The organization is only nine years old and its players, collectively at least, are so anonymous that New York Times columnist Dave Anderson dubbed them “the best baseball team that nobody knows.” The Toronto Blue Jays’ only star, wrote Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan—who went on to misspell his name—is pitcher Dave Stieb, a converted outfielder who now has a guaranteed $12-million (U.S.) contract spread over 11 years and a won-lost record that is barely over .500.
Darkness had just fallen over the devastated heart of Mexico City. Slowly, its benumbed 18 million people were beginning to recover from the worst tragedy in the capital’s history. Then, they were gripped with a terrifying sense of déjà vu.By MARCI MCDONALD11 min
On a summer evening in 1982 Abner Dewar noticed an unpleasant aroma arising from the tuna casserole that his wife was cooking. Dewar, the chief of the Halifax-based Inspection Laboratory of the federal department of fisheries and oceans, later complained to officials in his department about the problem.
Down by a bend in the Bow River known as Policeman’s Point, just eight kilometres south of Calgary’s skyscrapers, George McBride and a companion, John Eisenhauer, broke out the oars of a 14-foot flatbed rowboat. Before casting off, McBride studied the water intently as it rippled and tousled the heads of grassy weeds.By ANDREW NIKIFORUK6 min
As the gulf between the small screen and the big screen narrows, cinematic values are revolutionizing the look of prime-time television. Last season Miami Vice, which has amassed a record 15 Emmy Award nominations, changed the ground rules for television drama with a glossy style borrowed from film.By Brian D. Johnson6 min
When the 1982-83 recession washed over the Canadian economy, real estate developers were among the first victims. After more than a decade of ballooning real estate values, they suddenly faced a swiftly collapsing real estate market. Giants such as Vancouver’s Daon Development Corp. and Nu-West Group Ltd. of Calgary suddenly faced bankruptcy as buyers for half-finished office buildings, industrial parks and houses withdrew and interest rates on large bank loans skyrocketed.
The phenomenon caught the attention of Newfoundland RCMP constable George Critchley earlier than most. The 36-year-old baseball fan from Northern Arm had long been a passionate partisan of the National League’s St. Louis Cardinals. But last summer his allegiance flew the coop to another bird, another team, another league and another country.
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s broad grin may have reflected his satisfaction at reaching a decision to seek negotiations on a free-trade agreement with the United States. But as he emerged last week from a special cabinet meeting called to discuss the politically delicate issue, he was not talking about it.
This week an estimated 152,000 Parti Québécois members will elect a new party president who will automatically succeed the retiring René Lévesque as premier of Quebec. The overwhelming favorite is the present justice minister, Pierre Marc Johnson, 39, whose father, Daniel, was the Union Nationale premier of Quebec from 1966 until his death in 1968.
Last week on Britain’s BBC television, an eight-year-old boy was shown bicycling alone, miserable, without friends, shunned by other children. He was known to be a hemophiliac and was feared to have AIDS. In New York City, when the fall school term began, thousands of parents kept their children away from school because city authorities had revealed that somewhere in the school system was a Grade 2 child with AIDS.By Barbara Amiel5 min
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