Margaret Atwood is an image-maker haunted by her own projected images. Canada's most-gossiped-about writer can list the various and, she would say, distorted images her public mirror gives her back. There’s the goddess, the bitch, the nationalist, the feminist, the Venus, the madwoman—and, now, the earthmother.
In the wake of Ottawa’s ruling in the air traffic dispute, the uneasy coexistence with the rest of Canada has grown markedly uneasier, and the option for self-determination increasingly attractiveBy Mark Nichols13 min
Everybody knows at least one horror story: the high-school graduate who can’t read anything more complicated than a snack-bar menu, the PhD with a $50,000-plus education who subsists on unemployment insurance, the months and even years devoted to what amounts to little more than supervised play in some elementary schools, the grade 10 student who has never learned the multiplication tables.By ELEANOR WARD, ROBERT MILLER13 min
He had been waiting at ice level for an hour or more, as patiently as it is possible for small boys to wait. Finally, its practice over, Team Canada filed off the ice toward the dressing room and the boy made his approach. “Can I have your hockey stick?” he said to Dave Burrows.By MICHAEL POSNER10 min
I refer to Remember The Old Saying About Life Being Priceless? (May 17) in which reference is made to the example of swine flu vaccine as an indication of the short-sightedness of government. I must take exception to the implications regarding the swine flu vaccine acquisition program and the suggestion that the Institute Armand Frappier predicted the flu outbreak and that its request for an $800,000 grant to prepare vaccines was turned down.
Not long after he introduced Canada’s first-ever peacetime wage and price controls last fall, Finance Minister Donald Macdonald observed that he felt like a man who has fallen from a 30-storey building and still has 15 storeys to go. These days, he may find the ground rushing toward him at an alarming rate.By IAN URQUHART7 min
“The next six months will be decisive,” says John Allan, president of the Steel Company of Canada. He squints unhappily in the glaring Ontario sunlight at the fields surrounding the vast new plant his company is building at Nanticoke, 40 miles southwest of Hamilton on Lake Erie.By Peter Brimelow5 min
A year of residence in Washington has left me with a clutter of items that seem at least as reflective of American life as the high-powered stuff that gets into the magazine. Herewith, then, one year’s leavings from life in the United States:By Walter Stewart5 min
The next President of the United States could be elected with the support of only 28% of the eligible voters, a fact that explains much about the campaign now under way. Of the 150 million Americans of voting age, about 38 million will not bother to register for voting privileges.By WALTER STEWART6 min
The chart for Olga Kamckey, a 56-year-old St. Catharines, Ontario, woman who was suspected to be Canada’s first victim of a deadly virus disease called Lassa fever, now carries the instruction: “Treat as a regular patient.” She was treated as anything but a regular patient during the two weeks after she flew into Toronto from a European holiday on August 2 and fell suddenly and critically ill.By SHEILA GORMELY5 min
Up in the mountains outside Beirut, a bearded Australian mercenary named Blue turns his AK-47 rifle on a group of children, the youngest aged 10, and suddenly opens fire around their feet. “Move, you little mothers,” he screams. The children scramble, terrified, under a barbed wire obstacle course.By PETER NIESEWAND6 min
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