The annals of literature and show business are strewn with male tandem acts made more interesting by opposition or contradiction: Cervantes’ Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, Abbott and Costello, Vladimir and Estragon from Waiting for Godot, Batman and Robin. Locally we have slapstick pairs like Pogo and Togo and Dolphy and Panchito. But none of these chaps offer a better metaphor for how the brain works (and how we ought to use it) than the masculine fictional double act of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Holmes is known for his keen, proficient observation and commonsensical thinking. He is arguably the best-known fictional detective, and the Guinness World Records listed him as the “most portrayed movie character” in history. John H. Watson, known as Dr. Watson, is Sherlock Holmes’ friend, assistant and sometime flat mate, and the first-person narrator of all but four of Holmes’ stories. The binary act of … [Read more...] about Do you think like Sherlock Holmes or Dr. Watson?
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By Jeremy Nuttall Star Vancouver Tues., April 30, 2019 VANCOUVER—Standing at the counter of a coffee shop in Vancouver’s Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station, underneath a little Canadian flag, the leaders of the resistance bicker over who gets the honour of paying for their drinks. Louis Huang ends the standoff by shoving $5 into Gao Bingchen’s pocket and walking to their seats. They have bigger conflicts to discuss. Huang and Gao, both originally from Mainland China, are the founders of the 60-member Alliance Guard of Canadian Values. Since 2009, they’ve been trying to get Canadian governments to “be aware, really aware about the influence of the Chinese communist government in Canada,” Huang said. Gao doesn’t speak much English, so Huang does the talking. Gao sits quietly next to him, checking his phone and waiting for brief translations of what is being said. Huang says the Canadian political class just … [Read more...] about This is the resistance to China’s influence in Canada, and this is their moment
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?
By Brian Lee Crowley Justin Mohammed Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 Are the federal Liberals right to make it more difficult for immigrants and refugees to enter Canada from the United States? Brian Lee Crowley, managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, argues Yes, while Justin Mohammed, a human rights law and policy campaigner at Amnesty International, argues No. Yes, Canada would be right to tighten its borders, particularly with respect to those who have been entering Canada illegally. Unfortunately, while the government is making noises that it wants to do so, there is little evidence that those measures will be effective. Let’s begin with why it would make sense to toughen border controls. Canada’s highly successful postwar immigration policy, supported by an all-party political consensus and public opinion, has never been laissez-faire about who gets in. On the contrary. That admirable policy has always been premised on the idea that … [Read more...] about Is Canada right to tighten its border?
By Chris Hampton Special to the Star Mon., April 29, 2019 This month, Toronto gets its first good look at the work of an artist acclaimed for the way she sees and makes sense of the moment around her. Carrie Mae Weems, headliner of this year’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, received her first camera as a gift when she was about 20. The first thing she photographed, she recalls, was a friend. The second was “probably a demonstration.” The young Weems was quick to recognize the device as a powerful tool; a tool she could use to engage with the world, she says, and to explore the human condition. “And I think that I continue to do that. It hasn’t changed much since the very beginning. I think the only difference is that I’ve learned how to do that more expressively over time.” This deep, humanistic curiosity, abetted by the camera lens, has today become a career roughly four decades long and celebrated widely. The … [Read more...] about Here’s why you’ll see photographer Carrie Mae Weems’ work all over Toronto this month