February 10, 1986



The moment had arrived at last. After three days of delays caused by icy weather and technical problems, the U.S. space shuttle Challenger prepared to take off from Cape Canaveral to orbit the Earth. Among the seven astronauts on board was a schoolteacher with the right stuff: Christa McAuliffe, a curly-haired and smiling 37-year-old from Concord, N.H. Selected from more than 11,000 applicants to become the first “ordinary citizen” in space, she was to turn the Challenger into a cosmic classroom, beaming down-to-Earth lessons on space travel to students below.
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Free trade in the balance

Four months have passed since Prime Minister Brian Mulroney formally proposed to President Ronald Reagan that Canada and the United States begin discussions aimed at broadening trade between the two nations. Since then, a heated debate has erupted in Canada over how the talks should be conducted—and the advisability of launching them at all.


For a generation grown accustomed to dazzling technological achievements, the accomplishments of American space missions had become almost commonplace. Until last week lift-offs and landings, moon walks and satellite rescues took place with such precision that major TV networks stopped live shuttle coverage, confining their reports to regular news broadcasts.
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Toughening up the books

The nine men gathered in the mahogany-trimmed conference room in the Toronto office of Denison Mines Ltd. on an afternoon last December were visibly uncomfortable. Denison president John Fowler and five other company officials were there to confront three accountants from Coopers & Lybrand, the giant Toronto-based accounting firm.
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A dramatic Fleet Street revolution

From the outside, the enormous concrete-and-brick building in London’s East End could easily be mistaken for a maximum-security penitentiary. Its sprawling grounds are strewn with rolls of razor-edged barbed wire and a 3.5-m-high spiked iron fence stretches around the perimeter of the complex.
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Fighting fanaticism

Since the publication in 1962 of her most famous novel, The Golden Notebook, an early work that was championed by feminists, Doris Lessing has become known as one of the world's most celebrated, complex and controversial writers. A sharp observer of the human condition and increasingly experimental as an author, Lessing, 66, has written more than 20 books—novels, essays, plays, poetry and science fiction—which explore in highly personal terms the political, social and spiritual malaise of Western society.
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Facing the climax

For many Filipinos, the mellow, almost motherly widow was an unlikely presidential candidate. Although Corazon Aquino’s strength awed her relatives and friends during the nightmarish days that followed the 1983 murder of her husband, Philippines opposition leader Benigno Aquino, few dreamed she would assume her husband’s mantle.
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Duvalier under siege

For years they tried to escape. They gave up their life savings—thousands of them over the years— for berths in leaky, crowded boats to flee the hunger and terror of their island dictatorship. But last week the people of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, stood together at home against the harsh 29-year-old regime of the Duvalier dynasty.
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Tough decisions about the dollar

It was only 10 years ago that the Canadian dollar was worth $1.04 (U.S.). Last week our embattled currency struggled to stay above 70 cents. That represents a drop of 32 per cent in the past decade, six per cent in the past year alone. Pension fund managers say that if it were not for the fact that they are prohibited by law from allocating more than 10 percent of their assets to non-Canadian investments, virtually none of the hundreds of millions of dollars now under their management would be invested in Canadian corporations and government bonds.
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The threat to Mexico

It was to have been a routine two-day conference on Latin American debt. But Mexico’s finance minister, Jesús Silva Herzog, seemed determined to outline some harsh facts. Appearing before a meeting of bankers and economists sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank in London, Herzog delivered a blunt message.
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