Stephen Harper has set an example by blaming Michael Ignatieff — so the Twitterfolk of the world figure they will also pile their worries upon Iggy, as documented with the #harperexcuses hashtag.


There are big reminders that the economic rollercoaster isn't over (as indicated Tuesday in Canada's sobering, $55.6B deficit economic update), but there are visual reminders as well. One photographer shot a haunting series detailing the interiors of homes that have been abandoned due to foreclosure.


Much has been said about China's reaction to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo, but if you want the starkest piece of evidence that he deserves it, you need only read the compassionate (and passionate) letter he wrote before he was sent to jail in 2009.