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Stronach makes first visit to Quebec

By Ross Marowitts

Conservative leadership candidate Belinda Stronach tried to win over Quebecers Friday during her first public visit to the province since launching her leadership bid.

Despite speaking only a few sentences of French, the former business executive said she supported Quebec’s unique place inside Canada.

“I respect and believe that our policy-making must . . . → Read More: Stronach makes first visit to Quebec

Data-collection on airline passengers awaits passage of bill

By Beth Gorham

Canada will be able to collect information about airline passengers on domestic and outgoing flights to identify security risks after the Public Security Act is passed, Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan said Friday.

Right now, officials only screen arriving air travellers.

“It’s very important for us to get C-17, which provides us . . . → Read More: Data-collection on airline passengers awaits passage of bill

New Age Students ‘Shunning Sciences’

By Gemma Collins

Industry is facing a major problem because young people are “indulging”? in mysticism and New Age leanings, it was claimed today.

Chemical scientist Cedric Mumford claimed there was a tendency among youngsters in south Wales towards “New Age, anti-science superstition”?.

He said the beliefs drew young people away from science, causing . . . → Read More: New Age Students ‘Shunning Sciences’

‘Groundhog’ has its day

By Alex Kuczynski

A recent movie series at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, “The Hidden God: Film and Faith,” featured some pretty brooding stuff. There was a 1955 Danish movie about a man who thinks he is Jesus Christ, an Ingmar Bergman pastiche about a tormented pastor, a Roberto Rossellini movie about monks. . . . → Read More: ‘Groundhog’ has its day

Celebrating Candlemas

February 2 is one of the great cross-quarter days which make up the wheel of the year. It falls midway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox and in many traditions is considered the beginning of spring.

Awakening the Ground In Western Europe, this was the time for preparing the fields for the . . . → Read More: Celebrating Candlemas

Mummy Mystery Solved

A German research team say that they have unravelled the mystery of the mummification techniques of the Ancient Egyptians. In a new study published in Nature, chemists from Tuebingen University and the Munich-based Doerner-Institut found that an extract from the cedar tree – a a chemical called guaiacol – acted as a natural preservative allowing . . . → Read More: Mummy Mystery Solved

B.C. criticized for considering changing drinking and driving penalties

British Columbia Solicitor General Rich Coleman denies that a new discussion paper suggests that drunk driving be decriminalized in the province.

The paper includes a plan that would spare some drinking drivers from criminal records. A new alcohol-related offence would be established under the Motor Vehicle Act that could be used by police if . . . → Read More: B.C. criticized for considering changing drinking and driving penalties

‘Rebel’ nuns battle monks’ scorn

By Frances Harrison

Bhikuni Kusuma has a shaven head and wears the robes of a Buddhist monk – but she’s a woman.

Many of her male counterparts call her misguided, but for her followers, she’s a teacher who studied the ancient texts and revived the third century BC practice of ordaining women as Buddhist . . . → Read More: ‘Rebel’ nuns battle monks’ scorn

Dead Sea scrolls draw crowd at RMC

By Susan Olp

The Dead Sea Scrolls help link Judaism and Christianity, an expert on the ancient scrolls told a standing-room-only crowd Friday afternoon.

Though the two religions contain “big theological differences, it doesn’t mean we can’t recognize our common roots,” Adolfo Roitman said during a lecture at Rocky Mountain College.

Roitman, a . . . → Read More: Dead Sea scrolls draw crowd at RMC

Couple are cleaning up with brooms

Farmers Nicola and Brian Eddon are among the last producers of besom brooms in the country, after getting off to a flying start with the demand for traditional broomsticks sparked by the Harry Potter books and films.

While the fictional wizard’s new broomsticks are delivered by owl post, the hand-made articles from the couple’s workshops . . . → Read More: Couple are cleaning up with brooms