IT’S BECOME a journalistic tradition that when a writer approaches a foreign country, he begins to compose in his mind his opening paragraphs as soon as he's fastened his seat belt for the landing. Not one to flout tradition. I put together these words, more or less, as Japan Air Lines' DC-8 Kamakura Special slowly swooped down toward Tokyo’s Haneda airport this summer:
This year, 75,000 Canadian women will undergo bloody and dangerous “kitchen” abortions. In many cases, their own doctors will agree the women need abortions for medical reasons, but will refuse to operate from fear of the lawBy SHIRLEY MAIR15 min
THE LAST REAL PEDESTRIAN IS DEAD. All his life, until the day he died (of natural causes) last August, William Charles Turney held the quaint belief that people are more important than traffic lights or cars. Being an Anglican priest, he was a man of principle, and what Father Turney preached about the inherent rights of men over machines, he practised successfully as a resolute jaywalker on Winnipeg streets for thirty years.
ON THE LAST DAY of the Commonwealth Conference in September, after Canadian delegates had been talking themselves blue in the face for nearly two weeks about the threat to Canada’s vital interests if Britain goes into the European Common Market, a British official said to me, “I still don't know what vital interest Canada is talking about.By BLAIR FRASER10 min
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