On the weekend before he planned to shuffle his cabinet, Jean Chrétien was tired but in a teasing mood. Visibly exhausted in the aftermath of a 12-day trip to Asia and a 13-hour time change, his eyes were puffy and he slumped gratefully into a plush chair, but he could not resist a traditional prime ministerial prerogative—to torment a reporter.
Amid widespread speculation about an imminent snap election call, Newfoundland’s sixth premier, Brian Tobin, was sworn into office. The former federal fisheries minister, who reappointed all 13 cabinet ministers who served under his predecessor, Clyde Wells, indicated that an election call was indeed around the corner as he urged Newfoundlanders to have “a rest this weekend and be ready for an interesting week.”
One of them is a building cleaner who has not worked in two years, eats at a soup kitchen in north-end Halifax and lives at the YMCA. Another is a 35year-old Vietnamese immigrant, sheltering in a hotdog van from the Arctic-like Montreal night.
Looking to add some Hollywood glitter to its recent all-star game festivities in Boston, the National Hockey League staged a celebrity shinny match featuring, among others, B.C.-bred actors Michael J. Fox of Back to the Future fame and Jason Priestley of TV’s Beverly Hills 90210.By BARBARA WICKE NS4 min
A PAINFUL PEACE: A Palestinian man was injured when Israeli soldiers shot him with a rubber bullet while clearing a crowd of stone-throwing protesters. The villagers said a Jewish settlement beside their West Bank community of Habla was illegally annexing their land. Tension remains high between Palestinians and settlers who oppose the handover of land for peace in the area.
Walking through a cold drizzle in downtown Ot tawa last week, Lt.-Col. Paul Morneault snapped a smart salute as he passed Brig.-Gen. Ernest Beno, who quickly returned the formal display of respect. But inside the hearing room in the Vanguard Building, where the federal inquiry into the deployment of Canadian peacekeepers in Somalia in 1992-1993 has been hearing testimony since Oct. 22, the tension between the two men was palpable.By LUKE FISHER7 min
Life is just about to become more complicated for Pat Poirier and other retailers in Nova Scotia. As part of a crackdown on tobacco sales to minors, Health Minister Ron Stewart says that in March he will unleash squads of undercover teens to test whether retailers are obeying the law.
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