IT WAS AN offer Mary O’Connor couldn’t refuse. The man sitting across from her in the seedy Toronto diner was promising a week’s paid vacation at a luxury resort in Jamaica, cash for clothing and toiletries before departure, spending money while there, and $5,000 when she got home.By SUSAN MCCLELLAND
THERE ARE very few big-time directors who will let you call them at their Toronto home, then casually meet for coffee around the corner. But with Clark johnson, the 47year-old Philadelphia-born, Toronto-raised actor (Homicide: Life on the Street) turned Hollywood director (S.By SHANDA DEZIEL
The Olympics are a great opportunity for countries to learn more about each other (“City of gold,” Cover, July 14). Although I see the Olympics as a wonderful experience for our city, I know many people do not share my view. They say it’s going to be too costly and not going to even come close to paying for itself.By RICHARD HUNTER
IT WAS THE STUFF that presidential campaign commercials are made of. On May 1, a flight-suited George W. Bush, the former National Guard pilot turned commander-inchief, swooped down to the deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier to press the flesh with victoryflushed sailors and airmen.By JONATHON GATEHOUSE
THERE IS A LAND where the government can arrest non-citizens, throw them in jail for an indefinite period of time, and then remove them from the country, all in virtual secrecy. This is a land where, for certain people, civil liberties and rights of due process don’t exist.By EDWARD L. GREENSPAN
HE’S RIGHT, of course. But it’s not always as easy as all that. Think about it: how often have you put off some unpleasant or unrewarding task until it is nearly too late, or worse? The deadline looms, the pressure mounts, and, finally, you swing into action.By BRIAN BERGMAN
NEXT YEAR they will celebrate 30 years of marriage. At least, that’s what they call it— although many would deny that this particular couple are married at all. They have lived in the same neighbourhood of big old houses and mature trees near downtown Winnipeg since 1978.By JOHN GEDDES
NEAR THE turn of the last century, a book vendor named Robert Burns Bond travelled the country by rail, lugging trunks of tomes with him. He sold his wares at each stop as the train sat, engine hissing, in the station. As passengers sorted themselves out and baggage was loaded and unloaded, Bond would dash to the local bookstore, leaving a supply of books and picking up orders for the next voyage.By KATHERINE MACKLEM
ON SEPT. 26,1580, Francis Drake arrived in Plymouth harbour aboard the Golden Hinde, completing one of the most famous voyages in world history—an epic 65,000-km circumnavigation of the globe. It was only the second such voyage ever made, and the first in which the captain himself—in this case, the greatest mariner of the age, in the opinion of friend and foe alike—made it back alive.By BRIAN BETHUNE
IN THE TV SHOW Due South, he played an earnest Mountie searching for truth and justice. Today, Toronto actor/screenwriter Paul Gross, 44, is looking for a way to save Canadian television drama. Networks often find it cheaper to purchase American productions than to create domestic conten\t.By PAUL GROSS
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