Surfin’ Santa glided into West Edmonton Mall’s cavernous, glass-enclosed waterpark last week. Fat and relaxed in his sunglasses, straw hat and Hawaiian shirt, the improbable old St. Nick made merry from a deck chair while manmade surf pounded the sand-colored rubber beach behind him.
It was an unusual coalition with an unlikely purpose. In late August, Ottawa-based lobbyist Michael McCabe, flanked by five irate developers, swept into the office of Monte Kwinter, Ontario’s minister of consumer and commercial relations, for a meeting.By ANN SHORTELL3 min
For weeks Washington’s Iranian arms scandal had spread around the world, stretching to countries as far-flung as Israel and Nicaragua. Then last week the affair reached Canada. The connection emerged in five hours of secret testimony to the House foreign affairs committee by Central Intelligence Agency director William Casey.
When actress Kim Basinger is away from the camera, she is every bit as mysterious as the sultry Cajun she plays opposite Richard Gere in the new thriller No Mercy. Gere said that they spent little rehearsal time together because “we wanted to keep it fresh, playing two characters who don’t know each other and yet are handcuffed together in the Louisiana bayou.”By YVONNE COX3 min
On a visit to Toronto in October, 1984, local businessmen and politicians treated Saudi billionaire Adnan Khashoggi to a series of glittering dinners with prominent Canadians, including former prime minister Pierre Trudeau and singer Paul Anka.
It is a sophisticated and illegal form of investing, and stock market regulators say that it takes place in Canada. A company insider—an officer, lawyer or accountant—buys or sells company stock for a profit by taking advantage of information that has not been disclosed to the public.By ANN WALMSLEY3 min
The document was buried among hundreds of federal government memos and letters tabled as evidence at the inquiry into conflict-of-interest allegations against former industry minister Sinclair Stevens. Labeled page 133 of Exhibit #205, the March, 1986, industry department memo outlined terms for a contract to be let to Chase Manhattan Bank of New York for consulting work on two proposed regional development projects in Cape Breton.By MICHAEL ROSE6 min
The United Nations designated 1986 the International Year of Peace. Pope John Paul II convened an ecumenical gathering on Oct. 27 to mark a World Day of Prayer for Peace. But on the eve of that meeting an Associated Press survey reported “at least 43 countries” engaged in civil or international wars— in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
There have been more controversial departures from political life— but few have been as dramatic. On a January afternoon in 1982 Claude Charron, then house leader for the Parti Québécois government in the national assembly, was wrestled to the pavement in Montreal by a security guard from Eaton’s department store.By LISA VAN DUSEN3 min
They come fully assembled, are available in all sizes and are easy to wrap. Ideal holiday presents, this year’s collection of gift books includes everything from Antarctic mountains to the paintings in the Sistine Chapel. Matching a suitable book with names on a gift list is relatively easy; narrowing the selection to one book per person may prove more difficult.
James Cagney, 86, the stocky, pugnacious movie actor who won screen immortality in a succession of gangster roles beginning with 1931’s The Public Enemy; of diabetes and strokes, at his farm in New York state on March 30. The versatile and vibrant Cagney starred in 62 gangster movies, musicals and comedies.
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1. Decline of the American Empire, by Denys Arcand. Western civilization as seen by gourmandizing, sex-obsessed Quebec academics. 2. 28 Up. Twenty-one years ago Michael Apted produced a Granada television documentary on a group of seven-year-olds talking about their future.
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