At 3 a.m. on March 6, 1971, working on a mural for a downtown disco, Vancouver artist-sculptor Jim Wilier heard the news on the radio. Margaret Joan Sinclair, 22, had married Joseph Phillippe Pierre Ives Elliott Trudeau, 51 and two years older than her mother.By DAVID COBB9 min
Winters that are colder, summers that are hotter and a prairies drought that threatened a grisly replay of the 1930s dust bowl. Something is happening to the weather. In the 32 years since he arrived in Montreal from his native England, climatologist Kenneth Hare has pursued the mysteries of weather with a scientific passion that has earned him world renown.
Oh no! Not another cursory and condescending story about dangerous, usually minority, amateur sportsmen. Pleasure As A Risky Business (May 2) followed the hackneyed trail of many fellow tradesmen in portraying the stereotype Jekyll and Hyde character we have come to know and hate: life insurance salesmen Monday to Friday—daring, devil-may-care sky divers on weekends.
Everyone dreams of adventure—shipwrecks, treacherous journeys, desert islands. But for most North Americans, storybook adventure beckons from afar. Few go in search of it; fewer still find it. Adventure was not what Diane Taylor and Gary Hodgkins were looking for nine years ago when they said to hell with Canadian society and started building a boat.By MIKE MACBETH6 min
Gjoezel Amalrik, the wild girl from Kazan, a dissident Soviet artist married to the equally dissident writer Andrei Amalrik, reacted fast to her first taste of Western civilization. All those prostitutes displaying their wares in Amsterdam’s red light district—“It’s pure degradation for the female sex,” she said, dark eyes flashing, “and I could not believe my eyes when I saw that plane trailing an advertisement for Durex [a European alternative to Ramses] ... such things are private.” That was in July last year, when the Amalriks emigrated to the Netherlands from Soviet Union after 15 years of terror, intimidation, prison and banishment.By SUE MASTERMAN7 min
Back in 1868, in the first heady days of a newborn nation, the Atlantic region Fathers of Confederation, Charles Tupper and Leonard Tilley, thought their eastern provinces would become “the great emporium for manufacturers in British America.” If they could only see what has come to pass.By LYNDON WATKINS6 min
I think it was Franz Kafka who once made the wittiest—and most contemporary—observation about an economically strong minority imposing its culture upon an economically weak majority. In a situation similar to that now prevailing in Quebec, when the Hapsburg monarchy tried to eradicate the Czech culture in Prague by supporting the linguistic German minority, Franz Kafka (who belonged culturally to the German-speaking minority) told a schoolmate; “I went to the German National Theatre. None of the producers, actors or even the audience were German.” His remark reminds me of certain ethnic groups such as the Italians, Greeks and anglophone Jews who have joined the WASPS in the defense of “English culture” in Quebec.By Meyer Nurenberger5 min
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