After the House of Commons resumes next week, Eugene Forsey, 81, will at some point take his place in the Parliamentary Gallery, where he has been watching over Canadian history since he was a child. Now, the retired senator finds that what he sees in the Commons reminds him of the political mood there when he first visited it during the early months of Robert Borden’s Conservative government.By ROY MACGREGOR10 min
On any night of the week Canadians can watch one of the country’s biggest advertising and marketing battles being waged on their television sets. The “Beer Wars,” as industry analysts are calling them, have never been more costly or intense.
One member of West Germany’s coalition government described the intricate web of defections, disappearances and arrests as “fit for a cabaret act.” But the sordid details of how master spies played on the weaknesses of men and women in key government posts was a deadly serious affair.By JARED MITCHELL7 min
The drawing left nothing to the imagination. Reproduced in full color on the front page of the Montreal-based tabloid Allô Police, it showed a shirtless man in a wheelchair expressing horror as a shotgun blast fired from close range ripped open his stomach.By DAN BURKE7 min
The men and women who specialize in economic forecasting sometimes have reason to hope that their predictions are wrong. That was the case a year ago when, despite the election of Brian Mulroney’s Conservatives and their pledge of a more benign environment for business, nearly all the forecasts pointed to a sharp slowdown in Canada in 1985—perhaps even a recession.
For years the Grill restaurant in the basement of Ottawa’s Château Laurier hotel was famous as the place where important Liberals met to dine and plan strategy. But since the Conservative victory last September a small reception room in the back of the Grill has become a meeting place for the capital’s most notable newcomers—the new federal Tories from Quebec.
The signs were a familiar sight on campuses, in churches and in union halls across the continent a decade ago. In bold letters the posters urged consumers to boycott California grapes and lettuce. Their proliferation signalled widespread support for the United Farm Workers, a union seeking better wages and working conditions for California’s 300,000 agricultural fieldworkers.By PATT MORRISON5 min
Ignoring the pleas of priests leading the demonstrations—and the cries of children—the police struck, some firing live ammunition from shotguns and rifles. Swinging batons and heavy rhinoceroshide whips known as sjambokke, firing rubber bullets and tear gas grenades, South African police last week fought thousands of anti-apartheid demonstrators.
RIMOUSKI, QUE. The 12-foot-long windsurfer sailboards hanging from the wall in Jean Lavoie’s highstyle sports store on the main street of Rimouski could serve as the symbol of the new and outward-looking middle-class which has grown and flowered in Quebec over the past two decades.
TIMMINS, ONT. The Canadian Shield is a massive, 2.5-billion-year-old horseshoe-shaped swath of stone that spans the greater part of Eastern Canada. There, wrote historian Arthur M. Lower, Canadians can “find their soul.” And deep in the Precambrian heart of the shield live the 46,000 citizens of the Northern Ontario city of Timmins.
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