November 23, 2009

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NATIONAL

SWINE FLU SCREW-UP

Canada is barely a few weeks into the biggest mass immunization campaign in the nation’s history, and by now everyone has heard—or worse, lived— a flu shot horror story. “It’s been chaotic,” admits Dr. David Scheifele, director of the Vaccine Evaluation Centre in Vancouver, which is associated with the B.C. Children’s Hospital.
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INTERVIEW

Q: It’s been a tumultuous couple of years for you, at least publicly. Do you still enjoy your job? A: I love the job. I’m passionate about the game, and the people around the game, the way we as a sport connect with our fans. Every job has challenges, things that make the job interesting.
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MAIL BAG

READING your cover story “Montreal is a disaster” (National, Nov. 9), I recall many rumours of kickbacks having to be paid under the table by contractors to work at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. The Italian Mafia and biker gangs have operated in Montreal for decades.
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BUSINESS

RACING TO REBUILD GM

The idea was for Bob Lutz, the vice-chairman of General Motors, to challenge doubters of the beleaguered automaker to race him on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. He would drive Cadillac’s muscular, 556-horsepower CTS-V luxury sedan while challengers would have their choice of rival production models.
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THE BACK PAGES

We butchers

“I’m doing a little Frenching now, guys,” Stephen Alexander announces to an enthralled audience as he shows off his way with a blade. “Leave a little extra fat on it,” the charismatic 38-year-old butcher-farmer instructs as he addresses his pork loin, shearing the meat from the bone just so.
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THE BACK PAGES

Johnny Mercer, Moon River and me

We're after the same rainbow’s end Waiting round the bend My huckleberry friend Moon River and me... Where is Moon River? Everywhere and nowhere. But, if you had to pin it down, you’d find it meandering at least metaphorically somewhere in the neighbourhood of Savannah, Georgia.
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WORLD

DIVIDED THEY STAND

Outside Capitol Hill, conservative protesters had declared “No socialistic health care” and chanted “Kill the bill.” But the real obstacles to President Barack Obama’s effort to pass health care reform legislation this year have been divisions among his fellow Democrats.
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BUSINESS

ECONOWATCH

If predicting an economic recovery were as simple as 2+2=4, it would be a cinch to pinpoint exactly where we are on the arc from recession to growth. Simply take the barrage of economic data bombarding us every day, punch it into a spreadsheet, and voila!
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NATIONAL

DEFENDING THE ROYALS

In 1963, the historian W. L. Morton published a splendid one-volume history of Canada. The title still has the power to thrill, and to shock: The Kingdom of Canada. At the back there is a list of all the kings and queens “sovereign over Canada.”
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THIS WEEK

NEWSMAKERS

He is best known as the man who repeatedly Tasered an unarmed Polish immigrant and provided contradictory testimony in the ensuing inquiry, but RCMP Const. Kwesi Millington is angry that the CBC has besmirched his good name. Millington, who used his Taser weapon five times against Robert Dziekanski in a 2007 altercation at Vancouver’s airport, filed a libel suit against the CBC; he was apparently put off by reports that aired in the weeks after Dziekanski died.
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