SOMETIME THIS YEAR, if it hasn’t happened already, the millionth Canadian will be arrested for marijuana possession, Dana Larsen estimates. The indefatigable B.C.-based activist for pot legalization is thinking of marking the occasion with a special ceremony.By Ken MacQueen
THERE ARE WORSE places to be stranded for nearly three days than Palm Springs, Calif., but for 150 Westjet passengers on a recent flight to Calgary, it still constituted a travel nightmare. The flight, scheduled for a Sunday in late March, was scrapped after an inbound 737 was diverted to a nearby airport because of dangerous winds.By Chris Sorensen
Downward mobility is counterintuitive to the American Dream; no wonder our neighbours to the south are having trouble adjusting to the American Nightmare. With folksy compassion, Garson crosses the country to interview ordinary Joes and Jills about their predicaments.By JANE CHRISTMAS
What a bipolar experience the events captured in your June 3 issue is for Canadians: our unreserved pride in our astronaut’s execution of his responsibilities (“The wonder of Chris Hadfield,” Society) and our total disgust with the sleaziness in our Senate and the Prime Minister’s Office (“Outgunned and under fire,” National)!
MILLIONS KNOW RAFFI Cavoukian by his first name. Just its mention is enough to move people to song—perhaps the chorus of Baby Beluga, a track first recorded more than 30 years ago. He now goes by @Raffi_RC on Twitter, where he is both an enthusiastic participant and an ever-vigilant guardian.By SUE ALLAN
MELISSA WILSON’S FIRST five-kilometre road race was in a suburban-mall parking lot in Braintree, Mass—an hour’s drive outside Boston. She made an eight-hour road trip there from her home in Burlington, Ont., just to run zigzags around pylons as music blared in the background and volunteers threw clouds of neon-coloured dust on her.By EMILY SENGER
Celebrated Olympian Alexandre Despatie is retiring from diving. Despatie, who has won silver medals in the three-metre springboard event at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and gold medals in the one-metre, three-metre and 10-m events at the world championships, began competing at age 13.By NICHOLAS KÖHLER, MANISHA KRISHNAN, JAIME WEINMAN, KATE LUNAU, BARRY HERTZ
IF THERE IS to be another uprising of popular defiance in the wake of a presidential election in Iran this year, none of the candidates is likely to lead it. In 2009, Iran was rocked by the largest anti-government protests since the founding of the Islamic Republic three decades earlier.By MICHAEL PETROU
“DIDN’T YOU NOTICE a powerful and obnoxious odour of mendacity in this room? There ain’t nothing more powerful than the odour of mendacity,” says Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams’s play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. “You can smell it.” Has anyone been smelling the stories on Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford these days?By BARBARA AMIEL
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