News: Weekend Reads

‘I no longer had the ability to reason’: Margaret Trudeau talks about life before mental health diagnosis

Tuesday  22:35,   15 november 2016
National Post

Margaret Trudeau 'lived in a private hell' for years before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder .Trudeau, the ex-wife of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau and mother of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, spoke at the Mingle for Mental[...]

How politics sabotaged the federal government’s grand IT plan, Shared Services Canada

Tuesday  20:07,   15 november 2016
National Post

It's rare that issues involving information technology intrude on Ottawa's political agenda -- rarer still that they do so with the force displayed in 2016 .All of Shared Services’ core projects are behind schedule, substantially so, in the[...]

Venezuelan 'narconephews' bad at drug smuggling, defense and prosecution say

Tuesday  19:29,   15 november 2016
The Guardian

Defense says pair were ‘stupid’ and set up by informants while US prosecutors claim they overestimated their power in trying to ship 800 kilos of cocaine to USFranqui Francisco Flores de Freitas, 31, and Efrain Antonio Campo Flores, 30, are accused[...]

How much police trespassing is permissible?

Tuesday  05:00,   15 november 2016
Maclean's

Police argue they can wander into your backyard without permission. A court will put that to a[...]

Rise of the spirit camps: An indigenous rights movement is spreading across the land and knows no boundaries

Tuesday  04:56,   15 november 2016
National Post

The camps have drawn as many 8,000 people at a time, according to organizers. But the pipeline protests, which have so far led to hundreds of arrests, started modestly . In fact, according to Jonathan Edwards, they all began with a video[...]

‘They’re not human’: How 19th-century Inuit coped with a real-life invasion of the ‘walking dead’

Tuesday  04:56,   15 november 2016
National Post

When remote Inuit met the mad, desperate remnants of the Franklin Expedition, they couldn’t rule out that they had been invaded by demonsIt was easily one of the most unearthly and chilling visions that had ever struck the land that would soon[...]

'Daddies' shower their 'babies' with cash and gifts in Toronto's sugar dating scene

Tuesday  04:56,   15 november 2016
cbc.ca

A new documentary called 'Sugar Sisters: Confession of a Sugar Baby' takes a first-person dive into the world of sugar dating, where young women spend time with wealthy, older men in exchange for cash and gifts. Its creator,[...]

Romeo Dallaire’s new memoir explores his battles with PTSD

Tuesday  04:50,   15 november 2016
The Globe and Mail

In a book and interview, Roméo Dallaire reveals an intriguing oxymoron: a poetic general; a soulful warrior .I ask him, at one point, how he reconciles the fact that he once pleaded with people to kill him when a suicide attempt failed, and that now [...]

The simple truth about voter fraud

Tuesday  04:49,   15 november 2016
Vox.com

Voter fraud is very rare. That hasn’t stopped Donald Trump from freaking out about it anyway. If you listen to the Republican nominee for president, you might begin to think that voter fraud is a widespread problem. Donald Trump has repeatedly[...]

Sponsored refugees fare better than government-assisted peers, study shows

Tuesday  04:49,   15 november 2016
Metro News

Refugees sponsored by community groups do better than government-assisted ones with fewer relying on food banks and social assistance, an evaluation of Canada’s much heralded resettlement program shows. [...]

No alcohol or campfires allowed as Ottawa plans ‘urban camping’ to house partiers for Canada’s 150th

Tuesday  04:49,   15 november 2016
National Post

It might be Ottawa's biggest party in years, but campers can't pop a cork at their sites. The rules might be stricter than most provincial and private campgrounds . It might be Ottawa’s biggest party in years, but campers can’t pop a cork at [...]

Study: Accepting more Facebook friend requests, not making them, is linked to longer life

Tuesday  04:49,   15 november 2016
Los Angeles Times

Think online social networks have no bearing on your real life? Think again. Scientists who studied Facebook activity and mortality rates of registered California voters found that people who received many friend requests were far less likely to[...]

Chinese characters are futuristic and the alphabet is old news

Tuesday  04:49,   15 november 2016
The Atlantic

On a bright fall morning at Stanford, Tom Mullaney is telling me what’s wrong with QWERTY keyboards. Mullaney is not a technologist, nor is he one of those Dvorak keyboard enthusiasts. He’s a historian of modern China and we’re perusing his exhibit [...]

'This is slavery': U.S. inmates strike in massive protest

Tuesday  04:49,   15 november 2016
Los Angeles Times

<p>In his 29 years in prison, David Bonner has mopped floors, cooked hot dogs in the cafeteria and, most recently, cut sheets of aluminum into Alabama license plates.</p>The last job paid $2 a day — enough to buy a bar of soap at the[...]

Mystery man spent two years in B.C. prison while border agents tried — and failed — to find out his identity

Tuesday  04:49,   15 november 2016
National Post

'Paul Rooney' seems to be in his late 40s or early 50s and he claims he can't remember when or where he was born. 'In other words, he may or may not be Canadian'.Officially speaking, Paul Rooney’s origins were a complete[...]