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National Column: Another display of smooth fluency

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen travelling, it’s handy to show some fluency in local dialects. “We are of course very alert to the challenges posed by the Southern Resident killer whale pod,” Justin Trudeau said on Thursday, cool as a cucumber, as he stood on the dock at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, just outside Victoria. […]

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National Column: Hamburg speech hints at Ottawa shift

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe St. Matthew’s Day Banquet in Hamburg has been a big date on the German city’s social calendar for more than six centuries. Everyone who’s anyone in Hamburg attends. Under the gilded roof of the historic town hall’s palatial banquet room, keynote speakers – each year, a German dignitary and a foreign guest – discuss the great matters of the day before hundreds of revelers. […]

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Bringing the buzz kill to marijuana legalization

Reading Time: 3 minutesReading the 106-page report of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, with its determinedly bland cover design and its epically drab title, “A Framework For the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada,” it’s hard to shake the urge to blow off a little steam by sparking up a great big bowl of […]