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Suddenly, America has a brash neighbor up north

Moves toward decriminalizing marijuana and allowing gay marriage contrast with US ethos.

By Abraham McLaughlin and Tom Regan

Canada has long been the United States’ virtually invisible neighbor to the north.

But suddenly it is coming out of its shell – and sharpening an identity that increasingly looks like a slice of Europe on America’s . . . → Read More: Suddenly, America has a brash neighbor up north

Villages plagued by attacks on horses

Alarm in Peak District, where recent incidents include blood letting and sex assaults, triggers undercover police operation

By Angelique Chrisafis

One clear afternoon in a field in Derbyshire’s Peak District a healthy pure-bred filly was found dead, her belly slashed with a knife. What was odd was that there was little blood in the . . . → Read More: Villages plagued by attacks on horses

Telus faces BBB probe over directories

Many complaints lodged, Better Business Bureau says

By Larry Pynn

The Better Business Bureau is ready to launch an investigation into SuperPages following consumer complaints against the Burnaby firm’s decision to eliminate the Greater Vancouver white pages in favour of smaller books for each of five local areas.

Valerie MacLean, general manager of the BBB . . . → Read More: Telus faces BBB probe over directories

(Un)dressing the superhero

Gals who kick ass must dress the part — in as few clothes as possible

By Katherine Monk

We’ve come a long way, bitches. That’s right, we can say that now because gals have taken the ol’ bull by the horns and wrestled sexist language, gender prejudice and the virgin-whore dilemma to the ground — . . . → Read More: (Un)dressing the superhero

Algonquins want burial site preserved

By Dave Rogers

Gilbert Whiteduck wants the NCC to work with First Nations to resolve the gravesite issue. If they don’t, he says, ‘We can make it difficult for them.’

Algonquin leaders want the National Capital Commission to keep away from a probable First Nations burial ground when it converts the Scott Paper site . . . → Read More: Algonquins want burial site preserved

Bush plans Christian rehab in federal prisons

Encouraged by the apparent success of a Christian rehabilitation program in state prisons, the Bush administration is reportedly seeking ways to expand such programs to inmates in federal prisons.

The head of the White House office for faith-based initiatives, Jim Towey, told reporters that President Bush had asked Attorney General John Ashcroft to seek . . . → Read More: Bush plans Christian rehab in federal prisons

No jail time for ‘crime of compassion’

VICTORIA (CP) — A Victoria-area woman convicted of aiding in the suicide of another woman won’t be spending any time in jail.

Julianna Zsiros, 39, of Saanich, B.C., stood quietly as B.C. Supreme Court Justice Jacqueline Dorgan sentenced her to a nine-month conditional sentence.

Zsiros will serve the time in her home and must . . . → Read More: No jail time for ‘crime of compassion’

Suspended for Wearing Cross, Teacher’s Aide Wins 1st Court Round

Jun 26, 2003 1:51 pm US/Eastern Pittsburgh (AP) A teachers’ aide suspended without pay for a year for wearing a cross necklace at a school will be able to temporarily return to her job later this summer while a judge considers whether to overturn the suspension permanently.

U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab on Wednesday issued . . . → Read More: Suspended for Wearing Cross, Teacher’s Aide Wins 1st Court Round

Want to live longer? Eat like a Greek

Massive research on ‘Mediterranean diet’ shows lifespan benefits

By Pamela Fayerman

Harry and Thea Prinianakis might be on to something with food choices that include lamb, artichokes, fish, nuts, fruit and olive oil.

The Big Fat Greek Diet may not be particularly calorie conscious but adherence to traditional Mediterranean eating increases longevity by . . . → Read More: Want to live longer? Eat like a Greek

New prison will address aboriginal problems

By Silas Polkinghorne

Saskatchewan’s first federal minimum security penitentiary for aboriginal men officially opened Wednesday.

The Willow Cree Healing Lodge on the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation Reserve aims to prepare offenders for reintegration into society through Native spiritual and cultural interventions.

It’s been about 15 years in the making, and officials say the lodge . . . → Read More: New prison will address aboriginal problems