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American Sniper hits its mark

The movie American Sniper has been the subject of much discussion lately so I thought I’d weigh in with my opinion. To begin with, we have to consider the inherent differences between the American and Canadian perspective on guns and war. Americans revere their guns; Canadians would prefer a world without guns. This dichotomy made it very difficult for this Canadian to appreciate the virtues…

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Hints from Heloise live on

Reading Hints from Heloise in this morning’s paper reminded me that the passing of depression-era members of our population does not mean the end of our appetite for how to do things better, cheaper or more efficiently. While Martha Stewart has her own special arsenal of how-to tips, they’ll never be as folksy and down-to-earth as those carried on by Heloise’s daughter in her syndicated…

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Don’t miss The Imitation Game

Alan Turing‘s story is a reminder of the importance of tolerance. After watching Benedict Cumberbatch portray Turing in The Imitation Game I couldn’t help thinking about the losses our world has suffered because of bigotry, intolerance and lack of empathy. Turing was, without overstating the fact, the inventor of what we know today as the computer. A brilliant mathematician, cryptanalyst and logician, Turing joined the…

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Blowing off Boomers

Emma Teitel is regular columnist in Maclean’s Magazine who represents the voice of Canadian millennials, in case the rest of us don’t hear their whining. Her contribution to the December 22, 2014 issue entitled “Boomers: Do as I say, not as I did” had smoke coming out of my ears. Teitel condemns the new Ontario law that bans smoking on restaurant and bar patios and…

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