Jack Mintz: The Liberals stoke more anger, sticking Alberta with another raw deal

Jack Mintz: The Liberals stoke more anger, sticking Alberta with another raw deal

The federal government is stoking Western alienation with its recently revealed decision to leave the current equalization system untouched for five years. Jason Kenney, Alberta’s Opposition leader, is already on the warpath, along with allies in the governments of Saskatchewan, Ontario, Newfoundland and even B.C. The current equalization system is expected to cost close to…

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Why fewer people use public transport

Why fewer people use public transport

IN MUCH of the rich world, urban public transport is becoming quieter. New York’s subway carried 2% fewer people on weekdays over the last 12 months than it did the year before, and the city’s buses were 6% less busy. London’s “Tube” dipped unexpectedly, too. This is a puzzle. After all, most large cities are…

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Theaster Gates and the art of the Black Madonna

Theaster Gates and the art of the Black Madonna

THREE young black women—one with a perfect Afro, the others all mid-century glamour in their bathing caps—lark about at the steps of a swimming pool, preparing to emerge from the water. A passing photographer may have caught the joyful moment by chance; it could also be a still from a fashion shoot. It’s an arresting…

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Why America needs more immigrants

Why America needs more immigrants

AS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP attempts to reduce immigration into America, new research suggests how rapidly that strategy is likely to disadvantage many of his most loyal supporters. In 2016, there were more deaths than births among America’s non-Latino white population. The future quality of life of this aging, shrinking population increasingly depends on two factors:…

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