ON NOV. 7,2012, the day after Barack Obama’s re-election, Mark Carney was a guest on CBC’s Power and Politics with Evan Solomon. “Did you watch that last night?” Solomon asked the then-governor of the Bank of Canada, referring to Obama’s victory speech.
MICHAEL MORTON AND his friend had a plan, and they’d done their homework. It started with the opportunity for high school co-op placements at local pharmacies, and a favourite rap song that rattled off a list of drugs to abuse. “OxyContin, Xanax bars, Percocets and Loritab,” Lil Wyte rhymed in Oxy Cotton.By Jonathon Gatehouse, Nancy Macdonald
The Iraqi city of Ramadi is the last place more than 200 American soldiers and Marines drew breath, or where they suffered the wounds that would ultimately kill them. For a time, it was one of the most dangerous places in the country, the heart of the Sunni insurgency against America’s military occupation.By MICHAEL PETROU
North American conservatives and Real Madrid fans alike can rest at ease. Money and Soccer is not a salvo from the sidelines of a sport viewed by NFL-loving Americans as vaguely socialist; nor is it the equivalent of baseball’s Moneyball, which offered a recipe for low-budget clubs to outcompete the world’s richest teams.By AARON HUTCHINS
When an expense scandal exploded upon the British Parliament several years ago, some observers sought to revive the tradition of bestowing pithy titles upon noteworthy editions of the legislature. In old England, there had been the Good Parliament, the Bad Parliament, the Mad Parliament, the Cavalier Parliament, the Merciless Parliament, the Useless Parliament and the Wonderful Parliament.By AARON WHERRY
“It could have been me” (National, June 15) was one of the most thought-provoking and emotional articles I have ever read. What these incredible women and countless others went through—| and are currently going through— is sickening. But the fact that they all have somehow become stronger from their experiences is inspirational.
Letting children slip the leash and engage in risky outdoor play offers huge benefits to physical, emotional and social health, says Mariana Brussoni, an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia’s school of population and public health.By KEN MACQUEEN
One day in the 1970s, George Lucas screened a rough cut of his new movie, Star Wars, for his influential Hollywood friends. And almost none of them liked it. The plot seemed incomprehensible, the made-up fantasy names absurd. Director Brian De Palma, who had just had a big hit with Carrie, made fun of everything about the film, including Princess Leia’s hairstyle: “Hey, George, what were those Danish rolls doing in the princess’s ears?”By JAIME J. WEINMAN
Sergey, a 23-year-old Ukrainian soldier, is resting in a drab, grey, Soviet-era military hospital on the outskirts of Kyiv. Asked about his recent combat experience, he says, “I just wish that nobody would ever have to see war.” Sergey (who asked that his last name not be used for privacy reasons) suffered massive head trauma during a fight that occurred just outside the enemy stronghold of Luhansk.By CHRISTIAN BORYS
OFF THE CLIFF went Evan Solomon, the most recent putative successor to CBC’s über-news personality Peter Mansbridge. Before him it was Amanda Lang, whose rumoured future as the next Mansbridge was detonated by the stir over her relationship with the Royal Bank of Canada.By BARBARA AMIEL
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