They have lost the Mandate of Heaven. Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party, winners of 12 consecutive elections, holders of power for almost 44 consecutive years, longest-serving provincial regime since Confederation, has been blown out. Humiliated.By COLBY COSH
Ricky Shetty remembers well the first time he took his baby to a business meeting. Rianne had not yet turned one, and her dad—a Vancouver-based event planner—had promised he’d attend a luncheon training session. So he coaxed her into a clean dress and told himself that everything would be fine.By CHARLIE GILLIS
Last month in South Africa, deadly, xenophobic riots erupted that left seven dead, following remarks made by a Zulu king, and later supported by President Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward, that foreigners should “go back to their countries.” As the violence continued to spread, African countries started repatriating their citizens, while condemning the ruling African National Congress (ANC) government for not quelling the riots.By STEPHANIE FINDLAY
Two days after somehow surviving the laser-guided bombs that landed all around him, Omar Khadr opened his eyes. He could see out of only one (the right), and just barely. The left, peppered by shrapnel, had gone dark. Scanning the room, the 15-year-old Canadian could see he was lying in a hospital bed (at the U.S. military base in Bagram, Afghanistan, he would soon discover).By MICHAEL FRISCOLANTI
In a dozen books published over nearly 15 years, Oliver Sacks has plumbed the most difficult of mysteries about the human brain. From men who mistake their wives for hats to women woken up from Parkinsonian stupor with L-Dopa to anomalies of all five senses, Sacks has relayed case after case with a distinct mix of metaphor, clinical insight, and wells of empathy.By SARAH WEINMAN, BRIAN BETHUNE, CHRIS LOUDON, DILIA NARDUZZI
The birth of every child is joyous. And while parents, relatives and friends fuss over the newest bundle, the oohs and aahs that welcomed the first-born are replaced with more muted celebrations. They’ve been there, done that. Still, a second child enjoys the benefit of inheriting tantrumtested parents.By PATRICIA TREBLE
The parents of liver-donor recipients Binh and Phuoc Wagner are true heroes (“Twin miracles,” National, May 4); their infinite source of generosity is very humbling. I also commend anonymous live donors, because they are truly selfless.
After progressing from Rhodes Scholar to clerking at the Supreme Court of Canada to dean of law at the University of Western Ontario to a partnership at a major Toronto legal firm, Philip Slayton quit the law for writing. And class treason too, at least in the opinion of many lawyers after Slayton released Lawyers Gone Bad in 2007, a rogues’ gallery of some of the worst the profession had to offer.By BRIAN BETHUNE
It’s 2011 and, like the “sleeping kaiser” of German fairy tales, fated to rise up in his people’s hour of need, Adolf Hitler awakens in a vacant lot in Berlin. Reeking of gasoline, suffering from a splitting headache, with no memory of the “night” before—except for pulling out his revolver to show Eva—Hitler has no idea how he got where he is, let alone why Berlin is still standing, given his orders to the contrary.By BRIAN BETHUNE
“I think what’s changing,” Rachel Notley told me over lunch at the Higher Ground Café in Calgary on April 16, “is the approach of Albertans to politics. What’s not changing, as much as people think, are the opinions of Albertans on value-based questions as well as issue-based questions.”By PAUL WELLS
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