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Coastal Florida and Miami are doomed says scientist Harold Wanless

Flooding in September 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Flooding in September 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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We all know that old punchline about having some swampland in Florida to sell. Well, the next huckster cliché might be about beachfront property in Florida. 

If the consensus of the world's climate scientists bears out, the coastline of South Florida is going to be pushed considerably inland by rising sea levels in the decades ahead. 

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A Christmas Concert

A Christmas Concert
The agony and the ecstasy of the annual school Christmas concert - or holiday festival or seasonal salute - or whatever it is called in our undifferentiated times.

They combine the expectancy of a first night audience at the opera, with the self-absorption of a beauty contest.

The g-force of the ego-thrust in the auditorium is palpable.

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Coastal Florida and Miami are doomed says scientist Harold Wanless

Coastal Florida and Miami are doomed says scientist Harold Wanless
We all know that old punchline about having some swampland in Florida to sell. Well, the next huckster cliché might be about beachfront property in Florida. 

If the consensus of the world's climate scientists bears out, the coastline of South Florida is going to be pushed considerably inland by rising sea levels in the decades ahead. 

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Cat jokes and the Jingle Cats at Feline Festivus!

Cat jokes and the Jingle Cats at Feline Festivus!
It's that time of year, when Fluffy, Muffy, Buffy, Tuffy, Gruffy or whatever the fabulous felines in your world are called - are all looking forward to the festive season. Or so many adoring owners believe.

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Bob Bossin on his father's life in the gambling underworld of the 30's and 40's

Bob Bossin on his father's life in the gambling underworld of the 30's and 40's
He was known as "Davy the Punk."

The son of immigrants, he grew up in a tenement in a Jewish ghetto known as "the Ward", one of Toronto's most impoverished neighbourhoods at the turn of the century. 

But to Bob Bossin, "Davy the Punk" was Dad. 

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A hidden history and a new beginning for an old Chanukah menorah

A hidden history and a new beginning for an old Chanukah menorah
When she was in her late 20's, Susan Bloomfield inherited a worn bronze menorah.   

She knew the menorah had been passed down from generation to generation in her family, that it was special; but she didn't really know why. The only person who did was her mother, now 83, still haunted by her family's experience of World War Two. 

When Susan asked her mother about the menorah, she refused to talk about it.

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A Christmas concert - Michael's Essay; Harold Wanless; Mail about dying at age 75; Cat Christmas - Documentary; Mail about refugee policy; Bob Bossin; Menorah's hidden history

A Christmas concert - Michael's Essay; Harold Wanless; Mail about dying at age 75; Cat Christmas - Documentary; Mail about refugee policy; Bob Bossin; Menorah's hidden history
This week on The Sunday Edition, December 14, 2014:

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Do NOT give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

Do NOT give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
On August 14, 1979, 210 Vietnamese refugees flew into an Edmonton military base aboard a Canadian Forces 707. That night they were housed in a military barracks.

Over the next 18 months, at the rate of more than 500 a week, Canada took in some 60,000 so-called boat people from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

The actions of the Joe Clark government and the arrival of the boat people were in keeping with Canada's reputation for taking in huge numbers of refugees in turbulent times of human upheaval.

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Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel says 75 is a good age to die

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel says 75 is a good age to die
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, at age 57, has an unusual ambition, a hope, really. He wants to die when he is 75. 

He doesn't have a terminal illness. And he has no plans to commit suicide.

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The itinerant life

The itinerant life
Amy Attas is at home...wherever she finds herself. 

And in the course of any given year, she finds herself in a lot of places.

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How Jean Béliveau lit the way for a boy in Hay River, N.W.T.

How Jean Béliveau lit the way for a boy in Hay River, N.W.T.
David Gutnick, documentary producer at Ideas (formerly at The Sunday Edition), wrote this heartfelt tribute to his boyhood hero, Jean Béliveau.