January 18, 2016

International

Gutted by the glut

National

WHAT LIES BENEATH

International

Build up this wall

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International

Gutted by the glut

Late last year, Brandon MacKay listed his Kawasaki dirt bike for sale on Kijiji, the online classifieds site. It was the only treat the 25-year-old had given himself in three years living in Fort McMurray. The rest he’d spent on supporting and visiting his wife and kids in Pictou County, N.S.

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National

WHAT LIES BENEATH

Harjit Sajjan has an understated way of talking about his days combatting drug gangs as a Vancouver police detective or uncovering the secrets of Taliban networks as a reserve officer during three tours of duty in Afghanistan. But the voice of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s surprise choice as his minister of national defence takes on a tone of greater urgency when the subject is picking berries.

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International

Build up this wall

Diane Bolden of Detroit gazed across the shimmering strait. Behind her was a terrorized republic and in front of her, just a short swim away yet immured in its own precious sovereignty, was a city in a completely different country: Windsor, Ont.

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Society

The collapse of parenting

For modern families, the adage “food is love” might well be more true put another way: food is power. Not long ago, Dr. Leonard Sax was at a restaurant and overheard a father say to his daughter, “Honey, could you please do me a favour? Could you please just try one bite of your green peas?”

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Society

‘Let’s all stay classy, plz'

As Bill Cosby was being formally charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault in a courtroom in Elkins Park, Penn., last week, Andrea Constand, the woman who accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her 12 years ago, was also the subject of media stakeout, this one outside her downtown Toronto condo.

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MACLEAN'S BAG PAGES

THE FUTURE OF THE PROFESSIONS

The chattering classes have been paying sporadic attention for decades to the effects on people’s jobs of automation and, more recently, the Internet and artificial intelligence. (The coming of driverless cars, and the sheer number of driving jobs they will affect, is the new hot topic: traditional cab companies and Uber may soon find nothing worth fighting over.)

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The last organ tuner

Deep behind the pulpit, a chamber full of pipes hides like a tree fort in the church walls. Robert (rhymes with Colbert) Hiller straps on a headlamp, crawls through an elfin door, scales a ladder and tiptoes through ranks of upright pipes. “Give me octave four! Now the trompette!” he calls down to his assistant on stage, who plays each key while Hiller taps the pipe into tune.

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National

THE MINISTER OF HARD HITS

In a small Paris conference room, Shannon Phillips sat in awe among international corporate executives, environmental foundation leaders and fellow provincial environment ministers as California Governor Jerry Brown hosted a panel.

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This Week

LETTERS

Holding a referendum on changes to our federal electoral system seems like the democratic thing to do, but it is unprecedented and unnecessary (The Editorial, Jan. 4). There was no referendum when the first-past-the-post system was created, nor when the franchise was extended to women, a bigger change than the reforms contemplated now.
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THE INTERVIEW

After American soldiers killed his father and grandfather and the Taliban pressured him to join them to take revenge, Gulwali Passarlay fled on a yearlong journey from Afghanistan to Britain. Only a boy, he was passed through a web of people-smugglers, was jailed, deported, abused and nearly drowned.

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