JEREMY COOK WAS just 18 when he was murdered, a crime that made national headlines. Last month, while on a trip to London, Ont., the Brampton teen forgot his iPhone in a taxi. Using the phone’s built-in tracking feature, he later traced the device to a parking lot, where he confronted three men in a car.By Zoe McKnight
THIS OCTOBER, NATO is launching Trident Juncture, its largest and most ambitious military exercise in a decade. The massive land, sea and air exercise will be held in the Mediterranean and will include 36,000 troops from 30 nations. Its goal will be to help the fictitious country of Sorotan, “a non-NATO member torn by internal strife and facing an armed threat from an opportunistic neighbor.”
The sounds of mortars exploding and the rapid rat-a-tat-tat of machine-gun fire is music to John Gallagher’s ears. “They’re close,” says the 31-year-old native of Windsor, Ont., edging forward slightly. “That’s the closest I’ve heard them from this position.By ADNAN R. KHAN
Among the phrases Michael Day uses to describe Silvio Berlusconi are: “Saint Silvio of Arcore,” “Emperor Berlusca,” “a sad caricature of himself,” “a mandarin that had been left in the bowl too long,” and “the shadiest leader in the Western world.”By MIKE DOHERTY
As a railways analyst, I am well aware of the friction that often exists between rails, shippers and communities (“Railroaded,” National, July 20). But a central point is missed here: Would we prefer the same volumes to be brought in, or through, by truck?
Anastasia Lin moved to Canada from China at age 13. A fierce critic of China’s human rights record, she wrote a Washington Post op-ed in June about her activism and how it puts her father, who still lives in China, in danger.By AARON HUTCHINS
It has taken until the twilight of his presidency, but now, finally, Barack Obama is crafting the sort of legacy in foreign policy that he no doubt hopes will define his terms in office. Last week, the Cuban flag was raised at its Embassy in Washington for the first time in more than five decades, as Washington and Havana formally restored diplomatic relations.By MICHAEL PETROU
Ed Melcarek thought of himself as a company man. By the early 2000s, the design engineer had worked for the same Toronto technology firm for eight years. Then, one day, without warning, the business was sold and he was laid off. “When they gave me my walking papers,” he says, “it was quite a shock.”By LUC RINALDI
Katherine Ryan's website is a total joke. Which is to say it makes a mockery of the celebrity bio/news/airbrushed-picture format de rigueur for pop stars and actors. Under a satirical photograph of the artist dressed up like a snooty rich lady in a gown and jewels, holding a teacup with pinkie raised, is a single quote above a list of tour dates.By LEAH MCLAREN
It’s April 2004 and the prime minister of Canada is swearing at me. He says his judos haven’t been updatedand he’s right. I gave him the wrong batch. Now, just as we’re set to begin a mock debate, we have to tear apart his prep book. As I upend his binder, indecipherable notes he has scrawled to himself—one-liners, stage directions and Lovecraftian symbols—fall everywhere.By SCOT REID
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