March 29, 1982

Central America at the abyss 2829

Central America at the abyss

It was Wednesday on the road to El Progresso in the Salvadoran province of Usulután. To the right of the highway lay the body of a woman in her late 20s dressed in a pink polyester dress. Between her matted hair and nose was a gaping hole. One of her legs was twisted sideways, her brown thighs smeared with blood.
Devotion to the ancient game 4445

Devotion to the ancient game

When the last rock was swept into the house and the brooms were put away last week in Brandon, Man., Al Hackner’s rink had become the 53rd Canadian Brier champion. This week the Thunder Bay, Ont., foursome heads to the German Alps town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen for the Air Canada Silver Broom world championships, while across the mountains in Geneva Colleen Jones and her Nova Scotia rink go for the women’s world championship.
Slices of history under the sidewalk 5455

Slices of history under the sidewalk

With cameras in tow, they follow a mammoth backhoe as it carves out a sewage trench at the 5,000-year-old Tsimshian Indian site near Prince Rupert, B.C. Under the gaze of an impatient developer in a cordoned-off area in Dawson, they labor to salvage a 19th-century prospector’s shack.


It seems that one either gets used to Living Without the Pill (Cover, March 15) or dies taking it. I had no idea of its many side effects. Too bad I had to be a user for three years. Now my problem is what lies ahead! —CHRISTINE PICHE, Gloucester, Ont.
Painfully hobbling toward recovery 1213

Painfully hobbling toward recovery

Even though the queues began forming in the balmy early-morning hours—as soon as the midnight-to-6 a.m. curfew ended—the shops in the capital city of Luanda didn't start to open until 10 a.m. For Angolans, just obtaining simple niecessixties such as salt, soap and bread remains a major effort.
The new purveyors of national culture 3839

The new purveyors of national culture

In any other country it would hardly seem appropriate for the man who had just been handed a money-spinning movie machine to declare the moment merely “kind of fun.” After all, Don MacPherson had become the capo di tutti capi, the boss of all bosses, in the Canadian film industry.
The one-woman stronghold of the Nova Scotia NDP 1819

The one-woman stronghold of the Nova Scotia NDP

All the known laws of nature are against it, but the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party seems to be going up and down at the same time. Or, as party worker Serena Renner put it after last fall’s election: “It’s the biggest win we’ve ever had. We’ve got two months to clear out.”
Charting currents of change 3233

Charting currents of change

Central America’s times of tranquillity have been almost as rare as its pitifully few periods of general prosperity. Still, when independence from Spain was finally granted in 1821, it came quietly, with only a mild protest from a faltering colonial power.
A tempting knock at the campus gates 5051

A tempting knock at the campus gates

King Saud University in Riyadh may not be in the same lofty academic league as Oxford or Harvard, but its bulging coffers are not without attractions to the financially strapped. As a result, when university administrators from the state-run Saudi Arabian University accepted an invitation to visit their poorer cousins at the University of Toronto last year, the doors of U of T’s dilapidated buildings swung open in welcome.
Recalling El Salvador’s past 46d47

Recalling El Salvador’s past

In 1979 a revolution took place in El Salvador. This piece of history is rarely mentioned by Canadian reporters covering that country’s civil war. Indeed, this selective amnesia is the subject for a column all of its own, but if one genuinely wants to arrive at a morally acceptable position on Central American policy, it is a useful exercise to include such memory lapses in assessing Central American events.
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