Monthly Archives: October 2014

Politicians have not discussed the what-if of a Yes vote – until now; Extraordinary interviews focus on the way ahead following a sovereignty win

Today is the day after. October 31 is 19 years to the day-after the last Quebec sovereignty referendum. It was 1995 and it was the second time the question had gone to a province-wide vote. The decision was a squeaker, … Continue reading

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What’s scarier than buckets and buckets of blood? It’s clowns! The Clowns of Evil are stalking us

32 oz corn syrup 500 ml chocolate syrup 2 cups water (half hot, half cold) 2 heaping tbsp corn starch 3 tbsp Coffee Mate creamer Red and blue food colouring (to desired hue) Makes a whopping 50 ounces of “blood”. … Continue reading

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This Is Not My Hat

The Globe And Mail just devoted nearly a full page to a children’s book illustrator. Jon Klassen has won Britain’s Kate Greenaway Medal for his book, This Is Not My Hat. That book was also honoured with a Caldecott Medal, … Continue reading

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Naomi Klein and more

Canadian activist Naomi Klein has won this year’s lucrative Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for her “groundbreaking” book about climate change This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. It comes with a $60,000 cheque. Also announced this last … Continue reading

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Every restaurant needs a writer-in-residence — until a body’s found in his backyard, after which you can cut him loose

STAFF MEMO You will have noticed that Harry Quebert has come to eat lunch in our restaurant every day for the past week. Mr. Quebert is a famous New York writer and we should pay him special attention. His needs … Continue reading

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Breaking up with Harlequin romances: Another cultural industry is sold holus-bolus

A few weeks ago Canadians wondered whether the impending takeover of the iconic coffee shop Tim Hortons by the Miami-based Burger King fast-foodery would somehow change our morning cuppa. But a different cultural disaster went largely unnoticed. The world’s top … Continue reading

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Comrade Siri counts his teeth, one by one: But does the government of Laos put fluoride in the water?

Humans have 32 teeth. Frankly, that’s lots. More than enough, in fact. Some experts say we really only need 20 to chew our food well enough to swallow without too much drama. (Yes, there is an expert for *everything*). But … Continue reading

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