From a hilltop over the city the Roman Catholic Basilica of St. John’s faces squarely out through the pinched harbor entrance, as if it were a headstone over the cold Atlantic beyond. Its twin spires are landmarks that have borne the last farewell for generations of seamen who did not return from their fishing, sealing or waging war upon the ocean.By Michael Clugston11 min
Alpine Europe has been hosting ski races for more than half a century and for almost as long the sons and daughters of its postcardperfect valleys have been winning them. However, in the past decade the technical events, the slalom and giant slalom, have become the domain of a quiet Swede, Ingemar Stenmark, and twins from the state of Washington, Phil and Steve Mahre.By Matthew Fisher10 min
One evening about five years ago, two casually dressed young men attempted to gain admission to one of Toronto’s tonier restaurants. The maître d’ was prepared to relax the dress code for the first—a sweater and jeans he could handle—but he drew the line at what came next.By Linda Diebel9 min
Gordon Windsor could not sleep; the waves were pounding too hard. Though the 28-year-old derrickman wanted to rest up for his shift starting in five hours, in the end he got up and walked around. It was St. Valentine’s Day. About 7 p.m., Newfoundland Standard Time, a giant wave swatted the SEDCO 706 offshore oil drilling rig and, recalls Windsor, “the rig jolted two or three times.”By Randolph Joyce6 min
Mr. Newman’s interviews and quotations in his Feb. 15 cover story, Is World War III Inevitable?, are highly selective: it is mostly the case that only Cold Warriors qualify. He castigates the Soviet Union—to which I have no objection—but has far less to say about the deadly game of escalation played first by Carter and now with yet greater vengeance by Reagan.
It was rush hour and the pavement was black with rain as 19-year-old rookie policeman Bob Shannahan stood directing traffic at the corner of Prescott and Duckworth Streets, a wellknown St. John’s bottleneck. About 15 minutes into his stint, he recalls, “I stopped traffic in three directions and I was looking over my shoulder to see what was coming down Prescott.”By Randolph Joyce5 min
Mandatory retirement, considered a hallmark of corporate enlightenment when ushered in during the postwar years, now appears to be faltering. Seniors are rebelling against a prevailing assumption that they would be better off playing golf or cards after an arbitrary age.By Brian D. Johnson5 min
In the end, it was just another early night at Westminster. For all the political storms threatening Ottawa and London since Pierre Trudeau went on his constitution offensive two years ago, the latest stage of patriation went through the British House like a warm spring breeze.By Julia Langdon5 min
Andros Nicolaides, the Cyprus high commissioner based in New Delhi, and his wife have, at last, been able to move out of hotel rooms and into a rented residence which took them nearly two years to find. The problem was not a shortage of ambassadorial-type accommodation.By Peter Niesewand5 min
Casinos are coming to Canada. Blackjack, craps, roulette—the works. To avoid the corruption that casinos invite, our politicians ought to be laying the proper groundwork right now. Instead, they grow indignant at the very idea and assure us there will be no casino gambling as long as they’re in office.By Gary Ross4 min
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