On a slow day, I read news releases. So it was that I came upon the March 9, 1993, missive from Nurjehan Mawani, chairperson of the Immigration and Refugee Board. Mrs. Chairperson, as it turned out, was celebrating International Women’s Day by banging on about Canada’s newly issued “guidelines on women refugee claimants fearing genderrelated persecution.”By BARBARA AMIEL5 min
As she tunes in with an expected one billion other viewers to the 65th annual Academy Awards ceremony on March 29, Anne Templeton will have an ideal opportunity to ponder Hollywood’s ambivalent attitude towards women. This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose 5,000 members decide the Oscar winners, has chosen “A Celebration of Women and the Movies” as the theme of its awards show.By VICTOR DWYER12 min
While the ears and eyes of the nation are glued to Kim Campbell’s every pronouncement and gesture, Paul Martin Jr., the putative heir to Jean Chretien’s tarnished crown, is touring the country, selling the Liberal party’s vision of a new Canada.By Peter C. Newman5 min
There is before us, as we shovel the driveway and slip on the ice, always the California Dream. Blonde, carefree girls on the beach in March. Outrageous hunks on their surfboards searching for the ultimate wave. People in shorts and sunglasses headed for the office.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
When the conversation at current Hollywood parties turns to television, four names are likely to arise. All of them belong to women. Marcy Carsey (Roseanne), Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (Designing Women, Hearts Afire), Diane English (Murphy Brown, Love and War) and newcomer Beth Sullivan (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) are the reigning creative powerhouses of the small screen.By ANNE GREGOR8 min
Every year, as winter thaws and spring approaches, they fly north to Canada. Unlike their feathered counterparts, however, this migrating flock is armed with calculators, compoundinterest tables and sharp pencils. They are the credit-rating teams from major New York City debt-rating agencies, including Moody’s Investors Services Ltd. and Standard and Poor’s Corp., which descend upon Canada as the provinces release their traditional spring budgets and economic forecasts.By DEIRDRE McMURDY7 min
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