BY MICHAEL FRISCOLANTI - More than once, Ronald McCowan tried to buy Elliot Lake’s doomed shopping mall. Where so many others saw an old, tired structure—vacant stores, broken escalators and a notoriously leaky rooftop parking lot—McCowan, a real estate veteran, saw dollar signs.
BY ANNE KINGSTON ■ If film-studio executives sat down to create a movie that reflected Hollywood’s pathological aversion to seeing old faces as anything but cues for Depends jokes, they couldn’t outdo The Age of Adaline. The movie, out next year, stars Blake Lively as a woman born at the turn of the 20th century who has a freak accident at age 29 that stops her from physically aging over the next 100 years.
BY JOHN GEDDES ■ It was a moment made-toorder for Stephen Harper’s dark way of talking about the world. Going back to the 2011 election, the Prime Minister has often portrayed Canada as an island of safety in a global sea of dangers. Sometimes that imagery comes off as alarmist, but the rhetoric works when the topic at hand is the rise of Islamic State extremism in Syria and Iraq.
BY JONATHON GATEHOUSE - Police in Hong Kong have a quaint way of signalling their intentions. An officer, equipped with a quiver full of coloured flags, stands at the front line of demonstrations and hoists highly visible warnings. Yellow means “turn back now.”
BY LEAH McLAREN ■ There are few experiences more oddly intimidating than driving up to a proper English stately home. All the perioddrama clichés apply. There’s the crunch of white gravel, followed by the billowing lawns, the vast banks of glittering windows, and finally, a butler stationed on the front steps like a besuited bit player, doing a silent shallow bow.
Feminism’s eternal fight I was absolutely delighted to see Anne Kingston’s story, “New girl, go girl” (Society, Oct. 6) on the front page of your magazine. As a 17-year-old feminist, I am so glad you published such an intelligent article on the subject, referencing Lena Dunham, Tavi Gevinson, Malala Yousafzi, Lorde, and other individuals who have become such great role models.
BY ADNAN R. KHAN - When Merve Ozdemir walks the streets in Kemerburgaz, a suburb in Istanbul’s northwest, she wears a niqab, the all-encompassing veil that leaves only her eyes visible. She is usually the only one in that attire. Kemerburgaz is one of Istanbul’s more secular neighbourhoods, its residents of mostly Greek and Bulgarian descent, a place where even a headscarf is a rarity.
BY PAÚL WELLS ■ Winning was the easy part. In April, Philippe Couillard led Quebec’s Liberal party to a resounding victory over Pauline Marois and the Parti Québécois, becoming the first neurosurgeon to head a government in Quebec. Almost immediately, Couillard found himself struggling with Quebec’s near-catastrophic public finances, as well as trying to find a place for an assertive, unapologetic federalist at the political table in Ottawa.
BY MARK LEPAGE - This past summer, while the online tabloids were puzzling over the whereabouts of recently deceased radio legend Casey Kasem, his body turned up in the unlikeliest of spots: a Montreal funeral home. The local press could find no Québécois connection to Kasem, which led everyone to wonder: why? And how?
BY JAIME J. WEINMAN ■ When you buy a Batman or Captain America T-shirt, they look cool. Things are different with Wonder Woman. In September, an officially licensed shirt appeared with a picture of the world’s most famous superheroine being kissed by Superman, and the caption “SCORE! Superman does it again!” The outrage was immediate.
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