Monthly Archives: May 2009

A star is born

We have no way of knowing how history will judge Michaëlle Jean after her term as Governor General expires. But for most people alive today in Nunavut, their memories of the tour that ended today will survive until the end … Continue reading

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Cuba’s crumbling Hemingway shrine

It’s mostly because of the man pictured on the right that you and I and all the rest of us write the English language the way we do. So it’s disheartening to see that Ernest Hemingway’s legacy in Cuba faces … Continue reading

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June 1: Libertad de accesso de internet

This global campaign starts tomorrow. If you want to know why it’s necessary, read this month’s Amnesty International’s report on Cuba. And if you’re inclined to help, here’s what you can do. English Call to the Cuban government and to … Continue reading

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Michaëlle Jean: the warm-up speaker nearly steals the show

“When the time comes to share a meal, it should come as no surprise they should share the heart.” — Michaëlle Jean, at this year’s LaFontaine-Baldwin lecture yesterday in Iqaluit, which actually featured a speech by Siila Watt-Cloutier. Jean’s remark … Continue reading

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Inuktitut Qaujimajjutit

Here’s a worthy endeavour, from an interesting private firm in Iqaluit called Pirurvik. It’s a new phrase-book aimed at helping non-Inuktitut speakers learn some basic bits and pieces of the Inuit language. Leena Evic, the woman in the picture, along … Continue reading

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Michaëlle Jean and The Raw and the Cooked (1)

Let’s not forget that all she did was swallow a few grams of unprocessed animal protein extracted from the body of a thriving species of seal whose population numbers in the millions. But her detractors talk as if Michaëlle Jean … Continue reading

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Just a simple, unaffected gesture…

And with it, Michaëlle Jean shows why she may be our best Governor General since Georges Vanier.

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Iqaluit bottoming out?

Having seen a suspected homicide, a savage rape-beating and a rising tide of senseless mayhem in just one week, has Iqaluit hit rock-bottom yet? Whoever hung this flag seems to think so.

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Nunavut’s weed culture

Check this out: 3 charged in Igloolik marijuana bust. Most southern Canadians don’t likely appreciate the deep affection with which numerous Nunavut residents regard the cannabis sativa plant and its various derivative products, so much so that dope-smoking now persists … Continue reading

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Who says you can’t cover a suicide?

SELAWIK — One of his daughters screamed. Then one of his sons. Willie Ballot launched out of bed and into the bathroom. There he found his oldest girl, 17-year-old Dorcas, hanging from the shower curtain rod. In a decent world, … Continue reading

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