If there’s one thing Jim Simpkins has perfected, it’s the bear hug. Earlier this summer, the 90-year-old creator of the Jasper the Bear cartoon travelled from his rest home in Dundas, Ont., to be the guest of honour at the Year of the Great Bear celebrations at Alberta’s Jasper National Park.By Tanya Marissen, David Wright, James Deacon10 min
Why are large companies and the government spending billions of dollars to simplify our lives with gadgets and gizmos (“Zap! It’s the future,” Cover, Aug. 20)? Smart walls and windows, smart shoes and smart food packages—when some people can’t even afford a home or a pair of shoes.
Paris has the splendour of the Champs-Elysées, the triumphal broad avenue at the heart of the City of Light. Washington features the Mall, a languorous stretch of greenery that offers an unobstructed sight line to the Capitol Dome. Ottawa has “a mess,” in the blunt words of Marcel Beaudry, chairman of Canadas National Capital Commission, the Crown corporation that oversees federal property in the capital.By JULIAN BELTRAME6 min
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