Canadian soldiers, mainly from the Royal 22nd Regiment (the fabled Van Doos), with support from several other units, are writing a new rule book for peacekeeping. The troops are patrolling the front lines between warring Balkan republics in what, until it began breaking apart less than a year ago, was the Yugoslav federation.
Few subjects are as gripping and relevant today as that of the world which awaits us after we die. The “near-death” experience, which you examined in your April 20 cover package, “Between life and death,” challenges our modern assumptions and at the same time offers hope that there are real forces of good that move the lives of ordinary people.
What is hot in the banks, cuisine, May Day celebrations and nudity at Whistler
As guest speaker at an awards dinner of the two-year-old Canadian Society of Magazine Editors in Toronto last week, native leader Ovide Mercredi announced that he had something important to tell his audience—but only off the record. The editors promptly acquiesced in the removal of Canadian Press reporter Ian Bailey’s tape recorder from the podium.
DIED: Indian film-maker Satyajit Ray, 70, of cardiac arrest, in a Calcutta hospital. His death occurred just three weeks after the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science awarded him an Oscar for lifetime achievement. A videotape of his acceptance from his hospital bed was shown at the Oscar ceremony on March 30.
When it became known that Arthur Ashe has AIDS, his personal wishes counted for less than the principle of a free press
AN AMERICAN VIEW
Did USA Today play rough with Arthur Ashe? Inquiries by the colorful national daily prompted Ashe to acknowledge that he has AIDS—and to angrily question the priorities of the news business. USA Today says, Sorry, a story is a story, no exceptions.
CANADA’S MOST ENIGMATIC PREMIER BRINGS NEW HOPE TO THE SEARCH FOR NATIONAL UNITY
In the 26 years since Robert Bourassa entered Quebec politics, his public commitment to federalism has waxed and waned. As a Liberal backbencher in 1967, Bourassa seriously considered joining a pro-sovereignty group led by René Lévesque.
As Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa prepared to meet the four western premiers, separatists accused him of undermining the province’s bargaining position by planning a referendum on renewed federalism rather than on independence. In other developments:
The Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench sentenced Father Lucien Larre, 59, to a day in jail and a $500 fine for common assault and administering a noxious substance to residents of Regina’s Bosco Homes for troubled youth, which he founded in 1971.
A thousand glittering acres symbolizing the hopes and aspirations of a simpler Canada—that was Montreal’s Expo 67. The world's fair opened on April 28 of the country's Centennial Year, bringing joy and pride to millions of Canadians from coast to coast.
As satellite dishes brought a deluge of English-language TV programs to remote Eastern Arctic communities on Baffin Island in the early 1980s, Inuit leaders worried that their young would lose their traditional language, Inuktitut. School officials responded by spending $200,000 a year on new native-language textbooks.
Freed but not really free—that summed up David Milgaard’s first full week of liberty after almost 23 years in prison. Venturing outside his mother’s Winnipeg home, Milgaard found himself mobbed by wellwishers, an experience that he subsequently described as “claustrophobic.”
CANADIANS TRY TO KEEP THE PEACE BETWEEN WARRING GROUPS IN THE EXPLOSIVE BALKAN REPUBLICS
The men of November Company’s Seven Platoon, from Baden, Germany, patrolled through Croatian countryside that was spellbindingly beautiful. The Canadians’ route took them along a single-lane rural road 100 km east of Zagreb, which they call “the Line” because it marks the Croatian army’s forward position of defence against the Serb-led Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA).
After a week-long standoff following the April 16 overthrow of Afghanistan’s hardline President Najibullah, leaders of several competing Mujahedeen rebel factions agreed to a power-sharing plan that may end 14 years of civil war. A TIMETABLE FOR DEMOCRACY
A single incident proved to be the spark that ignited the First World War. On June 28, 1914, in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, a 19-year-old nationalist named Gavrilo Princip fired two shots at the car of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, killing the heir to the Austrian throne and his wife, Duchess Sophie.
The bodies have been cleared away, but bloodstains still mark walls and doorways, hidden at night by the dark that envelops the deserted buildings. As evening falls, a few terrified families huddle in basements. Using candlelight, they eat sparingly from dwindling supplies of canned food and listen anxiously to the rat-a-tat-tat of machine-gun fire and the explosion of mortars outside.
