The owners of the iconic Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa— steps from Parliament Hill and a seat of unofficial power in the capital since it opened in 1912—recently unveiled plans for a huge expansion. Now a national historic site, the Château was the first Grand Trunk Railway hotel built by Charles Melville Hays in hopes of drawing tourists to his lines.
“I don’t want to be apocalyptic,” says Benedicte Ramade, who curated this photo collection at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto, “but if we don’t change our way of life, our way of consuming, maybe we don’t have a solution to climate change.”
By now Leonard Cohen is such a national treasure that we take him for granted. As if he’s always been with us. In a sense he has. His confidential baritone, which gets immeasurably deeper as the years go by, echoes between the bedroom and the Bible like some pre-Cambrian catacomb of the soul.
Donald Trump has a plan to defeat Islamic State that’s so simple it could fit on the back of a cocktail napkin. Or be slurred by the drunk on the next bar stool. “We’re going to have to do something extremely tough over there,” the Republican nominee told Fox News this week.
The macabre mechanics of the American system of government puts the young(ish) man on stage in the old town hall in an odd and awkward spot. He is a highly successful, if unexciting, career politician, the winner of eight out of eight elections at the municipal and state level, campaigning this autumn from coast to coast for a national office that conveys no authority, requires no action, and leaves barely a footnote in history.
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