In July, Canada's combat mission in Afghanistan will come to an end. About 2,000 soldiers stationed in Kandahar will be withdrawn. About 1,000 others will stay on in the country to train Afghan forces. In this News in Review story, we'll look at our nine-year combat mission and what it managed to accomplish.
Artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), past panellist and winner of Canada Reads 2015, Cameron Bailey shares what he should have paid more attention to from the beginning when defending the book Ru by Kim Thúy, plus other debating tips.
Elaine "Lainey" Lui is proud of her competitive spirit and argues for the importance of women showing their competitive side, along with other aspects of her debating strategy. She defended Raziel Reid's debut novel When Everything Feels like the Movies in Canada Reads 2015.
Writer and rapper Humble The Poet talks about the importance of letting the other person know that you hear what they have to say, along with other debating tips. He championed the André Alexis novel Fifteen Dogs and emerged the winner on Canada Reads 2017.
Former UN ambassador Stephen Lewis stresses the importance of being well-organized, but also maintaining the ability to enjoy a great argument from another debater (like Wab Kinew). Stephen defended The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood in Canada Reads 2014.
There's more to intelligence than IQ. How are you smart? In the premiere of Canada's Smartest Person, Season 3, a cancer researcher, pro gamer, retired military helicopter pilot and three others compete. Dextrous One, the "World's Youngest DJ" and comedian Scott Thompson guest star, as host Jessi Cruickshank tests the participants' intelligence in all its forms.
A copywriter, physical education teacher, a makeup artist, an innkeeper, a psychic medium and program director all go head-to-head to see who will earn a spot in Canada's Smartest Person season finale. They will have to muster all of their cognitive abilities to advance — whether logic, visual, physical, musical, social or linguistic intelligence.
A lawyer, high school student, rugby player, math tutor, millennial consultant and debate coach compete in six intelligence challenges to earn their spot in the Season 3 finale. Contestants must employ all their linguistic powers as they improv their way through 45-second movie pitches judged by guest star and legendary film producer Ivan Reitman.