Arthur McDonald, tall, bespectacled and silver-haired, is hiking down the rocky tunnel of a nickel mine outside Sudbury, Ont., after descending more than two kilometres underground in a mine cage. The space is lit mainly by the roving headlamps worn by his small group.
ISLAMIC STATE CHOSE to run, rather than fight. Hours before a small group of extremists launched a series of attacks in Paris in its name—killing 129 and deeply scaring one of the world’s great cities—a lopsided battle was unfolding inside Syria.
Given the tortuous history of 24 Sussex Drive, there’s delicious irony in the fact that Margaret Trudeau—whose disdain for the country’s most famous address is legend—was the one to announce that her eldest son was not moving his family into the Prime Minister’s official residence.
IF THERE IS a spiritual heart of France, of the more permanent, enduring France, the France that has stood since the Revolution, it is here, in Paris’s Place de la République, with all its grandeur, bronze and Liberté, Égalité and Fraternité carved in stone.
Your cover story, “Uncommon bonds” (National, Nov. 16), was touching and sad. These three people, Amanda Lindhout, Rinelle Harper and Omar Khadr, suffered more than a lot of people could have endured. But their strength and endurance got them through these horrific times and memories.
AZIZ Ansari’s brilliant new Netflix series is an answer to yelling matches many Indians have had with their TV sets in the past 25 years. There was that accent actor Brian George adopted as the Pakistani restaurateur Babu on Seinfeld— and resurrected for the part of Raj Koothrappali’s dad on The Big Bang Theory—and that monkey-brains scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Whether it’s Miuccia Prada’s “ugly-chic” aesthetic or word on the street (little of it kind) about Herzog and de Meuron’s proposed Vancouver Art Gallery replacement, we’re a species that’s supremely comfortable with dropping u-bombs. Various people, buildings, food, emotions and thoughts have been judged as ugly for millennia.
Furio De Angelis has spent nearly three decades working for the United Nations High Commisioner for Refugees (UNHCR), with postings in Afghanistan, Turkey, Sudan and Kenya. Now the agency’s representative in Canada, he will be a key point of contact for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals as they attempt to fulfill a central campaign promise: welcoming 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.
It’s a regular Sunday morning at the b ase of the Owl’s Head ski centre in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, but one group of skiers stands out from the pack. They’re doing warm-up stretches in Lycra tights—even though it’s freezing out. A whistle blows and they push toward the chairlift.
Rona Ambrose and her partner, J.R Veitch, are in their new kitchen at Stornoway, the residence for the leader of the official Opposition. They just got the keys and have finished a tour of the 34-room, 2 ½-storey, turn-of-the-century stucco home in Ottawa’s leafy Rockcliffe neighbourhood.
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