Wheelchair-bound and reliant on others for even her simplest needs, Sue Rodriguez took her fight for the right to die to the highest court in the land, and lost. In its historic 5-4 ruling last September, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected her request to have a doctor help her commit suicide when she could no longer bear to live.
For many new college and university graduates, the hard part is just beginning—the challenge of finding a job in the shrunken workforce of the New Economy. But one study option that appears to be addressing that problem successfully is co-operative education, a concept that mixes classroom teaching with work in the real world.
Terry Bergan knew that he was in for trouble when his bankers thought that a turf farm was a silly idea. In 1986, Bergan visited his banker to discuss a loan to develop a sophisticated instrument, invented by his father, an engineering professor at the University of Saskatchewan. “I walked into the bankers’ office and they were still laughing about the turf farm,” he recalls.
For a community besieged by forces that menace the mainstay of its livelihood, the little city of Reidsville, N.C., displays surprisingly few outward signs or sounds of fury. Behind the mossy shade trees and magnolias on the tidy lawns of Main Street, whitewood mansions and glasswalled banks testify side by side to the city’s prosperous past and a sturdy faith in its future.
At the recent Multimedia 94 conference and trade show, more than 300 national exhibitors, from computer industry giants to small niche companies, displayed their wares for integrating digital technology with traditionally separate media such as text, photography, video, voice and music.
On the terrace at the Club Nautique in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, the members are in a mellow, mid-afternoon mood. They sit in the shade under the parasols at the round white tables, relaxing with cold drinks after a hot morning sailing on the glittering Richelieu River.
He is one of Canada’s most frightening criminals, a charismatic cult leader who presided over a doomsday commune with his eight “wives” and their 26 children. For 12 years, Roch Thériault ruled his world like a concentration camp commandant, immersing his followers in a cauldron of physical, sexual and psychological abuse.
Ask David Boucher if giving up his job in an aged steel factory and retraining for a new career was worthwhile and his answer is an enthusiastic "Yes.” Three years ago, Boucher, now 32, was moving slabs of unfinished steel around a yard at the Algoma Steel Corp. Ltd. plant in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
A police riot squad, Darth Vader-like in enveloping helmets, gas masks and dark uniforms, deploys around three sides of an intersection. A line of restless German shepherds and their handlers guards the fourth. From 35 m away, groups of young men and women hurl rocks, bottles and taunts at the police: “Pigs!” “Fascists!” Suddenly, deep explosions signal the release of another wave of tear gas.
The nuclear sabre-rattling had a historic resonance. Some 40 years after the East and West fought a land battle on the Korean peninsula that had overtones of nuclear war, North and South Koreans were again talking about the possibility of armed combat.
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