Sept. 11, 2001, was not “the day everything changed,” but the day that revealed how much had already changed. On Sept. 10, how many journalists had the Council of American-Islamic Relations or the Canadian Islamic Congress or the Muslim Council of Britain in their Rolodexes? If you’d said that whether something does or does not cause offence to Muslims would be the early 21st century’s principal political dynamic in Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the United Kingdom, most folks would have thought you were crazy.By MARK STEYN
Lloyd Robertson is sitting at the anchor desk in CTV’s suburban Toronto studios flipping a Maclean’s reporter the bird: index and ring fingers bent at the joint, the middle digit, exhibiting a perfect combination of rigidity and cool, erect and weaving amidst the newsroom’s blue TV haze.By NICHOLAS KÖHLER
DID ANYONE catch the fact that Belinda Stronach was on the cover of Maclean’s magazine yet again (“Reversal of Fortune,” Cover, Oct.9)? How many times is that in the past two years? It seems it is now a fairly common occurrence that either Stronach or Paris Hilton graces the cover of “Canada’s Magazine of the Year.
Q You’re a couples’ therapist as well as an author. Who usually pushes for counselling when a couple’s sex life is in decline? A: The person who longs for it most. Every therapist who works with couples knows that it’s just as often the man who withholds sex, or is no longer interested.
Paul Desmarais Sr., the country’s top political groupie, enjoys nothing so much as being consulted by Canada’s prime ministers, and has acted as their intimate sounding board for most of the past four decades, nurturing special relationships with Pierre Trudeau, Brian Mulroney, Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin.By PETER C. NEWMAN
They are the ignition buttons for lighting a fire under Canadian right-of-centre activists: gay marriage and the gun registry. Stephen Harper has promised to push both of them this fall, but now his government doesn’t look all that enthusiastic on either front.By JOHN GEDDES
I have found myself paradoxically fascinated by Michael Ignatieff’s return to Canada to claim the Liberal party crown. I say “paradoxically” because there was nothing in the least bit fascinating about that I-lay-outmy-exciting-vision-for-your-er-my-country Iggy manifesto we carried a few weeks back.By MARK STEYN
On a spring night in 1822, John A. Macdonald, only seven years old, watched as a drunken caregiver beat his four-year-old brother James to death. The caregiver, a man named Kennedy, was a friend and employee of the boys’ father, Hugh. Kennedy had brought John and James to a tavern in Kingston, Ont.By BRIAN BETHUNE
Federal Environment Minister Rona Ambrose has undergone her own form of climate change. Her portfolio is one of the hottest in Ottawa and she’s been ducking calls from all parties for her resignation. The fuss has helped Ambrose emerge as one of the few in the Harper cabinet to actually sound like an individual and not a prime ministerial puppet.
When North Korea announced on Monday that it had carried out its first successful test of a nuclear device, the regime not only alarmed its enemies, but also hung one of its few friends out to dry. Until now, China had been effectively keeping Kim Jong Il’s brutal dictatorship on life support by supplying most of its fuel and feeding a good share of its impoverished population.By LUIZA CH. SAVAGE
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