WHEN COUNCILMAN Beto O’Rourke looks out the 10th-floor window of the El Paso, Texas, city hall, he sees a fence: “a big, ugly, Berlin-style fence. It’s disgusting.” The structure separates dusty El Paso from its proximal sister city: Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, which is, by all accounts, under siege.By Katie Engelhart
ROBERT MCCRUM’S new book, Globish, documents the Internet-fuelled rise of English to become the global language. But the same Internet that seems to endanger the world’s minority tongues may yet turn out to be their salvation. Nunavut, with a population density of one person per 70 sq. km—some 30,000 people scattered across two million sq. kmneeds Internet services as much as downtown Toronto.By BRIAN BETHUNE
A star of the History Channel’s massively popular reality TV series Ice Road Truckers, which begins its fourth season this fall, the burly Yellowknifer is known to audiences worldwide as a gritty kind of philosopher—he actually enjoys listening to the sound of the ice cracking as he hauls 70,000 lb. because, he says, “it’s basically talking to you.”
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi doesn’t believe he has any more power than wartime dictator Benito Mussolini—a comparison his critics might not argue with. Berlusconi was lamenting his powerlessness when he quoted from the Fascist leader’s diary in a speech this week:
IN ONTARIO, the frenzied rush to “green” the province’s power grid has reached a new level. It’s now possible for farmers to erect a brand new barn without paying a dime. The barns are being offered by a company called Hay Solar and come equipped with a sloping rooftop covered with solar panels.By CHRIS SORENSEN
THE WORD “INAPPROPRIATE” appears literally dozens of times in the course of Justice Jeffrey Oliphant’s report on Brian Mulroney’s dealings with Karlheinz Schreiber. It was inappropriate, the judge found, for Mulroney to have met so many times with Schreiber while he was prime minister and Schreiber was an unregistered lobbyist, inappropriate for him to have entered into business with him scant weeks after leaving office—and on the same file, the Bear Head project, for which Schreiber had been lobbying his government all those years—inappropriate to have taken payments from Schreiber in cash, inappropriate to have kept them in cash, inappropriate not to have deposited the money in a bank account, or leave any other record of the transaction, whether contracts, invoices, receipts, expenses, tax returns or even a decent thank-you note.By ANDREW COYNE
A FEW WEEKS AGO, two nurses were strolling along the shore of Big Trout Lake, in northern Ontario, when their dog hauled something from the water. It was the corpse of a creature, about 30 cm long, unlike anything they’d ever seen: bald-faced, with a glossy pelt and cloudy white eyes.By KATE LUNAU
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