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18Jan/180

Opinion | Stop driving children to school: It could be a lifesaver

Parents all across this city — downtown and suburbs alike, in virtually every neighbourhood — will know already that we have somehow collectively turned our schoolside streets into chaotic, overcrowded, apparently lawless car-dodging zones.

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16Jan/180

No Longer Writing, Philip Roth Still Has Plenty to Say

In an exclusive interview, the (former) novelist shares his thoughts on Trump, #MeToo and retirement.

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16Jan/180

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

Yes, it’s driven by greed — but the mania for digital cash could wind up building something much more important than wealth.

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13Jan/180

Opinion | Guess Who’s Coming to ‘Peanuts’

The introduction, 50 years ago, of a black character into the Schulz comic strip was a major social statement.

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13Jan/180

My parents were born in Vancouver -- Dad in 1909, Mom in 1911 -- and married during the Great Depression. It was a difficult time that shaped their values and outlook, which they drummed into my sisters and me.

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7Jan/180

Exercise Alters Our Microbiome. Is That One Reason It’s So Good for Us?

Lean people were especially responsive to exercise’s effects on the bacterial makeup of our guts.

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4Jan/180

The Cost of Government Debt in Canada, 2017

Budget deficits and increasing debt are key fiscal issues as the federal and provincial governments prepare to release their budgets this year. Combined federal and provincial net debt has increased from $833 billion in 2007/08 to a projected $1.4 trillion in 2016/17. This combined debt equals 67.5% of the Canadian economy or $37,476 for every man, woman, and child living in Canada.Debt accumulation has costs. One major consequence is that governments must make interest payments on their debt similar to households which must pay interest on borrowing related to mortgages, vehicles, or credit card spending. Spending on interest payments consumes government revenues and leaves less money available for other important priorities such as spending on health care and education or tax relief.Canadian governments (including local governments) collectively spent $62.8 billion on interest payments in 2015/16. That works out to 8.1% of their total revenue that year and $1,752 for each Canadian or $7,009 for a family of four. The total amount spent on interest payments is approximately equal to Canada’s total spending on public primary and secondary education ($63.9 billion, as of 2013/14, the last year for which we have finalized data).

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3Jan/180

Baby girl’s remains surprisingly reveal new Indigenous group that once thrived in North America

A new and until now unknown population of Indigenous North Americans has been identified in the Jan. 3 edition of the prestigious science journal Nature.

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2Jan/180

We Aren’t Destroying the Earth

In a new book, “Inheritors of the Earth,” Chris Thomas argues that animals and plants are adapting to the world we are creating. We need not worry.

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