Were it just an academic exercise, even the bravest student could be excused for ducking this course. But public relations executive Luc Lavoie, 42, says that when he took Brian Mulroney’s reallife call for help in the now-infamous Airbus affair, “there was not one second of hesitation” from his bosses in the Ottawa offices of National Public Relations Inc.By BRUCE WALLACE6 min
Separation is not an issue for Quebecers alone to decide. All Canadians have a direct and immediate interest in what happens in Quebec. We all have a right to try to influence the debate and the outcome of any future referendum. This right of intervention applies particularly to the people of Atlantic Canada, whose four provinces depend so heavily on the government of Canada for fiscal transfers to their governments and for direct support to individuals through the Employment Insurance system, Canada Assistance Plan, Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, Guaranteed Income Supplement and many other federal programs.
When artist Eric Waugh decided to create the world’s largest painting to raise money for charity, he initially underestimated the scope of the project. “My first thoughts were, ‘How big can it be? It won’t take long.’ ” He now knows better.By BARBARA WICKENS5 min
The late afternoon sun filters through the autumn leaves and rests for a gentle moment on Jane Jacobs’s face as she savors a mouthful of Tyler pudding, a concoction of eggs, granulated sugar, milk and a little flour baked in a pie crust. At 81, with her chalk-white bob and her long, loose body shrouded in baggy trousers and oversize sweater, Jacobs could pass for a kindly cabbage patch grandmother, if it were not for the magpie-alert eyes behind her horn-rimmed glasses.By SANDRA MARTIN10 min
Health Minister Allan Rock has not exactly reneged on his government’s pre-election promise concerning fully funded national pharmacare and home-care programs. But the more he talks about them, the more it sounds like they might be a long time coming.By ANITA ELASH5 min
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