Peering through his camera viewfinder, Frédéric Back was impressed by the multicolored layers of sediment forming the cliffs of Forillon National Park— they reminded him of the Grand Canyon. Back, a retired animator who won Oscars for his films Crac! and The Man Who Planted Trees, was also taken by how the sunlight played on the Quebec landscape.By DAN HAWALESHKA
I don’t believe Canada was meant to last forever. Nor was any nation or even nationhood itself. At bottom, nationhood can be seen as simply one way in which people express a sense of their social interconnectedness. In our time it’s a means for embodying a sense that we’re each more than an individual consumer unit or an address on the Internet.By RICK SALUTIN
What divides Canadians often seems to matter more than what unites them. When they are not raging in—or about—Quebec, denouncing Toronto or hand-wringing about Ottawa ignoring their own region, they generally unite at the polls for only so long as it takes to send the party in power crashing from its pedestal.By ANTHONY WILSON-SMITH, A.W.-S.
They gathered again last week, as they have every year since June 23, 1985, the day that Air India Flight 182, on its way to India from Toronto and Montreal, exploded off the coast of Ireland, killing 329 people, 278 of them Canadians. At candlelight vigils and memorial services in several cities, and at a shrine to the dead on a remote point of the Irish coast, relatives of the victims wept, prayed and reflected on how it could be that, after a 10-year, $20-million RCMP investigation, the biggest mass killing in Canadian history remains unsolved.By TOM FENNELL
A slew of dismal economic statistics raised fears of a North American recession, although Canadian and U.S. finance officials were quick to downplay the threat posed by a cooling economy. Canada’s foreign trade posted its third consecutive month of decline in April, reflecting a slowdown in trade with the United States.
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