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Paul Dragan, Reckless Bicycles, Yaletown shooting, Retail Council of Canada

One year after near-fatal shooting, Paul Dragan to receive national honour

A year ago, Paul Dragan lay in a coma, fighting for his life. Shot outside of his bicycle store, Dragan lost almost 80 per cent of his blood volume and flat-lined twice as the ambulance rushed him to...

Should the music industry have tried to save Amy Winehouse?

As a lost young blues genius is buried, debate rages over whether there are lessons to be learned from her tragic addictions and death.

Evolving beyond 12 Steps

Is there anyone today who doesn’t know someone involved in a 12-Step program? There are 12-Step programs for almost everything we can think of -- alcohol and drug dependency, gambling, eating...