October 15, 1979



Beyond the anxious hiss of the willows, the writer’s cabin sits empty. A September storm bullies the west window, retreats, then schemes again. Inside, through a focus distorted by rain pebble and cobweb, stands an empty rifle, empty coffee pot, empty typewriter.
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The Margaret Laurence version

I was distressed to read Barbara Amiel’s article The Typewriting on the Wall: Rights on a Sliding Scale (Aug. 27) on The Writers’ Union of Canada, on the subject of union fees. Seldom can so short a story have contained so many errors and distortions.
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The mother's-milk formula for health

In Venezuela, 5,000 babies die each year of gastroenteritis and an equal number of pneumonia. Almost all have been bottle-fed. One Venezuelan doctor says: "A totally breast-fed baby just does not get sick like this. ”A study in seven Punjab villages in India showed that infants bottle-fed from birth died at the rate of 950 per 1,000, compared to 120 for breast-fed babies.
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Though the figures are clouded by vague “classified” bureaucracy, sources close to the U.S. Secret Service revealed last week that it has cost the American taxpayer $1.2 million to protect former-president-turned-bon-vi-vant Gerald Ford over the past 12 months.
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A case for rights in the Far North

In the past decade of current events in Canada, no subject has seemed to come up with the clockwork regularity of native land-rights negotiations. It is against this background that the latest Inuit claim to 30,000 square miles of land in the eastern Arctic stands out as an event unprecedented in its political importance.
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The supreme and inaccessible court

Amid the rustle of black robes and judicial whispers, the Supreme Court of Canada last week opened its fall session—one that could mark a turn in its 104-year-old history. The clues were the two empty chairs on the elevated walnut bench last week, with senior common law judge Ronald Martland presiding in the centre chair.
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Now it’s a game for all seasons

Never have so many played so often for so much. Starting this week, the tarnished, patched and expanded bastion of the so-called national sport of this country, the National Hockey League, invites its monied patrons to ignore the state of the art, forget that numerous once-luminary players are older than many in the crowd, proffer their deflated dollars and feign excitement during 840 games that may fill arena cash registers and eliminate a mere five of 21 teams from post-season play.
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The boys in blue are back

Not for 22 years* had a new Conservative prime minister, brimming with new plans and big dreams, sat in the red chamber to bask in the echo of his own throne speech opening a Parliament. Then, Queen Elizabeth came to town to deliver the words drafted by John Diefenbaker’s minority government.
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Wherein the scribe explains the mysteries of Maritime bachelors, Guides and condos

Tell me, Mr. Fotheringham, with Parliament finally opening after the long post-May coitus interruptus of The Wimp Watch, could you elucidate political matters pertaining to their specificity? You may be stretching the totality of my parameters, experience-wise, but go ahead.
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Cancer answers we may not want to know

It is an unexpected location for an advance in cancer research. Nestled in a valley on the banks of the Ottawa River, the laboratory shares a 10-acre site with five nuclear reactors where scientists test equipment for power plants. It is here, at Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories (CRNL), that medical researchers have developed a way to detect individuals with unusual sensitivity to cancer-causing radiation.
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