Quebec Superior Court Justice Robert Flahiff appeared in court to face charges that he laundered $1.7 million in drug money through Swiss banks from 1989 to 1991. The charges, which date back to when Flahiff was still a lawyer, are thought to be the most serious ever levied against a Canadian judge.
In more genteel times, she would have inspired poetry. Taking a cue from Shakespeare and Ben Jonson, who habitually and flatteringly referred to Queen Elizabeth I as “Diana” in their poems, some courtly versifier would no doubt have picked up on the allusions of her name, drawing comparisons to the Roman goddess of the moon. The literary device would have been apt, providing rich fodder for describing her many phases and moods, her luminous beauty, her omnipresence.By JOE CHIDLEY9 min
1. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy (7) 2. The Underpainter, Jane Urquhart (9) 3. Fall on Your Knees, Ann-Marie MacDonald (1) 4. Chasing Cézanne, Peter Mayle (4) 5. London, Edward Rutherfurd (6) 6. Unnatural Exposure, Patricia Cornwell (2)
As a Canadian book publisher, Jack Stoddart is not given to making upbeat predictions about the future of his industry. During his 30 years in the business, he has seen too many precarious or downright hard times. But even Toronto-based Stoddart is prepared to be bold these days.By ANITA ELASH7 min
The stacks will brim with noteworthy books by foreign writers this fall. A sampler: FICTION In his 18th novel, Toward the End of Time (Knopf), John Updike presents a chaotic vision set in the year 2020. Quirky Kurt Vonnegut uses the impending millennium as a device to launch his new work, Timequake (Putnam).
As a retired broadcaster who worked behind and around the microphone for 52 years, I was astonished—and as a taxpayer enraged—when I read about the new CBC Radio program This Morning (“Radio renovation,” Media, Sept. 1). I cannot imagine how any radio program could use a staff of 32 to produce one show six or even seven days a week.
Inevitably, directors get tired of their own movies. And after finishing The Sweet Hereafter, Atom Egoyan watched it so many times that by the time it premièred at the Cannes Film Festival last May, he no longer knew what to make of it. But last month—rested after vacationing in Italy with his wife, actress Arsinée Khanjian, and their four-year-old son, Arshile—the Canadian film-maker was ready to take a fresh look at The Sweet Hereafter.By Brian D. Johnson6 min
Since 7 a.m., he has been on his feet at the downtown Toronto set of It Seems like Yesterday, a historical retrospective show debut ing this fall on the new specialty History Channel. As the show's host, Rick Mercer—best-known for his work on the hit CBC TV news satire This Hour Has 22 Minutes—has been trying to be his usual funny, informed self.By BARBARA WICKENS3 min
It opens with an intimate Canadian movie shot in the mountains of British Columbia, and closes with a grand Hollywood epic set in the mountains of Tibet. In between is a kaleidoscope of cinema that spins from backstage Broadway to backwoods Bulgaria, from the dance floors of South Miami to the sniper alleys of Sarajevo.By Brian D. Johnson6 min
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