When British Columbia Premier William Bennett hit the campaign trail last April 7 he promised a government of old-fashioned conservative restraint. To British Columbians, hurt more than most Canadians by the recent recession, the message had an appealing ring.By Jane O’Hara12 min
Well done, Canada 1! We should all be proud that a group of Canadians had the guts to challenge for the supremacy of the America’s Cup (Rallying Around Canada 1, Column, Oct. 3). They started from scratch and ended in sixth place. Terry McLaughlin ended up helping Australia II train for the match with the Americans (it paid off, they beat them).
Maclean’s: When you look down the list of the church’s problems, what stands out at the top? Greeley: The shortage of priests. In the United States, for example, I think we could get about a half-million young Americans to consider becoming priests if they were told they only had to make an active commitment for a limited period of time—for five or 10 years.
Maclean’s: Why, apparently without warning, did you decide to try to bring about a new kind of society in British Columbia? Bennett: The international recession caused the change. It struck the industrialized world, this country and British Columbia very hard.
From the age of about 10, when they begin to help their fathers take the grain to the elevator, Saskatchewan children learn all about “the Crow.” As they listen to the wheat farmers playing cribbage at the elevator, they gradually discover the historic antipathy between farmers and railways as they both struggled to settle the West.By Carol Goar6 min
The first painting depicts a human skull, perched on the worn pages of a leather-bound book, peering to the left over a gold pocket watch and beyond its dark wood frame. Conveniently, that painting is hanging so that the skull actually gazes at another painting which shows a banquet table of silver platters and glistening chalices filled with wines, fruits, meats and succulent crustaceans.By Paul Russell5 min
Layoffs all over the place. Wads of unemployment. Dwindling job propects. But at least the kids aren’t as awful as they used to be. For weeks I have been hearing professors exclaiming with delight about this year’s batch of students. They’re bright, they’re polite, they’re hard-working.By Arthur Silver5 min
For more than a month Lebanon’s internecine struggle had eclipsed the simmering violence in Central America. But last week, as the commission headed by former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger prepared for its first fact-finding mission in the region, senior administration officials leaked the outline of a vast new military, economic and diplomatic offensive.By PAUL ELLMAN5 min
The train shoots out of the Daishimiu tunnel at 194 km an hour. It is Japan’s newest Shinkansen, or bullet train, and the ride is so comfortable that a cigarette balanced on its end never topples unless the train banks to turn. There are other surprises as well.By PETER McGILL5 min
When Dianne Knowlton chose not to send her five-year-old son, Andrew, to a kindergarten near their home in Victoria, B.C., last month, it was partly because the highly structured program included teaching children how to read. Knowlton believes that imposing formal skills on children when they are too young can damage their ability to learn.By Ann Walmsley5 min
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