April 29, 1985

CANADA/COVER

The trail of a toxic disaster

SPECIAL REPORT

The high cost of battle

SPECIAL REPORT

ND THE MEMORY LIVES

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CANADA/COVER

The trail of a toxic disaster

For a distance of 25 km, the Eyjolfson family’s 1984 Toyota trailed behind the big flatbed truck as it travelled along the narrow ribbon of the Trans-Canada Highway east of Kenora, Ont. Every time the truck turned a sharp curve a sticky dark liquid sloshed onto the road and sprayed the small car, coating the windshield and the air vents.
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SPECIAL REPORT

The high cost of battle

Canada did not escape the traumatic experience of the Vietnam War, and an estimated 5,000 Canadians may have fought with U.S. forces in Vietnam between 1964 and 1973. But because many Canadians posed as U.S. citizens when they enlisted, the exact number who served in Vietnam remains unknown.
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SPECIAL REPORT

ND THE MEMORY LIVES

They are dimmer now, and fainter. But the stark images and defiant slogans of the Vietnam War still linger: the last American helicopter to lift itself from a frightened and beaten Saigon on April 30, 1975, 10 years ago next week. Hell, no! We won’t go! The obscene sprawl of massacred civilians at a South Vietnamese village named My Lai.
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COVER

The anatomy of Kenora’s PCB spill

Patrick Winter, a 33-year-old Kenora building contractor, became alarmed the moment that he saw a white flatbed truck spilling fluid when it turned off the Trans-Canada Highway, outside of Kenora, Ont. Recognizing the cargo as electrical transformers, Winter said that he immediately thought the substance splashing from the vehicle might be toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), often used to insulate transformers, like those the truck was carrying.
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COVER

Getting set for a political showdown

Seated by the window of his ninth-floor room in the new J.W. Marriott Hotel, one block from the White House, Robert Bourassa pointed at the lowrise Washington skyline with a chuckle. “Every politician should make a point of seeing all this,” said the Quebec Liberal leader, gesturing in the direction of the White House.
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COLUMN

A nation afraid to laugh

It is still an article of faith among social commentators that Canadians have no sense of humor. There are no funny Canadian writers, no sense of humor on the CBC. Where contradictions to the theory exist—such as CBC Radio’s Royal Canadian Air Farce and the Frantics—many commentators ignore them or undervalue them.
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CLOSE-UP: KENNETH DYE

The $500-billion man

It was 1961 when the struggling entrepreneurs first met their new accountant. To Stella Shurety and her brother Herb Horton—owners of the Donut Diner on West 10th Avenue in Vancouver—he was a reassuring young man: “very, very thorough,” recalled Stella.
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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

Threatening the four pillars

For Barbara McDougall, the federal minister of state for finance, the presentation was by far the most important of her new political career. For her audience, an overflowing crowd of unusually tense top-level business executives lunching last week at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre, the minister’s remarks were even more critical.
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BUSINESS WATCH

Bargaining with fresh water

Suddenly the great Canadian debate of the 1980s has been launched: should we sell our water to the Americans? In Montreal, Robert Bourassa publishes an election manifesto in the form of a book {Power from the North), in which he advocates developing 12,000 more of Quebec’s potential megawatts of electricity for export to the United States at a cost of $25 billion.
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COLUMN

The born-again boy wonder

The reason one moves from being a sportswriter to a politics watcher is that these are the two main areas of life where there is suspense. Most of our existence and most of our lives are so predictable, so chartable, that those of us who are bored easily tend to drift into fields where the result is unpredictable, where the game isn’t over until it’s over, to quote that esteemed philosopher Yogi Berra.
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