July 21, 1986



On a warm and hazy Friday evening, several dozen people out for a stroll gathered around a pair of television cameras in a park in downtown Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, 930 km southeast of Moscow. As birds twittered overhead, TV host Tatyana Rubanova passed through the crowd with a microphone, encouraging citizens of the industrial city to speak out on the subject of their choice for a live broadcast of the monthly current affairs program Crossroads.
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A battle to rehabilitate asbestos

Scientists began documenting the links between cancer and asbestos more than 50 years ago, but it was not until the 1970s that Western governments began drafting rules to control asbestos dust in the workplace. In the interval, thousands of people died.
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Ontario’s troubled North

The planned community of Elliot Lake occupies a clearing in an evergreen and hardwood forest on the southern fringe of Northern Ontario, the central Canadian vastness that is rich in natural resources but down on its luck. The town of 16,720 stands 32 km by road—in the converted yellow school bus that serves as public transit—north of the Trans-Canada Highway and the CP railway line that runs between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie.


When French President François Mitterrand flew to Moscow last week for three days of talks with Mikhail Gorbachev about arms control and the prospects for a second U.S.-Soviet summit, there was speculation that some new initiative might soon be forthcoming from the Soviet leader.
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A musical marriage at the top of pop

A metamorphosis is under way. A face, seemingly made of candle wax, takes shape beneath a flickering flame. It is Annie Lennox, provocative singer of Eurythmies, the British pop duo. Then, the video for Eurythmies’ latest single, Missionary Man, turns more sinister, with a scene in which a dark figure — Dave Stewart, the duo’s other half—is seen cooking potions in a laboratory.
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Hurting the health care system

The doctors’ strike in Ontario has ended but the issues remain. The strike was against provincial legislation passed last month banning extra billing and providing for fines of up to $10,000 and jail for any doctor who sets his own rates.
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Striking an imperfect balance

In a June 30 column in the Financial Times, Don McGillivray of Southam News called the House of Commons a Jekyll and Hyde. Mostly, he said, it was the “Mr. Hyde [or bad] side . . . that we see these days.” But there was another side, a side on which a lot of legislation had been introduced.
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A perilous stock market

Just one year ago shares in the financially strapped music company Ahed Corp. sold on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE) for only 17 cents each. But last month new controlling shareholders reorganized the company to convert Ahed into a holding company for a biotechnology firm and the stock took off.


The sun shone over central Nova Scotia as nine-year-old Andrew Warburton of Hamilton, Ont., walked away from the home near Halifax where he and his family were visiting to go swimming with friends in Tucker Lake. Four days later, as a chill drizzle soaked the area’s dense bush, Andrew apparently lay down on a narrow deer trail nearly five kilometres from where he was last seen, and died.
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The importance of Peter Jennings

Now the first thing you’ve got to look at is the tie. Peter Jennings is the only anchorman brave enough to abandon the outmoded, square Windsor tie knot that is supposed to be so appealing to Mr. and Mrs. Front Porch out there in Peoria. Ronald Reagan, as could be expected by his age, wears a Windsor knot that would choke a Clydesdale.
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