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Jun
Six degrees of Elizabeth May

Six degrees of Elizabeth May

John Guare’s play Six Degrees of Separation and the film based on it popularized the theory that no two people on the planet are separated by more than six sets of acquaintances. It’s a serious theory, not just pop sociology.

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21
May
Keynes, my father, and myself

Keynes, my father, and myself

Sometimes life events and larger trends come together in a kind of synchronicity.  Such was the case when I finished reading the third and final volume of Robert Skidelsky’s magisterial life of John Maynard Keynes on the day of my father’s funeral in 2001.

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06
May
The connector that was not to be

The connector that was not to be

Halifax’s Cogswell Interchange appears to be unique in the history of North American urban renewal projects and expressways.

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22
Apr
A social media alternative universe

A social media alternative universe

Several years ago, there was a momentary panic over a possible link between the use of cell phones and a spike in the incidence of brain cancer in Sweden.

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08
Apr
Did Pierre Trudeau destroy the Liberal Party?

Did Pierre Trudeau destroy the Liberal Party?

Maybe you thought I would write about Justin. But is it really possible to write a whole column about him? How many synonyms does the English language have for hunk?

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