They deal in hope and daffodils, but the 300,000 volunteers of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) raised $47.6 million last year, $3.3 million more than in 1983. That is a sign of the public’s overwhelming fear of cancer: an estimated 255,000 Canadians will undergo medical care this year because of the disease, a further 86,500 will be diagnosed as having cancer, and 40,000 will die.By Brenda Rabkin5 min
A few minutes before Question Period began last Thursday, Defence Minister Erik Nielsen slumped into a green leather chair behind the curtains in the House of Commons. Late the previous night he had flown back to Ottawa from a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization defence ministers in Luxembourg, and that morning he had chaired a meeting of the cabinet’s planning and priorities committee.
The image is hauntingly familiar: on a lonely stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway the determined teenager with the wavy blond hair who lost a leg to cancer hopped with a distinctive gait in his lonely quest westward to keep a dream alive. His mission, ostensibly aimed at raising funds for cancer research, was nothing less than raising the spirits of fellow sufferers across the land.By Jane O’Hara12 min
The six senior bankers who talked late into the night on Sunday, March 24, in the Bank of Canada’s Ottawa headquarters rarely assemble in one room except in extraordinary circumstances. Deliberating anxiously over pizza and coffee were the Bank of Montreal’s outspoken chairman, William Mulholland, Cedric Ritchie, his cool-headed counterpart from the Bank of Nova Scotia, and their peers from the Royal Bank of Canada, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the Toronto Dominion Bank and the National Bank of Canada.By Rod McQueen11 min
Probably only the killers know who murdered Jimmy and Lilly Ming, but there was a flurry of disturbing rumors after police discovered their dismembered bodies stuffed into canvas sacks on a lonely stretch of the Squamish Highway north of Vancouver last month.By Kerry Banks4 min
When he was opposition leader, Brian Mulroney regularly fulminated against the size and power—and the cost—of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) under Pierre Trudeau. But after promising more decentralized government decision-making and a revitalized House of Commons in last summer’s election campaign, the Prime Minister appears to have lost some of his reformist zeal.
In a glittering display of cross-border camaraderie at New York’s Plaza Hotel on March 21, 400 politicians, entertainment personalities and bankers from Quebec and New York state gathered to celebrate the opening of the first foreign sales office of Hydro-Québec.
Beneath a searing afternoon sun, the crowd streamed into the dusty central square of San Salvador’s Plaza de la Libertad for the final rally of the country’s three-month election campaign. Wizened campesinos with mudencrusted feet poking through tattered farm boots waved green tissue-paper pompoms and chanted in time to slogans blaring from loudspeakers.By Marci McDonald6 min
The teenage girls have shiny, clean hair and an air about them that comes from firm-minded mothers, well-fixed fathers and protected schools. They bounce about like thoroughbred fillies let loose in the pasture. Since this pasture happens to be the steamy Royal York Hotel in Toronto and this is a political gathering, you know the girls must be from Rosedale, where they issue pearls at birth.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
Only hours before his scheduled inauguration on March 15, Tancredo Neves—Brazil’s first civilian president in 21 years —was hospitalized with an inflamed intestine. After emergency surgery, doctors said the 75-year-old political veteran would soon return to work.
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