May 12, 2014

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The corner of the Earth

ZITA COBB WAS born in 1958, but only technically. “I was really born in the 19th century: no running water, no electricity, nothing that the rest of the world had,” says the eighth-generation resident of Fogo Island, 30 km off the northeast coast of Newfoundland.
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Europe’s legion of doom

Geert Wilders, the supremely quotable and cartoonish platinum blond leader of the Dutch far right, made headlines again recently. For Dutch journalists, it was about time. Wilders had gone strangely silent in recent months: Not a peep about marauding Muslims or the decline of white Europe.
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A pipeline of their own

of HAVE CANADA’S always Canadian ABORIGINALS been history. the ghosts Their lives and spirits were torn apart by Europeans who occupied their continent. Their aspirations to decide their own destinies were deliberately kept out of reach, since much of their traditional lands were no longer their own.


His 2009 induction speech at the Basketball Hall of Fame has been decried as petty, even more so because of the speechgiver’s pedigree: Michael Jordan, the transcendent athlete and gambling addict, the larger-than-life six-time NBA champion and small-minded competitor, the ur-figure at the axis between sports and pop culture, spent 20 minutes settling ancient scores from the dais, a decade after his career ended.
This Week


For years, we have been told by urban gurus that the way to curtail the continued march to the suburbs was to increase living space in the cities (“A living hell,” Society, April 28). In a country that prides itself on having vast spaces, herding large numbers of people into confined areas such as condominiums has turned into a sociological experiment, with predictable results.


When it opened for business at the site of a shuttered assembly plant in Windsor, Ont., CS Wind was hailed as an early success story for the Ontario government’s flagship green energy program, which aimed to spark a renewable resource industry in the province and create jobs for thousands of unemployed manufacturing workers.
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A very greasy eco-villain

Compare the ingredients of your organic granola bar, your peanut butter and your shampoo and you’ll find they have one item in common: palm oil. This tropical oil is favoured for its unparalleled versatility. It doesn’t go rancid—remnants were found at the Egyptian tomb of Abydos, dating to 3,000 BCE.
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A Red Chamber herring

When the Supreme Court of Canada hands down a decision of the sort that’s instantly labelled “landmark,” the traditional politician’s response is to plead for time to absorb the implications. Not so with the judges’ unanimous conclusion that Stephen Harper’s plan to reform the Senate is out of bounds—unless the Prime Minister cares to negotiate with the provinces to amend the Constitution, which he emphatically does not.
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Last call for bad behaviour

From world wars to pub brawls, the British have a long and timehonoured history of violence. As a nation they rarely shy away from a good bust-up, all the better if it takes place at night, on the street, after a pint or six. But new numbers suggest this nation’s legendary pugilistic nature—as well as the anti-social behaviour that precludes it—seems to be rapidly diminishing.
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‘Who is to blame?’

When Scott Taylor woke up last Friday, he had never seen so many emails in his inbox. There were statements from Canada’s Defence Minister Rob Nicholson who said he was “deeply angered” to learn about alleged sexual assaults in the military, and Gen.
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