In Canadian business circles, Trevor Eyton, the president and chief executive officer of giant Brascan Ltd., is known for his easygoing style. But in recent months events have visibly eroded the composure of the man who helps to run the empire created by brothers Peter and Edward Bronfman-a commercial colossus that currently has an estimated $50 billion in assets and control over a clutch of Canada's biggest companies.
The defector is Toronto actor Eugene Levy, a veteran of the TV comedy series SCTV, who is now among the legion of Canadian comic actors making movies in Hollywood. And his deadpan testimony is part of The Canadian Conspiracy, a mock documentary to air on CBC on June 8. Presented as an alarmist exposé by the fictitious American News Network, the 90-minute program satirically investigates the pervasive influence of Canadians in American show business—especially in comedy.By Brian D. Johnson11 min
It was April Fool’s Day, but in Hollywood film-maker Ivan Reitman was in no mood for fooling around. He was at Universal Studios trying to complete his latest film, Legal Eagles, in time for release this month across North America. With a $40-million budget and the blue-chip names of Robert Redford, Debra Winger and Darryl Hannah, a lot was at stake.By Brian D. Johnson9 min
James Corcoran, a 55-year-old Montreal advertising copywriter, is part of a shrinking minority of Canadians who continue to use tobacco products despite repeated warnings about the health risks involved—and attempts to restrict smoking in public places.By BRUCE WALLACE6 min
For a time last week the Mulroney government seemed unwilling— or unable—to make up its mind. One day it was determined to retaliate for the U.S. decision to impose a stiff new 35-per-cent tariff on Canadian cedar products. The next day it looked as if Ottawa had never considered retaliation.
Out of Africa came reports— and television footage—of unimaginable disaster. The pictures were haunting: twig-thin children, balefully staring mothers, hollow-eyed families huddled in refugee camps. Around the world, nations and individuals responded with an outpouring of charity, supported by unique fund-raising efforts from Band Aid, a British recording project at Christmas, 1984, to Sport Aid, which culminated in an international Race Against Time on May 25.
The assignment was an unusual one for an ambassador to the United Nations. In early April the White House sent its UN envoy, retired Lt.-Gen. Vernon Walters, on a secret mission to Europe to obtain allied co-operation for the United States’ planned bombing of Libya.
Welcome to Cutback World, ladies and gentlemen. We hope you enjoyed your flight. Sorry you had to walk so far in the rain, but spending reductions have made it possible for us to operate the same number of airplanes with fewer unloading ramps.By Charles Gordon5 min
The drama unfolded in courtrooms on both sides of the country. In Montreal on Saturday, police ringed the prisoners box as five members of the Sikh community were arraigned on explosive-possession charges amid reports of an aborted plan to blow up an Air-India jumbo jet.
The 20 dead included 10 children between the ages of nine months and 14 years. Some were forced to kneel beside an irrigation ditch and then were shot in the back of the head. Others burned to death in their houses. The May 20 attack by Hindu Tamil guerrillas on the Sri Lankan town of Siripura—populated by members of the country’s Buddhist Sinhalese majority—was only one savage episode in the island country’s bitter and swiftly escalating civil violence.By PEETER KOPVILLEM5 min
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