December 25, 2006

A TINFOIL SUIT IN A LIGHTNING STORM 4849
MEDIA

A TINFOIL SUIT IN A LIGHTNING STORM

George Stroumboulopoulos is not the messiah. Yes, the CBC is doing its best to venerate his image, splashing his sideburns and warm, wet, beagle eyes on billboards coast to coast. But his slouchy shoulders aren’t broad enough to carry the weight of expectations.
Part kingmaker, part attack dog 2425
NATIONAL

Part kingmaker, part attack dog

Before it fades into political lore, here’s a final moment worth savouring from the convention that made Stéphane Dion the new Liberal leader. The cheering is over. The big hall at Montreal’s Palais des Congrès is nearly empty.
CANADA’S STICKING POINTS 2829
NATIONAL

CANADA’S STICKING POINTS

I left Canada in 2003 after five years helping to set up and edit the National Post newspaper. I returned this month for a lecture tour of Ottawa and Vancouver to find that the country, despite a change of government and the subsequent shattering of the federal Liberal stranglehold on national affairs, has scarcely moved on.
THE BACK PAGES 5051

THE BACK PAGES

tv The quotable Barney P.54 books Coxcombs for Christmas P.56 music Misery under the mistletoe P.59 taste The food-incones craze P.60 bazaar Fat free and effort free P.61 humour Talking Points P.62
FOR COURAGE AND SACRIFICE IN THE FACE OF TERRIFYING COMBAT, MACLEAN’S HONOURS THE CANADIAN SOLDIER 6667
NEWSMAKERS

FOR COURAGE AND SACRIFICE IN THE FACE OF TERRIFYING COMBAT, MACLEAN’S HONOURS THE CANADIAN SOLDIER

Like it or not, Sgt. Patrick Tower understands why he is suddenly such a popular person. Six weeks ago, without any warning, the military he has served for 16 years nominated him for a Star of Military Valour—a bravery decoration second only to the prestigious Victoria Cross.
FOR THE RECORD 2627
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FOR THE RECORD

“The best advice that we had was that this was the least expensive path for us to pursue.”—Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty on paying out $3 million in severance to Hydro One CEO Tom Parkinson after he resigned over $45,000 in unaccounted for credit card charges.
MERGERS 7273
NEWSMAKERS

MERGERS

CONDOLEEZZA RICE AND PETER MACKAY Just one look, that’s all it took for reporters on both sides of the border to catch the chemistry between the U.S. secretary of state, 52, and Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, 41. The two spent the fifth anniversary of Sept. 11 traipsing around the waterfront in Pictou, N.S., grinning from ear to ear.
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