One month ago, Christy Clark found herself in the middle of a uniquely Lotusland controversy. What began as a plan to transform Vancouver’s busy Burrard Street Bridge into a massive yoga mat for the UN’s International Yoga Day quickly devolved into a PR nightmare for the B.C. premier.By NANCY MACDONALD
The elected leaders of RivièreVerte, a postcard-pretty village in northwestern New Brunswick, do not have a reputation for wasting public dollars. With just 744 residents, a tax base of 354 dwellings and full slate of services to maintain, there’s little cash in the kitty for unnecessary spending, much less impulse buying.By CHARLIE GILLIS
For most of her life, Sonia Faruqi didn’t give much thought to what she ate, or where it came from. But after losing her Wall Street investment banking job in the 2008 global financial meltdown, Faruqi moved to Toronto, and embarked on a quest to get to know her dinner.By JONATHON GATEHOUSE
IT TOOK JUST two weeks for America to turn its focus from mass murder to mass entertainment. In the wake of the cold-blooded killing of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., a national conversation about the problems that bedevil the world’s greatest empire— racism, gun violence, inequality and fear—has somehow become a debate about The Dukes of Hazzard.
Under North Korea’s drab, totalitarian regime, daily life is a disturbing blend of banality and terror. In her memoir, Hyeonseo Lee, a high-profile defector who’s emerged as an activist and vocal critic of the regime, recalls how she tried as a young girl to avoid her town’s frequent public executions—attendance was mandatory from elementary school onward—but made an exception for a well-liked local smuggler she knew.By CHRIS SORENSEN
For the first time in four decades, an illegal psychedelic drug is being clinically tested in Canada. A team of psychiatrists and psychologists in Vancouver are giving 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA)—better known as the party drug ecstasy—to 12 people suffering from chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).By ZOE CORMIER
Why anybody in their right mind would play with fentanyl escapes me (“The king of pain,” National, June 29). The thought of it makes me want to heave. Having had two knees and one hip replaced, I kicked heavy-dose hydromorphone twice and fentanyl once.
On the same summer evening that hears Barack Obama sing Amazing Grace to a grieving Southern congregation, a Northern stage is opened to an unexpected herald of heartbreak on a more private scale. She is Candace Mycale “Mickey” Guyton, 32, a bigvoiced, small-town Texan on her ascendancy up the narrow—and often narrow-minded— stairway of American country music, belting booming songs of aching loss.By ALLEN ABEL
Yellow-vested workers methodically dismantled the giant, glowing “euro” sculpture outside the former headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt earlier this week—one day after Greeks voted “No” to a proposed bailout needed to keep the tiny, debt-swamped Mediterranean country from going bankrupt.By CHRIS SORENSEN
There will be more pancakes to flip, parades to attend and barbecues at which to listen reassuringly while Jane and Duane Average talk through burger mouthfuls, but, for the federal party leaders, the Calgary Stampede is the royale with cheese of the summer’s political calendar.By JASON MARKUSOFF
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