There are six Dictaphones spread out like a fan on the table in Tony Merchant’s hotel-suite-cum-Ottawa-office, each labelled with the name of a different secretary. It’s more efficient that way, as he bounces from file to file, shuffling through the stacks of legal documents set out before him.By JONATHON GATEHOUSE
Q What’s wrong with homework? I think the general assumption is that it gives kids something to do in the evening instead of watching MTV. It teaches them a work ethic, and presumably makes them smarter and prepares them for college and for success in an evermore demanding workplace.
Like many university students, Justin Tetreault works full-time in the summer and part-time during the academic year to make ends meet. Unlike most, however, he’s been doing so since Grade 6, when he started his first paper route, saving the money so he could pay his own way through university.By KATE FILLION
“So how do you “How would you feel if Afghanistan invaded Canada?” he countered. “We’re not invading: we are here at the invitation and in support of the legitimately elected government of Afghanistan. You’re a Taliban,” I shot back. “The Taliban were a feel about killing Canadians?” I asked the former Taliban commander for the Panjwayi district, a man who was in the process of changing sides.By SEAN M. MALONEY
A decisive battle is coming. In an unusual moment of frankness, Canada’s outgoing battalion commander in Afghanistan, Lt.-Col. Ian Hope, has thrown down the gauntlet, warning the Taliban that the Canadians are coming for them. “They want to directly challenge us and that is a fatal mistake,” Hope told Maclean’s at Kandahar airfield, home to Canada’s 2,000-plus troops in southern Afghanistan.By ADNAN R. KHAN
From the cobbled driveway, all I can see of Conrad Black’s pad, in the ritziest precinct of Palm Beach, Fla., is an unusually high fence. It consists of densely spaced black iron bars, 20 feet high, armed with gold-plated spikes, strong and deadly enough to stop a charging elephant.By PETER C. NEWMAN
The nerve novelist Yann Martel struck in 2002, when he called Canada “the greatest hotel on earth” after winning the Booker prize, continues to reverberate. No matter that Martel is in his fourth year of patiently explaining he only meant there were a lot of interesting people from all around the world living here now; everyone knows the artist is the last man to grasp his own meaning.By BRIAN BETHUNE
This July, while kids across England revelled in the freedom of a summer break from school, a new law called the Childcare Act was receiving royal assent. It requires all early learning and child care facilities—public or private—to follow a universal framework for what to teach young children ranging from infants and toddlers to four-year-olds.By CATHY GULLI
Six years ago, Sarah Polley was flying home from Iceland when she first read Alice Munro’s story about a woman who forgets she has a husband after a lifetime of marriage. Polley was 21 and freshly in love with the man she would marry. She had just finished shooting an odd little movie in Iceland called No Such Thing, co-starring with British screen legend Julie Christie.By BRIAN D. JOHNSON
Like it or not, grades are the currency at college and university. “They’re the money. They’re what counts,” say two professors who are also the co-authors of a new book that claims to be the first ever to reveal the secrets a student needs to know to score straight A’s.By JULIA McKINNELL
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