He is arguably New Brunswick’s most infamous criminal. An overweight man with a porcupine-quill haircut, he appeared almost grandfatherly last week as he sat wearing baggy jeans and a plaid shirt in the witness box in the Burton, N.B., courtroom.
In the grey, tangled ethics of espionage and paid informants, there has always been only a thin and tenuous line between acting a part and living it. In one famous example in Russia in 1908, Yakov Sverdlov, one of five members of the Bolshevik Organization in St. Petersburg, worried that his group had been infiltrated by a government informant.
Communication, communication. It destroys marriages and can destroy countries. That would be lack of communication of course. Ask any marriage counsellor. The battle for Quebec as a part of Canada runs along the same lines. The separatist leaders claim that the rest of Canada doesn’t understand the Québécois, didn’t understand the importance of Meech Lake, won’t understand what a “distinct society” means.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
They came to honor the dead and to remember a tragedy. About 400 people, most of them Irish-Canadian, arrived by boat at Grosse-Ile, a beautiful but uninhabited island in the St. Lawrence River, 48 km northeast of Quebec City. They commemorated the thousands of impoverished Irish immigrants who died of typhus and cholera while quarantined at the island in the mid19th century.
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