CORPORATE SCAVENGERS WOULD LIKE TO PROFIT FROM THE REICHMANNS’ PROBLEMS
If frequent-flyer points from airlines could be applied to corporate debt, troubled Olympia & York Developments Ltd. of Toronto would be in much better financial shape. Last week, as rumors of O&Y’s potential bankruptcy rumbled across global financial markets, advisers to the company’s owners, Toronto’s reclusive Reichmann family, took flight for destinations around the world.
Ottawa and Washington announced agreement in principle on cross-border trade in beer. The Americans had threatened to impose an $8 duty (the equivalent of $9.50 Canadian), retroactive to April 13, on a case of 24 bottles of Canadian beer imported into the United States.
If Olympia and York Developments Ltd.’s creditors refuse the company’s appeals for loan extensions and additional funding, it could be forced to seek protection from their claims under bankruptcy laws in Canada, the United States and Britain.
Nothing helps explain more dramatically the Reichmann brothers’ troubling journey from being the world’s largest real estate developers to the gates of the bankruptcy courts than a visit to Canary Wharf, the megaproject at the edge of London that may sink their dream.
Since the beginning of time, earthbound man has searched the heavens for signs that would enrich his life, his soul—and his comprehension. For the ancients, the search was largely spiritual, or astrological, and the findings were bound up in unscientific belief.
Although Christians and members of other major religions once reacted angrily to scientific theories of creation, last week’s announcement of data that could bolster the Big Bang theory of the universe’s origins caused scarcely a ripple in religious circles.
On why the findings are important to nonscientists: Everyone feels the need to know where they came from and who they are. Every culture has had myths about how the world began. In modern times, we are very technological and we have our scientific version.
Like many parents, William Unruh occasionally takes his young son outside at night to gaze at the stars and to look for such constellations as the Big Dipper and Orion. And like most parents, the 46-year-old Vancouver resident acknowledges that he can identify only a few constellations without the aid of a guide.
American artist Kaffe Fassett says that he went to Britain in 1966 “to become a genius painter.” But when he arrived, Fassett decided to trade brushes for knitting needles and began to create colorful clothing, needlepoint chairs and wail hangings.
From the outside, the Canadian pavilion at Expo 92, the world’s fair that opened in Seville, Spain, on April 20, looks like little more than a huge metal box. In fact, it is widely praised as one of the most innovative and exciting buildings on the entire site.
Ever since personal computers went onto the market in the late 1970s, manufacturers have sought to make them smaller, more powerful and easier to use. But even the so-called laptop computers, introduced in the late 1980s, have limitations: to enter data, users have to operate a keyboard or a so-called mouse pointing device.
Ever since Nova Scotia laborers struck out for Toronto in Goin’ Down the Road (1970), characters in Canadian movies have been leaving home, looking for the big time and almost invariably meeting with disappointment. Now, South of Wawa offers a perverse variation on the theme of thwarted dreams: two waitresses in a small-town Ontario doughnut shop get all excited about going on a double Scene from The Fool: dazzlingly literate drama about poverty, wealth and power date to a Dan Hill concert in Toronto, but never even make it to the highway.
For Europeans, the epic voyage resulted in the discovery of a new world brimming with riches and replete with possibilities. The Oct. 12, 1492, landfall of Italian merchant-adventurer Christopher Columbus in America was an achievement on the order of 20th-century man’s landing on the moon, an exploit to remember and celebrate.
1 "I" Is for Innocent, Grafton (4) 2 Burden of Desire, MacNeil (1) 3 All Around the Town, Clark 4 The Pelican Brief, Grisham (2) 5 Griffin & Sabine, Bantock (5) 6 Voice-over, Corbeil (7) 7 Probe, Bonanno (3) 8 The Elf Queen of Shannara, Brooks (8)
Seasoned students of the comics will recall Alley Oop, the Stone Age figure in a bearskin bikini with a face even more fierce than a modern linebacker. invented by a cartoonist by name of V. T. Hamlin in the early 1930s, Alley Oop—an uglier Piltdown Pete—strolling through the jungle one day came upon a giant camera.