If Malcolm Gladwell is right, and it really takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a craft, the following 11 Canadians—all of whom are younger than 25—have been incredibly busy. Among this gifted bunch is a 13-year-old figure skater who recently became the youngest junior men’s champion in the nation’s history, a 15-year-old whose research could change how autistic children are educated, a multi-award-winning film director who’s only 16, and a 23-year-old small-town mayor with some big ideas—and a day job.By MARTIN PATRIQUIN, MICHAEL FRISCOLANTI, JASON KIRBY, KATE LUNAU, AARON WHERRY, CHARLIE GILLIS, CATHY GULLI, NICHOLAS KÖHLER
THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT the intersection of Portage and Main that only Winnipeggers get. Two busy roads ringed by tall commercial buildings that offer no shops or attractions that might make a visitor stop and linger. But somewhere deep in the city’s DNA, it is imprinted as a gathering place on momentous occasions.By Jonathon Gatehouse
ON MAY 17, the same day the Los Angeles Times broke the story that Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child with a long-time employee, his estranged wife Maria Shriver was in Chicago, taping the penultimate episode of Oprah Winfrey’s talk show.By ANNE KINGSTON
A STOCK ANALYST once called Reed Hastings’s company, Netflix Inc., “a worthless piece of crap with really nice people.” That was six years ago. Hastings and his agreeable team have since helped kneecap video-rental giant Blockbuster by convincing Americans that it was easier to rent DVDs through Netflix’s website, and then have them delivered (and returned, postage paid) through the mail.By CHRIS SORENSEN
‘The rise in conspiracist thinking is due to breaches of trust that occur due to the collusion between state and corporate power’ Janice Nelson, Winnipeg ‘Rational people appear to be in the minority. Aren’t we supposed to be living in one of the most educated parts of the world?’
AS THE 10TH anniversary of 9/11 approaches, and an increasingly skeptical international community looks to the future of Afghanistan with one eye on the exit, the women of this war-weary country have something to say to those who answered their clarion call for help a decade ago.By SALLY ARMSTRONG
Anyone in need of perspective on meddling in-laws is advised to read Nunez’s riveting memoir. Nunez was a 25-year-old aspiring writer when she became Sontag’s secretary in 1976. The celebrated cultural critic, whose 1964 essay “Notes on camp” catapulted her to fame, was recuperating from breast cancer surgery and needed help.By ANNE KINGSTON
WHEN THE House of Commons resumes sitting this week, the first order of business for MPs will be electing a new Speaker. It will seem strange not to have Liberal Peter Milliken striving to keep order from the big chair. Milliken, 64, didn’t stand for re-election in his Kingston, Ont., riding this spring, ending his record decade-long run as Speaker.By JOHN GEDDES
THERE’S NOTHING like a short attention span to make everything feel brand new. For a month, the people who buzz in Ottawa have been abuzz with WELLS speculation about what a Harper majority government will be like. But this is hardly alien territory.By PAUL WELLS
Laying it down with Beantown Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s Twitter plea for help in coming up with a friendly wager with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino prompted some great ideas. “There’s a good one: sushi versus clam chowder, and swapping our best beers from two great beer-drinking cities,” Robertson told reporters in Stanley Park, a few steps from the iron statue of Lord Stanley—which currently sports a Canucks jersey.By NANCY MACDONALD
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