A hundred years ago doctors were regarded as savants rather than technicians. Whatever the reality, a comforting image grew up: the doctor as wise, fatherly compassionate healer. He—and it was inevitably a he—would arrive at your house in the middle of the night, toting a black bag full of bottles and tubes.
"I will do anything for you, except that one thing: the only thing I cannot do is sign a book written by my dear Anna.” There was silence for a moment as Anne Frank’s father, Otto, cried. This was the one time he showed his inner feelings to his friend, Toronto composer Oskar Morawetz, who visited him four times in Europe and heard of the suffering of Frank’s family during their hiding from the Nazis and later in the concentration camps.By Gaynor Jones9 min
It was like a rollcall, a corporate Who’s Who, as last week leading Canadian chief executives gathered together under a striped marquee, sipping drinks, to honor a success within their own fraternity. This was Peter Gordon’s day, and no one who was there on that little patch of green lawn, shadowed by giant industrial buildings in the distance, begrudged the chairman of the Steel Company of Canada Limited his hour of glory.By Anthony Whittingham6 min
In his article The 10,000 Commandments (Canada, Aug. 18), Robert Lewis seems preoccupied with the quantity of government regulation in our lives— “virtually no avenue of human endeavor is left to our fate”—rather than considerations of quality.
Cigarettes glowing in the shadow’s edge; cryptic messages passing between strangers; footsteps following footsteps on wet cobblestones; guns bulging under trench coats; high-powered cars racing across moonlit borders. Not scenes from a made-for-TV movie (although they may be one day), but acts from a real-life story of international intrigue by amateurs playing a dangerous game against professionals.By Hal Quinn6 min
Francisco Villagrán Kramer, the last of the moderate civilians in Guatemala's murderous military dictatorship, resigned as the nation's vice-president earlier this month while visiting Washington, D.C. Human rights authorities readily agree that for him to go back now would mean torture and death.
The “Templeton Tilt” could be a misnomer for a listing church or a new wave dance, but instead it’s just the angle of a writing desk. Five years ago, a few degrees up began to appeal to Regina-born novelist Charles Templeton because of the backache involved in flat-out writing.By Marsha Boulton5 min
Alemash Araka, a rib-thin seven-year-old, kept smiling and caressing her new blue cotton skirt and vest. Just months ago, she was one of hundreds of orphaned beggars in the shabby capital of Addis Ababa. Her mother hemorrhaged at Alemash’s birth and died for lack of medical care.By Robin Wright5 min
Grandmothers always did it, their familiar hands seemingly attached forever to a pair of needles and bags full of sky-blue wool. Mothers did it, especially when expecting or before Christmas. And spinster aunts and other unfortunate females appeared to have nothing else to do.By Barbara Amiel5 min
As an industrial solvent, DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) is powerful enough to dissolve pesticides and dyes, but to many sufferers of arthritis and other painful skin and muscle ailments its strength is even more dramatic: they look to the chemical to dissolve their pain.By Lilah Lohr4 min
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