Napoleon who, in the memorable words of auditor general Sheila Fraser, waged a “reign of terror” against staff who dared question his lavish ways.
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INTERVIEW

On May 16, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s candidate for chairman of the public appointments commission, recently retired oilman Gwyn Morgan, was rejected in a 6-5 vote of the Commons government operations committee. All opposition members of the committee voted against him.
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7 DAYS THE WEEK OF 5/15

Good news/Bad news

For Canadians who believe reality rather than sentiment should guide political decisions, last week was an encouraging one. First, Environment Minister Rona Ambrose had the courage to admit the obvious: this country has no hope of meeting its objectives under the Kyoto Protocol.
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THE BACK PAGES

books The future spells China P.48 tv Idol designer sets the stage P.51 music Heppner does Wagner P.52 bazaar Say cheese, look slimmer P.54 web Real estate ‘bubble blogs’ P.56 help Spot the office psycho P.57
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SCIENCE

ANCIENT BONES OF CONTENTION

If there’s one thing the often bitterly quarrelsome scientists featured in Ann Gibbons’s The First Human agree upon, it’s that there is something special about holding a hominid bone. Hominids are every member of the human family who ever lived, a line that goes back some six million years to the point where we stopped sharing a common ancestry with chimpanzees.
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NATURE

DEADLY ENCOUNTERS

Yovy Suarez Jimenez, a 28-year-old student at Florida Atlantic University, went jogging on May 9 near a canal in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Her two arms were later found in the belly of a large, one-eyed male alligator. Officials say she was likely grabbed on land by the nine-foot-six-inch gator, which dragged her into the water, killing her.
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MAIL BAG

I DILIGENTLY KEPT up with Canada’s first deployment to Afghanistan and had heard about the record kill-shot and the subsequent investigation into the corpse desecration. Nothing about what happened to those soldiers (“We were abandoned,” Cover, May 15) surprises me: Canada has a long history of bringing down its heroes.
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WORLD

Divided under God

Eight decades ago, the politicians and great statesmen of the world looked down on a seemingly intractable ethnic and religious conflict in the Balkans and Anatolia (soon to be part of Turkey). They decided the solution would be to “unmix” peoples and move them into homogeneous nation states.
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PROFILE

HIS IMMIGRANT IS NO SAINT

There is a lot of wringing of hands, these days, by Canadians wondering what to make of the taxi driver in the front seat. The suspicion is that he is as talented as those he depends on for tips, and the majority of his riders wish there were ways to help—to get the man a proper job, and out of the way of rich kids playing lethal street racing games or thugs who have recently been killing taxi drivers at an alarming rate.
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