November 10, 1997




Harris under siege



During much of my time in prison camp I was part of what I believe must have been one of the war’s most efficient escape organizations. That our biggest job ended in tragedy—the barbarous murder of 50 of my friends—I never will forget, and I can only console myself with the knowledge that the escape was planned perfectly and that nothing we left undone cost those lives.
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Harris under siege

Inside his second-floor corner office at Queen’s Park one afternoon last week, it was business as usual for Ontario Premier Mike Harris. Through the window came the raucous cries of several hundred striking teachers on the front lawn below, protesting against his Conservative government’s recent education legislation.
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Sailing Through the Cyclone

Toiling in his workshop overlooking the blue waters of Burrard Inlet in Burnaby, B.C., Bob Sterne seems safely insulated from the hurly-burly of the world's equity markets. Fibreglass moulds for the radio-controlled model sailboats he builds for a living are stacked against a wall and a workbench is covered with tools.
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Going to the wall

The Ajax-Pickering minor peewee Raiders were working on breakout drills—three slick passes from a defenceman, to a winger and then the centreman, in order to launch an offensive attack. For the young hockey players, practising at a suburban arena east of Toronto one evening last week, executing the breakout was as simple as adding one plus two.
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Remembering childhood

They may not be as famous as Atwood or Munro or Richler, but for their loyal (and growing) legions of fans, Canada’s authors of fiction for young people are stars in their own right. The best of them—writers such as Kit Pearson, Martha Brooks and James Heneghan—are experts in remembering what many adults have forgotten: what it feels like to be a child.
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Cartoon cornucopia

Getting up early to watch the Saturday morning cartoons has been a childhood ritual for successive TV generations. In the early days of the tube, a pantheon of animated actors, including Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Spider Man and Mighty Mouse, offered action, yuks and even doses of subversive humor—durable qualities that ensured that many of those characters still turn up regularly on television.
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Picture-perfect tales

The qualities that make for a good book are generally the same whether the work is intended for young children, adolescents or adults. Language that instantly grabs readers or gently draws them in, characters that are quietly believable or delightfully outrageous, a plot that subtly poses as many questions as it answers—all those elements are as necessary for a simple picture book as for adult fiction.
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Campus confidential

If 1997 has not quite been an annus horribilis for Burnaby, B.C.’s Simon Fraser University, neither has it been one of the 32-year-old school’s better seasons. Not even close. For months, the news coming from SFU’s hilltop campus had nothing to do with scholarship, and everything to do with sex and scandal.
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Back to business

The best place from which to gauge the impact of Chinese President Jiang Zemin’s visit to Washington last week was not the White House, where Jiang and President Bill Clinton went mano a mano over the contentious issue of human rights. And it was not outside in Lafayette Park, where Tibetans, Chinese dissidents and others gathered to chant and pray and denounce Jiang’s policies.
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The Mail

As a nutritionist, I found the articles interesting and reasonably balanced (“Eating right,” Cover, Oct. 27). Your articles raise fat as the prime culprit for obesity, and for good reason. But for many frustrated dieters, watching their scales and eating low-fat/nofat food, fat-intake reduction has not solved their problem.
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