Much of the public discussion about cancer is impersonal, with frequent references to the state of “war” against the disease and “bulletins” from “the research front” announcing “breakthroughs” against “a stubborn enemy.” But the military imagery overlooks such unsung heroes—and casualties—of that battlefield as Jacqueline Fenton.By RAE CORELLI13 min
As they bade farewell under a shining Moscow sun last week, President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev seemed aware that it was probably their last meeting. The smiling American and Soviet leaders and their wives chatted and linked arms during a walk together down the steps of the Kremlin.
Summer traditionally sends people in search of a tan. But now, the growing evidence that prolonged exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer, or at least result in the premature aging of the skin, has led trendsetters to declare that the sun-kissed look is out.
The dive resembled a surgical incision in the blue water. And when 15-year-old Allison Higson surfaced in Lane 4 of Montreal’s Olympic pool, she was already well ahead of the seven other 200-m breaststroke finalists racing to qualify to represent Canada in September at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.By CHRIS WOOD6 min
In the heart of one of Toronto’s most heavily populated residential areas, Princess Margaret Hospital runs the largest cancer treatment centre in Canada. Inside the front doors there is a waiting area where about a dozen people flip through magazines as they wait for relatives or friends to finish outpatient treatment.By NORA UNDERWOOD6 min
Last week, on a makeshift platform in a 614-acre gravel parking lot across the street from the shimmering, glasswalled Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney unfurled a special red-white-andblue flag. The June 1 ceremony launched the construction of Summit Square, a $1.25-million media hospitality centre that will provide free food and drinks to 3,000 visiting journalists for four days while Mulroney plays host to leaders of the six richest democratic nations at the 1988 economic summit.
It was a trying time for Stanley Beck, the chairman of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). In mid-May, a massive insider-trading investigation launched by the OSC was thrown into question by a legal challenge, which penetrates to the very core of the commission’s authority.By JOHN DeMONT6 min
Space shuttles, computer software and laser light shows aside, Americans have a peculiar resistance to scientific pursuit. A survey conducted by Jon D. Miller, director of the Public Opinion Laboratory at Northern Illinois University, revealed, for instance, that 94 per cent of the respondents could not define the word “molecule,” that 92 per cent hadn’t the faintest idea of how a telephone works and that less than one-third could supply a sensible meaning for “radiation.”By Fred Bruning5 min
Catherine Evelyn Smith is looking for a job. Three months after her release from the California Institute for Women in Frontera, the woman who served 18 months of a three-year sentence for supplying and administering a lethal mixture of heroin and cocaine to comedian John Belushi in 1982 says that she is determined to take charge of her life.By ANNE GREGOR4 min
Well, the flimflam industry is still in good shape, we see. It’s amazing what hooey can be peddled with a straight face if it is packaged properly and presented in audiovisual fashion. We speak here of Vancouver, where the flimflam boys were out again last week, announcing a supposed $l-billion plan that would block even more of the view of the most spectacular city in the country.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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