Just outside the Cree Indian settlement of Peerless Lake, Alta., there are five graves side by side on the flank of a grassy knoll. Beyond the graves, higher up, is a thin rank of tall poplars, and beyond the poplars the lake is still and smooth and blue in the northern sun.By RAE CORELLI14 min
A few years ago, two Vancouver entrepreneurs made a bet. Peter Cundill, who runs one of the country’s most successful mutual funds, became intrigued by the ability of Ron Longstaffe, then executive vice-president of Canadian Forest Products Ltd., to pick paintings that increased exponentially in value.By Peter C. Newman4 min
Since his election in 1978, Pope John Paul II has travelled to more countries than any pontiff in history. Last week the Pope embarked on a week-long 11-city tour of Colombia, his 30th trip abroad and seventh to Latin America. Pope John Paul’s return to Latin America is no surprise: population experts estimate that by the end of the century a majority of the world’s Roman Catholics will be living there.
For decades Canadian pension funds— currently with total assets of nearly $110 billion—have built an impressive record of cautious but profitable performance. In recent years demographic and economic changes have begun to alter some time-honored pension plan practices.
Eugene Pasap was only eight years old when government authorities decided his parents were not raising him properly and placed him in the care of foster parents. But they had little more success with the unruly youngster. Later, he went to Paul Dojack Youth Centre for juvenile boys in Regina and then to the Knowles School for Boys in Winnipeg.
His talent on the double bass earned him turns playing alongside such jazz greats as Bill Evans, Pepper Adams and Roland Kirk. But for almost 30 years, Montreal musician Charles Biddle’s main source of income came from a daytime job selling cars.By Anthony Wilson-Smith4 min
Gordon James, a 51-year-old bread salesman with doleful brown eyes, recalls a day five years ago when his life changed dramatically. On June 16, 1981, James’s wife, Patricia, gave birth to the Toronto couple’s third child. She was overtaken by postpartum depression and, unable to face her role as a mother, she deserted her family.By GLEN ALLEN4 min
In the Inukshuk Shop in Rankin Inlet, N.W.T., one sunlit evening in June, 14 dark, almond-shaped eyes were mesmerized by a video-game screen, reflecting the brightly colored cartoon athletes competing for Olympic medals. The next morning the eyes of the seven Inuit boys were focused on a wider horizon.By DOUG EARL6 min
Maclean’s: How would you characterize the way in which the white man has regarded Indians historically? Berger: Well, for 500 years since 1492 we have proceeded on the assumption that we were entitled to occupy the New World and the question has been, ‘What about the rights of the people who were here when we came?’
Last May, during a preview performance of Henry VIII at the Stratford Festival, Vancouver’s Camille Mitchell, who was making her debut at the Ontario festival as Anne Boleyn, dislocated her kneecap. Recalled Mitchell, the daughter of American actor Cameron Mitchell: “I came bounding onstage, and my 80,000 petticoats sent me flying.By MARY MCIVER4 min
For almost 30 minutes last week Brian Mulroney seemed grateful to shrug off the armor of his office. Under a brilliant afternoon sun and with a cadre of anxious RCMP bodyguards laboring to keep up, the Prime Minister abandoned his protective motorcade and plunged into the throng of Canada Day celebrants on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill.By MICHAEL ROSE6 min
Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion Michel Côté. A polished accountant, Côté, 44, has demonstrated an unerring ability to defuse political problems. During his two years as consumer and corporate affairs minister, he placated opponents of metric expansion by allowing imperial usage in some areas and championed new competition legislation.
Matthew Beaver stood on the edge of a crowd that was leaving the nightly bingo game in the band council office of the Grassy Narrows reserve, 90 km north of Kenora, Ont., and said: “I’m either 40 or 45. I’m sorry. I just don’t know.” His confusion was understandable.By SHERRI AIKENHEAD4 min
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