LAST YEAR, PATRICIA Gartland, who works for a suburban Vancouver school district, brought in $16 million selling 1,700 B.C. classroom spots to foreign students, largely from China and South Korea. Gartland, who started her job as director of international education with the Coquitlam School District in suburban Vancouver over 10 years ago, has made the program in Vancouver one of the most extensive in Canada and the envy of the scores of districts across the country looking to cash in on the growing market for international students.By STEPHANIE FINDLAY
PREVIOUSLY ON Apocalypse Soon... It was the worst of times, it was the not quite so worst of times. The predecessor to this book was called America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, and, given the title, you may be tempted to respond, “C’mon, man.By MARK STEYN
“FEAR OF COOKING is a real thing,” says chef Todd Mohr from his home in North Carolina. “It’s called mageirocophobia.” He immediately starts to spell the word as if it’s something he’s often asked to do. Mohr may be the only chef-teacher in the world whose classes (at webcookingclasses.com) are designed to help phobic cooks.By JULIA MCKINNELL
NEXT TO SOLDIERS, few on the federal payroll suffer more wounds at work than mail carriers. According to the latest stats, nearly 2,300 Canada Post employees trip and fall on the job every year, twisting ankles and breaking legs and triggering millions of dollars’ worth of compensation claims.By MICHAEL FRISCOLANTI
As the sun sets on the reign and life of Elizabeth I, speculation ignites over her successor. Much jockeying ensues in the campaign to be next in line to the throne: will it be James I of Scotland? The Spanish Infanta? Or, lurking behind door number three, the ambitious and caddish Earl of Essex?By JANE CHRISTMAS
In writing about the recent ruling against Air Canada for failing to provide bilingual services (“Air Canada’s ‘biggest mistake,’” National, Aug. 8), you write: “As a former Crown corporation, the airline must, as a condition of its 1988 sale... make French services mandatory.”
I HAVE a proposal I’d like to run by you. As you’re no doubt aware, the Canadian pundit industry has been going through some difficult times of late, not— God knows!—through any fault of our own, but what with the economy, and fluctuating advertising revenues, and that whole Internet thing... Anyway, we’re a resourceful industry with a proud history, so we’re not looking for any handouts, but what I was wondering was if maybe there was some way just to bring some order to the marketplace, so we wouldn’t have to deal with these wild swings in market conditions that, I can tell you, make it impossible to plan.By ANDREW COYNE
THERE’S A BIT of a Mormon moment right now. Think me crazy, but I rather like the sound of a life in which men address each other as “elder” and the womenfolk call each other “sister”—or, when circumstances warrant, “sisterwives.” There’s a respect lost when complete strangers who obtain your credit card take to addressing you by your first name.By BARBARA AMIEL
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