Wearing a $500 bulletproof vest and a red hard hat with the inscription “Freedom of Speech,” a stocky, partly bald man walked out of Toronto’s district courthouse last week after his conviction for knowingly spreading false news likely to cause racial hatred or religious intolerance.By Hal Quinn12 min
They are three old men now, immigrants to Canada living out their winter years in peaceful obscurity. In Vancouver, a 65-year-old former botany lecturer at the University of British Columbia spends quiet days in his white stuccoed bungalow on a secluded street in the city’s east end.
The first breath of spring touched Ottawa last week and the heads of crocuses began rising on Parliament Hill. Politically, the seasons changed more swiftly. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, returning from a two-day visit to Jamaica, moved to fill the gap in cabinet ranks left by Defence Minister Robert Coates’s abrupt resignation last month.By Michael Clugston, Hilary Mackenzie6 min
When he was on the campaign trail last summer Brian Mulroney pledged that he would return peace and prosperity to Canada’s troubled energy sector. He added that he would sign new deals with the energy producing provinces and implied that he would dismantle the Liberals’ National Energy Program (NEP), with its nationalist and interventionist designs.
Outside Fredericton High School, exhaust vapors shrouded the cars manoeuvring for space in the packed parking lot. About 300 New Brunswickers, many of them elderly, had braved a frigid February night in anticipation of a message from Len Poore that would be both nostalgic and caustic.By Chris Wood6 min
Annie Rogers remembers. She remembers how, on Nov. 10, 1980, her 16-year-old son, Patrick, walked his brother to an Atlanta bus stop and never came home. And she remembers how, 27 days later, Patrick’s clothed body was pulled from the Chattahoochee River, another victim for the growing police list of murdered or missing young blacks.By Bob Levine5 min
Nguyen Cao Ky, whom U.S. journalists called the “Captain Midnight ” of the Vietnam War, joined the last few Americans and sympathizers in the airlift from Saigon when it fell to the Communists on April 29, 1975, 10 years ago next month. Since arriving in the United States the former fighter pilot—he became South Vietnam’s prime minister in 1965, its vice-president in 1967 and a private citizen again in 1971—has settled into a middle-class neighborhood in Huntington Beach in southern California.
On any day in Mexico a worker wearing government-made clothes may drive his car on government gas to his government job, lunch on government-produced food off government-made plates and, after work, unwind in a government-owned cabaret.By Ronald Buchanan5 min
There were no manifestos, no noisy demonstrations and not a single political party. Outdoor rallies were banned, the press was censored and most leading opposition leaders were arrested in a pre-emptive roundup. Still, in what officials described as a “nonpolitical” election, Pakistanis turned out in surprising force last week to choose delegates to the national assembly—the first general election since the military took power in 1977.By Alex Brodie5 min
Last year a movie called El Norte made the rounds of the art theatres. It wasn’t the sort of film destined for wide distribution—nothing much to engage an audience eager for yet another adolescent sex farce—and despite the admiration of many critics it soon dissolved into a terminal fade.By Fred Bruning5 min
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