It is only 8:15 a.m. on a sunny June morning, but already the line-up for the Paul Bernardo trial is snaking its way around the Toronto courthouse. About half of those in the crowd are women, and one group of five, in line since 6 a.m., have succumbed to fatigue and plopped themselves in a circle on the pavement.
On average, a sexual assault is committed in Canada every 17 minutes. Ninety per cent of the victims are women and half of them are younger than 17. Those sobering statistics, along with horrifying, high-profile sex crimes like those committed against Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French, have created a siege mentality among many women across Canada.By SHARON DOYLE DRIEDGER3 min
There is nothing to suggest rebellion in Greg Rusedski’s polite how-yadoin’ manner; no hint of prima donna behavior from an athlete whose sport has bequeathed the world so many brats. As a dozen or so tennis writers cluster around, he reclines on a plastic chair and disarms everyone by uncoiling a smile big enough to match his six-foot, three-inch body.By BRUCE WALLACE7 min
For four years, from the time I was 15, I was stalked by a man whom I, and many of my friends and family in Brantford, Ont., came to know simply as “Creepy.” He had seen my photo in The Brantford Expositor when, as an aspiring model, I had appeared in a local fashion show.By BARBARA WICKENS4 min
The bimonthly publication of the Quebec Bar has started to raise revenue with advertising inserts. But some subscribers are not amused about three paid messages in the June 15 issue of Le Journal du Barreau from the Parti Québécois government’s Secretariat of Restructuring.By BARBARA WICKENS5 min
For 25 years, renegade financier Robert Lee (Bobby) Vesco has bilked investors, bedevilled governments and eluded lawenforcement authorities on both sides of the Atlantic and from Canada to the Caribbean. For almost half of that time, since September, 1982, the Detroit autoworker’s son and high-school dropout has lived a life of luxury and reputed influence in Fidel Castro’s impoverished Cuba—until now.By CARL MOLLINS7 min
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