John Pratico sat in the front seat of a parked car, smoking a cigarette, sipping coffee from a Styrofoam cup—and shaking uncontrollably. The 27-year-old Cape Breton resident was struggling to talk about events 11 years ago that have become a nightmare for him.
The Israeli attack had been expected for months. Jerusalem had signalled its intentions with air strikes that punctuated the 11-month ceasefire and with a war of nerves over Syrian missiles in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. But the scale and ferocity of the onslaught were stunning even the bloodstained standards of the Middle East.
The attack went in before dawn to wipe out the memory of a week of near-disaster, nagging doubt and wintry frustration. Under cover of darkness, several thousand British assault troops crept from their soggy forward positions to launch a silent thrust.
Pierre Trudeau fumed when Ronald Reagan arrived late for a routine group photo of NATO leaders assembled in Bonn last week. “Where’s the president?” someone asked. “He’s gone home,” Canada’s prime minister snapped. Then he marched away from the other 14 waiting leaders to pull some leaves from a nearby bush.
It sounds like science fiction: transforming a glass of water into enough electricity to light whole cities. The means of that transformation is nuclear fusion, the reaction that fires the sun and stars. For decades scientists have been trying to recreate such power on Earth, and finally technology is bringing the dream within reach.By Pat Ohlendorf5 min
The Stratford Festival's 30th season started last week with bloodletting and a massive transfusion. During the final preview of Julius Caesar, Jack Medley, in the title role, was stabbed more thoroughly than expected by the conspirators and wound up in hospital with a punctured lung.By Mark Czarnecki5 min
DIED: The Great Imposter, Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr., 60, following a heart attack in an Anaheim, Calif., hospital. Demara had little education but he posed as a Trappist monk, a doctor of psychology, a dean of philosophy, a teacher and an assistant warden, often borrowing the identification of living people.
Shut up and listen to what I have to say." The words came from an angry Larry Holmes moments after he had retained his heavyweight championship last Friday night. He had celebrated the fourth anniversary of his reign in sports’ most charismatic and financially rewarding throne earlier in the week and had just won his 40th straight fight.By Hal Quinn5 min
Living in the front yard of a picture postcard occasionally makes Calgarians blasé. We know all the clichés. We’ve heard the collective intake of eastern breath at that first glorious view of the mountains on a sunny spring day. Yet this Calgarian—and I suspect I’m not alone—regards a weekend trip to the Rockies with the kind of horror reserved only for Stampede week, when the native Calgarian tries to arrange a trip to Abu Dhabi or Edmonton.By Catherine Ford5 min
The longest, most expensive trial in British Columbia's history had its beginnings in an accidental meeting between a heroin dealer and a policeman. In May, 1979, Peter Senatore was about to travel from Toronto to Vancouver for a drug deal when he spotted an officer he knew at the airport.By Malcolm Gray5 min
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