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Iain Hunter: Christmas in dementia’s shadowy world

Iain Hunter: Christmas in dementia’s shadowy world

To a parent, providing comfort and joy to a child can be the only meaning of Christmas. When a loved one enters what Shakespeare called second childishness, providing comfort is a challenge. Joy may be out of reach altogether.
David Bly: Santa undermines good parenting principles

David Bly: Santa undermines good parenting principles

For such a jolly fellow, Santa Claus sends a grim message: Get on my bad side and you’re off the gift list. At best, you’ll get a lump of coal.
Les Leyne: People I won’t be speaking to next year

Les Leyne: People I won’t be speaking to next year

A friend recalled the great Jimmy Breslin’s concept of recounting people for whom he no longer had any time. It strikes me as a healthy, cleansing way to close out the year. So here’s a “2013 List of People With Whom I Am No Longer on Speaking Terms.
Monique Keiran: Christmas experiences better than things

Monique Keiran: Christmas experiences better than things

A friend rings me in December every year and warbles, “Santa baby, slip a sable under the tree for me.” Her sometime-Eartha Kitt, sometime-Madonna Material Girl imitation morphs into one of a 10-year-old requesting a hippopotamus for Christmas.
Comment: Pipelines could cost us far more than they return

Comment: Pipelines could cost us far more than they return

At first glance, the National Energy Board’s thoroughness of the review the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project might seem comforting, but with conditional approval of the project, British Columbians have serious reason to be concerned — parti
A time to reflect upon love beyond time and space

A time to reflect upon love beyond time and space

Regardless of our faith tradition, this is a very special season of the year.
Shannon Corregan: Sensible B.C. should celebrate success

Shannon Corregan: Sensible B.C. should celebrate success

The Dec. 5 deadline has passed and canvassers for Sensible B.C. didn’t get the number of signatures they needed to instigate a referendum on marijuana.
L. Ian Macdonald: A wretched fall sitting for the Conservatives

L. Ian Macdonald: A wretched fall sitting for the Conservatives

In an abbreviated fall sitting, the House of Commons sat for just 34 days. Every one of them was a bad day for the Conservative government, except for the throne speech opening the new session, when there was no question period.
Comment: Mandatory sentences erode respect for the law

Comment: Mandatory sentences erode respect for the law

Over the past several years, the federal government has amended the Criminal Code so as to create a dizzying array of mandatory minimum sentences for offences ranging from marijuana production to firearms possession.
Weigh-in Wednesday #48 - Odin's bad eye

Weigh-in Wednesday #48 - Odin's bad eye

Yesterday, I said that I was going into weigh-in blind, and so I did. It is said that Odin, father of the Norse gods, sacrificed one of his eyes to drink of the Well of Urd whose waters imparted the knowledge of the cosmos.