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Bieber 2.0 and other weekend stories you should have read

Justin Bieber performs during the half-time show at the 100th CFL Grey Cup game between the Toronto Argonauts and the Calgary Stampeders Sunday, November 25, 2012, in Toronto

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With Justin Bieber on top of the world, is there any way for him but down?

Justin Bieber is a teen superstar in full, with a social-media and merchandise empire at his feet. Robert Everett-Green reports on whether he can migrate to adulthood without destroying the delicate ecology of Bieberland.

From one small text, a world transformed

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Neil Papworth, now of Montreal, sent the first text message in history – 'Merry Christmas' – on Dec. 3, 1992. He had no idea he was at the fore of a revolution, Ingrid Peritz writes.

Why Rob Ford can win again in Toronto

Ontario's high court last week told the mayor of Toronto to step down. For many, this was an affirmation that Rob Ford was unfit to lead. But a sizable number love the guy, despite – or maybe because of – his flaws. As Adrian Morrow and Oliver Moore report, it might just be enough to get him re-elected

Rebels with a cause

Geoffrey York journeys to the region at the heart of Congo's conflict  – a clash over the country's vast mineral wealth.

How Mark Carney became a star in the global financial arena

The Governor of the Bank of Canada has been heralded as Canada's economic saviour, and is being counted on to do the same in Britaibn. But how much credit does he deserve. Kevin Carmichael, Sean Silcoff and Boyd Erman delve into Mark Carney's legacy.

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Equal education's new math after a landmark court ruling

A Supreme Court ruling could set off a chain reaction across the country, as parents and educators struggle to meet a new, more all-embracing definition of equality – and figure out how to pay for it without shortchanging other kids in the process. Erin Anderssen reports.

Fancy pants

From brocaded beauties to silky sweats, trousers are the life of this season's party circuit, writes Tiyana Grulovic.

Is hockey becoming an elitist sport?

Roy MacGregor finds the cost of kids' hockey is driving youngsters away from the game.

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