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Inside the war on hate

Reporter Ryan Thorpe re-examines the 2.5-year journey of Patrik Mathews — from neo-Nazi to U.S. prison inmate — and how authorities are coming to grips with domestic terrorism

Ryan Thorpe
7:00 PM CST Friday, Nov. 19, 2021
29 minute read

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End to licensing bylaw is only first step

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West has no need to appease Putin

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Province changes course on COVID testing - Cases to be diagnosed through rapid tests as province struggles with lab capacity amid record infections

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Lowry making the most of opportunity - Jets interim coach making team his own

Tories once again prove themselves to be penny-wise, COVID-foolish

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Removal from cabinet is only remaining option