May 4, 2015

National

Twin miracles

National

COULD HE ACTUALLY LOSE?

Society

His brother’s keeper

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National

Twin miracles

THE TWIN GIRLS were lying side by side on a wooden change table, close enough that one tiny head touched the other. Together, as always. Their dark eyes, oblivious to the moment, glanced around the room while two workers from the orphanage picked out some baby clothes and slid them on.

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National

COULD HE ACTUALLY LOSE?

The modern Canadian political campaign is stalked by chaos and does everything possible to avoid it. Administering surprises rarely does a party’s leader any good, so his day is barricaded against surprise. Party leaders who try to do too much are punished with fatigue.

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Society

His brother’s keeper

A pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses gave Zahed Haftlang a second chance at life. More than a decade ago, shortly after arriving in Vancouver as a refugee, the Iranian mechanic and former prisoner of war attempted to kill himself in his tiny Yaletown apartment.

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MACLEAN'S BACK PAGES

Got milked?

If you produce or market a manufactured beverage, you really don’t want to find out Alissa Hamilton has written about it. Her 2009 book Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice exposed the political and economic forces that paved way to processed OJ becoming a breakfast staple.

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International

The ultimate outsider

The Shadrach of American politics is sitting beside the fiery furnace in a grey suit and a cheery blue tie, waiting for bad old King Nebuchadnezzar to throw him in. “I’m not sure that Ben Carson and I even agree that today is Wednesday,” the monarch is saying.

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This Week

LETTERS

Staunch conservatives who hold onto the principles of smaller, more frugal governments have long held the belief that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have demolished the Liberals by becoming them (“Who me? Conservative?” National, April 20).
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THE INTERVIEW

For some, Buffy Sainte-Marie is synonmous with the success of songs such as Up Where We Belong (which won an Oscar in 1983) and Until It’s Time For You To Go (covered by Cher, Elvis Presley and Barbra Streisand). But the 74-year-old singer-songwriter can also look back on a 40-year career as advocate and digital pioneer.

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DOGS AND UNDERDOGS: FINDING HAPPINESS AT BOTH ENDS OF THE LEASH

Best-known for her popular histories of human relationships (A History of Mistresses, A History of Marriage) and objects (Sugar: A Bittersweet History), Abbott, a Canadian academic and author, departs from form with this book. An account of her volunteer efforts to rescue unwanted and abused dogs, it begins in Haiti, where she was a reporter for Reuters during the Duvalier era and where she left behind her beloved dog, Tommy, and ends in her Toronto home, “a way station for needy dogs.”

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This Week

SPRING MIRACLES AND MONARCHS

“DO YOU REMEMBER," I asked the butterfly, “how you felt when you came out of your chrysalis and discovered you could fly?” The butterfly quivered. This was last October when I was chatting to lingering monarchs in our garden. “Did you have any memory, as your wings dried and you began to soar toward the sun, of what it was like to be a caterpillar, all wriggly and earthbound?”

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