Toby seemed to know what to do when his owner, Debbie Parkhurst of Maryland, choked on food. After Parkhurst tried without success to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre on herself, the golden retriever pushed her to the floor and jumped on her chest repeatedly with his front paws, dislodging the food.
It’s hard to imagine two more unlikely allies: the hardline animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the world’s second largest hamburger-flipping fast-food chain Burger King (the restaurant responsible for that pile of meat called the Triple Whopper).By COLIN CAMPBELL
Britain, at least metaphorically, has never really been an island anchored off the coast of mainland Europe. It drifts, east and west, sometimes closer to America and to the Commonwealth states, sometimes closer to the Continent.By MICHAEL PETROU
On Canada’s East Coast, it was the annual calm before the storm. Hundreds of hunters and animal activists alike waited for the official start of the seal hunt, delayed until this week by poor ice conditions in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.By BARBARA RIGHTON
All relief, and no regrets. A majority of Quebecers are pleased with the election results that altered their political landscape last week—and could change the atmospherics of Quebec-Canada politics for months or years to come. In a rather unique poll, Léger Marketing asked voters if, given a second chance, they’d repeat the voting that vaulted Mario Dumont’s Action démocratique du Québec to official opposition status, humbled the Charest Liberals into a second-term minority—and left the Péquistes reeling.By BENOIT AUBIN
Last week, the debate over Canada’s stance on China’s human rights record was reignited when it was revealed the wife of a Chinese diplomat had fled the Ottawa embassy and had applied for refugee status. Jiyan Zhang, 48, is a follower of the spiritual sect Falun Gong, which has been outlawed in China since 1999.
I JUST BEGAN reading the first article in your latest university package (“What can 70,000 students teach you?” University Student Issue, April 2) and it is reaffirming my belief that we are making a soft generation. This article shows that if university kids complain loudly enough, schools will change to their liking.
After his work on the remake of Battlestar Galactica, what’s next for producer David Eick? Obviously, another remake: The Bionic Woman. The new pilot, filming in Vancouver, is based on a show that ran only two seasons and is mostly remembered for its cheesy special effects.By JAIME J. WEINMAN
Ukraine’s political crisis deepened on Monday when President Viktor Yushchenko, after a weekend of street demonstrations by his supporters and those of his rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, dissolved parliament and called a snap parliamentary election for May 27.By PEETER KOPVILLEM
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