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Sex ed in a porn-drenched world and other weekend stories you should have read Add to ...

The trouble with boys

Blake Spence runs a high-school sex education program where no topic, no matter how sexually explicit, is off-limits. His work is part of a movement to reach young men at an early age and counteract the “raunch culture” of sexism they’re exposed to, counterprogramming subtle messages about gender roles, sex and power, Zosia Bielski discovers.

The trouble with noise

Opera, theatre and other performing arts are reaching out to a new audience – but are having to deal with unmannered theatre goers who text, talk and eat in the middle of the performance. Does the download generation need to clean up its act, asks Kate Taylor, or is it time to stand up against outdated decorum?

'I'm defending my home'

Biologist Alexandra Morton has spent decades opposing fish farms in B.C.’s coastal waters. Critics accuse her of cherry-picking scientific data to suit her agenda, but others compare her with Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall. Mark Hume pays her a visit.

One nation, under dog, indivisible

Dog ownership has played prominently in the history of American politics, Elizabeth Renzetti observes – so Barack Obama’s dalliance with dog meat as a boy in Indonesia has been a bone of contention with the nation’s conservative chattering class.

Strike a pose

Remember “vogueing?” It’s that early 1990s dance craze where everyone froze with the beat of the music and struck a pose. Well, it’s back. Dave Morris reports.

Gawking at goons

Cross-checks to the throat, heads slammed into the glass, punches traded by otherwise non-violent hockey players: We act morally outraged when we see fights in NHL games, but according to John Allemang, we crave the violence.

West side story

Vancouver parents, driven by anxiety about competitive admissions to university and the city's shifting job market, are moving their kids to West Vancouver. Kate Hammer looks at the lopsided school system this has created, with an interactive graphic showing the imbalance, graduation rates and capacity.

Diversity now

Visible-minority lawyers are mounting opposition to a Canadian legal system whose “opaque, highly politicized process” means mostly white faces behind the bench. Kirk Makin reports.

Diversity then

Leonard Braithwaite, who died late last month at the age of 88, was Canada’s first black parliamentarian whose proudest achievement was ending a long-forgotten law for segregated schools in Ontario in 1964. Ron Csillag examines Mr. Braithwaite’s storied career in business, law and politics.

Boom in the oil patch, bust on the markets

Alberta’s energy frenzy has all the makings of a hollering rodeo party. But there’s one group conspicuously missing out on the action: investors. In the midst of a boot-stomping boom, oil and gas has been among the country’s worst-performing sectors of the stock market. Nathan Vanderklippe explains why.

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