IN JULY 2006 Stephen Harper had been Prime Minister for half a year and it was time to deliver his first speech to a foreign business audience. He picked a friendly crowd, the Canada-U.K. Chamber of Commerce in London. He told them British investors were taking notice of “Canada’s emergence as a global energy powerhouse—the emerging ‘energy superpower’ our government intends to build.”By Paul Wells, Tamsin McMahon16 min
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What an insightful and timely article about the new math curriculum (“Have you finished your homework, mom?” Society, March 19). I have three teenage daughters, and when I come home from work I have to put in hours to help with their homework.
ROBERT BIRGENEAU, a physicist and former University of Toronto president, has led the University of California at Berkeley as chancellor since 2004. Last week he announced he’s stepping down at the end of the year. Birgeneau, who turned 70 this month, delayed retirement because of the budget crisis—what he calls “the most extreme disinvestment by the state in UC’s history,” brought on by cuts and economic troubles in California.By NICHOLAS KÖHLER7 min
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