They are, like their memory, faded, but the Conservative election posters of 1958 have deservedly become collector’s items, for we shall not see their likes again. Footprints, two simple words, FOLLOW JOHN—the ultimate précis of Diefenbaker’s most glorious victory.By Roy MacGregor10 min
The mood of the Soviet troops in Afghanistan is swiftly turning ugly. Two weeks ago, they greeted Western journalists cheerfully and showed them T-62 tanks which had been paradropped during the year-end invasion, when Moscow installed its own nominee, Babrak Karmal, as president.By Peter Niesewand8 min
The Ice Follies moved into Maple Leaf Gardens last week and the on-and-off-the-ice follies of the Toronto Maple Leafs mercifully had to hit the road. Synonymous with Hockey Night in Canada and source of legends and heroes since the first days when Conn Smythe parlayed bets to buy the franchise in 1927, the team had become, in the parlance of players and opponents, a “zoo” a month short of the halfway mark of the season.By Hal Quinn7 min
The wayward reporter, far from the tall tales and mollycoddling of leaders' fuselages, could do worse in Campaign Over than a stop down by the sea in Halifax. It was only eight months ago that the ambivalence of urban Canada was recorded there in a skimpy 15-vote victory for Conservative George (Landslide) Cooper.By Robert Lewis6 min
"Do I look paranoid?" asks Ian Adams, uncurling gently from one of two chairs in his office near Toronto’s newly refurbished Rochdale College, and the answer is obviously no. Having relinquished a reputation as one of Canada’s most accomplished journalists some six years ago— his books include The Poverty Wall and The Trudeau Papers—the calm, mustachioed 42-year-old now writes novels about spies and conspiracies.
Canadian visitors to the sparkling cities of Latin America cluck sympathetically as they look up at the tin and cardboard shacks which cling to the surrounding hillsides like dirt ringing a white collar. They often don’t realize that such favelas for the urban poor are also booming in the shadow of the glittering skyscrapers of major cities across Canada—particularly Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto.By Kaspars Dzeguze6 min
Once upon a time, fairy tales, folk tales and fantasies meant some thing. Children found them dark, powerful and scary, while adults listened enchanted. In the past three years, however, with the publication of Gnomes, a new form of fantasy has taken over, one without terror, insight or story, and one that exploits the old tales in the same way 100 Great Melodies of the Masters exploits genuine music.By David Weinberger5 min
Inching their queued-up cars along the village street in the predawn December darkness, the drivers huddled over their steering wheels have a single goal in mind: getting aboard the ferry docked a few hundred feet away. But when, presently, the vessel reaches capacity, at least a dozen vehicles are still ashore.By David Folster5 min
When First World War flying ace Billy Bishop died in 1956, one of the most glowing epitaphs to reach print was written by Montreal Gazette publisher John Bassett. “He had that courage which Napoleon once said was the rarest—the courage of the early morning,” wrote Bassett.By Marsha Boulton5 min
In the upcoming election we are bound to be hammered until we are numb with talk of energy and oil, mortgage deductibility and balanced budgets. But there are some other, far more startling issues that no one will talk about at all. No one is going to say to all new Canadians:“Look, we’re going through some tough times.By Doris Anderson4 min
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