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D-Day coloured by annoying journalism

It was called "the cane routine" by the man who invented it ­ James Curley, a politician so colourful his career was fictionalized in the novel The Last Hurrah. Facing a tight re-election race as a Boston alderman in 1910, Curley hired a white-haired actor to appear at his rallies posing as a Civil War veteran. Given a signal, the old man stood and announced: "Mr. Curley, on behalf of my associates who fought under General Grant in the Battle of the Wilderness, it is my pleasure to present you with a cane cut from a cottonwood tree during this conflict in appreciation of your work."

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D-Day coloured by annoying journalism

It was called "the cane routine" by the man who invented it ­ James Curley, a politician so colourful his career was fictionalized in the novel The Last Hurrah. Facing a tight re-election race as a Boston alderman in 1910, Curley hired a white-haired actor to appear at his rallies posing as a Civil War veteran. Given a signal, the old man stood and announced: "Mr. Curley, on behalf of my associates who fought under General Grant in the Battle of the Wilderness, it is my pleasure to present you with a cane cut from a cottonwood tree during this conflict in appreciation of your work."

  

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Monday, February 2, 2015
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Book of Negroes screening on Parliament Hill Jan. 27, 2015

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Copies of Lawrence Hill's book, Book of Negroes.
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Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
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Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
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Conservative MP Joyce Bateman, Lawrence Hill and Conservative MP Susan Truppe.
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Conservative MPs Ray Boughen, Rob Clarke, John Barlow and Chris Warkentin.
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Heather Bradley and Aunjanue Ellis
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Heather Bradley and Aunjanue Ellis
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Aunjanue Ellis, star of Book of Negroes.

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