The Queen called it “a defiant challenge to history.” Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau described it as “an act of defiance against the history of mankind.” For all that, Saturday, April 17, was a quintessentially Canadian day. There was poetry and pageantry, pride and patriotism, political potshots and petty patronage.
In Haiti, the jungle highlands have been shorn into bald caps of rock. Random peasant tree-cutting has stripped the lush slopes, and rains have washed the topsoil to the sea. In Tanzania, spreading rings of denuded forest surround villages, and gathering enough fuel for a family is a full-time occupation.
To enter the civilized world of the Jane Corkin Gallery is to lose touch with the daily grind. Everything about the place, starting with a laid-back six-floor ride on what must be Toronto’s slowest elevator, disposes one to quiet recreation.By David Livingstone8 min
Some cities are born great, others are made great, and still others have greatness thrust upon them. Such is the case in Knoxville, Tenn., and the town’s citizens are not sure they like it. Four years ago, when a group of bankers and local politicians decided it was time to put their sleepy Appalachian home town on the map, they came up with the idea of a world’s fair.By Jane O’Hara7 min
At first glance, your April 12 cover story, The Struggle for the Holy Land, polarizes the population into Arabs and Jews. On closer reading, the article For-eigners in Their Own Land modifies this impression somewhat when the author mentions his father “. . . an Israeli Arab as well as a devoted member of the Catholic Church . . . .” What goes unnoticed generally is this third element in the Holy Land, the native Christian population.
In downtown Buenos Aires, the people were singing the old, half-forgotten nationalist songs. From the balcony of his palace, President Leopoldo Galtieri harangued the multitudes, his arms upraised in a familiar gesture of victory.
In Scarborough, Ont., Dr. Derek Murphy, a mild-mannered 54-year-old family practitioner, hung up his stethoscope last week and joined hundreds of colleagues at a noisy protest meeting. In Ottawa, Jean Craig, director of nursing at the Salvation Army Grace General Hospital, sent 10 of her nurses on holidays or leaves of absence when sterile operating rooms fell silent.By Shona McKay5 min
Like trigger-happy soldiers armed with formidable new weapons, lawyers across the nation will descend on the courts this week, brandishing the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The charter—with its lofty and often inspiring litany of high principles and protections—will soon be required reading for generations of proud schoolchildren.By Mary Janigan5 min
In one of those pronouncements dear to the heart of the aristocracy, British peer Lord Morris summed up the debate that sent Canada’s constitution home. “Good always comes out of evil,” said Lord Morris. “Never before has there been closer friendship between Canada and this country.By Barbara Amiel5 min
The cause of Napoleon Bonaparte’s slow, agonizing death while in exile on the island of St. Helena has puzzled his-torians for 161 years. On his deathbed, Napoleon asked that the mystery of his illness be solved for the sake of posterity. As a result, a hasty autopsy was performed, revealing a cancerous ulcer in the stomach.
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