He had a dream. It was a simple dream—the vision of a time when “the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” That dream of racial equality took Martin Luther King Jr. to the bus stops of Montgomery, Ala., where a 381-day boycott broke the back of the first of the South’s humiliating Jim Crow segregation laws 30 years ago.By MARCI MCDONALD11 min
In Gwen Robinson’s yellowing photographs, the blacks pose selfconsciously for the camera, prosperous and proud. There is James (Gunsmith) Jones, the son of a slave, who moved to Chatham, Ont., in 1849 and who won prizes for his firearms at a Montreal exhibition in 1860.
In the years following his breathtaking Conservative election sweep of 1958, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker sometimes called on a bright and well-connected Laval university law student named Brian Mulroney for advice on Quebec issues.
Between 1973 and 1979 Albert and Carol Cavin, a retired Vancouver couple now in their mid-70s, invested $50,000 in two of Canada’s best-performing mutual funds, Templeton Growth Fund and Taurus Fund Ltd. Now, their investment is worth about $300,000—and that does not include $35,000 which the Cavins have already withdrawn to help their daughter and grandchildren pay for cars and houses.
Outside, an icy north wind swept across the dreary, rain-drenched streets of East Belfast. But inside the cavernous Orange Hall, a gathering place for many of Northern Ireland’s one million Protestants, tempers last week were running high.By ROSS LAVER6 min
Purists may not agree, but it is better to do the right thing for the wrong reasons than not to do it at all. Take smoking. There are lots of good reasons to quit smoking. Smoking stinks up the house. Smoking causes forest fires. Smoking gives you cancer.By Charles Gordon5 min
Under a redrawn code that became effective New Year’s Day, all public servants must declare any stocks, bonds or other assets they think might —somehow, someday — give rise even to the appearance of a conflict of interest. The decision is theirs, but they are advised, if in doubt, to make the disclosure.By George Bain5 min
For three months a Supreme Court of Ontario jury of 10 men and two women has listened to testimony from convicts, self-confessed drug addicts, procurers and prostitutes. Eighty-four witnesses in all have testified about the character and alleged crime of Helmuth Buxbaum, a 46-year-old millionaire nursing-home owner from Komoka, Ont., 20 km west of London, on trial for arranging the roadside slaying in 1984 of his wife, Hanna, 48.
Betty Mae Whitfield knows the sound of rats scratching. “You hear them under the house all night,” said Whitfield. “They cut in through the floor.” That is not difficult: the house is rotting wood on the outside and cardboard on the inside—a tumbledown three-room shack in Tunica, Miss., the poorest county in the poorest state in the United States.By BOB LEVIN5 min
Raised in New Orleans, where his mother worked in domestic service, Emery Barnes is no stranger to poverty. But last week Barnes—a former British Columbia Lions defensive end and a New Democratic Party member of the B.C. legislature for 13 years—began a new experiment in making ends meet.
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