For the shell-shocked survivors of West Beirut, there was relief at last. Shortly before sundown on Thursday, Aug. 12, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin ordered an end to that day’s 11-hour aerial bombardment and, with it, the slow extermination of a city once known as the Paris of the Orient.
Geoffrey Hewes, for one, has given up. He is leaving Canada for good, selling his car and furniture, and taking his personal belongings to a country that has jobs and a sunny unemployment rate of six to seven per cent—Australia. “It’s the job situation in this country.
It is an unbearably hot and humid summer afternoon, and even the spectators watching the practice are perspiring. Out on the court, above the squeak of rubber on wood, can be heard the solitary voice of a large, white-haired man who could only be from New York City.By Matthew Fisher7 min
Announcing his resignation as leader of the Quebec Liberal party last week, Claude Ryan compared participation in politics to a religious vocation. But it was his predecessor in the job whose prayers seemed to be answered. While Ryan acknowledged before a hotel conference room packed with a few supporters and many detractors that he could not win a leadership review in September, Robert Bourassa was across town in his high-rise office trying unsuccessfully to get a break from well-wishers’ calls.By ANNE BEIRNE6 min
The grenade came first, lobbed through the delicatessen window stacked with boxes of matzo and canned gefilte fish. It exploded with a surreal pop, as if meant as a cue. Within seconds two well-dressed men had rushed into the yellow tiled doorway of Jo Goldenberg’s, opening fire with submachine-guns that transformed the most celebrated Jewish restaurant in Paris into a charnel house of bloodied corpses and moaning survivors.By Marci McDonald6 min
In their paramilitary gear of red berets and T-shirts emblazoned with the Guardian Angels insignia, Curtis and Lisa Sliwa look better equipped to alarm than to attract. Yet outside Toronto’s city hall last week, the leaders of the U.S.-based volunteer crime fighters were surrounded by about 100 admirers, lending credence to their contention that, though police and politicians may not want them to organize in Toronto, the people do.
Diplomacy among friends should not only follow usual diplomatic channels but should also include an open discussion of common concerns between a diplomat and the people of the host country. If this open diplomacy is carried out in a straightforward manner it can usefully contribute to public debate.By Paul H. Robinson5 min
Even in British Columbia, with its tradition of baroque labor relations, the developments in a public sector strike last week were swift and unusual. In a one-day burst of activity, 40,000 government employees voted to reject the province’s “final” offer of a 6.5-per-cent wage increase.By Malcolm Gray5 min
Maclean’s: After the PLO fighters have left Beirut, what options will there be for their families and for the Palestinians in the refugee camps there? Kimche: Israel is imposing no restraints. This is purely a Lebanese question. The families are free to depart with the terrorists.
One of the joys of vacating this space for a spell, while I check in for my annual brain transplant, is the time available finally to run an eye over the contributions from my many fans. It makes a chap feel all gooey, warm inside, and brings a faint blush to the cheeks.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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