They swarmed into the Confederation Building, an 11-storey, yellow-brick tower that dominates the Newfoundland capital of St. John’s from a hill on the city’s northern outskirts. Crowding the lobby and overflowing on to mezzanine balconies, the strikers—2,000 of the 5,500 members of the Newfoundland Association of Public Employees (NAPE) who walked off their jobs in early March —listened as union president Fraser March conjured up the spectre of unbridled social unrest if the strike continued.
Kenneth Blomme, a 27-year-old mushroom farmer in Surrey, B.C., used ultra-thin contact lenses for five years and found them so convenient that he was often unaware that he was wearing them. He routinely left the Extended Wear Lenses (EWLS) in his eyes for up to two weeks at a time before removing them for disinfection.By JULIA BENNETT4 min
One by one the executives representing the country’s four major wine companies took an oath on the Bible last week swearing to reveal their knowledge of their industry’s very own scandal. But as the managers meticulously recalled telephone conversations, confidential memorandums and secret meetings in evidence before the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Testing and Marketing of Liquor in Ontario, it became clear that the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) had not only purposely silenced its own employees after the discovery of ethyl carbamate in Ontario wines in 1980 but also kept the information from most wine makers.By SHERRI AIKENHEAD6 min
There is no more tender soul on earth than a scribbler, one who ekes out a living by proffering his weak witticisms before an aloof public. The alcoholic wards of the nation and the psychiatrists’ couches are overflowing with bruised and wounded writers who have been rejected, rebuffed, insulted and spat upon.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
The solitary Greek shepherd looked up to see the bodies falling out of a Trans World Airlines plane 100 km southwest of Athens. An explosion aboard the Boeing 727 flying from Rome to Athens above him had killed four American passengers—one of them a seven-month-old baby.By WILLIAM LOWTHER4 min
It was clearly a sign of the times. Last week, as oil prices hovered around $10 (U.S.) a barrel, analysts predicted that prices could fall as low as $5 a barrel by this summer. But the collapse in oil prices was only the most visible indication of another new and far-reaching trend.
It is a neighborhood that most middle-class Japanese prefer to ignore. In a nation that prizes its reputation for prosperity, Tokyo’s seedy Sanya district is a glaring embarrassment. The tumbledown labyrinth of alleys, flophouses, cheap tearooms and noodle shops offers a stark contrast to the stately office buildings of the nation’s major corporations in central Tokyo, just 15 minutes away by subway.By PETER McGILL4 min
For many business leaders, economists and politicians in North America, the single most important economic issue of the 1980s has been what to do about increasing public debt. The solution proposed most frequently has been to reduce government spending and borrowing, raise taxes and—eventually—eliminate deficits.By MICHAEL SALTER, WILLIAM LOWTHEF, DAVID LINDORFF5 min
As the ferry pulls up to the wharf on Hornby Island, a blast from its horn cuts into the silence and sends sea gulls squawking in flight. Visitors have to take two ferries to reach the remote island, 50 miles northwest of Nanaimo in British Columbia’s Georgia Strait, but for Hornby’s approximately 1,000 permanent residents the inconvenience of the trip contributes to a slow pace of life amid beautiful, uncrowded surroundings.By MARK BUDGEN4 min
In Newark Lane, behind the 1000 block of Seymour Street in down town Vancouver on Jan. 8, 19year-old Michelle Lee McLean spoke to an undercover police officer in his car. Later, he charged her with cornmunicating for the purpose of engaging in prostitution—a new Criminal Code amendment.
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