One survivor likened the destruction to a scene from wartorn Beirut. Another said he "thought it was the end of the Earth." Across central Ontario last Friday a series of howling, churning tornadoes ripped through peaceful farming towns and garden subdivisions, flattening homes, uprooting trees and wiping out businesses along a crooked 100-km path.By Ross Laver3 min
The trial promised to be sensational, and it was—right from the start. The defendants were held in white steelbarred cages, shielded by bulletproof glass. The courtroom itself was surrounded by black-uniformed carabinieri carrying automatic weapons, while police helicopters hovered overhead.
He strides athletically, but almost anonymously, through the airport departure lounge. He clenches his boarding pass in his teeth and carries his own suitcase. Once aboard the aircraft he settles into a window seat, takes off his jacket and begins to read, interrupted occasionally by fellow passengers anxious to say hello.By Terry Hargreaves7 min
The contrast in approach was dramatic. When President Ronald Reagan last week issued his new tax reform proposals, he declared that the plan formed the start of a “second American Revolution” that would shift more of the tax burden to corporations and away from wage earners.
Last month External Affairs Minister Joe Clark announced that the Canadian government would delay its decision on whether to participate in the United States’ Strategic Defense Initiative—known colloquially as “Star Wars.” Furthermore, said Clark expansively, he would like to hear the views of ordinary Canadians before his government made a decision.By Barbara Amiel5 min
Once scorned by schoolmates in Vernon, B.C., who called him "peg leg," Stephen Charles Fonyo last week turned a childhood of pain and ridicule into a moving personal triumph as he completed his courageous crosscountry marathon against cancer.By Jane O’Hara5 min
Suddenly the term "soccer hooligan" became inadequate last week as drunken British fans, many armed with knives, sharpened flagpoles and broken bottles, made bloody war on Italian spectators in Brussels during the final of the European Cup. Television commentators in Belgium to cover the European Cup soccer final between Turin’s Juventus club and the Liverpool Football Club found themselves having to describe one of the worst sports event disasters in recent history—one that resulted in 38 deaths.
For his final Shakespearean production as artistic director of the Stratford Festival, John Hirsch appropriately chose King Lear—a play about succession and ingratitude. Unlike 1980, when the festival foundered after Robin Phillips’s resignation, the board of directors has already selected John Neville to succeed Hirsch on Nov. 1.By Mark Czarnecki5 min
Looking tanned and remarkably buoyant, convicted murderer Colin Thatcher listened attentively last week as his lawyer urged the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in Regina to overturn the former provincial energy and mines minister’s conviction seven months ago for the brutal slaying of his ex-wife, JoAnn Wilson.
The chaos of the 1950-53 Korean War left millions of Koreans separated from their families in the divided peninsula. Since then, hostility between the Communist North and the capitalist South has made family reunification impossible, and many Koreans still do not know whether their missing relatives are alive or dead.
The Wilson budget was meant to serve two main purposes: to cut the deficit and to help increase the number of jobs, mainly among small-and medium-size employers across the country. It may eventually accomplish the former, but small business is being extremely cautious about bringing about the latter.By Peter C. Newman4 min
Montreal's Allan Memorial Institute was grateful to get the money back in the late 1950s. As part of the Royal Victoria Hospital’s funding, the annual grants coming from the Cornell University medical school’s “Society for the Investigation of Human Ecology” were most welcome.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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