TWO SOLDIERS STOOD guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, at the National War Memorial, as they have every day for the last eight years. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Cpl. Branden Stevenson, young reservists with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in Hamilton, were there on the morning on Oct. 22, holding rifles containing no ammunition.By Sue Allan, Genna Buck, John Geddes, Aaron Hutchins, Anne Kingston, Michael Petrou, Cormac MacSweeney, Julie Smyth, Nick Taylor-Vaisey, Paul Wells, Aaron Wherry
In the fall of 2011, three years before the world knew his name, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was living in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, puffing on crack pipes and praying for redemption. Twentynine at the time, he was both a volatile junkie and a devout Muslim, forever hopeful that his faith in Allah would help him—someday— crush the drugs and the demons.By MICHAEL FRISCOLANTI
Canada is at war (“Top gun (not),” National, Oct. 20). This stark and horrifying reality is unique and distinct from any other national issue. It may be the only instance when it is critical that we suspend our individual opinions and stand united.
With the possible exception of Marilyn Monroe, no 20thcentury American woman has been as thoroughly analyzed as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. She has been the subject of hundreds of books, ranging from sensationalist (Kitty Kelley’s trashy Jackie Oh!) to scholarly (Alice Kaplan’s gem-like Dreaming in French).By CHRISTOPHER LOUDON
For a while, it seemed as though Jeremy Pearce was fated to make a living hoisting boxes in a warehouse. That was before he got into Simon Fraser University, and before he won the Terry Fox gold medal for demonstrating courage in the face of adversity.By NANCY MACDONALD
Twenty-four hours: a single, sordid day. That’s roughly how long it took for Jian Ghomeshi, beloved creator and host of CBC’s syndicated radio show, Q, to implode on a national stage. On Sunday, Oct. 26, the CBC fired the 47-year-old host for vague and mysterious reasons; new “information” had come across the CBC’s desk, it stated, which precluded the public broadcaster from continuing a relationship with Ghomeshi.By EMMA TEITEL
In December 1933, an 18-year-old Englishman by the name of Patrick “Paddy” Leigh Fermor set off to walk the width of Europe, from Rotterdam to Istanbul. He packed little more than some clothes, several letters of introduction and the Oxford Book of English Verse—to live “like a tramp, a pilgrim, or a wandering scholar.”By LARISSA LIEPINS
The resurrection began last December, when a throng of well-wishers crammed into a pub near the University of Toronto in hopes of convincing John Tory— much-respected, oft defeated—that he need not go down as a great political mighta-been.By CHARLIE GILLIS
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