On March 16, Iraqi insurgents fired a mortar shell into the U.S. army base in Tikrit, landing near two members of the 101st Airborne Division, reportedly as they stood waiting for a bus. The explosion killed Sgt. Amanda Pinson of St. Louis, Mo., making her the 2,315th U.S. soldier killed in Iraq since the war began three years ago.By STEVE MAICH
Preston Manning was the founder and only leader of the Reform Party of Canada, forerunner of the Canadian Alliance and the new Conservative Party of Canada. He was elected to Parliament for Calgary Southwest in 1993 and became leader of the official Opposition in 1997.
At least seven English Canadian movies are quietly slipping in and out of theatres this spring: Lucid, Fetching Cody, These Girls, Niagara Motel, Whole New Thing, Six Figures and The Limb Salesman. Never heard of them? No wonder. These are the kind of films that show up on a few screens, then vanish without a trace.By BRIAN D. JOHNSON
The first week of Canada’s 39th Parliament was the latest instalment in the endless fight between the serious and the frivolous in Canadian politics. For once, seriousness had a good week. The new Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, set a brisk tone and tempo for his new government.By PAUL WELLS
Will she, or won’t she? There can’t be many octogenarians keeping the world guessing as they hold the future of a nation in the palm of their hand. But Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday on April 21 brings the long-nagging question into sharp focus: will she abdicate in favour of Charles?By ROSALIND MILES
During the 1968-69 school year, remembered for its anti-Vietnam War demonstrations and Trudeaumania, Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae shared a cheap apartment at 618a Bloor St. West, above a shoe store near Honest Ed’s discount emporium, within walking distance of their classes at the University of Toronto.By JOHN GEDDES
Her Excellency read her first Speech from the Throne last Tuesday. That night, she opened the doors of Rideau Hall for the traditional Parliament opening party, hosting a midnight supper and dance for 500 invited MPs, senators and their guests.
The sure signs of spring and Easter: the annual return of the robins and the annual Maclean’s cover story questioning the Biblical version of Jesus (“Did He really die on the cross?” Cover, April 3)Let the discussions begin. The democracy that we hold precious, including freedom of the press, originated out of Christian principles.
Writing about music is, as they say, like dancing about architecture. To be honest, I’d like to see more of the latter, as I’d find it hard to believe Dame Margot Fonteyn interpreting the CN Tower could be worse than the average music biography.By MARK STEYN
Somebody in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization is finding it difficult to live by the dressing room clichés about staying positive and simply taking it one day at a time. How else do you explain the Metallica chestnut blaring from the Air Canada Centre’s PA system as the players took the ice for a pre-game skate last week?By JONATHON GATEHOUSE
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