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Tories' bill strips Elections Canada of power to promote voter turnout

The Conservative government is stripping Elections Canada of its authority to encourage Canadians to vote in federal ballots under changes to the agency's mandate.<p>Legislation tabled this week sets out restrictions on what information the chief electoral officer can provide the public, limiting it …

As a doctor, I know too well why the minimum wage needs to rise

At some point during almost every day in my office, I feel frustrated and powerless. At that moment, I find myself standing with my patient on the edge of a chasm: ill health lies in the crevice below, good health lies on the other side. And we cannot, between us, build the bridge to get across. We …

Why is praise whispered but criticism loud and clear?

<b>THE QUESTION</b><p>Over the years, I have had a couple of bosses who delivered positive feedback in a whisper. I mean that literally. They give praise, but they whisper their comments as if they're sharing a deep secret. The first time it happened, I just chalked it up to odd team dynamics or a …

The hipster’s guide to cruising

Ever since David Foster Wallace's immortal putdown of cruising – the unforgettably titled <i>A Supposedly Fun Thing That I Will Never Do Again</i> – the floating vacation has gotten a decidedly bad rap in my circle. Given all that I share with Wallace – I am a writer/teacher of English literature and, at …

The Science of Snobbery: How We're Duped Into Thinking Fancy Things Are Better

Wine snobs, string quartets, and the limits of intuition<p>Several months ago, this author sat at a classical music concert, trying to convince himself that wine is not bullshit.<p>That may seem like a strange thought to have while listening to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major. But Priceonomics had …

This Is How Your Brain Responds To Beer vs Coffee

We all know the drinking a coffee first thing in the morning, will increase your energy levels with its caffeine boost. But how exactly does it work? …

Ada Lovelace Day: Where are the women in science? Right here ... My top 10 female scientists

On Ada Lovelace Day, Suzi Gage considers the most influential and inspirational female scientists that have helped shape who she is – and the world as we know it.<p><b>Ada Lovelace Day</b>asks people to think about the women that have inspired them to be the person that they are today. The Day remembers the …

What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …

Students describe their theses in a single self-mocking sentence

"Summing up years of work in one sentence." That's the tagline for Lol My Thesis, where PhD candidates (Edit: and undergrads) make fun of their own …

2 of the Most Common Substances on Earth Are Anomalies

Solids are heavier than liquids, as a rule—because they are denser, as a rule. Two exceptions to this rule are, incidentally, the most abundant …

What Happens When One of Your Coworkers Dies

<i>by Michael Hobbes</i><p>The first thing that happens is someone tells you.<p>It’s Tuesday, it’s February, it’s my first day back at work after a week on …

Quebec’s Charter of Values debate a hearing in name only

One man said he wouldn't want his prostate checked by a female doctor who wore a head-to-toe chador. Another said Montreal is already "strange" to the rest of Quebec and could get stranger. A former nun said she switched cashes at Staples rather than be served by a woman in Muslim head scarf.<p>The …

Western Scientists Look To Chinese Medicine For Fresh Leads

In the quest for new treatments, U.S. researchers are looking to traditional Chinese medicines, some of the oldest remedies in the world.<p>A recent discovery resulted in a better treatment for a type of leukemia that strikes about 1 in 250,000 people in the U.S. Another study found a potential new …

10 Insights From Bill Murray’s AMA Chat

Bill Murray surprised fans on Reddit yesterday evening with an Ask Me Anything session to promote his new movie, <i>The</i> <i>Monuments Men</i>, which hits theaters …

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What older book have you recently discovered?

Martin Vaughn-James's <i>The Cage</i> was a huge oddity when it was first published by Coach House Press in 1975: a "visual novel" that enigmatically combined words and images about a desiccated industrial wasteland in way that seemed closer to the avant-garde fiction Alain Robbe-Grillet than to Superman …

26 must know, should know facts about Canada’s North

<i>This is part of The North, a Globe investigation of unprecedented change to the climate, culture and politics of Canada's last frontier. Join the conversation with #GlobeNorth</i>

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Lesson learned: You can be the worst woman of all time, and still get a date

<i>"On a typical Friday night I am: knockin the cups out of homeless ppls hands, its soooo funny to watch them try to pick it all up lolllll"</i><p><i>"I spend a lot of time thinking about: desining a line of dog close with maching iphone cases, soooo cute <3"</i><p>Meet the Worst Woman on Earth. Thankfully – she …

In a culture obsessed with weight, there’s a downside to being skinny

The Essay is a daily personal piece submitted by readers. Have a story to tell? See our guidelines at tgam.ca/essayguide.<p>'You're going to go throw that up in the bathroom in a minute. You're messed up, you have a problem." This rather abrupt and accusatory "intervention" came from a complete …