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March 18, 2010
  The face-off over cultural (in)tolerancePDF files may take a moment to load

Last week a woman was expelled from a French class in Quebec for refusing to remove the veil covering her face. The woman ­-- identified as Naema -- was wearing a niqab­, a veil exposing only the eyes of the wearer. When asked to remove the headwear for class, she refused, and was subsequently told to finish her education elsewhere. The Quebec government is standing behind the school's decision to expel the woman.

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March 11, 2010
  Helping your waistline and your walletPDF files may take a moment to load

We are a generation of fatties. Everything from the lifestyles we live to the food we eat is contributing to the extra weight we're all carrying. Of course, the question asked by public health officials is why do we consciously choose things we know are unhealthy? Certainly everyone has a vague idea of which foods are making them fat, yet we continually choose to eat those foods.

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February 11, 2010
  Vancouver's streets ain't made of goldPDF files may take a moment to load

In case you've been hiding under a rock for the last several years, allow me to fill you in. It's 2010, and the Vancouver Winter Olympics are but a day away. The impending games have been drawing a great deal of media attention since they were announced back in 2003.

Although the real figures aren't in yet, it's estimated the games will end up costing somewhere in the area of $6 billion when everything is added up. Keeping in mind that the last winter games in Turin cost a total of $4 billion, this seems rather high.

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February 04, 2010
  Remembering the life and words of J.D. SalingerPDF files may take a moment to load

Our writers are dying. In many ways writers of modern literature are dead as soon as their last work is published. Unlike the music and movie stars of today, the author silently puts their thoughts to work, remaining out of the public eye; the invisible hand behind the most important aspects of the thinking world. They fade rapidly from the foreground of our thought and even while still alive, more often than not, they are only publicly alive in their printed work.

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December 03, 2009
  Spending shouldn't be the reason for the seasonPDF files may take a moment to load

Once again the time of year has come when we dust off the Christmas decorations, break out the nog and apply for that extra credit card. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Black Friday has come and passed and we have now entered into full-fledged Christmas shopping season. Black Friday, the last Friday in November, has become something of a holiday unto itself, with pre-Christmas sales sweeping the nation.

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November 19, 2009
  Going for the green: Olympic torches for salePDF files may take a moment to load

Don't burn your hands, they might still be hot. Used Olympic torches from the 2010 torch relay have been popping up all over the Internet. Some of the torches were listed online before ever being lit, others are advertised as being covered in Olympic soot, which the buyer can clean off if they please.

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October 22, 2009
  Health-care costs spark government actionPDF files may take a moment to load

Go ahead, punch yourself in the teeth. Sure it doesn't sound like a great plan, but this guy here is your friend, and if he says you should punch yourself in the teeth, then it can't be all bad. Right? Despite the nagging suspicion that punching your own teeth out is probably a bad plan, you raise your fist anyway and drive it home. After recovering from the initial shock, followed by some cursing, you pick up the teeth scattered around the sidewalk, and head on down to the dentist.

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October 15, 2009
  Google street view versus the thrill of discoveryPDF files may take a moment to load

Once upon a time, before dash mounted GPS, before the advent of Map Quest and Google Maps, before the Internet, travelling to a new place had an extra adventure attached to it. How were you going to get there? What would it be like? It was mysterious. It was exciting. It evoked all sorts of memories of childhood road trips, of too many siblings rocking down a highway in Dad's old Buick, of the time you got lost and asked directions from that really hot guy. We can say goodbye to those days of unexpected adventures.

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