MICHEL DRAPEAU considers himself an equalopportunity provocateur. Since 1994, the lawyer and retired colonel has filed over 5,000 access to information requests to just about every single ministry, agency and authority within the federal government, from the Royal Mint to National Defence, for hundreds of clients—including nearly every federal political party in the country.By MARTIN PATRIQUIN
Outlandish and electrifying, Darren Aronofsky's ballet melodrama takes wild risks, leaping from high camp to horror, with a grand jeté of high tragedy. Remixing Hitchcock, Cronenberg and Polanski, the movie polarized audiences. But it surprised and exhilarated me like nothing else.
I AM NOT sure why I was eager to see Morning Glory. Maybe it was the same thing that drives any addict to test their level of recovery—exposure to what got them hooked. In my case, I am a news junkie who once hung out perilously close to where the hot steam escapes from the pressure cooker of network TV news.By KEVIN NEWMAN
ON JAN. 1, Ottawa firefighters will begin a trial of a new schedule that has them taking 24-hour shifts, working just seven days of every 28. If the change becomes permanent, as is expected, Ottawa will join other Eastern Canadian cities on the 24-hour system; it’s used in Toronto, Mississauga, Ont., Kingston, Ont., Windsor, Ont., London, Ont., Fredericton, and Halifax.By COLBY COSH
ITALY’S CULTURAL HERITAGE is under threat like never before. In November, two collapses at the archaeological site of Pompeii sent off alarm bells among experts, who see the endangered wonder, a UNESCO world heritage site, as a symbol for the decay eating away at virtually every historic piece of Italy.
Man the toolmaker may no longer be the preferred designation for our special place in the world, not now that we have seen crows lay down nuts for car drivers to crush, not to mention our commitment to gender-neutral language. But the idea still says something profound about humans: we do make tools, as opposed to using what comes to hand, and from the beginning we have made them more sophisticated than absolutely necessary.By BRIAN BETHUNE
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