Hers was one of the thousands of tragedies. Not the worst; certainly not the last; but a terrible testament to the suffering inflicted on the innocent in war. In a hospital in Pantasma, in Nicaragua’s northeastern province of Jinotega, seven-year-old Elda Sanchez stared numbly at the bandaged stub where her left leg had once been.
Inside an abandoned adobe funeral home on the outskirts of Danlí, a dusty Honduran market town a half-hour’s drive from the Nicaraguan border, Santo Cristobal Cañadas swept his hand around the single barren room in disgust. “Here we live like beggars,” he said.By MARCI McDONALD8 min
Just 12 hours after his name was linked last week with an RCMP investigation, Roch LaSalle invited the news media to his riding for an important announcement. Journalists flocked to Joliette, Que., speculating that the minister without portfolio might announce his resignation from cabinet.
Autoworkers Richard Salter and Edward Sauvie were spending an idle afternoon having a few beers in Jim’s Garage, a rundown little tavern near the huge General Motors Corp. plant in Flint, Mich. At the same time in near by Detroit, GM chairman Roger B. Smith was releasing the company’s 1986 results: on record sales of $137 billion, profits dropped 26.4 per cent to $3.91 billion.
Early one morning in April, 1977, armed men acting under the orders of the Argentine government seized Jacobo Timerman from his Buenos Aires home. The outspoken editor and publisher of the dissident newspaper La Opinión became one of the best-known political prisoners of the right-wing regime of then-president Jorge Rafael Videla.
Under a heavy mantle of ice, the St. Lawrence flowed silently by Quebec City last week. In the frigid but sunsplashed weather, pedestrians hurried past the intricate ice carvings celebrating the city’s famous Winter Carnival. And when they looked at the passing limousines, they caught glimpses of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, his wife Mila, Pierre Cardin, Paul Anka or any one of dozens of celebrities and artists in town for Rendez-Vous 87—the multimilliondollar festival of sport and culture.By HAL QUINN6 min
More than $1 million worth of clothing, tools and medical supplies was packed last week in Vancouver for shipment on the first available freighter to the Pacific port of Corinto, Nicaragua. The cargo of private Canadian relief supplies brings to $6.5 million the value of gifts to the beleaguered Central American country since 1981 from Tools for Peace, a Vancouver-based aid organization with committees in 120 Canadian communities.
The protest was blunt—and effective. After the French trawler Grande Hermine had unloaded just a quarter of its catch at a warehouse on the island of St-Pierre last week, warehouse manager Jean Beaupertuis locked the building’s big blue doors.
Barbara McDougall holds the post of federal minister responsible for the status of women in Canada. But this may be a misnomer unless she acts very soon. Let readers judge. Last month the 40,000-strong members of an antifeminist organization called REAL Women of Canada were once again denied government funding.By Barbara Amiel5 min
As truth has been said to be the first casualty in war, fairness—or balance—is the first in times of scandal. In the media, scandal affects judgment. Richard Gwyn made the point more generally in The Shape of Scandal. Speaking of scandals, current and past, he wrote that “specific content of even the most famous of scandals, once the gossip was separated from demonstrable evidence, was much less than the excitement of the moment suggested. . . .”By George Bain5 min
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