Richard Henry Bain: The hurt he caused will last a lifetime for many

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Some are saying a sad chapter in Quebec history came to an end today with the second-degree murder conviction by a jury of Richard Henry Bain.

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Gord Downie: I say a little prayer for you (even if I shouldn’t)

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Gord Downie in 2013. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Gord Downie in 2013. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

I bet millions of prayers were said Saturday night for Gord Downie as the lead singer of the Tragically Hip and his band presented their farewell concert in a show that was broadcast by the CBC live (without a single commercial) to the nation — and well beyond Canada thanks to the Internet.

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Nudism/Naturism and burkini madness: Why not ban all clothes at the beach?

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I’d never heard the word “birkini” before this summer. In case you haven’t heard it before today, here’s a brief wrap on it — not that the clothing item is in any way a brief in the bikini sense. Indeed, the use of the “kini” part of the word should have all lovers of skimpy women’s beach wear concerned . . . but that’s another (grammar) story:

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Montreal’s annual Pride Parade: Signs of its end?

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Are the increasing numbers of coporate logos and politicians at Montreal’s Pride Parade a sign the end is near for the parade?

That’s one of the questions I found myself asking after seeing photos of Sunday’s (Aug. 14) annual event, which featured thousands of participants and, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the boulevard to watch the procession.

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Mike Ward case: If a comedian should be able to mock handicapped people, why shouldn’t you?

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So, you’re standing at the proverbial office water cooler in the lunchroom with some of your colleagues when one of them — the office comedian — starts making jokes about a co-worker’s physical disabilities. He mocks the co-worker for his handicaps, even imitates him, and wonders aloud why the individual hasn’t died yet. Then he announces that he made a YouTube video about it . . .

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What ISIS terrorists experience in the afterlife

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If I believed that a spiritual entity called Satan truly exists, I would lay the blame for the senseless killings by terrorists on him, or it. Because there is no doubt that terrorists who believe rewards await them in the spiritual sky if they kill unarmed innocent men, women and children are truly being deceived — and Satan is known as the Great Deceiver, yes?

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U.S. shootings: #BanAmmunitionNow #DisarmPoliceNow

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Like so many other people, I’m stunned by the latest (publicized) shootings in the United States — two men killed in separate incidents by police officers, and five officers killed in an attack by a lone gunman in Dallas.

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