The smell of pot and stale beer wafted over a gritty stretch of sidewalk outside Sheway, on West Hastings Street, in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside last Sunday. Moments before the arrival of the duke and duchess of Cambridge—“Wills and Kate,” as the British tabs still insist on referring to the couple, who are now in their mid-thirties—an older woman in black sweats shuffled past police barricades, leaning heavily on a walker, the stub of a cigarette gripped between two knuckles, oblivious to the hubbub.
Near the end of September, Alberta MP Jason Kenney resigned the seat he held for 19 years and bid farewell to the House of Commons. In his valedictory address, he said he hadn’t lost the wonder and awe with which he first approached the House of Commons as a 29-year-old rookie MP.
The pipeline people first visited Serge Simon in the fall of 2014, bearing not gifts but questions. Simon, the grand chief of the Montreal-area reserve of Kanesatake, had heard about the TransCanada Energy East project, the 4,500-km, $15.7-billion pipeline that would deliver the fruits of Alberta’s oil sands to the East Coast.
When Bill Blair worked undercover as a Toronto cop, his wife, Susanne, got accustomed to seeing him at home only every few days. If they had an appointment at the police credit union, she would use his pager to tell him when to meet her. Blair undercover is an interesting notion, because his natural appearance is such that he might as well wear a name tag that says, “Hello!
FOR THE FIRST presidential debate of the 2016 U.S. election, Hillary Clinton did what women have been instructed for millennia to do: she smiled. The Democratic Party nominee maintained that pleased—some will say smug—expression pretty much non-stop through her first staged confrontation with Donald Trump.
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