Weekend Posted: Some great stories you may have missed

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Welcome to your weekend Posted. It’s somehow the first weekend of November. We’re unsure how that happened. But, uh, maybe think about getting an early start on that Christmas shopping.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HAMAS 

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Since war erupted between Hamas and Israel following the Oct. 7 terrorist attack, the Islamist group that rules Gaza has been hotly debated. Some have said it’s a crime to support Hamas. Others have been out waving Hamas flags at rallies. Still others have tried to walk the line between supporting Palestinians but rejecting the tactics of Hamas. National Post’s Adrian Humphreys has set out to answer all the questions about the Palestinian terrorist group, from its history and founding to its stated goals and means to achieve them. At present, Hamas governs the Gaza Strip, in addition to being a terrorist organization, according to the Canadian government. It has a military wing, with about 20,000 fighters, according to the U.S. State Department, and also plays religious and civic roles within society in Gaza.

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A KILLING IN SMALL-TOWN CANADA

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Many cities in Canada are grappling with killings and increased crime rates. It’s not just the big cities — Toronto, Vancouver — that are experiencing this. In a gripping longread, Rob Gowan and Greg Cowan look at a killing in Owen Sound, a city of less than 22,000 people. In 2023, Sharif Rahman, a beloved downtown business owner, became the city’s third homicide victim. It galvanized the community. Rahman, born in Bangladesh, was the owner of The Curry House. It was outside his restaurant in late August that Rahman was attacked, and later, he succumbed to his injuries. Rahman’s family received an outpouring of support from the Owen Sound community. Communities across Canada are struggling with drug use, increased crime and violence. And even the smaller, closer, seemingly kindlier places, aren’t immune. “We are in all of this together,” said Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy. 

NATIONAL POST NEWS QUIZ

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We hope you paid attention to federal politics this week. It’ll help you quite a bit with this week’s National Post news quiz. Here’s a hint: It’ll even help you with the question about Matthew Perry’s death.

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DEAR DIARY

In the weekly satirical feature Dear Diary, the National Post re-imagines a week in the life of a newsmaker. This week, Tristin Hopper takes an imagined journey into the mind of Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly and her social media posts on world politics: We must remain efficacious and phlegmatic in the face of torrential dubiety. Clarity, not limpidity, is how we must concretize our posturization.

ET CETERA

  • Mary Moreau is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pick to fill a vacant seat on the Supreme Court of Canada. She’s been the chief justice of the Alberta Court of King’s Bench since 2017 and says that she brings experience “from the trenches” of the justice system to the nation’s top court.
  • Don Plett, a Conservative senator from Manitoba, is calling out Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc for “disinformation” after LeBlanc told senators that there are hunting, sporting and Indigenous groups that support the Liberals’ approach to gun control. “I would suggest the height of disinformation here is what the minister has been telling us,” Plett said.
  • It turns out that a mysterious $150-million loss by the Public Health Agency of Canada for an unfulfilled contract was tied to an “advanced purchase agreement” for COVID-19 vaccines. That’s according to Health Minister Mark Holland, who finally explained the missing money after a week of questions from National Post, seeking to figure out what happened to the money — which the government doesn’t expect to get back.

SNAPSHOT

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We haven’t got the slightest idea of what the “rhythmic gymnastics individual ball final” might be. But Brazil’s Barbara Domingos certainly looks pretty cool competing at the Pan American Games Santiago 2023 on Friday. Raul Arboleda/AFP via Getty Images Photo by RAUL ARBOLEDA /AFP via Getty Images

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