It was 82 years after the American Declaration of Independence, and 324 years after this country was explored by Jacques Cartier, that a political elite in the colony of Canada decided to form a nation. There were no alarums, no shots in anger, no heroic fortresses to be built.By Robert Lewis13 min
Ladders rattling jauntily on its roof, the Wildlife Removal and Prevention Services company truck turns off north Yonge Street, swings past the glowing lawns, rustling hedges and brilliant tulip beds of the pleasant upper-middle-class Toronto neighborhood known as Hog’s Hollow and then clatters to a stop in front of the home of the day’s first client.By Val Ross6 min
Dressed in a half-unbottoned safari shirt, with a pair of khaki pants tucked into his boots, Paul Watson paces his Vancouver living room like a banana-republic revolutionary between coups. “What we did was considered impossible,” he is saying.By John Faustmann6 min
Aslight young woman is stranded high, dry and dusty where once there was a sidewalk. She has a giant box of disposable diapers anchored to her left hand, so she has only one hand (and a knee) left to push a toddler in a stroller up the mini-mountains of gravel, sand and rock piled up in front of her.By Suzanne Zwarun6 min
Robert Shields, half of the look-alike husband and wife mime team Shields and Yarnell, insists that he is a mime artist, not a carbon copy. “I had a scholarship at Marcel Marceau’s school in Paris but I left after two weeks,” says Shields. “He’s fantastic, but everyone was him.”By Maureen Piercy6 min
The disabled soldiers gather around the meeting hail, some hopping along on one leg, others manoeuvring the little wooden carts into which their disfigured bodies have been inserted. They are the sad residue of war whom all societies vow never to forget but somehow end up tucking away into camps and centres.By Martin Woollacott5 min
It has taken 18 years, but the Shaw Festival's board of directors has finally acknowledged, humbly yet hopefully, that the Irish playwright’s works, unlike Shakespeare’s, cannot be the staple of a five-month summer repertory season. Out of 10 major productions scheduled for this year by the Shaw’s new artistic director, Christopher Newton (see box), only two—Misalliance and The Philanderer—are by G.B.S., with his one-act marital quartet, Overruled, slotted in as lunch-hour entertainment.By Mark Czarnecki4 min
A chimera is a three-headed mythological beast consisting of a goat, a lion and serpent, which was supposed to rouse terror and awe in the beholder. When Dr. Stanley Cohen of Stanford University, a pioneer in recombinant-DNA technology, first implanted foreign genes in bacteria to produce a unique life form, he called his new bacteria "DNA chimeras."By M.C.4 min
Want to buy a Crown corporation, anyone? I was asking that question in the first months of the Joe Clark government because the rumor was out that a huge and aggressive publisher in the United States (Encyclopaedia Britannica) wanted to buy the National Film Board of Canada and all its assets.By Hugo McPherson4 min
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