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Chris Selley: Toronto is a city of cynical, gridlocked grumps

If for some reason you want a glimpse of the joyless grouches Torontonians can be, check out the world-class bitch-fest in the comment section of just about everything ever posted on the Internet about the city’s transit and traffic woes. 1,224 more words

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Tasha Kheiriddin: The crushing waves of grief

Weddings are supposed to be happy occasions. The recent nuptials of my best friend Marla were no exception, featuring a beautiful bride, smiling relatives and plenty of children racing around, high on cake and up way past their bedtimes. 781 more words

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Today's letters: ‘No possibility of meaningful negotiations with Hamas’

Re: Facts Back Baird On Israel, Michael Den Tandt, July 25.
There is one sure way of ending the Israel-Palestine conflict quickly. According to a report from Britain’s… 1,966 more words

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Matthew Fisher: Canada struggles to bring Navy into 21st century

ABOARD HMCS CALGARY — These are difficult times for the Royal Canadian Navy.

Earlier this month, Canada’s top sailor, Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, ordered HMCS Whitehorse home to CFB Esquimalt from a mine-sweeping drill near San Diego that is part of the Hawaii-based Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise because of a series of incidents involving misbehaviour by its crew. 963 more words

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Video: Kelly McParland on Vancouver’s new vomit fee

Is it fair to charge passengers $75 for losing their lunch in the back of a cab?

British Columbia’s Passenger Transportation Board approved a new fee earlier this month that allows drivers and companies to charge a $75 fine — on top of the flag fare — to passengers who soil or damage the interior of a vehicle with “bodily fluids or solids.” 140 more words

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Jonathan Kay: Could a Mayor John Tory build SmartTrack and save Toronto?

A few weeks ago, during lunch with a long-shot Toronto mayoral hopeful (who shall remain unnamed), I asked why the candidate’s poll numbers were so low. 1,019 more words

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Jeffrey Goldberg: Destroying Hamas's kidnapping tunnels only way to protect Israelis

Here is one of the more astonishing facts of an already fairly astonishing war: The tunnels that Hamas has dug under Gaza’s border with Israel — tunnels designed not for commerce, but for kidnapping — … 1,308 more words

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