Downtown Lac Mégantic may be slow in returning, but the town is very much alive. The beauty of the large lake it sits on remains undiminished. One morning before leaving I rode the 56-kilometer cycling route around the lake, passing several busy parks, campgrounds and beaches. It was exceptional. Nearby, Mont Mégantic provincial park is one of Southern Canada’s best spots for stargazing.

If you want to do something for Lac Mégantic’s survivors, go pay them a visit.

—Hodan Nalayeh, the journalist who left Canada to return to her native Somalia, never spoke ill of her birth country. But, in the end, that wasn’t enough to save her.

—The arrest of a third Canadian in China may be linked to a drug case, or it may be further pressure on Canada by China for the release of the Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

—In Opinion, Annie Hylton and Malia Politzer present Canada’s private sponsorship program for refugees as a possible model for protecting L.G.B.T.Q. claims seekers from Africa.

—The federal government has set aside almost 1 billion Canadian dollars to settle lawsuits it previously tried to quash involving sexual impropriety in the military.

—Even after doubling its floor space Canada’s Baseball Hall of Fame remains modest in size if not ambition.

—Indigenous people in Hawaii say a giant telescope being built by a group of countries that includes Canada will impinge on sacred ground.

—Panashe Chigumadzi found much to criticize in “If You Want to Make God Laugh,” reviewing the book by the Toronto author Bianca Marais.

—A 44-pound tiger puppet manipulated by three puppeteers is a co-star in a stage adaptation of “Life of Pi,” the novel by Saskatoon’s Yann Martel.

—Despite all the hype and hopes, your car won’t be driving you around any time soon.

—The Times’s book critics have come up with their list of the best memoirs since 1969, and put it into an interactive feature in which you can create a custom reading list.

—Notre Dame was saved by firefighters who decided to risk everything.



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