In a television war, it was a stunning image. A cocky Yasser Arafat, eyes puffy with fatigue, strolled among the Israeli-encircled ruins of his Palestine Liberation Organization stronghold in West Beirut. For the benefit of television crews he held up a small dark-eyed Palestinian girl.By Thomas Hopkins15 min
Alberta’s separatist Western Canada Concept party (WCC) pulled back from the edge of self-destruction last week. More than 800 angry members from across the province drove past summer fields checkered with swaying green barley and yellow canola into the south-central city of Red Deer to order that the party’s executives halt their infighting and bickering and start working toward taking power in the province—and, indeed, the entire West.By Gordon Legge8 min
The recent spate of brutal rape-murders in Toronto, the nine rapes that had Calgary terrorized this spring and random attacks in other Canadian cities this summer may be doing more to cloud the sensitive issue of violence against women than bring it into sharp focus.By Susan Riley6 min
They were 30 profoundly troubled men and women who straggled out of the Canadian Labour Congress headquarters last week into the oppressive Ottawa heat. Amid media reports of a new spirit of conciliation between government and labor, the members of the CLC’s executive committee had privately come to the unavoidable conclusion that conciliation was just not possible.By Ian Anderson6 min
It was 1947, and Canadian Earl Denman found himself at loose ends in postwar Tibet. With the energy of the innocent, he decided to make a solo attempt to climb the as yet unconquered Mount Everest. Although Tibet had closed the sacred mountain to climbers, Denman persisted and, in a spirited but illegal dash, managed to reach the 7,000-m level on the 8,847-m Himalayan giant before stiffening cold and sledgehammer winds drove him back.By Thomas Hopkins5 min
Fourteen-year-old Joël Black of Murillo, Ont., finished Grade 7 with honors last year but could not recite his multiplication tables past five times five and was unable to identify a noun or an adjective. So last fall his parents, Dale and Elvira Black, plucked Joël and his six-year-old sister, Sameena, out of school in order to teach them at home.By Judy Shapiro5 min
There is an ancient Jewish attitude that oldtime comedians such as Myron Cohen use in their routines with much success: the tendency of Jews to assess every event in life with the question: “But is it good for the Jews?” This has much validity in the event of major sociopolitical events, less in the case of the weather, hemlines and the success of the Canada Council.By Barbara Amiel5 min
To Western minds, religious crusades belong to the past. Moonie media marriages, Billy Graham sermons, even sectarian violence in Ireland, pale beside the bloody memory of entire nations—Christian, Jew and Moslem—mobilizing to liberate the holy city of Jerusalem.By Mark Czarnecki5 min
Your July 12 cover story (New Fear and Anger in a Six-Per-Cent Society) was apt. However, your statement about the “imminent collapse” of our company is probably worded a bit too strongly. We have a fighting bunch of workers left and, unless the present situation continues for a long time or our illustrious cabinet in Ottawa unconsciously lets our country slide down the hill, we will probably last until the three Canadian destroyers (Trudeau, Lalonde and MacEachen) are sunk.—GERRY VAN WACHEM, President, WestankWillock, Regina
The changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace will never seem quite so impressive in the future. The bizarre revelation in London’s Daily Express last week that the Queen had awakened to find an unemployed Irishman in dirty jeans and T-shirt sitting on her bed shattered once and for all the formidable image of those scarlet-coated sentries.By CAROL KENNEDY4 min
Bow Valley Industries Ltd., the Canadian-owned company with the largest holdings involved in the East Coast’s offshore energy play, has increased its ante in the great gamble that Atlantic oil and gas can sooner or later be refined into dollars and cents.By Michael Clugston4 min
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