On a bright spring day in Toronto, a weather-beaten candy wrapper blew silently across the schoolyard at Valley Park Middle School, disappearing into piles of trash. The place was a mess—in more ways than one. A month-long strike by janitors, secretaries and other support staff had virtually closed the country’s largest school board, leaving buildings in disarray and 300,000 frustrated students and their parents to fend for themselves.
In a dewey, verdant field in rural Indiana, a few thousand people will pass a dark spring night next week waiting for the sun to come up and a man to die. Inside an otherwise nondescript brick building a few hundred metres away, about 40 others will bear direct witness to the execution, from the four glassed-in viewing rooms at the federal penitentiary just outside this small midwestern town.By Robert Sheppard11 min
I am a resident of the St-Jean-Baptiste quarter of Quebec City where the Summit of the Americas recently took place (“No sitting on the fence,” Canada, April 30). For two days and nights, my home was subjected to helicopters constantly hovering, noisy demonstrators running back and forth, the popping of tear-gas guns nearby and the continuous stench of tear gas on my clothes, my hair, my skin and in every corner of the house.
The Veep: U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney says pumping more fossil fuel is the American Way. Global warming? Can’t cramp SUV Nation’s style. Canadarm2: Col. Chris Hadfield comes back to earth after walking in space and unfolding the second generation of Canada’s cool robotic space limb.By Rima Kar6 min
Stockwell Day tried to quell dissidents in his party by issuing a gag order to all Canadian Alliance MPs on the subject of his leadership. Did he mean it? Yes, if the case of veteran Calgary MP Art Hanger is any indication. After being demoted from his post as defence critic, Hanger found himself suspended from caucus for continuing to call for Day to resign.
With the coming of spring, new calves at Friesvale Farms have emerged from the barn to test their spindly legs in pastures growing greener by the day. But Friesvale’s peaceful image hides a harsh reality that begins at sunrise when owner John Ysselstein starts his workday.By John Intini5 min
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