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North American Union? Diane Francis Pushes U.S.-Canada Merger

It’s time for Canada to merge with the United States. That’s the argument from pundit, author, HuffPost blogger and American-born dual citizen Diane Francis in her new book “Merger of the Century,” and it’s already starting plenty of conversation about the future of a North American union. Francis’ argument centres around what she sees as the threat posed by… Read More

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North America’s Forgotten Frontier: Canadian Arctic

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES — This charming lakeside town bustles as thousands of Japanese tourists come annually to view the spectacular Aurora Borealis lights and as workers in mining, construction and energy arrive to cash in on its boom. I was invited to speak at the Prospects North 2013 conference sponsored by the NWT Chamber of… Read More

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Juries should be replaced by Watson the computer

The acquittal of George Zimmerman, like the O.J. Simpson acquittal years ago, calls into question the validity of the jury system. Perhaps it’s time to replace it with panels of legal experts or with a smart computer like Watson, the world champion of chess and Jeopardy. The practice of asking peers, or jurors, to sit… Read More

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Egypt’s victory and Trayvon Martin

Millions swarmed Egyptian streets this week and the television coverage was as dramatic as it had been during the 2011 Arab Spring. For most of the week, however, CNN remained preoccupied with the murder trial involving the shooting in 2012 of a Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin. At first, this appeared to be American parochialism, but… Read More

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CBC Interview on Toronto’s Condo Bubble

On May 16, CBC’s Doc Zone will interview Diane Francis about the condo bubble across Canada that is beginning to burst. Toronto, like Vancouver, has been deluged with “hot money” from all over the world – the Middle East, China and other parts of Asia – that has driven up the price of housing to… Read More

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