Last spring, after an investment of five years and $5 million, the Ontario Royal Commission on Electric Power Planning issued its final report—a massively detailed nine-volume examination of Ontario Hydro and its role in that province's energy future.
Rain has fallen over the New Brunswick potato belt, stopping the annual harvest in its muddy tracks. In farmyards and storage sheds, men tinker with equipment or rack potatoes while they wait impatiently for the autumn sun to dry the fields.By David Folster7 min
There's never been a better time to buy auto sound equipment. Sound like a salesman's pitch? Perhaps so. But if you're in the market for mobile high fidelity hardware, you'll no doubt hear the salesman make just that claim, and for once the statement will be entirely true.By John Phillips III6 min
In the middle of the rattling traffic, take-out chicken stands and used-car lots of Vancouver’s working-class Kingsway neighborhood is the curving rust awning of the venerable Rio Hall. Long owned by the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and its successor, the New Democratic Party (NDP), the hall has rumbled for decades with the voices of socialist heroes from Coldwell to MacInnis.By Thomas Hopkins6 min
Carolyn Welk’s boss thinks she’s the most attractive woman in the office—and he takes pride in how he has utilized her. “It was a dirty trick,” says Bob Gani, president of The Bay Travel. “As manager of training and development, Carolyn regularly visits all our branches.By Mike Macbeth6 min
In The Shining, Shelley Duvall played hysterical for nine months while Jack Nicholson lobbed around with a hatchet. But apparently hysteria was easier on the bones than playing Olive Oyl to Robin Williams’ Popeye in the Robert Altman film about the spinach-eating sea salt.By Marsha Boulton6 min
HIRING SKILLED MACHINISTS reads the faded sign outside the lavatory-green factory in Cambridge, Ont. It looks as forlorn as a vacancy sign at a forgotten hotel—and about as useful. Says Jerry Havlik, the 77-yearold owner of Havlik Enterprises: “That sign has been out there for 10 years and nobody ever comes.”By Gillian MacKay6 min
In your article Chicken One Day, Feathers the Next (This Canada, Sept. 1), rodeos are presented to your readers as spectacles of brave cowboys demonstrating their skill and courage, but they are, to my mind, actually spectacles of cruelty, suffering and violence inflicted on animals.
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