The chaos in the upstairs transit lounge of Beirut’s International Airport was a stark reflection of the unfolding terror outside. Having set the tables with white linen and plates of neatly sliced cake, heavily armed Moslems muscled aside jostling photographers and led five weary Americans to the waiting microphones.
Minutes after his minority Progressive Conservative government fell last week under the weight of a Liberal-New Democratic Party alliance, outgoing Ontario Premier Frank Miller was asked whether there was anything he would do differently if he had the chance.By Ross Laver7 min
From his book-lined office on the second floor of the Long-worth House building on Washington’s Capitol Hill, Oregon Democratic Representative Jim Weaver spends several hours each working day trying to reduce the $3.2-billion annual flow of Canadian lumber into the United States.
The letter that signalled the end of an often-tumultuous 25-year political career was only one page long. It was delivered late at night, barely eight hours after its author suggested that he was far from ready to retire. It followed months of personal deliberation and public debate.
Five years ago, in a desperate bid to free 53 Americans held hostage by Iranian militants in Tehran, then-U.S. president Jimmy Carter dispatched a crack team of military commandos to stage a lightning predawn rescue. But the mission ended in catastrophe when three of the eight helicopters assigned to the raid malfunctioned and a fourth crashed into a C-130 transport plane some 400 km short of its target, killing eight servicemen.
For Lavalin Services Ltd., a Calgary-based engineering firm, the recession struck with an unexpected suddenness at the end of 1981. In the next three years the company was forced to cut staff to 400 from about 700 as its major clients in the oil industry swiftly cancelled successive projects.By Andrew Nikiforuk5 min
A precocious René Lévesque was barely out of infancy when his literary-minded father, Dominique, read him his first book. It was a tall, red, illustrated edition of La Fontaine’s Fables—homely and instructive tales of ants, mice, foxes and other creatures who survive by common sense and cunning.By Glen Allen5 min
FBI agents collared John A. Walker Jr. in rural Maryland near a sign that said “No Hunting”—a directive G-men evidently did not consider applicable to the situation. The evening’s trophy was neither jackrabbit nor Cornish hen but a flamboyant former navy man now accused of passing secrets to the Soviets for 20 years.By Fred Bruning5 min
It’s going to be a good summer. You can tell that when a young guy named David Peterson becomes premier of our most populous province, finally killing off the wicked witch Tory, assisted by another young guy named Bob Rae. The summer will include a high school reunion, a balloon ride over Ottawa (the safest distance from which to view that place), a daughter careering around Europe and a lot of winning tennis.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
This summer Montreal has clearly become the cultural capital of Canada. After hosting the two-week-long Theatre Festival of the Americas last month, the city is currently presenting the Montreal International Jazz Festival as well as two distinctive museum shows, Ramses II and Pablo Picasso: Meeting in Montreal.By Robert Enright4 min
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