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11
Mar
The context, not the content, did him in

The context, not the content, did him in

Smart phones — or, more precisely their owners — have a remarkable tendency to catch an author of controversial remarks unawares, as Tom Flanagan learned recently the hard way. 

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25
Feb
Two popes in a bubble

Two popes in a bubble

A pope has resigned. Until recently, that would have been the kind of headline you might propose for a least likely headline contest.

Pope Benedict’s decision may have been an initial surprise. But it became apparent soon enough that he had hinted at the possibility of resignation, and perhaps even planned for it. 

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11
Feb
140 characters didn’t change the world

140 characters didn’t change the world

In recent days, the following meme has spread through the Internet: We were promised flying cars. Instead, we got 140 characters.
We normally think of ourselves as living in a time of constant change. But, does that really pertain to the technologies that in fact dominate our daily lives and have done so, at least since the Second World War?

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28
Jan
Nifty, nifty, Neptune’s 50!

Nifty, nifty, Neptune’s 50!

The ’60s remain a reference point for many of us. However, the period that most celebrate, and some disparage, does not really coincide with the chronological decade. The political ferment, the surge of youth culture, sex-drugs-and-rock’n’roll, emerge really in the late ’60s, and in the early ’70s in a place like Nova Scotia.

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14
Jan
An alternative electoral system  for Canada you may not know about

An alternative electoral system for Canada you may not know about

Even though we have only had a majority government in Ottawa for less than two years now, Canadian politics seems to have reached something of an impasse.

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