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The next occupants of 24 Sussex?

Why Thomas Mulcair gets it when it comes to Israel

Not surprisingly, Thomas Mulcair won the NDP leadership last month, replacing Saint Jack Layton as the man social democrats hope can rally left-of-centre voters to defeat Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives. Here's hoping he's successful, but ...

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Adolescents or still young kids?

Sixth graders are too young for middle school

My wife and I knew something was awry when Primo lost his lunch box less than two weeks into the fall term. We were pretty annoyed that we were out $10 in what seemed like record ...

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Being mislabelled by educators can make school a misery.

Your December-born kid may not have ADHD. He might just be immature.

A new Canadian study is bolstering an argument I've been making to my kids' teachers and principals for years: children born later in a calendar year are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit ...

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Thursday the rabbi walked out, or was he pushed?

Being a pulpit rabbi can be a cutthroat business

When Toronto Jews awoke last Saturday morning and collected their Globe and Mail newspapers from their doorsteps (those who still subscribe, that is), they discovered a front-page story detailing how Holy Blossom Temple, the city's ...

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Preparing for the unlikely

As a new Jewish year begins, renewed U.S.-led peace talks continue between Israel and the Palestinians. Much has been written about the low expectations surrounding these negotiations on both sides. Certainly, Israelis and Jews have good reason to ...

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Rabbi Lisa Grushcow

Some interesting firsts in Canada's Jewish community

A couple of noteworthy firsts passed with little fanfare this past December that are unusual in Canada's religiously (and increasingly politically) conservative Jewish community. First, Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom in Montreal named Rabbi Lisa Grushcow to ...

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He was burned by this very issue.

The Jewish community should fund its own schools

The fallout from the recent controversy over the creation of gay-straight alliance clubs (GSAs) in Ontario's publicly funded Catholic school system should give pause to those seeking funding – in the name of fairness – ...

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Does Facebook’s face-plant mean we’ve learned something?

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He's worth a lot of money, for now.

The relatively poor showing of Facebook’s initial public offering of its shares on the NASDAQ exchange shows that, perhaps, finally, the hype around the social networking site may finally be abating.

As I post this, Facebook shares have closed around $31 after their third day of trading, down from their opening price of $38. And they didn’t do much better on their first two days, having closed on Day 1 at around where they opened.

Does this mean the business world and average folk may finally have acquired a sense of proportion about services like Facebook, or for that matter, companies such as Apple?

Let’s hope so. Continue reading


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Stop picking on RIM

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It’s no secret that Research in Motion has taken a beating lately – it’s been late to market with new products, its stock price and profits are down, its market share is nosediving, and as a result, the press has been all over it.

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But frankly, it’s getting to be a bit much, and it seems to me that a lot of the near-hysteria has to do with the herd mentality of the news media, a 20th-century holdover that, alas, the Internet has failed to quell, and perhaps has even intensified. Connected to this herd mentality, and perhaps driving it, is the almost magical spell that Apple has cast over the public and journalists alike. (It will be interesting to see if bean counter Tim Cook has the same voodoo marketing magic as the late visionary/psychotic control freak Steve Jobs did.) Continue reading


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