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November 13, 2018

 
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We have to treat wildfires like actual fires
We have to treat wildfires like actual fires
 

Glenn McGillivray

Glenn McGillivray is the managing director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

For the second time in about a year, multi-billion-dollar wildfires are turning California communities to ash as fast moving flames race through tinder-dry forests and grasslands and ultimately feast on unnatural fuels. The wildfires in California last year caused about US$14-billion in insured losses.

Unless we want more of the same in the years ahead, we need to better understand the issue of wildfire getting into communities. We can gain at least some improved understanding by looking at what was learned from the major urban conflagrations in history.

 
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Derek Pyne and the future of academic freedom
Derek Pyne and the future of academic freedom
 

Gary Mason

 
 
 National affairs columnist
 
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Financial markets can suffer from the blues, too
Financial markets can suffer from the blues, too
 

Lisa Kramer

 
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Maxime Bernier goes to a dark place
Maxime Bernier goes to a dark place
 

John Ibbitson

 
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To be charitable, Canadians are not very generous
To be charitable, Canadians are not very generous
 

Rob Carrick

 
 
 Personal Finance Columnist
 
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Globe editorial: How Donald Trump gave Canada a Chinese gift
Globe editorial: How Donald Trump gave Canada a Chinese gift
 
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From the comments: Is Maxime Bernier’s ‘Canada first’ approach a threat to the fabric of Canadian society? Readers debate -

Today’s comments were selected from John Ibbitson’s widely read column Maxime Bernier goes to a dark place

Maxime Bernier
 
Maxime Bernier speaks with the media after filing papers for the Peoples Party of Canada at the Elections Canada office in Gatineau, Que., Wednesday, October 10, 2018.
 

Bernier is trying to deny Canadian history. When large numbers of Scots and Irish came it changed Canada’s cultural character. When large numbers of Ukrainians and Eastern Europeans arrived, it changed the cultural character of Canada. When large numbers of Italians, Portuguese and Dutch arrived after the Second World War, it changed the character. When large numbers of Caribbean immigrants arrived in the 1960′s and 1970′s, it change the cultural character of the country. That is what happens when you have a significant amount of immigration. The vast majority of Canadians see that as a benefit to the country and its fabric, not a hindrance as Bernier does. - J. K. Galbraith

One big problem we have in Canada is that it is simply no longer acceptable to discuss certain topics of national interest, such as immigration, multiculturalism, environment policy, etc. This closed attitude needs to stop and these topics should be open for discussion and debate, without accusations of fanaticism or racism being used. Whether one agrees with Maxime Bernier or not, he is at least raising topics which we need to examine. - John Broadbent5

 
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letters to the editor

Nov. 13: Words that echo 100 years later. Plus other letters to the editor - Today’s topics include a less-than-grand grand-bargain, pols and their titles ...
 
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Editorial Cartoons for November, 2018
Editorial Cartoons for November, 2018
 
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NHL eyes European expansion, the only question is when
 
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Netflix’s The Kominsky Method is wry, dry and recommended
 
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  As Canadian crude prices slide, Alberta should look at reviving pro-rationing
 
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Let’s not forget that our medicare system was also born of war
 
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Solitary by another name is just as cruel
 
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China’s unjustifiable camps are a human-rights disgrace
 
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Let’s not forget that our medicare system was also born of war
Let’s not forget that our medicare system was also born of war
 

André Picard

 
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