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Full Pundit: Another front in Stephen Harper's War on History

Yet more Conservative outrages
On her Journal de Montréal blog, Lise Ravary argues the Conservative government “committed an outrage to the memory of Thérèse Casgrain by abolishing, in secret, an award that bears her name.” It was an “incomprehensible and contemptuous gesture,” she fumes. 817 more words

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Diane Francis: A first-hand account of Alzheimer's 'long goodbye'

Joan Sutton Straus was a popular columnist and feature writer in Toronto until 1982 when she was swept away by her Prince Charming. She married Oscar Straus of New York City, an elegant diplomat, businessman and philanthropist, and the two began an idyllic existence among the world’s rich and famous. 913 more words

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Jonathan Kay: Like all war, the campaign in Gaza is hellish. Stop treating it like a PR battle

One of the strangest aspects of our Western reaction to Israel at war is our tendency to assess who is “winning” and “losing” as if it were a sports contest. 806 more words

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Barbara Kay: Lack of debate colours selection of rainbow babies

A few years ago I took part in a charity event at which the evening’s entertainment was a comic debate, the resolution being, “The shorter man is the better man.” I was assigned to the team supporting the motion. 820 more words

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Kelly McParland: When wealth requires political power, trouble follows

Tony Blair, Britain’s former prime minister, opened himself to a new bout of criticism recently when he denied he was worth anything close to the $200 million ascribed to him. 1,055 more words

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Robyn Urback: Toronto mayoral candidates to waste our time — and their own — with 40 upcoming debates

Back in March, Toronto City Council hosted a marathon meeting about a plan to expand Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. It was one year after Porter Airlines first announced its island airport expansion proposal, and came after several public meetings, an executive report, a couple of consultant reports, a Toronto Board of Health vote and a handful of earlier council meetings, all on the same proposal. 562 more words

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Beijing girds for showdown with Hong Kong's ornery democrats

Full Comment’s Araminta Wordsworth brings you a daily round-up of quality punditry from across the globe. Today: It’s hotter and steamier than usual in Hong Kong as pro- and anti-pro-democracy activists battle it out for the hearts and minds of the territory’s residents. 745 more words

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