For modern families, the adage “food is love” might well be more true put another way: food is power. Not long ago, Dr. Leonard Sax was at a restaurant and overheard a father say to his daughter, “Honey, could you please do me a favour? Could you please just try one bite of your green peas?”
As Bill Cosby was being formally charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault in a courtroom in Elkins Park, Penn., last week, Andrea Constand, the woman who accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her 12 years ago, was also the subject of media stakeout, this one outside her downtown Toronto condo.
The chattering classes have been paying sporadic attention for decades to the effects on people’s jobs of automation and, more recently, the Internet and artificial intelligence. (The coming of driverless cars, and the sheer number of driving jobs they will affect, is the new hot topic: traditional cab companies and Uber may soon find nothing worth fighting over.)
Deep behind the pulpit, a chamber full of pipes hides like a tree fort in the church walls. Robert (rhymes with Colbert) Hiller straps on a headlamp, crawls through an elfin door, scales a ladder and tiptoes through ranks of upright pipes. “Give me octave four! Now the trompette!” he calls down to his assistant on stage, who plays each key while Hiller taps the pipe into tune.
In a small Paris conference room, Shannon Phillips sat in awe among international corporate executives, environmental foundation leaders and fellow provincial environment ministers as California Governor Jerry Brown hosted a panel.
Holding a referendum on changes to our federal electoral system seems like the democratic thing to do, but it is unprecedented and unnecessary (The Editorial, Jan. 4). There was no referendum when the first-past-the-post system was created, nor when the franchise was extended to women, a bigger change than the reforms contemplated now.
After American soldiers killed his father and grandfather and the Taliban pressured him to join them to take revenge, Gulwali Passarlay fled on a yearlong journey from Afghanistan to Britain. Only a boy, he was passed through a web of people-smugglers, was jailed, deported, abused and nearly drowned.
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