February 9, 2004

A HOMETOWN MOURNS 2021
Afghanistan

A HOMETOWN MOURNS

At the end of the wharf in Conception Harbour, Nfld., a single navigation beacon signals red into the night, reflecting off the still harbour where fishing boats sit iced up and dark. It’s a town people have always had to leave to find work: like nearby Harbour Main, it has a history of high-steel ironworkers, people who toiled on construction projects ranging from Halifax’s suspension bridges to the towers of the World Trade Center.
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Essay

NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT

THE OTHER DAY, I had reason to be in a Toronto hospital, for the first time since we all began to suffer from what I like to call Post-Tramautic SARS Syndrome. Perhaps you’re familiar with this condition: sufferers exhibit a painful self-consciousness about coughing or sneezing in public, and worry excessively that they have just slaughtered 10 innocent people on the GO Train by expelling droplets of saliva.
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Q&A

WELCOME, EARTHLINGS

As you know, the Viking landings in the mid-1970s found no sign of life on Mars. What’s changed? Why are we back? That’s right. The result was, not only did we not see any life in the Viking photos, but the soils were sampled, and they were absolutely sterile.
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Curling

ROCKIN' WITH THE WRENCH

BEHIND THE GLASS, inside the warm, wood-panelled lounge, the consensus is that out on the ice, The Comeback is faltering. “Eddie doesn’t look like he belongs there,” exclaims one man. Folks in the peanut gallery at the Minden Curling Club murmur in agreement and go back to their caesars— it’s too early for rye, the weak winter sun having just crossed the yardarm.
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Column

THE JOBLOSS RECOVERY

AS DEMOCRATIC presidential candidates tell audiences daily, the U.S. economy since George W. Bush took office has had the greatest job losses since the Great Depression. Americans are growing increasingly anxious that as the economy roars back, workers aren’t being called back.
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