From the darkness of the parking lot filled with pickup trucks and mud-splattered cars, they come through the glass doors: big red-faced men in heavy boots, baseball caps and hunting jackets, their womenfolk similarly bundled against the cold of the south Saskatchewan plain.By RAE CORELLI12 min
His body, which is firmly wedged in his specially designed wheelchair, sits low to the ground. His bony legs, pulled up close to his chest, are wrapped in a cocoon-like sleeping bag to prevent them from getting frostbite. With a slight rocking motion, Rick Hansen pushed the wheel rims of the chair with a metronomic precision to the beat of some internal drummer and rolled into the home stretch of an incredible journey that has taken him and a seven-member crew through 34 countries around the world.By JANE O'HARA12 min
Through the bumpy streets of Cockburn Town, the ramshackle capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Const. Colin Taylor negotiated his blue Datsun, an off-key rendition of God Save the Queen blaring from the car’s tape deck. Taylor played the recording for the benefit of Canadian visitors last week, demonstrating not only his skill as lead saxophonist for the 16-member Grand Turk Police Band but also his Britishness.By PAUL GESSELL7 min
Jocelyn Lovell was Canada’s best bicycle racer before a dump truck ran over him and crushed his spine while he was riding near his Toronto-area home in 1983. His agonizing adjustment to life as a quadriplegic-paralysed below the neck but with limited use of his upper arms—reached a low point last year when he and his wife, former Olympic speed skater Sylvia Burka, separated.
The pressure for a presidential news conference had been building for months. President Ronald Reagan’s last meeting with the news media had taken place on Nov. 19. After that disastrous, mistake-riddled fielding of questions about the Iran arms scandal, White House aides had barred reporters from presidential photo sessions.By MARCI McDONALD6 min
When a Quebec contingent of 25 movie actors and film-makers boarded Air Canada Flight 405 in Montreal for Toronto and the 1987 Genie Awards, their pilot made a special announcement: he wished them good luck, in both official languages.
Former first lady Betty Ford is no stranger to the public eye. Thirteen years ago the wife of President Gerald Ford underwent a much-publicized mastectomy—the surgical removal of one breast to prevent the spread of cancer. Ford, 68, also fought a successful struggle with her long-standing cross-addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs, and in 1982 she established the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., a small community outside Palm Springs.
The warning was both blunt and bitter. In an unusually tough statement last week, Alberta Premier Donald Getty predicted that Prime Minister Brian Mulroney will pay a steep political price if he does not help his province’s troubled oil industry.
The day care clock is steadily ticking away for the federal and provincial governments. The deadline for an agreement on a national child care plan between the federal and provincial ministers of health is June 30, 1987. By then, the federal minister, Jake Epp, will have had the report from the special parliamentary committee on child care in hand for three months.By Dian Cohen5 min
His vast luxury office suite over-looking Georgetown harbor now stands half empty—a reminder of the $3.9 million in corporate and foreign-government contracts he has lost within the past year. Former White House colleagues no longer return his telephone calls.By MARCI McDONALD5 min
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