Toronto's “Mink Mile” was designed for gawking. A two-block stretch of Bloor Street West populated with the kind of high-end retailers—Cartier, Prada, Chanel, Tiffany—whose imposing prices strictly limit the hoi polloi to window shopping.By JONATHON GATEHOUSE, CHARLIE GILLIS
It’s still uncertain to what extent the Recluse of Exeter will emerge from the high-tech security of his rural New Hampshire home to help publicize The Lost Symbol. Dan Brown’s long-awaited follow-up to The Da Vinci Code goes on sale Sept. 15; so far, publisher Doubleday has confirmed that Brown will appear on The Today Show, and talk to the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.By BRIAN BETHUNE
Predicting the defining issue of a federal campaign is notoriously tricky. Old political hands will tell you elections always end up turning on the question of leadership. But leaders need something to talk about—that’s why they invented platforms.
Payam Akhavan was working in The Hague as a legal adviser to the prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia when students in his homeland of Iran took to the streets in numbers that had not been seen since the early days of the Islamic Revolution.By MICHAEL PETROU
Dr. Bonnie Henry is a physician, preventative medicine specialist, and epidemiologist—or “virus hunter." Before becoming the director of public health emergency management at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, she fought outbreaks of SARS in Toronto and the Ebola virus in Uganda.
IT IS A SIGN of our times that a Canadian rich kid, bad boy and reality TV contestant would hang himself in a closet in a motel in Hope, B.C., after his American-starlet wife’s body is found by a bottle collector in a suitcase in a dumpster in Orange County—the identification being made by the serial number on her breast implants because her fingers and teeth had been removed (“Millionaire murderer,” Crime, Sept. 7).
Teaching has never held the promise of riches, but it’s always been thought of as a safe career choice— and with good reason. Aside from full benefits and an enviable pension, it’s a profession with a built-in foot in the door: the supply list.By RACHEL MENDLESON
You forget you’re watching Matt Damon. He’s playing a spy. But with a dorky moustache, a toupée and an extra 20 lb. puffing out his features, there’s no trace of the dynamic secret agent from the Bourne franchise. In Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant!, an off-kilter comedy based on a true story of corporate corruption, Damon plays Mark Whitacre, an agri-biz honcho who became the highest-ranking whistle-blower in U.S. history during the late ’90s.By BRIAN D. JOHNSON
Halina Siekanowicz doesn’t usually name the rats she is trying to kill, but she had to admire “Robbie’s” ingenuity. It was a typical extermination job at a Toronto business for the owner of Lady Bug Pest Control. Robbie, the last rat standing, had a route that included skittering along a length of pipe.By KEN MACQUEEN
The good news for Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien is that Crown prosecutors won’t be appealing the recent verdict that acquitted him of influence-peddling charges. But O’Brien has confounded many of his colleagues with a risky new PR strategy at a moment when strong reputation rebuilding is essential.
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