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Canada's 'war hero' scandal: lessons about myth-making and war

Posted by: The Conversation

Date: Thursday, 28 September 2023

Canada isn’t often the subject of global headlines. But just a week after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was making international news after accusing India of ordering a hit on a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil, the country was in the global spotlight again — this time when it was revealed that an elderly man who earned two standing ovations in the House of Commons last week actually served in a Nazi unit during the Second World War.

The ensuing outrage prompted the resignation of House speaker Anthony Rota, who had invited Yaroslav Hunka to Parliament so he could take in an appearance by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. David Roger Marples, a professor of Russian and East European History, takes a deeper dive into the scandal.

Venice has a tiny population - less than 50,000. It’s therefore not surprising that the city is trying to find ways to curb the number of tourists - 20 million - who pass through every year to soak up its history, art and architecture. Will its decision to impose a fee for day-trippers reduce the numbers? Sameer Hosany isn’t hopeful.


Lee-Anne Goodman

Politics Editor

Canada’s House speaker quits: What the Hunka scandal reveals about Second World War complexities

David Roger Marples, University of Alberta

Russia seeks evidence in western countries that justifies its anti-Ukraine propaganda, and Canadian Parliament has provided it with much-needed ammunition for a tired and erroneous argument.

An entry fee may not be enough to save Venice from 20 million tourists

Sameer Hosany, Royal Holloway University of London

The lagoon city needs to stem the flow of visitors.

World’s biggest bat colony gathers in Zambia every year: we used artificial intelligence to count them

Dina Dechmann, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior; Benjamin Koger, University of Wyoming; Roland Kays, North Carolina State University

Monitoring and protecting the Kasanka bat colony helps protect bats from the entire sub-continent, and thus supports ecosystem services in a wide area.


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