Crowds flock in, not for musty books, but for free CDs, DVDs, Internet access — and help finding a job

From Monday’s Globe and Mail
January 26, 2009 at 4:36 AM EST

CALGARY — Even before Calgary’s Central Library opened yesterday at noon, dozens of people crowded inside its modest-sized heated foyer, while still more were lined up outside braving the -19 wind chill.

Crowds have been growing since the economy started to sour. Some were waiting to download music onto their iPods. Others wanted to borrow books. And lately, many congregate here looking for jobs.

“We’re kind of a recession sanctuary,” said Gerry Meek, director of the Calgary Public Library.
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A flat apparently untouched since before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 has been discovered in the German city of Leipzig, German media report.

An architect who renovates buildings in eastern Germany unlocked the door last week and was shocked to find himself in a veritable East German time warp.

It appears the inhabitant of the humble flat fled in a hurry and shrivelled bread rolls still lay in a string bag.

Grocery brands from the Socialist state filled the kitchen.

“When we opened the door we felt like Howard Carter when he found the grave of Tutankhamun,” Mark Aretz told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.

“Everything was a mess but it was like a historic treasure trove, a portal into an age long gone.”

A wall calendar showed August 1988 and an empty bottle of Vita Cola, Marella margarine, Juwel cigarettes and a bottle of Kristall vodka were in the kitchen.

Plastic crockery and aluminium cutlery completed the picture of a bygone state.

The only foreign product to be found was a West German bottle of deodorant.

A zinc bath stood upright against a wardrobe. There was no toilet in the flat – the occupant had to use a communal one on the landing.

According to Mr Aretz, documents and letters in the flat suggest the occupant was a man aged 24 who was in trouble with the East German authorities, and who left in a hurry some time before the Wall came down in November 1989.

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Source: The Beeb

Political crisis reveals a man who still finds it difficult to take counsel or admit his mistakes

December 06, 2008
Robert Benzie
Queen’s Park Bureau Chief

“He just can’t help himself.”

So says one of Stephen Harper’s long-time acquaintances, wryly noting the Prime Minister has few friends.

As Harper struggles to contain the national psychodrama he sparked, the amateur psychoanalysis is reaching a fever pitch.

No less a political sage than former Progressive Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney has privately told at least two of his vast network of friends that he is disappointed in the man who was briefly his protegé.
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Anti-Gay, Anti-Family

January 10, 2009

Published: November 11, 2008

COUNTLESS Americans, gay and otherwise, are still mourning — and social conservatives are still celebrating — the approval last Tuesday of anti-gay-marriage amendments in Florida, Arizona and, most heartbreaking, California, where Proposition 8 stripped same-sex couples of their right to wed. Eighteen thousand same-sex couples were legally married in California this past summer and fall; their marriages are now in limbo.
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Dean says vetting must be more rigorous after exposure of third-year student’s sham credentials
December 30, 2008
Dale Brazao

Osgoode Hall Law School is moving to tighten admissions procedures in the wake of a Toronto Star investigation that discovered a third-year student had used a bogus undergraduate degree to enter the York University law program.
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December 13, 2008
Dale Brazao
Staff Reporter

Marie Theriault-Sabourin is a manager in the registrar’s office at Algonquin College in Ottawa. She has a master’s degree in business administration.

Quami Frederick used her bachelor’s degree to get into Toronto’s Osgoode Hall law school and was offered a job articling with a Bay St. law firm.

Armed with his Ph.D in political science, police tactical trainer Augustus Michalik counts various Canadian and U.S. law enforcement agencies as his clients.

The problem is, their university degrees are fake.
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