The first hint of a nuclear nightmare reached Scandinavia on a southeast wind. Suddenly, Swedish monitoring devices began to detect abnormally high levels of radiation, and when officials could find no leaks at their own nuclear power plants, they looked in the direction of the prevailing breezes—toward the Soviet Union.
True to Vancouver’s reputation, it rained. The predicted crowds— although the first arrivals came early—were slow to gather. The monorail stalled for 20 minutes. But in the end, and after months of political controversy, the opening of Expo 86 last week—attended by 107,100—was a royal triumph of fanfares and dancing, fireworks and applause.
On the wall of the windowless downtown Toronto office, a map of southern Ontario shows vivid purple circles around each of the province’s five nuclear power plants. The 10-km radius of each circle is significant: it marks the limits of the areas designated for evacuation if a reactor begins leaking radiation.
The rhetoric resembled that given after a standard rightwing Republican dinner. In a speech at New York’s Hofstra University last month, Charles Robb, the recently retired governor of Virginia, told his audience that it was time to “end the conspiracy of silence” and start a frank public debate on “self-defeating patterns of behavior” among U.S. blacks.By MARCI MacDONALD6 min
As her great-great-great-grandson mounted a dais to address a crowd of 10,000 gathered on the lawn of the British Columbia legislature, Queen Victoria faced squarely in the opposite direction, staring over the inner harbor of the city that bears her name.By JOHN BARBER6 min
Barbra Streisand and Michael Jackson use it. So do Sylvester Stallone and Jacqueline Bisset. At Bloomingdale’s department store in New York, it is the number 1 seller. Floral, feminine, pricey and exclusive, it is relentlessly promoted to millions of other North Americans and Europeans as “the best-selling fragrance in Beverly Hills.”
The office is a bit slower to get down to work in the morning during the season of the hockey playoffs. First the statistics on the sports pages have to be checked. At the office, people have joined hockey pools. The goals and assists of the players they draft take on greaterthan-usual importance, because they earn money, not only for the players but for the people who “own” them.By Charles Gordon5 min
When it comes to perfecting the ancient art of counterproduction, the boycott of Air Canada by our four major cigarette manufacturers is right up there with Kurt Waldheim’s serialized war memories and the Reverend Jimmy Jones’s last revival meeting in Guyana.By Stewart MacLeod5 min
The bottle holds half a cup of a thin brown liquid. When Peter Outhit, president of Halifaxbased Nova Scotia Resources Ltd. (NSRL), holds the container to the light, the fluid shows a greenish tinge. “Smell it,” he says. “You could put it in your car.”
Since assuming his position as South Africa's ambassador to Canada last August, Glenn Babb has encountered fierce public protests over his government's treatment of black unrest. The soft-spoken 42-year-old career diplomat, who has previously served in the South African-administered territory of Namibia, has complained that his message—that apartheid is dying—is often overlooked amid international condemnation of white rule and increasing political unrest among South African blacks.
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