Not even the hardiest lichens grow on the windswept summit of Mauna Kea. But the astronomers who brave the Hawaiian peak’s rarefied atmosphere have other vistas on their minds. Drawn by the Canada-France-Hawaii telescope, they come to probe the cosmos.By Terence Dickinson13 min
Before the age of television and the federal-provincial conference, provincial premiers inhabited an obscurity only rarely interrupted by national attention. Now, none is a stranger to the TV makeup lady and the Ottawa press corps—their considerable powers as well as their pretensions on view for all their countrymen.By John Hay7 min
For eight years, author Stanley Burke and cartoonist Roy Peterson have been collaborating on a series of satiric fables on contemporary life in the great Canadian swamp. Their latest shot at Ottawa, The Birchbark Caper, chronicles the attempts of hero Peter Waterhole to raise a constitutional monument with the help of Mrs. Hatchet and her Bulldogs.By BARBARA RIGHTON6 min
Without their toques, earmuffs, plaid shirts and cold ones, Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas (AKA Bob and Doug McKenzie) don’t exactly stand out in a crowd. Although a parade in their honor recently stopped all traffic on Toronto’s Yonge Street strip, the two unassuming young men passed undetected through the noon-hour shoppers on Bloor Street a few days later.By David Macfarlane6 min
There was no malice in the pomp and ceremony of the midnight celebrations last month when Ciskei, a wedge of land about 2,000 square miles in size bounded by the Great Fish River, the Great Kei River and the Indian Ocean, became “independent.”By Caryle Murphy6 min
According to your article about Canada’s economy (Canada, Dec. 14), Bank of Canada Governor Gerald Bouey “ ... is convinced the economy has entered a crucial phase which might determine the success or failure of his own and the government’s policies.”
When Wole A begoke, 27, left the family farm in Nigeria to study hydrogeology at the University of Waterloo, his father told him, “If you are prepared to suffer to do well, I am happy.” Now, six months away from completing his master’s degree, Wole believes his hard-won expertise may one day mean a reliable water supply for a village like his own.By Francine Geraci5 min
The scene takes place in Tiberius’ home, a grottolike cavern enclosing a large swimming pool. At the pool’s edge, Tiberius plays host to his grandson, Caligula, fourth emperor of Rome, and to a flock of naked men, women and girls. As Tiberius enters the pool, Caligula cracks a whip, and the girls (Tiberius’ “little fishes”) dive in after him.By Brian Bergman5 min
Pope John Paul II last week became the latest victim of the Polish censor. His New Year’s speech, with its emphasis on the avoidance of nuclear war and the right of Polish workers to their Solidarity union, was hacked apart before transmission on television.By Sue Masterman5 min
Kathie and Ed Wdowiak were more than elated when their son, Douglas, was born four years ago. For Ed, an engineer, previously widowed, he was a son to join daughters Valerie and Susan. For Kathie, he was a first baby. With Doug a healthy threemonth-old, Kathie returned to work at the Halifax Public Health Department.By Margaret Cannon4 min
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