Learning from the resolve of zero-gravity spiders

Rejected in love? Lost a job? Experienced a serious medical condition? Gone through a financial crisis? Spiders In Space offers comfort

Learning from the resolve of zero-gravity spidersSpiders In Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change By Todd Hirsch and Rob Roach P&P Publishing C$20 For those of you who had any doubt, this book confirms that misery really does love company. It tells the story of 15 very different people from a variety of backgrounds across Canada who have but one thing…

Why public spaces are so important

Lisa Benton-Short's great book about the National Mall in Washington, D.C., helps us understand why we need areas devoted to honouring society's best

Why public spaces are so importantParks and public spaces are often more than meets the eye. For example, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is no ordinary public space. That’s true – and it's also the title of a great book by Lisa Benton-Short (The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space). We all can learn a little about our less monumental…

King, Lapointe friendship bridged the two solitudes

The friendship between King and Lapointe formed the lynch pin of national unity during a key period of Canadian political history

Harry S. Truman is reputed to have said if you want a friend in Washington, D.C., then get a dog. Mackenzie King, Canada’s prime minister through most of the 1920s-1940s, seems to have enjoyed both human and canine friends. In January 1941, his dog, Pat, died at the age of 17. Conrad Black explains how, on…

Macdonald and Cartier’s bond helped form Canada

The friendship of John A. Macdonald and George-Etienne Cartier was the crucible of Canadian Confederation

Macdonald and Cartier’s bond helped form CanadaThe friendship of John A. Macdonald and George-Etienne Cartier was the crucible of Canadian Confederation. They were political partners from when Cartier joined the cabinet of the Liberal-Conservative coalition in 1855 to Cartier’s death in 1873. With George Brown’s Canada West Reformers, they led the “Great Coalition” toward constitutional reform. Macdonald and Cartier worked from a foundation of responsible government…

Shared principles can overcome even profound political differences

Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontain' friendship allowed them to approach politics with moderation and principled prudence

In an era of hyper-partisanship, it is worthwhile to examine a friendship that helped form Canadian politics. Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine were the fathers of responsible government in Canada. They believed that such government must be neither English nor French, but Canadian. And the friendship of Baldwin, the Upper Canadian Anglican, and Lafontaine, the Lower Canadian Roman Catholic, transcended the ethnic, linguistic,…

Winston Churchill and the villainous ‘Guilty Men’

An influential book from 1940 laid the guilt of appeasing Nazi Germany at the feet of 15 public figures

Winston Churchill and the villainous ‘Guilty Men’While writing a recent column on Winston Churchill, I thought about the so-called Guilty Men, that being the title of a hugely influential polemic first published in the summer of 1940. The book’s thesis was simple: Britain’s dire straits could be laid at the door of 15 public figures who were deemed guilty of having…
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