A deeply tanned man who answers to the name “Hulk” spent less than 15 minutes in a 20-foot square ring in Toronto early this month and reduced 15,300 of his fans to helpless ecstasy. They screamed, squealed, hooted and hollered as the world’s most popular wrestler administered seemingly devastating punishment to two opponents at Maple Leaf Gardens.By KEVIN SCANLON11 min
Behind bulletproof windows overlooking a Japanese garden, they assembled to fortify the world’s industrial democracies. And by the end of last week’s three-day summit at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, leaders of seven nations —the United States, Britain, France, West Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada—had agreed to form a united front against forces that threaten their stability, from international terrorism to the fluctuations of world currencies.
The sleek Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 lands at Debre Zeit, a military airport an hour’s drive south of Addis Ababa. On the tarmac, an earth-toned fleet of 15 Soviet MiG jets stands poised for takeoff, while another MiG screams overhead.By MICHAEL POSNER6 min
Late last month 60 angry Nova Scotia-based fishermen gathered in a local firehall in Meteghan, 230 km southwest of Halifax, to issue an ultimatum to federal Fisheries Minister Thomas Siddon: if Ottawa did not increase the fishing rights of the 230-vessel dragger fleet within five days, the draggers would begin fishing in defiance of federal quotas along Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast from Digby to Cape Breton.By CHRIS WOOD6 min
The boom has resounded in stock markets around the world. Since last fall a ferocious global rally has swept share prices to record-shattering highs, piled up billions of dollars in paper profits and spawned a mood of excitement and greed that is attracting more and more small investors.By MARK NICHOLS6 min
In any other province, it would have been called a landslide. But in Alberta, where political leaders can be as immovable as the Rocky Mountains, the commanding majority that Premier Donald Getty earned in last week’s provincial election constituted a dramatic setback.By JOHN BARBER6 min
A protean talent with a vast musical catalogue and more than a dozen books to his credit, R. Murray Schafer has long attracted international attention. But the 52-year-old Toronto-based composer has also made his mark as a visual artist, environmentalist and teacher—and the titles of his compositions, including Brèbeuf, Wizard Oil and Indian Sagwa and Epitaph for Moonlight, reflect the scope of his interests.
Royalty was coming: planners of the Expo 86 opening gala knew that the music had to convey a sense of grandeur befitting the occasion. To achieve that, they commissioned a fanfare titled The Ringing Earth. And so, on May 2 its majestic sounds—beginning with a dazzling flourish of brass and percussion—rang out in Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre to a capacity black-tie audience of 2,800, including Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales.
In the midst of our Libyan ordeal, a couple of British fellows jumped off the Empire State Building and parachuted safely to the streets of Manhattan. The papers put the story on page 1 and, momentarily, we were diverted from Colonel Khadafy, disco blasts, ritual executions and corpses tossed by the wayside—from all we have come to define as terrorism.By Fred Bruning5 min
Just as diesels took the fun out of railroading, jets took the fun out of flying and cancer took the fun out of smoking, the federal government, with assiduous assistance from the auditor general, is relentessly taking the fun out of waste and inefficiency.By Stewart MacLeod5 min
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