It’s after 8 a.m. on a sunny Friday in July when Bank of England governor Mark Carney climbs on stage at a downtown Toronto hotel. The topic of today’s sold-out breakfast event, hosted by federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and organized by the Toronto Region Board of Trade, is serious business: the risk of climate change sparking a 2008-sized global financial calamity.
It’s useful to remember that Dave Eggers—the founder of McSweeney’s, a leading purveyor of hipster humour as well as journals, books and magazines—first became a literary hero for obeying that well-worn idiom of writing what he knew. His debut, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, was an inventive memoir that left you cackling as often as it left you in tears.
WHEN ONE OF the real estate industry’s largest lobby groups, Mortgage Professionals Canada, released a report last month analyzing the state of the country’s housing market, it found, to absolutely no one’s surprise, zero evidence of a bubble that would warrant political intervention.
There was a time when the only thing anyone was afraid of on Broad Street in Philadelphia was the local hockey team. That was in the mid-1970s, when the quarrelsome Dave “the Hammer” Schultz, André “Moose” Dupont, Bob “the Hound” Kelly, Don “Big Bird” Saleski and the rest of the orange-and-white Flyers were winning two Stanley Cups with their fury, their finesse and their fists.
One day when Penny Collenette was director of appointments for Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, her executive assistant slunk into her office clutching a list. “You’re not going to like this,” she said. Collenette looked at it: 18 people recommended for an advisory group on a sensitive public policy issue.
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