If there is one thing many Canadians now know about Stockwell Day, it is that he relishes a tough workout. The most memorable images of him in the Canadian Alliance leadership race were not at the podium debating, but on the street jogging and in the gym pounding the treadmill.By John Geddes
Odd creatures, human beings. They make up stories, then talk about the characters in those Stories as if they were real people. To many, Emma Bovary’s death is as real as John F. Kennedy’s, and Raskolnikov’s murder of the old woman is as fresh as this evening’s news.By John Bemrose
At 9:30 a.m., the doctor who runs the clinic is late, as usual. The patients are lined up in the hallway, a narrow passage filled with the nostril-biting scent of stale smoke and sour sweat. Leona, a 33-year-old aboriginal woman whose features are bloated by years of street life, needs a new prescription for methadone.By Jennifer Hunter
Ah, summer. Time to flee the office. Time to enjoy the sun. Time to relax. Time to crack open one of those juicily entertaining books that go SO Well with a cool drink and a comfortable lounge chair. This season offers the usual array of light reads—everything from breezy romances to fast-paced thrillers to loopy celebrity tell-alls.By D’Arcy Jenish, Barbara Wickens
From Canadian history and politics to the marvels of elephants to literary criticism, the season’s nonfiction includes exceptional new books for those who prefer real people and places. Some of the best: It was a happy moment when John Fraser—master of Massey College at the University of Toronto, National Post media columnist and quintessential Tory (regardless of whom he votes for)—hit upon the idea of updating and Canadianizing the 1918 classic Eminent Victorians.By Brian Bethune, Barbara Wickens
St. Augustine, the fourth-century Christian scholar who travelled widely around the Mediterranean, once wrote that the world is a book, and that those who didn’t venture afar read only one page. But with the spate of travel books and magazines available today, armchair adventurers can access volumes on most parts of the globe without leaving home.By Susan Oh
If Jean Pigott, the former head of the National Capital Commission, has her way, the noon gun in the nations capital will boom again. The tradition started in 1869, when Sir John A. Macdonald’s government ordered a gun fired daily at noon so postal workers could set their watches.
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