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The science of Santa, explained

Even since jolly ol’ St. Nick began his annual global sleigh trek across the sky, and slid into homes, people have been asking: how does he do it? I mean, how is it possible he can ...
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Selfie-lanthropy: is it ok to self-promote when you give?

For as long as charitable giving has been around, there have always been voices for keeping acts of charity private. After all, private giving is intimate and pure. Nobody knows about ...
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The unsolved mystery of the menorah

What most of us know about the holiday of Hanukah is the Jewish revolt against the ruling Greeks to fight assimilation, the miracle of the eight-day oil, and the rededication of the ...
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All-natural skin care products get big thumbs up

I love chemicals.  No, really, I do. I know that’s weird to admit, especially since I choose to live in one of those hippie-granola, vaccine-eschewing neighbourhoods, but it’s ...
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Genie in a pill bottle?

A Look at the Uninspiring History of Diet Pills If you haven’t gone on a diet this year, it’s a safe bet that your neighbor has. According to US statistics, some 100 million Americans ...
Alice’s very existence, paid as it was, said “this is work”.

The world needs less Cosby, and more Alice

As recent media coverage of Bill Cosby approaches the near saturation point, my mind keeps drifting back to this article I published in the Toronto Star almost 30 years ago (see below). ...
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Black Friday item elicits a headshake

We are two days removed from Black Friday, the day after US Thanksgiving. It is, for many, the ultimate shopping day in the United States. For many, the unofficial kickoff of the holiday ...
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Kosherlicious blends kosher and delicious

There was an all-you-can-eat kosher buffet in Toronto that gave Vegas a run for their money. Mazon Canada presented Kosherlicious, their annual fundraiser and food smorgasbord, bringing ...
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Insights & Influence with author Barrie Wilson

Barrie Wilson is a professor of humanities and religious studies at York University, Toronto. As an academic historian and philosopher of religion, he specializes in three centuries, ...
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ISRAEL ON CAMPUS: the good and the bad

Is all lost on university campus? Are students drowning in a cesspool of backward thinking and immoral instruction? At the University of California at Berklee this week, Ami Horowitz ...
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