THOMAS MULCAIR IS the leader of an NDP that is relentlessly defined by its critics as antioil. After all, not even a year has passed since Mulcair was lambasted for blaming the oil sands for inflicting “Dutch disease” on Canada by artificially inflating the loonie and harming the manufacturing sector.By NICK TAYLOR-VAISEY
The what-ifs of life can torture you, if you let them. But what if you could press the restart button as many times as you’d like? Kate Atkinson, the British writer best known for her BBCadapted series about a P.I. named Jackson Brodie, runs us through the possibility in her latest novel.By JEN CUTTS
IT MAY SEEM like a contradiction, but these days, a high-interest savings account at one of Canada’s big five banks, where base rates are just over one per cent, often doesn’t even keep pace with inflation. And as the industry continues to consolidate—with the Royal Bank of Canada’s recent $1.4-billion purchase of Ally Financial (and the subsequent winding down of Ally’s 1.8 per cent high-interest savings accounts) being the latest example—the alternatives for savers are rapidly becoming fewer and further between.By CHRIS SORENSEN
It was heartening to read your article on Cardinal Marc Ouellet as a prospective candidate in the lineup to be elected as the new pope (“The Canadian who could be the next pope,” Society, March 4). His powerful position as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops cannot be ignored.
THE MOST STARTLING bit of data buried in last December’s U.K. census was the sharp decline of the white British population in London. Over the past decade, it turns out, the British capital has seen roughly 620,000 white natives move out. That’s like the entire population of Hamilton up and leaving over the course of 10 years.By LEAH MCLAREN
WHEN LEXIE CROFT, a Wyoming mother, had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to video chat with the first lady of the United States this week, her complaint was corn dogs. The deepfried hot dogs on a stick were being offered for lunch at her child’s public school, where, she said, “meal options include nachos with cheese sauce!” Michelle Obama offered more than sympathy: she had a plan.By LUIZA CH. SAVAGE
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