October 16, 2006

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SOCIETY

BTTER BREW

There is no icon in Canadian business more universally revered than Tim Hortons. For millions in this country, “Tim’s” long ago transcended the world of doughnuts and a decent cup of coffee. It is now a part of the national identity—one of those rare brands by which people identify themselves.
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BUSINESS

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ALCOA ALUMINERIE DE DESCHAMBAULT S.E.N.C. (540) Aluminum smelting operation, Deschambault-Grondines, Que. Free on-site fitness facility; maternity topups to 95 per cent of salary for 18 weeks. ALTAGAS INCOME TRUST. (327) Energy company, Calgary.
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SPECIAL REPORT

If you’re on time and breathing, you're hired

Tales of employer desperation are many and varied these days, especially in the alternative reality of Alberta’s labour market. But few cases illustrate the situation as well as that of Gary Reber, an amiable ex-con who now happily swings a hammer on a downtown Edmonton construction site.
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INTERVIEW

'Ignatieff—someone who has been out of the country for 35 years—he's an expert on my party and my reputation?'

Q YOU entered elected politics aggressively, knocking off a sitting Liberal MP. How has that shaped your reputation and your career? A: What it did is give an indication that I was willing to challenge perceived notions and conventional wisdom, and that I was willing to challenge the system.
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SPECIAL REPORT

RAISE HIGH THOSE PAY SCALES, CARPENTERS

Mike Holmes is a bluecollar millionaire. He wears dusty brown overalls and a diamond stud in his left ear to work. He only went to high school, but says he knows as much as anybody in the construction industry. “I can wire your house, build your house, design your house, plumb it; I can pretty well do anything,” says the 43year-old divorced father of three.
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THE BACK PAGES

WHERE EVERY COP IS A CRIMINAL

Right from the opening scene, as Gimme Shelter comes up on the soundtrack, along with the leathery voice of Jack Nicholson, sounding like the devil on his day off, The Departed enters the bloodstream with the rush of a warm, familiar drug.
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THE BACK PAGES

He’s Pakistan’s least worst hope

I’m glad Gen. Musharraf was able to take time out of his hectic book tour to meet with President Bush at the White House. As far as I know, the plug-circuit-cum-state-visit is a new phenomenon on the international scene: the Queen didn’t attempt to squeeze in her golden jubilee events in between promoting “Diana & Me:
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7 DAYS

Good news/Bad news

The retired NHL player’s messy separation from his wife of 13 years continues to get messier. Last week, after Leanne Domi filed a scathing divorce application in which she alleges Domi has been having an affair with Liberal MP Belinda Stronach, the couple came to a temporary settlement. On Monday, however, Domi’s estranged wife filed an affidavit accusing him of violating a restraining order that prohibits him from unauthorized visits to the family’s home in Toronto.
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HISTORY

THE TRUDEAU REVELATIONS

Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s charisma always lay as much in the enigma of the man as in his physical presence or acerbic intelligence. He kept his private self guarded from even his closest colleagues. Friend and adviser Marc Lalonde compared Canada’s 15th prime minister to an oyster that opened with great difficulty, adding that Trudeau had only once spoken to him about a personal matter—the breakup of his marriage to Margaret Trudeau.
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NATIONAL

WANT TO KNOW A SECRET? TOO BAD

Only last fall, making government more accountable seemed like the most pressing imperative in federal politics. Justice John Gomery’s probe into the sponsorship scandal was dominating the news, an election was in the air, and its outcome seemed likely to turn on which party convinced Canadian voters it was the most open and honest.
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