Appointed: Longtime Edmonton Oilers executive Glen Sather, 56, is now president and general manager of the New York Rangers. Sather steered the Wayne Gretzky-era Oilers dynasty that won the Stanley Cup five times. More recently, he kept the small-market team competitive despite soaring player salaries.
During the only period in his adult life when he wasn’t an elected politician, Jean Chrétien attended a party in Montreal in early 1986 to mark the publication the previous fall of his memoirs, Straight from the Heart. By then, he had ostensibly quit politics, established a lucrative law practice, and simultaneously succeeded in remaining one of the country’s most recognized, beloved public figures.By Anthony Wilson-Smith
Long after the dead have been buried in Walkerton, Ont., rural Canadians who rely on groundwater will continue to feel and smell the impact of a largely unreported revolution: the growth of factory farms. This new industry, or what governments call “intensive livestock operations,” has unsettled farm communities from New Brunswick to Alberta.By Andrew Nikiforuk, Andrew Nikiforuk
They call it Feedlot Alley, a 50-by-10-km swath of land north of the city of Lethbridge, Alta. It is home to more than 900,000 cattle and hogs—the densest concentration of livestock anywhere in Canada. For years, some area residents and environmentalists have raised concerns about the potential risks to soil and water quality—and to human health—of cramming so many animals into such a small region.By Brian Bergman
Like many towns in semi-arid regions of the Prairies, Rosetown, Sask., has struggled with bad water. It was generally safe to drink, but was unpalatable and caused serious damage in resident’s homes. The water in the small farming community of 2,500 about 120 km southwest of Saskatoon was high in iron and manganese.By Danylo Hawaleshka
Fear has been good for Jack McAllister's business. For 12 years, his company, The Water Boys, has delivered spring and distilled water to Hamilton residents. Living in Steel Town, his customers have long been suspicious of the tap water the heavily industrialized city draws from Lake Ontario.
Even in the seclusion of her church office, Pastor Beth Conroy could not escape Walkertons toll of tragedy. The last of the television satellite trucks had just left the parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church, and now the minister was trying to steal a few moments to contemplate how the Ontario town of 5,000 could heal itself.By John Nicol, Cheryl Hawkes
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