For 26 years King Hussein of Jordan has walked a political tightrope. The Hashemite monarch has survived countless attempts on his lite, including one at the age or 15 when an assassin’s bullet grazed a medal on his chest, seconds after the murder of his grandfather, King Abdullah, by Arab extremists in Jerusalem.
It was, perhaps, precisely the right setting to conclude months of negotiations. Those two long-standing Canadian institutions, federal-provincial feuding and government-business wariness, meeting on a uniquely Canadian stage: the rip-roaring Calgary Stampede.By RODERICK MCQUEEN7 min
Aged 83 and in his 49th year as conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Arthur Fiedler, North America’s oldest and bestknown maestro, is in failing health. His wife of 36 years, Ellen, is already making suggestions as to how the final curtain should be rung down.By RON BASE5 min
No one at the Canadian immigration office in Paris thought it was strange that, although she was carrying an Iranian passport in the name of Shahrzad Sadegh Nobari, the woman did not look the least bit Iranian. “You get perfectly blonde, blue-eyed types flashing Algerian passports,” explains Janusz Zawisza, immigration counsellor at the Canadian embassy in the French capital.
About 120 miles northwest of Toronto in Holstein, Ontario, farmer Jim Calder, 67, stands defiantly in front of his flock of 40 Canada Geese. The geese are delicately picking their way across the field to muck about in a pond. They are large birds, some as big as 15 pounds, with stubby beaks and silly little legs.By BARBARA AMIEL5 min
Three frisking pinto ponies surge and bump up the grassy slope until they are frozen on the crest against the fathomless blue sky, like a tableau out of a Zane Grey-era canvas. In the picnic grounds below, a half dozen miles northeast of Regina, there are those endless straw fedoras, in pastel, adorning the cautious men who wear both belt and suspenders.By Allan Fotheringham5 min
I have long admired the talents of Valri Bromfield, profiled in The Reluctant Star (June 12). Unfortunately I feel she has never received the acclaim her captivating humor so richly deserves. That is, until your excellent article. Now others can join me in watching her rise to the top.
Good news for diminishing Montreal. Irving Layton, officially 66, entitled to a pension, but, as you and I know, still Canada’s youngest writer, has returned, putting unspeakable Toronto behind him. While this will not compensate for the departure of Sun Life and the rest, it certainly means more fun for a wilting city.By Mordecai Richler4 min
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