They came like other, long-forgotten armies, to haunt the dreams of peace. No one could be sure what their true purpose was, and no one knew when they would leave. But from the moment Chinese troops invaded Vietnam everyone from President Jimmy Carter downwards knew that one small miscalculation could bring the Soviet Union to the aid of its ally in Hanoi— matching two of the world’s three superpowers against each other and starting a chain of events which could lead anywhere.By William Lowther, Michael Clugston11 min
The media titans are having a party. It's called the Pierre Berton Celebration Dinner. They will all be there, names as familiar to Canadians as those of movie stars are to Americans, the only celebrities we have got. Bassett and McClelland.By Judith Timson10 min
Geordie Tocher, British Columbia’s briny perfect folk hero, has been rattling around B.C. and Alberta these days as if he were in a landlocked epilogue to his own movie. Into church halls, little theatres and school gymnasiums he takes his two cans of 16-millimetre film which tell the epic story of his high-seas odyssey last summer when he did what no other man had done for 1,400 years.By Robert Stall10 min
Canadian labor has arrived at the precipice: 1979 will be a turbulent year of partisan politics, strikes and confrontations. It’s the year that labor has the chance to become a potent political force in the nation. But to do so it must produce more than angry words in the coming federal election.By Warren Gerard9 min
As the White House last week pondered its next moves to extract oil from its not-too-willing neighbor, Mexico, U.S. energy managers, seismographs at the ready, were anxiously looking for Iranian-type tremors among the country's other oil suppliers.
In Peter Newman’s editorial The Good News from Robarts and Pepin ... (Feb. 5), he describes the task force report as an “invaluable document” which should be implemented. I am afraid I cannot share his enthusiasm for a document that looks like a carbon copy of Pierre Trudeau’s own proposals.
In what gossip columnists would call a journalistic coup, the Washington Star last week leaked the partial contents of Margaret Trudeau’s autobiography Beyond, Reason, in which the PM comes off smelling like the rose in his lapel and Margaret comes off sounding like Reefer Madness.By Jane O’Hara5 min
Given that Pierre Trudeau has had any number of imaginary signs hanging over him —halo to raincloud to sword—it was refreshing to find four that were actually printed last week. Finally, no more mistakes in reading them. All appeared in Toronto, and all but one perfectly suited the various versions of the prime minister that came courting that key metropolitan vote.By Roy MacGregor5 min
All the great ones have a certainty of purpose. It would never occur to them that they might be wrong. They press on, secure in the knowledge that the rest of the ignorant world eventually will catch up with their mental processes. William Andrew Cecil Bennett had that certainty.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
Hostage-takings, the B.C. penitentiary at New Westminster and charismatic convict Andy Bruce go hand-in-hand to most watchers of Canada’s strife-riddled prison system. So the seven-day uprising in January, 1978—which included a snatch of 13 hostages by five inmates—seemed like business as usual at the decaying federal fortress on the Fraser River outside Vancouver.By Suzanne Fournier4 min
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