The Canadian prime ministers' residence, 24 Sussex, is seen on the banks of the Ottawa River in Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press.

The rats of 24 Sussex

What is supposed to be the prime minister’s official residence, 24 Sussex, is an abandoned, rat-infested hellhole in dire need of repair But in true Canadian fashion no one can agree on what to do. Alas, this is one more reason why we aren’t a real country.

Canadian astronauts Ken Money and Roberta Bondar get a feel for zero-gravity during training on board NASA's KC135 aircraft on Dec. 18, 1984. UPC/The Canadian Press.

Ken Money, the spaceman we denied

Ken Money had the right stuff and then some. Jet pilot. Renowned scientist specializing in disciplines directly related to space travel. Athlete. This guy should be a member of the Order of Canada. But he’s not.

Cups depicting Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir shop in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. AP Photo.

Putin is this century's Stalin

A novelist and police officer with extensive international experience, Chuck Konkel knows a villain when he sees one. Vladimir Putin is following the same path as his Russian predecessor and 20th-century monster, Josef Stalin, he believes.

People place poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial following the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa, on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Justin Tang/The Canadian Press.

Forgetting to remember

No doubt there are countless young people wearing poppies because they know they are supposed to wear them so they don’t forget. But how do you forget something you never learned in the first place?