In the high-speed era of the cell phone and the Internet, sending a message by mail stubbornly survives as a multibillion-dollar system of global communication. Not only that, postage stamps themselves, especially the special-issue commemorative type, are still a big business, as both collectors and people who simply like to adorn their letters with something unusual eagerly snap up new issues.By BARBARA WICKENS5 min
Your cover story claims to expose the victimization of innocents by criminals but only victimizes them further by peddling facile answers (“The people smugglers,” April 29). What makes people pay huge sums of money to smugglers, sometimes at risk to their lives?
The front-page headline of The Toronto Star on April 25 was jubilant. “Mideast ‘decision of century’: Palestinian council votes to revoke clause seeking the end of Israel.” The Star was not alone. Every major Western newspaper hailed what Israel’s prime minister, Shimon Peres, called “the most important historical development in our region in a hundred years.”By Barbara Amiel5 min
The Right Honorable Christopher Francis Patten surprises. From the headlines, one expects the Hong Kong governor to be a belligerent bulldog of a Britisher, a Bond-like figure braving the wrath of Asian potentates while sipping a Singapore Sling.By Peter C. Newman5 min
In the controversial Juneau report on the future of the CBC, a six-page section focused on the need for dramatic change within the organization. Citing a radically altered broadcasting environment characterized by severe funding cutbacks, new technology and a multi-channel universe, the report, released in January, warned that “the CBC and its unions will simply have to find a new way of working together to reduce costs and to guarantee the corporation’s long-term survival.”By DIANE TURBIDE4 min
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