It was such uncanny timing that I almost dropped the phone. So did Mom, when I told her where we were. It wasn’t a long conversation, but it was long enough for both Carrie and me to say, “Thank you for bringing us here,” and tell her how much it meant to us that, even when she had the massive responsibility of starring in a major motion picture, she never left any doubt in anyone’s minds, including ours, that we came first, that we were her best pals and her favorite sidekicks.

SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileLawmakers in Catalonia outlawed bullfighting Wednesday, making it Spain’s first major region to do so, after an impassioned debate that pitted the rights of animals against preserving a pillar of traditional culture.In the Madrid region, animal rights activists recently presented more than 50,000 signatures as part of a petition to force a similar debate and vote.With files from The Associated PressRead moreIn Canada, animal rights groups have been lobbying for an end to rodeo events at the Calgary Stampede, arguing the toll on animals outweighs the entertainment factor. That debate was reignited at this year’s event following the deaths of six horses.Does tradition trump animal rights? Should events like bullfighting and rodeo be banned?Internet freedom: Should government have the ability to shut down the internet?The Egyptian government shut down access to the internet and the country’s cellphone data network early Friday, according to media reports. Internet and cellphone data service was unavailable throughout the country, making it impossible for news of the protests.

SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileAccording to royal accounts published by Buckingham Palace, the British public shelled out 38.2 million pounds ($61.7 million Cdn) to support the monarchy in the last financial year. That’s equivalent to 62 pence ($1 Cdn) per Briton.Is $61.7 million too much to support the monarchy? Would you be willing to pay $1 each year to maintain the royal household? Why or why not? Take our poll below.Internet freedom: Should government have the ability to shut down the internet?The Egyptian government shut down access to the internet and the country’s cellphone data network early Friday, according to media reports. Internet and cellphone data service was unavailable throughout the country, making it impossible for news of the protests.

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