They appeared only 10 minutes apart on television after a competition that left them almost neck-and-neck at the finish line. But the starkly different images they projected to their Ontario audience exposed a gulf in attitude and manner as wide as the 400 km between them last Thursday night.By Mary Janigan
Rosa Martinez, a 20-year-old Salvadoran refugee, applied for asylum in Canada at a Windsor immigration hearing in June, 1983, before senior immigration officer Melanie Lukaniuk. She asked Martinez why she had fled El Salvador. Q. You stated that you are afraid to return to El Salvador because of your political and social affiliations.By Ann Finlayson
For Laurent Beaudoin, the youthful chief executive officer of Montreal-based Bombardier Inc., a heady pastime is spiriting a Formula Plus snowmobile across the hilly terrain of the Eastern Townships near his home in Knowlton, Que. “Last year my wife and I put at least 1,500 km on our snowmobiles,” the 47-year-old Beaudoin recently told Maclean’s.By Bruce Wallace
The weather, for Bonn, was nothing out of the ordinary —overcast skies, intermittent drizzle and pervasive fog off the Rhine. In the rainspattered streets of the West German capital, security police—15,000 strong —stood ready with pistols and submachine-guns at checkpoints, communicating with walkie-talkies and questioning pedestrians.
The deal was another sign of the poor financial health of Canada’s department store industry. Last week giant Toronto-based developer Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd. announced that it was buying Vancouver-based Woodward Stores Ltd. for about $270 million in cash and shares.
What is behind it all? Forty years after the defeat of the Third Reich, the Western world is suddenly absorbed in a feverish attempt to unearth old Nazis. President Ronald Reagan, leader of the free world, is the target of criticism from civil libertarians, Jewish groups and even Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for his visit to West Germany’s Bitburg cemetery—because the graveyard includes a few SS soldiers among its 2,000 dead.By Barbara Amiel
There was a moment between the second and third periods of last Friday’s world hockey championship gold-medal game that said it all. The two teams, Canada and Czechoslovakia, were in their respective dressing rooms. The home-town team in the Prague Sportovni Hala was ahead 3-2 on a spectacular short-handed goal by left winger Jiri Sejba, his third of the game.By Roy MacGregor
As campaigning began for the Ontario election six weeks ago, leaders of the three main parties concentrated on the issues they believed voters cared most about —jobs, health care funding and other dollars-and-cents concerns. But throughout the campaign another complex and divisive issue haunted the candidates, angering voters and perplexing politicians who, for the most part, tried to avoid discussing it.
With two days left to go before last week’s Ontario election, Liberal Leader David Peterson embarked on a final round of main-streeting in Toronto. Accompanied by his actress wife, Shelley, and sporting a bright red tie, Peterson greeted commuters at a downtown subway station, shook hands with shoppers in suburban plazas and lunched on hot dogs with the party faithful at a takeout restaurant.By Shona McKay
Exactly 15 years after he was first elected premier of Quebec, Liberal Leader Robert Bourassa last week announced plans to run again for a national assembly seat. Bourassa, 51, who has been without a seat since he regained the party leadership in October, 1983, plans to contest the Montreal-area riding of Bertrand in one of four byelections called by Premier René Lévesque for June 3.
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