By choosing former Prime Minister Joe Clark as their new leader, Canada’s federal Progressive Conservatives have charted a new course for one of the country’s founding political parties; a course that unites the past and the present. They hope that a new leader, a new vision, and the experience and stature of Joe Clark will help lead the party out of the wilderness in which it has floundered for six years.
Israel and Palestine take another tenuous step down the path to peace. Once again, a peace accord in this troubled region has been initiated through the process of international mediation. The Wye agreement caps nine days of round-the-clock negotiations that pave the way to final-status talks. And yet, as we have seen in the past, the uncompromising factions on both sides may seriously hinder the efforts of U.S. President Bill Clinton, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
With predictions of another cruel Canadian winter being heard, social activists are demanding that governments act decisively to house those who live on the streets. Who are the homeless? Why are they on the streets? What are the misconceptions and stereotypes from which they also suffer? Why, in a nation known historically for its social programs, are there so many citizens living in abject poverty? This News in Review report examines the social conditions that have created this growing problem.
One of Canada’s largest growth industries is tourism and for the last decade eco-tourism has become a specialty within this industry. Travel companies throughout the world are taking their clients in ever-increasing numbers to the last remaining regions of unspoiled nature. In theory, eco-tourists witness the beauty of these areas but leave them untouched. However, do wilderness sites as popular tourist destinations represent a contradiction in terms? Bob McDonald, CBC’s science specialist and host of Quirks and Quarks, looks at the whale watching industry as one example of eco-tourism and the impact it is having on the animals it targets.