December 24, 1984

Slow death in Afghanistan 2223

Slow death in Afghanistan

The village of Stugana, on the lush southern slopes of the Hindu Kush mountains, is like countless others in Afghanistan: a once-peaceful farming community now lying in ruins. In 1980 a wave of bomb and rocket raids by Soviet MiG jets and helicopters forced Stugana’s 150 families to abandon their crumbling mud houses and join a tide of refugees spilling east into Pakistan.
The CBC faces the music 4445

The CBC faces the music

In CBC offices across the country, the panic had been building for weeks. The Conservative government’s plan, announced on Nov. 8, to cut $75 million from next year’s projected $906-million grant, with an additional $10 million taken from a special program for replacing equipment, had left almost everyone fearing for their jobs.
Aftermath of a poison cloud 3435

Aftermath of a poison cloud

When he entered the grief-stricken area around Bhopal last week in the wake of India’s poison gas disaster, flamboyant California lawyer Melvin Belli was an incongruous presence; dressed in a black suit with a red lining, alligator-skin boots and a polka-dot tie, he strode among the thousands of suffering survivors and the grieving relatives of about 2,500 people who died during the worst industrial disaster in history.
The unholy impact in a holy war 2829

The unholy impact in a holy war

In the cold ascent of the mountain, Uzbek suddenly balked. Uzbek, the white pony I had bought a few days earlier from a used-horse dealer, was heaving hard and his legs trembled. On foot, I led the pony over the next summit trail. But for my Mojaheddin escort, it was a routine run—a week-long, 350-km trek from the Pakistani border town of Miram Shah deep into the heart of Afghanistan.
New themes from the musical stage 4041

New themes from the musical stage

Traditionally, a “musical” meant for theatregoers a play filled with hummable tunes and captivating dance numbers, supporting an often sentimental love story. But the era of the traditional musical may be drawing to a close, as music and theatre gradually regroup under the more comprehensive heading of “music theatre.”
A new plan to create jobs 5253

A new plan to create jobs

It was fairly common in the Depression years for people to carry their Economic Plan with them wherever they went. Often the Economic Plan would be carried into a newspaper office, the Plan’s author demanding to see the editor. Upon being granted an audience, the Author would produce the Economic Plan, hand-written and 80 pages long, from a soiled and wrinkled paper bag.
The blooming of hypocrisy 67

The blooming of hypocrisy

How many of the following views would you agree with? 1. Individuals are largely responsible for their own fortunes or misfortunes. 2. The plight of the underdeveloped world is not the fault of the industrialized nations. 3. There are some fundamental differences between genders, groups and races that are intrinsic and not the result of discrimination.
The ‘odd man out’ premier 45

The ‘odd man out’ premier

When Howard Pawley became Manitoba's 19th premier in November, 1981, he claimed that his top priority was to clear “the completely poisonous atmosphere" that had developed between his province and Ottawa during the four-year reign of Sterling Lyon, his Tory predecessor.


According to New Brunswick provincial court Judge James D. Harper, privileged people in Canadian society deserve stiffer sentences when they break the law “than Joe Blow from Kokomo who is the town drunk.” That sentiment, expressed by Harper during a CBC radio interview, was enough to prompt lawyers defending Premier Richard Hatfield on a charge of marijuana possession to ask the province’s Appeal Court to have the judge, who was to have heard the charges against Hatfield last week, removed from the case.
Clear signals in New York 89

Clear signals in New York

For more than a decade the highly visible symbols of Canadian economic nationalism created by Liberal governments—including Ottawa’s Foreign Investment Review Agency (FIRA) and the National Energy Program (NEP)—were regularly denounced in the United States as evidence of Canada’s hostility to American investment.
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