Clad in standard-issue green fatigues, black combat boots and flak jacket, the man known as “Canada One” wore little last week to immediately distinguish him from the 2,000 Canadian troops now on peacekeeping duty with the United Nations in Bosnia and Croatia.By Anthony Wilson-Smith
The lead-up to every World Cup is filled with bluster, betting and absurdity. Teams preparing for this year’s event publicly debated whether players should have sex before and during the tournament (the consensus: only if a team is winning).By STEPHEN BREARTON
Twelve-year-old Jason Perkins only started playing soccer two months ago. He hadn’t deliberately avoided the game—there simply was no opportunity to play near Robert Taylor Homes, the dilapidated inner-city public housing project in Chicago where he lives.By JAMES DEACON
There is something automatically suspect about a sequel. It is one of the safest bets in show business, a predictable attempt to cash in on a proven success. And with rare exceptions (Godfather II, Aliens), sequels turn out to be contrived imitations of the original.By Brian D. Johnson
Deborah Irvine is a glutton for work. By her early thirties, she had become policy adviser to the chairman of Ontario Hydro in Toronto, while simultaneously raising two preschool children and putting her husband through university. A skilled organizer, Irvine thought she had her life nicely worked out: marriage, children and career.
Anne of Green Gables was an orphan raised by a brother and sister—“a nontraditional family representing all the best family values.” So said Ontario Attorney General Marion Boyd recently, drawing that icon of Canadian literature into a raucous legislative debate over nontraditional families of another stripe.By MARY NEMETH
They both play right wing and they’re both short. But where superstar forward Pavel Bure is muscular and morose, his boss, Vancouver Canucks president Arthur Griffiths, is slightly built, amiable and articulate. The contrast should mislead no one though.By CHRIS WOOD
It is the world’s most popular drug, and millions of Canadians contribute to its popularity. On a recent sunny Sunday afternoon, scores of caffeine addicts crowded the 10 coffee shops along a short block of Vancouver’s trendy Robson Street, sipping espresso, cappuccino, café au lait and even, occasionally, regular brewed coffee.
A Palestinian peasant woman brought her three-year-old son coughing and wheezing to Dr. Mamduh Nojum’s office in Jericho last week. The Arab physician diagnosed bronchial pneumonia and prescribed a drug imported from England.By ERIC SILVER
Two moms and a baby When it comes to public acceptance of gay rights, the real litmus test is the issue of raising children. Only 37 per cent of respondents to the Angus Reid poll disagreed with the statement: “I find nothing wrong with homosexuality.”
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