An emergency operator in Vernon, 300 km northeast of Vancouver in the B.C. Interior, took the call at 7:14 p.m. on Jan. 18, 1991: a report of a house fire. By the time firemen reached the white stucco bungalow on Vernon’s 26th Street, the small blaze under the basement stairs was out—extinguished by water released from a pipe that had been melted by the flames.By CHRIS WOOD5 min
Three young naval officers turned up for training at Canadian Forces Base Borden last week, the creases in their blue shirts knife sharp despite the hot sun. The first thing on their agenda was sexual harassment training—with Borden staff passing out copies of the latest issues of Maclean’s, detailing reports of sexual abuse in the military.By JOHN GEDDES, STEPHANIE NOLEN9 min
Every once in a while a university or high school asks me to speak to their graduating class, and I always start my remarks with the same advice: “If I could say a couple of words to you, before you go out into the cold, cruel world, those words would be, ‘DON'T GO!’ ”By Peter C. Newman5 min
Pakistan raises the stakes in the new nuclear arms race
This is a country that is in major trouble. Unless it does something about it, it will be in the same bind it has been almost all this century. That is—like Albania—it will have only the Natural Governing Party ruling it forever. The country that has been run by the Liberals practically all the century since Sir Wilfrid Laurier was a pup now is in danger of having another uncontested stroll over our future.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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