Rather than skirmishes in the socalled electronic revolution, it all seems more like a return to the rough-and-tumble days of frontier justice. In the Northern Ontario lumber town of Longlac, infuriated loggers fell trees to barricade roads and search all passing cars.By Bill MacVicar13 min
Outside. It's a word a visitor hears all the time in the Yukon. It means, simply, any place that's not Yukon. When you leave Whitehorse or Dawson City to travel south to British Columbia or west to Alaska, you’re heading to the “outside.” For the 80 years or so that non-Indians have paid any attention to the flattened humps of Yukon mountains or the wide moving plains of its rivers, the way to get “outside” has meant the teetering and unlikely White Pass and Yukon Railway.By Thomas Hopkins8 min
"I love violence—it’s beautiful, poetic,” says Brian De Palma. Coming from the director of Carrie, The Fury and now Dressed to Kill, a man who has lifted the horror movie into the realm of high art, it is hardly a bolt from the blue. “I think violence is a very cinematic form: you have objects moving through space.By Lawrence O’Toole7 min
Grace Yonge is 72 and living alone now, but she has a small grocery store in Lakefield, Ont., and she is still mad as hell. The wrath lingers from a visit last fall by a federal official who decreed that her two vintage weigh scales—one dates from the day her father opened shop 72 years ago—would have to go as part of the conversion to metric measurement in the Peterborough area.By Robert Lewis7 min
Learning the truth “at 17” put singer/songwriter Janis Ian’s career temporarily on ice. The child prodigy, who became famous at 15 with her song about an interracial relationship called Society’s Child, is now committed to her music and her marriage to Portuguese writer Tino Sargo.By Marsha Boulton6 min
When Mount St. Helens erupted for a second time late last month, the citizens of Yakima, Wash., 135 km east of the volcano, rushed to the grocery stores to stock up. But this time, unlike May 18, when 600,000 tons of heavy ash were dumped on the town of 50,000, the ash cloud passed them by and, instead, gave southeastern British Columbia and southern Alberta a light dusting of grey powder.By Mark Budgen5 min
It’s a time to remember ... When our bedroom phone rang a little after six on the morning of Aug. 16, 1979, and a male voice asked me to comment on John Diefenbaker, I replied that “The Chief” was “looking forward to his trip.” There was a pause. “Mr. Spencer,” the voice said gently, “I’m sorry.By Dick Spencer5 min
It was not exactly a dream jobcleaning up fish guts at the Prince Rupert Fishermen’s Co-operative. But for a beefy 65-year-old named Harvard Miller, it was a job he wanted to keep. So when Co-op managers offered him a golden handshake in the fall of 1977 and told him to hang up his smock, Miller responded bluntly: “Tell it to the judge.” Backed by his union, Miller,who still plays rugby football and describes himself as “the oldest teen-ager in Canada,” challenged the Co-op’s right to retire him at 65 against his wishes.By Rod Mickle burgh4 min
The Democratic convention is over. It was held last week in the East Room of the White House, and it required only a single hour of primetime television. There were no floor demonstrations, spontaneous or rehearsed, there was no parade of boring politicians polishing their favorite bromides, nor any silly spectacle of media analysts interviewing themselves.By Michael Posner4 min
Prime Commons Minister chair, Trudeau his mouth seemed pursed to in sink an embarrassed lower in his smile. A row behind him his red-faced defence minister, Gilles Lamontagne, was dodging an Opposition fusillade—and awkwardly contradicting some of the prime minister’s own most-cherished notions in the process.By Susan Riley4 min
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