October 19, 2015

National

After October 22

ELECTION 2015

Who gets to be Canadian?

Society

48 HOURS TO GLORY

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After October 22

THE PARAMEDICS HOISTED Cpl. Nathan Cirillo onto the blue-blanketed gurney and wheeled it toward the ambulance, pumping vainly at his chest. The doors slammed shut, and then he was gone. Police were still fanning out through the streets of downtown Ottawa, weapons drawn, and the wail of sirens filled the bright fall air, but there was a lull at the National War Memorial.

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Who gets to be Canadian?

They arrived early, many before 8 a.m., in the warming promise of a Vancouver autumn day. They queued outside the federal office building in orderly fashion, as Canadians would, though they were not yet citizens. Not quite.

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Society

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Alex Anthopoulos’s phone wouldn’t work. It was Saturday, July 25—six days until the trade deadline—and the Blue Jays general manager was at home, helping his wife and kids pack for a trip to Portugal with his in-laws, while simultaneously working on a potential deal for Oakland Athletics outfielder Ben Zobrist.

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International

Putin's new world order

The civil war in Syria raged for more than four years and killed more than 250,000 people without an outside power dropping a bomb anywhere near soldiers loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad, whose forces are responsible for the vast majority of civilian deaths in the conflict.

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Economy

HITTING WHERE IT HURTS, BELOW THE BORDER

Selling snowmobiles to Canadians should be a can’t-miss business proposition. But in recent months, Minnesota-based Arctic Cat has warned shareholders that its reliance on toque-wearing Canucks, who have reliably accounted for nearly one-third of its sales, could result in a $US15-million drop in annual sales.

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Economy

'INTO THE ABYSS'

From 2006 to 2014, Ben Bernanke served as the chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, a period marked by the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. His new book, The Courage to Act: A memoir of a Crisis and its Aftermath, tells the story of the efforts by officials to halt the panic and rescue the U.S. economy.

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Oh, no. It’s the fall shows.

Why does the TV fall season even exist? Certainly not to get people interested in most of the shows. “I think the excitement over the fall schedule has gotten much less,” says Todd VanDerWerff, TV editor for Vox. “There’s much more of a sense that it’s this weird thing we still have around.”

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Society

If you build it, he will come

Back when life consisted of nothing more than work and “the Oil,” Darren Bakke shelled out thousands of dollars to fly to Raleigh, N.C., to catch two games of his Edmonton Oilers skating tantalizingly close to Stanley Cup glory in 2006.

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This Week

THE INTERVIEW

It has been 20 years since Alanis Morrisette released her third album, Jagged Little Pill. The rage and the fervour captured in the disc’s first single, You Oughta Know, immediately shifted the music landscape of the mid-’90s, which was, at the time, teeming with misogynist rockers.

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SUPERFORECASTING

Any title with the prefix “super” fits right into our world of hyperbole and hot takes, but, under a whooshingly dynamic cover, Superforecasting offers a vigorous argument for common sense. Tetlock, a Toronto native who studied at the University of British Columbia and now teaches psychology and political science at the University of Pennsylvania, is best known for conducting a 20-year study of “expert” academics’ and pundits’ current-issues forecasts (from 1984 to 2004), which concluded that, on average, they were no more accurate than a dart-throwing chimpanzee.

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