FROM A FEW hundred metres in the air, the 28-person military camp pitched on the frozen Queen Maud Gulf looks like pepper grains spilled on a white tablecloth. The view at sea level only heightens the Arctic isolation. Snow-covered ice stretches to the horizon in all directions; a stiff wind whips the canvas tents and gnaws at exposed skin.By Chris Sorensen
Christine Gillham can’t even be bothered to come to the door. She just sticks her silver-haired head out of a second-storey window and lets fly. Her litany of complaints begins with some broken pavement that her husband tripped over and the local council still hasn’t fixed, two years on.By JONATHON GATEHOUSE
Before he set his sights on the leadership of the Parti Québécois—| even before most people knew for certain that he deeply wished for Quebec to detach itself politically from the rest of the country—| Pierre Karl Péladeau was arguably this province’s best-known business personality.By MARTIN PATRIQUIN
This charming volume is a how-to book with a vengeance, although the would-be deextinctioner will require several hundred million dollars, a state-of-theart genetics lab and a team of grad students/ slaves before starting. Shapiro, who, as a biology professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, actually has the required components (well, maybe not the money—yet), wants people to think very deeply about this, because it is getting ever more possible.By BRIAN BETHUNE
Food is a very emotional subject (“They go both ways,” Taste, April 27). However, as a society, we have a lot to gain by moving to a more plant-centred diet. The results will have a positive effect on pollution, climate change, animal welfare, personal health, national health care costs and world hunger.
The Most Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, bishop of Kaduna diocese in northern Nigeria, has spent years working in places beset by tension, often violence, between Christians and Muslims. Kaduna’s citizens have also suffered the predations of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, which has kidnapped and enslaved girls by the hundreds.By MICHAEL PETROU
At the Root Cellar, Victoria’s busy green grocer, the fresh produce is in perpetual motion—turned, trimmed, culled and completely refreshed by an army of workers twice each day. Co-owner Daisy Orser says her nearly 100 employees, whether they’re stocking clerks or cashiers, are all trained to cull produce that’s not perfect.By CINDA CHAVICH
On March 24, Mark Maslin, like the other members of Scientific Reports’ editorial board, received an email with huge ramifications. The message—from the academic journal’s publisher, Nature Publishing Group—told Maslin that his publication was doing a pilot project for a new article-evaluation process.By LUC RINALDI
Hours before an earthquake reduced much of Nepal to rubble, Gabriel Filippi woke up at the Mount Everest base camp, made a cappucino in his tent, ate some porridge and began evaluating his prospect on the mountain. One of Canada’s foremost mountaineers, Filippi had arrived at base camp days earlier, hoping to do what he’d already done twice before: scale the world’s tallest mountain and spend a few moments closer to the sun than any other human standing on Earth.By BRETT POPPLEWELL
The annual Tianguis Turístico trade show was once the social event of the year in Acapulco—“a mini Mardi Gras,” quipped one long-time participant—that seemed to be as much about boozing and schmoozing as business and brokering deals. A showcase of Mexico’s tourism industry dating back to the ’70s, it showed off the best of Acapulco: its picture-perfect bay, beaches with bath-warm water and a nightlife pulsing into the wee hours.By DAVID AGREN
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