Neck perpetually knotted, brow raining sweat, Barry Hall knew he was under stress. Some was the product of his job. As administrative director of The Manufacturers Life Insurance Co.’s Canadian marketing division, Hall had a schedule that took him coast to coast overseeing 350 branch employees.By Val Ross12 min
A maid in white answers the door at Antonine Maillet’s spacious home in Outremont. On the coffee table in the salon stands a finely carved miniature oxcart modelled after the one that shares the cover of Maillet’s latest best-selling novel, Pèlagie-la-Charrette, with a red banner proclaiming PRIX GONCOURT 1979.By Mark Czarnecki9 min
Iranians call the salt desert the Kavire Lūt—the place where the biblical city of Lot was levelled by a wrathful God and cursed for all time. It was in this cracked-mud and salt-crusted no-man’s-land, 200 miles southeast of Tehran, that late last Thursday night a daring American mission began to take shape.By Val Ross9 min
The scene around the large kitchen table in Ste-Marie de Beauce is probably being played out in hundreds of Quebec villages where the silver church steeple still stands tall in the folds of the countryside. René Carrier, his wife, Rachel, and five of their 15 children are discussing the referendum.By Angela Ferrante7 min
Several years ago, Vancouver folk-poet Debbie Foisy drifted off to sleep and was christened Ferron in a dream. “It was me exactly—iron and rust,” says the 27-year-old redhead, whose style is reminiscent of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, and whose husky vibrato rings out like Buffy Sainte Marie’s.By Maureen Piercy6 min
Bob Edwards, the legendary, peppery editor of the Calgary Eye Opener, once noted that his city was “picturesquely situated within easy reach of the brewery . . . and revolved in eccentric orbits around a couple of dozen bars that closed promptly at 11:30, right or wrong.”By Suzanne Zwarun6 min
Thank you for your article Saskatchewan Shares the Wealth (Canada, March 31). At long last someone has done justice to the great province of Saskatchewan. For years much of the rest of Canada has looked down its nose at Saskatchewan, considering it only so much vacant space to pass over while en route from Eastern Canada to the West Coast or vice versa.
From the day the ancient Olympic Games were revived to encourage French men to get in shape for an anticipated war with Germany, the Olympics have been fraught with political overtones. The murmurs from closed-door government sessions have reverberated in the locker rooms and across Olympian fields since 1896, and in the Hippodrome before then, even as the curators of the Games charter repeat, “Sport and politics do not mix.”
The big difference about being poor in Abu Dhabi is that they feed you, mend your sores, offer you work if you want it and heartily encourage you to breed. Apart from that, however, all you get as a poor man in the richest society on earth, where per capita income this year may top $16,000, is a bellyful of envy.By Peter Lewis5 min
Sunlight plays seductively over the lustrous hunks of gold, zinc and copper ore in the head-office lobby of Noranda Mines Ltd. Imprisoned in Plexiglas 45 floors above Bay Street in Toronto’s Commerce Court, they bear bright witness to Noranda’s $2.5-billion earthbound empire of ore bodies, timber forests and petroleum fields.By Gillian MacKay5 min
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