The televised address was a formidable display of a veteran politician’s ability to appeal to his nation. When Yasuhiro Nakasone, Japan’s dashing 66-year-old prime minister, appeared before a nationwide Japanese television audience last week, his domestic viewers were captivated by his informal, comfortable style.
The language was unequivocal and the overall principle— equality for everyone under the law—was beyond debate among most Canadians. But the legal and social consequences of Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which comes into effect this week, remained far from clear.
The constitutional debate preoccupying Ottawa was likely far from Joseph Cook’s mind as he eased his girlfriend’s Camaro to a stop near Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth, N.S. Indeed, when city police pushed through the crowd of teenagers who had clustered around his car, the 21-year-old had more immediate concerns.By Ken MacQueen, John Barber7 min
The offices once occupied by Crosbie Offshore Services Ltd., a St. John’s ship-leasing firm declared bankrupt late in January, were silent and in disarray last week. The company name had been removed from the front door. Rags and paint cans cluttered the reception area, and cabinet doors gaped open after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had removed the company’s files.By Chris Wood7 min
From the air, the village of Grise Fiord looks like an exclamation mark. It stands on a rocky ledge between the sea ice and the glacial mountains of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic: two rows of simple wooden houses, about 30 in all, in shades of brown, ochre and beige.By Michael Gerard7 min
Stretching back against the sofa in his lagoon-blue Parliament Hill office, Bill Domm easily acknowledges that he did not fully understand the meaning of compromise until January. The veteran antimetrie campaigner had for years led a rearguard fight to preserve imperial measurements and he was even a partner in an “imperial gallon” service station on the outskirts of Ottawa.By Hilary Mackenzie7 min
Putting out the garbage or even dusting furniture—simple tasks that most people take for granted —can be agonizing for Elaine Drew. The 38-year-old Toronto housewife was in a car accident in 1968 and, although she did not sustain any major injuries, she regularly suffers severe back pains, confining her to bed for several days at a time.
When Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in the Soviet Union on March 11, Western analysts predicted the articulate new leader would soon use his skills to attract favorable international opinion. Last week, as he marked the end of his first month in the Kremlin, Gorbachev attempted to do just that.
If, within months, Communications Minister Marcel Masse’s task force on broadcasting is to get its collective mind around what should be the objective of public policy in broadcasting, the proper roles for the CBC and private broadcasters, the needs of the provinces, the public as a whole and special groups within it, including native peoples—all the while keeping in mind the government’s cultural and economic priorities—the only decent thing to do is to step aside, bow low and wish it tne best of Canadian luck.By George Bain5 min
• Despite its assets of $3 billion, only a $255-million injection from two governments and six other banks saved the Canadian Commercial Bank from failure last month. • On June 1 the new Canadian energy pricing agreement between Ottawa and the provinces will free “old” oil—that is, oil discovered before 1974—from its current pegged price of $21.70 (U.S.), and “new” oil from its price of $29 (U.S.).By Dian Cohen5 min
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