For the world’s most celebrated and glamorous royal couple, last week’s routine saw them shuttling between public duties and family responsibilities: the husband visited poor neighborhoods in the industrial city of Manchester, and his wife took their children to see the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The financial world’s attention last week focused on a small, blue-carpeted room off the U.S. Senate chamber. There, around a square table with a red floral centre-piece, 19 dark-suited men —negotiators from the White House and Congress—began to haggle over how to cut at least $30.36 billion from Washington’s $195.36-billion budget deficit.
The accusations were pointed reminders that when it comes to the free trade debate, emotion—not logic— often dominates. First, Canada’s chief trade negotiator, Simon Reisman, told a Toronto audience that critics of the Canada-United States trade agreement were using the same techniques that Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels developed during the 1930s.
To many Western visitors, Moscow is grey, dull and austere. And Western residents usually know by heart the departure times of all flights out of the Soviet capital. But it is a reflection of the desperate conditions elsewhere in the enormous country of 278 million people that other Soviets long for the opportunity to live in Moscow.By CATHERINE REDDEN7 min
The cast of characters involved in the Iran-contra scandal has been varied and flamboyant. But last week a recently declassified Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) memo—released by the congressional committee preparing to publish its report on the affair this month—introduced a new figure into the drama who may be the most improbable of all.By MARCI McDONALD7 min
It is a fast-growing monster that the biggest economies in the world continue to feed even as they discuss how to kill it. Last year the United States, Japan and the 12-nation European Community spent more than $80 billion on farm product support.
The approach of the Olympic year is a time of exquisite pressure for Canada’s figure skaters. Not only will they perform at home in the Calgary Winter Games next February but they are the host nation’s best bet for medals. At Skate Canada’s annual international competition last week—an official Olympic preview event in Calgary’s $100-million Saddle-dome figure skating venue—those medal hopes strengthened, with virtuoso performances by world champion Brian Orser of Orillia, Ont., and a series of stellar efforts by Canadian singles champion Elizabeth Manley of Ottawa and others.By JOHN HOWSE6 min
For Calgary’s Olympic Arts Festival—the largest Winter Games cultural celebration ever assembled—event organizers chose a bold and jaunty logo: a capital letter A partially obscured by an abstract yellow splash. Between Jan. 23 and Feb. 28 the festival will entertain Calgary with more than 600 performances and exhibitions.
The agents at Jarvis Travel Ltd., Calgary’s largest independent travel agency, have a daily goal: to sell $95,000 worth of travel packages. But during the past two weeks, while the stock markets crashed and analysts worldwide weighed the possibilities of an economic downturn, the company averaged $3,000 per day above their goal.
During his six years as chairman, then president, of Expo 86, Vancouver’s Jim Pattison became known as a controversial figure. A tough businessman who turned a $40,000 bank loan and a used-car lot into The Jim Pattison Group, a diversified multinational with $1.5 billion in annual sales, Pattison is known as a demanding boss.
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