YOUR ARTICLE on the real estate boom in areas like Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver did not touch on the positive effect big-city high prices are having on smaller areas (“Is it a bubble? Is it about to burst?” Business, Dec. 31). In towns such as Terrace Bay, Schreiber, Nipigon and Red Rock in northwestern Ontario, for example, retirees with fixed incomes or with small businesses and the ability to operate anywhere, are arriving in significant numbers to take advantage of low housing costs and a good quality of life.
LOVE WAS IN THE AIR the day before as well, when more than 3,000 people filled two gymnasiums—one of them for the overflow crowdin the city of Nashua to hear Obama. The line outside stretched for a mile, and people kept coming. “I’m inspired by him.
It doesn’t get him all the way back into the West’s good books, but Mikheil Saakashvili’s first-round victory in Georgia’s presidential election last Saturday at least saves him from ignominy. The country’s young president swept to power after a 2003 democratic revolution against the corrupt old guard, winning more than 90 per cent of the vote.
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