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The bright side of Donald Trump's darkness: Burman

Posted by Oped 533 days ago Toronto Star| the bright donald trumps darkness burman All
http://www.thestar.com — Would the world survive the election of a racist lunatic as the next president of the United States? Probably not, but I still fervently hope that Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for president.Only in that scenario — with Democrats then sweeping both houses of Congress as well as the White House in next November’s elections — can the demons in America’s ver Read More
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Military lost $1.5 million in uniforms last year

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http://www.thestar.com — National Defence posted a loss of more than $1.5 million in combat clothing in the last fiscal year, raising questions over the security risks of lost military uniforms. “Things don’t disappear, and militaries are pretty good in their systems of tracking … it’s hard to believe something that big could be a random accident,” said Kamran Bokhari, a specialist in c Read More
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Tony Clement organizers meet to discuss possible leadership bid

Posted by Oped 533 days ago Toronto Star| tony clement organizers meet discuss leadership bid All
http://www.thestar.com — The race to select a full-time replacement for Stephen Harper as Conservative leader is quietly heating up.Sources told the Star that the first meeting of the nascent Tony Clement leadership campaign was held Thursday night in Toronto.Participants in the four-hour session in a downtown office tower included Tory activists from Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.Clement, a former Harper cabinet Read More
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Saudi women vote for the first time in historic election

Posted by Oped 533 days ago Toronto Star| saudi women vote time historic election All
http://www.thestar.com — RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA—Thousands of Saudi women headed to polling stations across the kingdom on Saturday, both as voters and candidates for the first time in a landmark election.Nearly 6,000 men and around 980 women are running as candidates for local municipal council seats. More than 130,000 women have registered to vote compared to 1.35 million men. The General Election Commission says t Read More
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Snapshots of Syrian refugees on their first day

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http://www.thestar.com — “I don’t believe we’re here”Kalar Tavit and Koko Kouren can’t believe they’re actually here. The couple, who have been married five years, applied to Canada eight months ago and were on one of the first planes to land. Here, they hope to start a new chapter.“Syria, as you see on the news, is all destroyed,” said Tavit. “Everything is Read More
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Public sector workers feel sting of precarious jobs, data shows

Posted by Oped 533 days ago Toronto Star| public sector workers feel sting precarious jobs data shows All
http://www.thestar.com — Despite its vow to tackle precarious employment, almost half of the Ontario government’s own job postings last year were for temporary positions, data obtained by the Star shows.In a province where around one-third of all jobs are insecure, a full 44 per cent of the 10,682 jobs posted and filled at Ontario ministries in 2013/2014 were temporary or seasonal, according to documents accessed Read More
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Two faces; seven years. A reporter belatedly files her report on the refugees of Afghanistan

Posted by Oped 533 days ago Toronto Star| two faces years reporter belatedly files report refugees afghanistan All
http://www.thestar.com — CHARAHI QAMBAR, AFGHANISTAN—For me, Charahi Qambar has always been about the people left behind, forgotten. Every winter there would be stories about children who had frozen to death because of the cold and I would wonder whether it was a child I had met.I remember interviewing a widow at the camp in 2008. She had lost her husband and several children in an airstrike and was worried about Read More
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Historic climate accord approved by nearly 200 countries

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http://www.thestar.com — PARIS—A historic and truly global agreement to tackle and adapt to climate change has been approved after two decades of failed attempts.It aims to hold the rise in average global temperatures to “well below” 2 degrees C and strengthen that further with a call to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C — an aspect of the deal few expected heading into the summit.The agre Read More
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