EMILY MURPHY WAS THE FIRST TO SOUND the alarm. In 1922, the Edmonton magistrate and suffragette was railing against the scourge of drugs. Her sensationalist best-selling book, The Black Candle, let loose on the evils of such substances as opium, heroin and “marahuana.”By JULIAN BELTRAME12 min
The last shift, when it comes sometime in the next couple of months, will likely end the way they always did in the Prince colliery in Point Aconi, N.S.: after eight hours underground, the black-faced men will be bushed. Thank God that’s over, some will think.By JOHN DEMONT9 min
THE FIRST OF 94 ISMAILI HAZARAS, CARRYING NOTHING BUT hope, stepped off a flight in Montreal on July 18 from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, a Central Asian state neighbouring war-torn Afghanistan. The Hazaras, Shiite Muslims, were once the third-largest ethnic group in Afghanistan, numbering close to five million in the country of 23 million.By CLIVE SHIRLEY in Ashgabat6 min
Its a weird sort of progress. Bell Canada withdrew its proposal to the CRTC to start charging customers an extra $2.80 a month for Touch-Tone service regardless of what type of phone they have. The move would have in effect penalized the five per cent of Bell customers—about 285,000 customers in Ontario and Quebec—who still have rotary phones.
Congratulations on the new Maclean's. You have changed a ho-hum magazine that too often regurgitated weekly events into a fresh and creative alternative to the daily newspapers. However, in the quest for a snappy cover story, there is the danger of oversimplification.
Oh brother, what’s going on here? Bluegrass and gospel suddenly seem as hot as hiphop and electronica. Banjos and mandolins are replacing keyboards and drum machines as the instruments du jour. And sing-along hootenannies are taking over at least a few downtown clubs across the country.By NICHOLAS JENNINGS5 min
Planet of the Apes is the last hope for the season of summer blockbusters. Pearl Harbor and A.I. didn’t cut it artistically, and whether or not Jurassic Park III is any good is irrelevant—two go-rounds with computer-generated prehistoric carnivores was enough.By SHANDA DEZIEL5 min
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