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The quest for Prairie gold and other weekend stories you should have read

John Stubbs, Jansen project manager, with the Herrenknecht driller that will be used at the BHP Jansen mine.

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The quest for Prairie gold

BHP is spending billions of dollars to burrow deep intio the land of Jansen, Sask., in what it describes as a 70-year bet on global demand for potash. There's just one problem: The world already has too much. Pav Jordan reports from the Prairies.

What to expect from a judgmental public when you're the Duchess of Cambridge

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Catherine Elizabeth – the former Kate Middleton – is facing a media culture where pregnancy is highly scrutinized, as well as sexualized, writes Kate Taylor.

Inside Ottawa's decision on foreign takeovers

When Ottawa crafted its tough new rules on takeovers by foreign state-owned enterprises, Steven Chase writes, it had one thing in mind: giving Canada more leverage in its relationship with China.

Colourful language still has a voice

Once Canada's most common non-official tongue, Yiddish today is enjoying a bit of a revival. Reporter Joe Friesen tell us why.

PQ has had its share of flip-flops, triumphs

Rhéal Séguin takes a look at Pauline Marois' first 100 days in power, and major players who will decide her government's future.

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The uncertain fate of an urban oasis

This week, stewardship of Toronto's Downsview Park quietly changed hands.As Gayle MacDonald reports, local residents fear the federal government will be tempted to sell off more of Canada's largest urban national park to developers

Saving the Swiss finishing school from extinction may be men's work

Tavia Grant visits Institut Villa Pierrefeu, the last of Europe's famed refinement academies, and finds tradition in survival mode. Courses are being revamped and now the ultimate transgression: admitting the male of the species. What's next – lower fees?

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