Q: I want to go back to something near the start of your troubles. Peter C. Newman predicted that you would get 15 years in jail, that you would be raped in prison, and that your wife Barbara Amiel would leave you and return to London for her fifth husband.By KENNETH WHYTE
The gilt, jewel-encrusted rods and maces that occupy pride of place in Parliament, the provincial legislatures and even city halls might seem emblems of a dusty bygone era, but not to co-authors Pike and McCreery. To them, the objects represent “continuity in an everchanging political world.”By PATRICIA TREBLE
FORA LONER, Stephen Harper works surprisingly well with others. The Prime Minister won his job by earning the loyalty of the old Reform party even though he used to be Preston Manning’s most persistent internal critic. He ended a decade’s rivalry with the Progressive Conservatives after doing more than almost anyone to fuel the rivalry.By PAUL WELLS
OSAMA BIN LADEN enjoyed talking about his death. And like other hyper-religious Islamists, he claimed to long for it. “So let me be a martyr, dwelling in a high mountain pass among a band of knights who, united in devotion to God, descend to face armies,” he wrote in a poem he recited in a 2003 audiotape.By MICHAEL PETROU
While North American airlines make up the majority of the world’s airline travel, only one accident of the 50 mentioned in “Cockpit crisis” (Society, Sept. 5) occurred in North America, which was the Colgan Airlines accident in Buffalo.
JAMES FORREST KIENHOLZ was born in Nelson, B.C., on Sept. 12, 1946, the first of five siblings (Melvin arrived next, then Lorraine, David and Beverley). James’s father, Forrest, was a Greyhound bus driver; his mother, Malendar (neé Davidson), was the anchor of the family home.By MICHAEL FRISCOLANTI
History, that incubator of stranger-than-fiction stories, provides the plot outline for Humphreys’ intriguing new novel set in the literary ferment of 19th-century Paris. Its focus is the doomed affair between journalist and literary critic Charles Sainte-Beuve and Adèle Hugo, the wife of Victor Hugo, Sainte-Beuve’s friend and neighbour.By ANNE KINGSTON
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