When George Orwell wrote his landmark novel about the year 1984, he was, we are told, playing with numbers. His book could as easily have been called Nineteen Forty-Eight. And, in fact, when 1984 finally arrived, it was possible to note some parallels with that earlier year.By Pierre Berton7 min
Yuri Andropov, 69, president of the Soviet Union. The son of a railroad worker and former head of the KGB, Andropov was seriously ill for nearly half his 15-month rule. That prevented him from pursuing his campaign to revitalize Soviet industry.By PATRICIA HLUCHY6 min
As 1984s go, the one Canada had was not as bad as the one Orwell wrote. No one has written Nineteen Eighty-Five yet, so we can move confidently ahead, carrying no books, marvelling at another year’s worth of survival. We were tested, sure. Politically, the first big event of the year was the Lalonde budget in February.By Charles Gordon5 min
The political new year will begin on Monday, Jan. 7, in Geneva. Across a conference table in a suitably austere government building, the doughty Soviet foreign minister, Andrei Gromyko, and his tough American counterpart, Secretary of State George Shultz, will face off in diplomacy’s answer to the battle of the superstars.By Michael Posner4 min
Between 1945 and the early 1960s almost all transatlantic passenger aircraft stopped to refuel at the isolated Newfoundland community of Gander, a town that residents called “the crossroads of the world.” Although airlines quickly deserted Gander when long-distance jets took over from gasoline-fuelled propellor machines, there are now many citizens from autocratic states who regard the semideserted way station as a gateway to freedom.By RANDOLPH JOYCE4 min
The detailed anatomy of the Mulroney government’s implementation of a new economic and social order will become clear only after Michael Wilson’s 1985 budget, but the process of massive change is well under way. Its genesis in the Sept. 4 election will be 1984’s main legacy.By Peter C. Newman4 min
A blue-ribbon group of businessmen is preparing a serious attempt to buy the CBC’s English-language TV network and privatize individual stations, testing Brian Mulroney’s determination to sell off Ottawa’s Crown corporations. On the surface the proposal sounds as unrealistic as trying to buy the Parliament Buildings, but it is a carefully staged commercial proposition which its supporters had planned to make public next spring.By Peter C. Newman4 min
1. A Passage To India: David Lean’s splendid rendering of E.M. Forster’s great novel about the inability of cultures, and people, to connect. 2. All Of Me: Carl Reiner’s tale of a sour old heiress, Lily Tomlin, who comes back to life in Steve Martin’s rebellious body: continuous laughter.
To the Canadian Transport Commission (CTC) the fate of the Canada Southern Railway first appeared to be a relatively minor matter. Last year the commission launched a routine examination of a proposal by Canadian National Railways (CN) and Canadian Pacific Ltd. (CP) to purchase the small line’s holdings.By DAVID HELWIG3 min
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