Perhaps it was a case of holiday soulsearching. Just two weeks before Christmas, a mysterious letter landed on the Toronto desk of John Cunningham, vice-president of operations for the Hudson’s Bay Co. In it, an anonymous female writer from British Columbia, evidently plagued by her conscience, admitted to having stolen from a Bay store some two decades earlier.By SCOTT STEELE
Results of the Maclean’s/CTV poll by Decima Research are based on telephone interviews with 1,610 Canadian residents, 18 years of age or older, selected randomly across all 10 provinces. The survey was conducted from Nov. 19 through Nov. 24.
In the 13 months since he came to office, Heritage Minister Michel Dupuy has not generally been regarded as one of the more dynamic members of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s cabinet. Small in stature, pedantic and softspoken in manner, he appears noticeably uncomfortable in the House of Commons.
The last time the world was awash in hype about technology, Neil Armstrong was walking on the moon. Anyone who grew up during the 1960s and early 1970s—immersed in Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey and the Apollo program—might reasonably have concluded that by the 1990s he or she would be commuting to work in a jet suit, or piloting a spacecraft to Alpha Centauri.By JOE CHIDLEY
Maurizio Bevilacqua looked tired and admitted that he was anxious to see his children, aged 5 and 6, again. The Toronto-area Liberal MP had spent five weeks crossing the country with Parliament’s 15-member human resources development committee, which was holding public hearings on Lloyd Axworthy’s ambitious proposals to overhaul Canada’s social safety net.
"A confident nation speaks up” was the headline of the inaugural issue of the Maclean’s/Decima poll a decade ago. Our first nationwide sounding of public opinion made it clear that, after 20 years of virtually uninterrupted Liberal rule, the government of Pierre Trudeau had become associated in the public’s mind with excessive intervention into the private sector, unnecessary conflict with the provinces and an unrelenting and indefensible commitment to the status quo.By ALLAN R. GREGG
On the face of it, the new-look U.S. Congress covening on Jan. 4 has some hard acts to follow if it wants to attract the national attention that political guerrilla Newt Gingrich and his ascendant Republicans crave. In 1994, the year of the Bobbitts, Tonya Harding and O. J. Simpson, the majority of Americans showed scant interest in federal politics.By CARL MOLLINS
The shot rang out over the late-night chitchat and plates of chocolate almond cheesecake, ripping through 23-year-old Georgina Leimonis’s chest—a random, senseless homicide that shattered a trendy Toronto neighborhood’s smug sense of invulnerability.
While Russian President Boris Yeltsin spoke in Moscow of the possibility of a negotiated ceasefire, Russian jets unleashed a relentless assault of bombs and missiles on Grozny, capital of the breakaway republic of Chechnya, in what appeared to be an all-out attempt to quell a three-year separatist uprising by the mostly Muslim region.
Bright, brash and a selfdescribed “battler for what I believe in,” Reform MP Deborah Grey is accustomed to facing—and overcoming—big challenges. The 42-year-old former teacher first ran as a candidate for Reform in 1988 because, she says, “I believed I could achieve things for the country in politics—if we could change the way politics is done in the country.”By Anthony Wilson-Smith
Most Canadians at middecade are confident about themselves and optimistic about their country.” The happy occasion was New Year’s, 1985, but to a surprising degree that assessment, summarizing the very first Maclean’s/Decima poll, also holds true a decade later.By ROSS LAVER
On most Saturday nights, Bob Gomercic pulls on his jeans and cowboy boots and heads to Winnipeg’s Silverado bar. From the top floor of the country-and-western nightclub, the 28-year-old business student surveys the scene below, looking for women who want to talk and dance.By TOM FENNELL
After weeks of controversy and complaints, Intel Corp. of Santa Clara, Calif.—the largest microprocessor-chip maker in the world—finally admitted that its much-touted Pentium chip has a fundamental design flaw. As a result, it will now offer replacement chips to any customers who request them.
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