Scientist Douglas Hallett, 37, has devoted his career to publicizing the threat of toxic chemicals in the environment. Late in 1980 he disclosed that herring gull eggs in the Great Lakes were contaminated with 2,3,7,8-TCDD, a form of dioxin and the most potent manmade poison in existence.
The pressure built through two weeks of accusations and acrimony. Day after day, the news media published details that linked the financial affairs of Sinclair Stevens’ family-owned companies with corporations conducting business with his ministry, the department of regional industrial expansion (DRIE).
Next month, in the historic, high-ceilinged Railway Committee Room on Parliament Hill, an obscure committee of 11 MPs will hold an extraordinary hearing. The Commons standing committee on finance and economics will hear testimony from Bernard Ghert, chief executive officer of real estate giant Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd. of Toronto.By MARC CLARK10 min
Last August an industrial accident at a Dow Chemical Canada Inc. plant near Sarnia, Ont., created what scientists described as a toxic “blob” on the St. Clair River bottom. Three months later Indian leader George Erasmus visited the Walpole Island reserve, located at the mouth of the river about 48 km downstream from the spill site.
In a lifetime devoted to dual careers in business and politics, Sinclair Stevens has struggled in the past with the elements that converged last week to force his resignation from Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s government. Despite a network of connections in the business community—and his political support of free enterprise—Stevens never succeeded in shaking off doubts about his true business abilities.
In his five years as White House deputy chief of staff, Michael Deaver built a reputation as President Ronald Reagan’s master image-maker. But last week officials from the General Accounting Office (GAO)—the investigative arm of the United States Congress—testified that the public relations consultant, who resigned from the White House in May, 1985, appears to have violated conflict-of-interest laws as a $105,000a-year Washington lobbyist for the Canadian government.By MARCI MCDONALD6 min
Good-looking, tough and politically well-connected, auto-parts magnate Frank Stronach is the millionaire role model for thousands of Canada’s aspiring entrepreneurs. He arrived in Montreal from Austria in 1954, a 22-year-old tool-anddie maker with $200 in his wallet.
The inquiry into the Sinclair Stevens affair could turn out to be the biggest media event most media people have seen. The explanation is that all the information the promised inquiry will have to work with originated in the media. The parliamentary opposition added almost nothing.By George Bain5 min
The following are three Ontario marriage and divorce scenarios. • When June Smith married her husband, Tom, he was an office manager. June was making a few dollars with her at-home cooking lessons. Now, six years later, June has a successful cooking school while Tom has spent his energy on a string of office liaisons.By Barbara Amiel5 min
Has anyone out there ever wondered why, whenever a member of the Royal Family or one of its appointed sword carriers does anything reflecting favorably on the common folk, we’re invariably told it was a personal initiative? But when the reflection is unfavorable, we are told the concerned Royal or sword carrier thereof was never consulted.By Stewart MacLeod5 min
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