LATE ONE NIGHT, while Shaun Gallagher was rocking his 15-month-old son to sleep, his mind wandered. His wife was pregnant with their second child, and Gallagher began contemplating ways to make life easier for everyone in future. “I got to thinking about how I would be performing nouveau experiments on my son, trying to figure out the best way to get him to fall asleep or eat,” recalls Gallagher, a joumalist-tumed-software developer, who was looking for book ideas at the time.By CATHY GULLI
THE SURGE IN support for the NDP during the 2011 federal election campaign took most by surprise. In this excerpt from his new book, Building the Orange Wave: The Inside Story Behind the Historic Rise of Jack Layton and the NDP, former campaign director Brad Lavigne reveals how the party had to scramble when an old police report about Layton and a massage parlour surfaced late in the campaign.By Brad Lavigne
JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S RECENT musings of admiration for China’s dictatorship were seized upon by critics as evidence that the Liberal leader may not be especially gifted in certain areas, such as mental thinking. For instance, the headline on Andrew Coyne’s column in the National Post suggested that Trudeau’s utterance revealed the “gulf between his intellectual reach and grasp”—which is one of the more elegant phrases I’ve seen used to describe someone as dumb.By SCOTT FESCHUK
Tesla’s stock has taken a beating following a string of accidents involving its electric Model S sedan that have resulted in battery-pack fires. Its share price is down 20 per cent in the last month. Flaming hot rods are cool. Electric cars, less so.
AS TYPHOON HAIYAN barrelled toward the Philippines—the eye of its storm a near-perfect circle—800,000 people fled their coastal homes for sturdier shelter. They hunkered down in schools, churches and government offices, brick-and-mortar buildings that had survived nature’s wrath so many times before.By MICHAEL FRISCOLANTI
FOR A WHILE, it looked as if organizers of Toronto’s Santa Claus parade had dodged a bullet. Word trickled in that Mayor Rob Ford would forgo the annual crowd-pleaser—understandable, given the uproar surrounding his admission of crack use.By CHARLIE GILLIS
This much-anticipated volume of memoir from biologist and militant unbeliever Richard Dawkins is a tad slender. Dawkins’s publishers have persuaded him to split his reminiscences in two, no doubt hoping to get the benefit of two separate Festivus shopping seasons.By COLBY COSH
THE DOOR-TO-DOOR religious proselytizer is, like his secular cousin the Cutco knife peddler, a harmless irritant of modern North American life. If you don’t care for his wares, you say no thanks, shut the door and sometimes roll your eyes. But you rarely, if ever, engage.By EMMA TEITEL
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