It was one of those rare, surprising moments in politics where pigs seemed to be flying in every direction. The Alberta government was announcing a carbon tax. Its oil sands regulations garnered praise from U.S. green groups that fought against the Keystone XL pipeline because of the oil sands’ unfettered growth.By JASON MARKUSOFF
“Do you think Kipling will live?” asks a character at the end of the 1945 Broadway play Dream Girl. Rudyard Kipling had died only nine years earlier, and the character was wondering if his work would hold up. Dec. 30 of this year will be the 150th anniversary of the poet and storyteller’s birth, and we’re still wondering how much his work has lived.By JAIME. J. WEINMAN
Midway through his history of the murkier side of the City of Light, Luc Sante quotes café and cabaret historian Alfred Delvau on Parisians: “To live at home, to think at home, to eat and drink at home, to die at home—we find that annoying and uncomfortable.”By MIKE DOHERTY, MIKE DOHERTY
Before the civil war, Mohamed Alftih and his brothers operated a printing factory in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. They specialized in T-shirts and other custom-made clothing, most of it destined for European markets.By MICHAEL FRISCOLANTI
Atiya Jaffar spent her teen years in Canada, returning to Pakistan in 2010 for a visit that coincided with the worst rainy season in 50 years. Massive monsoon flooding forced millions from their homes and also forced a realization, for Jafar, of climate change’s most dramatic impact.By LAURA PAYTON
The trouble for the prime minister started when a press aide was asked by a reporter to identify a member of his staff. “Oh, that’s the nanny,” the spokeswoman explained. That might not have mattered but for what Brian Mulroney had said six months earlier, in May 1984.By AARON WHERRY
After Turkey downed a Russian bomber in November, saying it had violated Turkish airspace near the Syrian border, a charitable bakery that once fed thousands of internally displaced Syrians may have fallen victim to Moscow’s desire for revenge.By MICHAEL PETROU
Faddish Christmas gifts have been known to trigger negative reactions even as they light up our holidays. More than few Tickle Me Elmos achieved flight in the late 1990s, for example, after that adorable giggle caused harried parents to heave the fuzzy fellow across rooms and out of windows.By CHARLIE GILLIS
The events that took place in Paris were a great tragedy (“‘All of France is suffering,’” Paris, Nov. 30). And once again, Islamic teachings are viewed as the fuel that ignited the onslaughts. However, these terrorists do not have the slightest insight into true Islamic principles.
In Barrack 50-D Chipmunk, a company of soldiers does housekeeping with gusto. As they wheel a trolley of bedding between bunks, one says she’d like to place Hershey Kisses on the pillows, though the camp commander is opposed.By MEAGAN CAMPBELL
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