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The ghosts of Ypres and more weekend stories you should have read

The Canadian memorial at St. Julien, Belgium remembers the battle of Ypres.

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The ghosts of Ypres

Marcus Gee visits the battlefields of the First World War, where his grandfather, Henry, fought valiantly alongside countless other Canadians. Now, the monuments stand tall, grass covers the trenches and the borders are open. What's the lesson in it all?

Canada's forgotten first remembrance day

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The nine boys killed at the Battle of Ridgeway in 1866 were quickly ignored by the bungling politicians in Ottawa who had sent them to their deaths, writes Peter Vronsky.

For military families, some of their greatest battles are at home

Military life in Canada is a family affair, and the spouses and children of service people face unique challenges. Erin Anderssen and Josh Wingrove report.

Does Canada harbour Sikh extremists?

While Canadian Sikh leaders deny that any activism here goes beyond peaceful dissent, the diaspora does persist in separatist passions that diminished in India long ago. Stephanie Nolen and Wendy Stueck report.

A corporate commute to the core of Toronto

As downtown density increases, big companies are choosing to move their headquarters back into the heart of the city, the better to woo young talent with the promise of a better lifestyle – and less time spent in traffic. Tara Perkins reports.

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The hippest spot in town? Try your local hotel lobby

So much for hiding out behind the potted fern. A major redesign of these former dead zones aims to make visitors feel like personal guests of the hippest host in town, says Sarah Hampson.

In the developing world, RIM makes its last stand

BlackBerry is king of the smartphones in emerging markets, a sharp contrast to Research In Motion's misery in North America, reports Iain Marlow.

Apocalypse NYC: Been there, seen the movie

In New York, disasters don't just happen. They're staged, writes Sarah Nicole Prickett.

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Camille Paglia: The scholar strikes back

Camille Paglia may have mellowed, but her new book proves she's still firing away at the cultural establishment, James Adams discovers.

Even with locked-out NHL stars, KHL still a mess

The KHL is a sprawling mess of a league where tickets are cheap and plentiful and the level of play is a long way from NHL calibre. But thanks to the NHL lockout, Russian pro hockey is enjoying a bit of a renaissance, in its never-never land between social service and commercial product, Eric Reguly writes.

Obama's army of voters: 'The man can count'

If young people, Latinos, African Americans and college-educated women keep swaying the vote, Republicans may just have to give up on the 'unborn' and the the 'untaxed' to achieve the unattainable – a win, writes Calvin Trillin.

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