Along Highway 3, dipping south and east from Windsor, the rigs charge toward Leamington and the canning factories. Over the dry ring of crickets they sizzle, past the ripening tomato, cucumber, past Mexican pickers rippling in the August steam, on past Cottam and downshifting through a wide turn leading farther south.By Roy MacGregor, Ann MacGregor14 min
Only days before last Wednesday’s opening of the fourth World Film Festival in Montreal, it was hard to know what duds to don. Should it be slinky slitto-there gowns and tastefully tailored tuxes, or the latest in dressing down in artfully rumpled cotton?By Wayne Grigsby11 min
Barry Koroluk is a professional bull-rider from the small Prairie town (pop. 360) of Edgerton, Alta. At home, Koroluk deals a few cattle and horses, but for the past six months he’s been travelling to rodeos in a white Ford pickup truck with two empty gun racks and a well-cracked windshield, hoping to qualify for the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton this November.By Marni Jackson9 min
Gerald Durrell is a passionate man. The enormous living room of his home in Jersey, a British island off the coast of France, is packed with books, animal carvings and assorted bric-a-brac; yet Durrell, casually dressed and sunk in a red plush chair, overflows the room with a larger-than-life presence.By Mark Abley7 min
When the government of Nova Scotia decided to re-create the wartime hit musical Meet the Navy to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Canadian navy, John Pratt was ready and willing to report for duty. Pratt, 73, was the star of the original cast that toured Canada and five countries abroad from 1943 to 1946.By Marsha Boulton7 min
"Those are weasel words.” The audience in the small hall in White Lake, Ont., listened closely and approvingly as a fellow townsman spoke up. “Whenever the government says it will not do something, it always does the opposite. Can you explain to them that the public can’t accept weasel words when they’ve lost so much credibility?”By Michael Clugston7 min
It would have seemed blasphemous to the very idea of suburbia to suggest, just two years ago, that anyone from the suburbs might want to leave the promised land. Ever since the Second World War, the dream of housing all over North America has pointed in just one direction:By Kaspars Dzeguze6 min
The unthinkable nightmare for Poland’s Communist rulers finally became reality last week. The workers’ state was faced by a rebellion of its working class—and at week’s end, after days of tense confrontation, it was the rulers’ nerve that cracked.By Michael Dobbs6 min
In the past 15 years, the Canadian labor scene has changed as women have joined trade unions in a percentage four times that of men. This has lent their demands a new militancy, as seen in strikes by blue collar workers such as the violent 1978 auto workers' stoppage at Fleck Manufacturing, near Centralia, Ont,, as well as by white collar workers—a strike at Toronto's York University over pay and personal services the same year made it possible for a worker to refuse to fetch coffee for a boss.
The salient behind-the-scenes feature of last week’s premiers’ conference in Winnipeg was not so much the message of a House on the Prairie divided, but the manner of its deliverance. By long-standing practice, many key players held news conferences announced only to reporters from their respective provinces.By Robert Lewis5 min
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