ALLAN FOTHERINGHAM There are people who like to travel, who are curious and eager to find new experiences, new geographies, different food, different customs. There are other people who pretend to travel, physically removing their bodies to another scene—but actually just wanting home with perhaps a little more sunshine.
It sounds like the beginning of a hopelessly corny joke: what do Madonna and emerging financial markets have in common? The answer is no joke at all. Both the rock star and the markets have clearly demonstrated the value of reinventing and repackaging themselves for enormous material gain.By DEIRDRE McMURDY3 min
There he goes again: the politician most likely to evoke powerful feelings and public displays of patriotism in every part of Canada. No matter where Lucien Bouchard goes— and recently, that has seemed to be almost everywhere— and no matter what Lucien Bouchard says—and last week, that included all kinds of things—the one thing that is certain is that he always has an attentive audience.
It is possible to imagine the secret strategy session between agents of Bloc Québécois Leader Lucien Bouchard and Jacques Parizeau, his Parti Québécois counterpart. The two camps are worried: not about the fact that the United Nations has ranked Canada as the number 1 nation in the world, but about the fact that, despite half a year of federalist-bashing propaganda from Bouchard in Ottawa and Parizeau’s own efforts—amplified uncritically in much of the Quebec media—they have failed to boost support for their cause above traditional levels.
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