In parts of Africa, Jean Chrétien and Canada can do no wrong. For many Nigerians, Canada is a midwife to democracy because of its uncompromising stance against the military dictatorship that hanged my father and executed and imprisoned scores of pro-democracy activists between 1993 and 1999.By KEN WIWA
In 1951 Mordecai Richler, 19 years old and burning with writerly ambition, left Montreal for a two-year stay in Paris and Spain. There he completed his first novel, The Acrobats, published in 1954 and long out of print. Now reissued by McClelland & Stewart, The Acrobats takes place in Valencia in 1951, during the Spanish city’s famous spring fiesta.By Brian Bethune
There it sits: that computer you paid a good $3,000 for 10 years ago. And now it's so slow as to be almost useless; even the kids disdain it because it won't handle today’s games or cool Internet graphics. If you’re like most people, you probably figure the only way to get rid of it—and its potentially toxic contents—is to leave it on the front curb.By DEREK CHEZZI
The numbers kept climbing. First one, then two, and finally three of Shirley Luxemberg's seven office co-workers at a clothing accessories factory in Montreal were diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. Then in 2000, Luxemberg went to see a neurologist about stiffness in her legs.By DANYLO HAWALESHKA
Two summers ago I flew to Canada to spend a few weeks with my parents at their cottage by the lake, in Quebec, and before I leave London, my father gives me his usual special advice regarding transatlantic flights and how to survive them. - Em. Ask for an aisle seat.By EMMA RICHLER
I was full of admiration for Alison Gzowski when, about 20 years ago, she wrote a magazine article in which she described the experience of being her father’s daughter. It was a subject to which I could relate: growing up under a famous parent has its challenges, not least that the very act of talking about yourself risks appearing presumptuous or, worse, opportunistic.By DANIEL RICHLER
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