By Jada Yuan The New York Times Tues., Jan. 22, 2019 Practical tips Trains Japan’s network of trains is famous, and their JR Pass, which offers unlimited rides in cars with unreserved seats, is worth the cost. Purchasing online and having it shipped to you is the cheapest option ($254 (U.S.) for seven days covering the whole country), but the passes are also available at major stations. If you’re only travelling in a single region, you’ll save money buying a limited version. (I got a seven-day, Kansai-Hokuriku JR West pass for $140.) JR Passes don’t work in automated entry gates, so you’ll need to find a gate agent to waive you in and out of each train. Bullet trains cost extra on limited passes. If you have luggage, board in the rear of the car; there’s storage behind the back row of seats. Alternatively, use the coin lockers in the stations, or employ a hands-free luggage transportation service that will send your things on … [Read more...] about Japan offers lessons in eating, walking and bridging the distance
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By Tanya Talaga Staff Reporter Fri., Oct. 19, 2018 SIOUX LOOKOUT, ONT.—Dr. Mike Kirlew meets me at the Sioux Lookout Airport because it is -40 C and my rental car won’t start. During the winter months, cars need to be plugged into power outlets overnight or their batteries will freeze. Mike laughs as he tries to jam the key into the ignition of the Toyota-turned-ice-block, but the key won’t move. The steering wheel won’t budge. Everything is frozen. The sun blazes in the cloudless blue sky, but it gives us no warmth as we scurry to his car and hop in. Mike takes off his thick, beautifully beaded moose-hide mitts and pushes back his beaver fur hat before he starts the car and turns up the seat warmers. He pops in some Bob Marley. The smooth sounds of reggae evoke images of a climate about 80 degrees warmer, a perfect antidote to the harsh realities of the Canadian winter. Mike, who was born in Ottawa to Jamaican immigrant parents, is a … [Read more...] about The health system in Canada’s North is failing — but not by accident. ‘It is designed to do what it is doing’
By Allan Woods Quebec Bureau Tamar Harris Staff Reporter Victoria Gibson Staff Reporter David Rider City Hall Bureau Chief Brendan Kennedy Investigative Reporter May Warren StarMetro Toronto Gilbert Ndikubwayezu StarMetro Sat., April 28, 2018 For every life taken, for every body broken, for every spirit forever altered by a collision with the white rental van that left a trail of destruction on Yonge St. Monday afternoon, there was a flash of goodwill. A hand held as life drained away, a police officer protecting and serving a shaken bystander, strangers giving blood, or bottled water and granola bars, a faraway community feeling Toronto’s pain and raising funds to help. These 26 tales from Toronto the Good won’t bring back the dead, nor will they heal the physical hurt. But shining a light on those who responded to the chaos with courage and compassion may serve as an … [Read more...] about 26 tales of courage and compassion amid the chaos of the Toronto van rampage
NEW YORK: Today’s teenagers have been raised on smartphones and social media. Should we worry about them or just get out of their way?A recent wave of student protests around the United States has provided a close-up view of Generation Z in action, and many adults have been surprised. While there has been much hand-wringing about this cohort, also called iGen or the post-millennials, the stereotype of a disengaged, entitled and social-media-addicted generation doesn’t match the poised, media-savvy and inclusive young people leading the protests and gracing magazine covers.There’s 18-year-old Emma Gonzalez, whose shaved head, impassioned speeches and torn jeans have made her the iconic face of the #NeverAgain movement, which developed after the 17 shooting deaths in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Naomi Wadler, just 11, became an overnight sensation after confidently telling a national television audience she … [Read more...] about Are today’s teenagers smarter and better than we think?