For 30 years, the bedtime ritual of millions of Canadians has included the CBC national news at 11 p.m. But times change and The National is no exception. Starting this week, viewers can catch the CBC news at 10 p.m. instead of the usual 11 p.m. as part of the boldest programming move in the corporation’s history.By Mark Czarnecki15 min
It was disheartening not to find any reference to the historic peace churches that take seriously the central teaching of Christ, to love our enemies and do good to our persecutors, in your story God’s New Warriors (Cover, Jan. 4). As a Mennonite and a member of that tradition, I am equally uncomfortable with the Jerry Falwell and the Marxist gunslinger type of rhetoric, both of which use Christianity for political ends and draw their central beliefs from outside of Christian teaching.
Editor of the National Review, syndicated columnist, host of television’s Firing Line, novelist and political theoretician, William F. Buckley Jr. describes himself as a journalist “with an eye for political truths.” After 30 years of propounding those truths, Buckley, the most popular conservative in the U.S. according to the magazine Conservative Digest, now sees them enshrined in the Reagan White House and in American policy.
The authoritative tones came from former CBC journalist Ken Colby, but there was more promise than deliverance in that television performance. For three months before the holidays, Colby hosted TV commercials for the Canadian Petroleum Association (CPA) featuring “interviews” with industry critics and lingering panoramas of offshore oil rigs and prairie pump jacks.By Robert Lewis6 min
The bait arrives by flyer with the morning mail: come today—tomorrow may be too late. The spiritualists’ claims seem lofty but innocuous. One, an adviser on all problems of life, has the God-given power to heal. Another, a card and palm reader, uplifts the sick and depressed.By Wendy Dennis5 min
The weather was cold and damp as U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig breakfasted on fruit, toast and eggs with visiting West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. But inside Blair House, where the government installs visiting foreign leaders, enough heat was generated to melt much of the carefully constructed candy house of U.S.-German accord over the Polish crisis.By William Lowther5 min
It appeared to be a local mystery. How did a 19th-century French priest, living in an obscure village at the foot of the Pyrenees, suddenly amass a fortune amounting to several million dollars? And why did he then behave so oddly, building himself a stone tower, the Tour Magdala, and inscribing above the church door TERRIBILUS EST LOCUS ISTE (THIS PLACE IS TERRIBLE)?By Mark Abley5 min
Like balladeers passing a popular chorus from generation to generation, succeeding Canadian governments have promised to temper this country’s harsh marijuana laws. They have condemned legislation which brands users of such a drug as criminals and sends increasing numbers of them to prison.By Neil Boyd5 min
During the day, Rochelle Dentry, 19, is like almost every other Vancouver teenage girl. While padding around the halls of her high school in jeans, she chats with her friends and bemoans the necessity of homework. But when school finishes, she suddenly moves into her other life.By Catherine Rodd5 min
The famed lexicographer Patrick Nagle maintains that lawyers can pick fly droppings out of pepper while wearing boxing gloves. As evidence, we have only to look at our pockmarked constitution, still quivering at Westminster, all full of pinpricks, loopholes, crochet work and binder twine.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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