Wearing a tiara and bell-skirted dress, the bride swept down the grand staircase of Casino Niagara like Scarlett O’Hara. For a brief moment, at 2:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday, her wedding party’s early morning stroll interrupted patrons engaged in Canada’s new national pastime.By JOHN NICOL STEPHANIE NOLEN12 min
The streets of downtown Toronto are largely deserted when John pulls his bus out of the station. There are just a few passengers onboard his regular 10 p.m. run. John makes this trip every night of the week, dropping passengers in Barrie and Orillia, and, last stop, Casino Rama.
Say this about the whisky-loving womanizer and former action movie star who may become the next president of the Philippines: he doesn’t take himself too seriously. During his current term as vice-president, Joseph Estrada, known to most Filipinos by his nickname, “Erap,” and famous for his malapropisms in English, published a book called ERAPtions: How to Speak English Without Really Trial.
One day the Seaforth Highlanders, in the North Europe theatre of war under Col. Budge BellIrving of Vancouver, were prepared to attack at dawn. Maj. John Bassett asked why they always had to attack at dawn. Well, it was explained, that was in the military manual.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
Yair Reznik doesn’t get it. “They call it gaming, and games are supposed to be fun,” muses the Halifax psychologist. “But if you walk into where someone is playing a video gambling machine, there are no smiles, there is no eye contact. It’s mindless activity.By JOHN NICOL7 min
Every so often, Kim and Neil Van Dusen’s youngest daughter, five-year-old Emileigh, trundles into the dining room of their Sydney, N.S., home and, with her blue eyes downcast, poses a question many youngsters ask: “Daddy, are you going to die?” In this case, the fact that her father has hepatitis C makes the question more wrenching.By JOHN SCHOFIELD4 min
There is no magic involved, but business is booming at Voodoo Computer Studio. In the computer store’s lobby in Calgary, boxed monitors are piled high against the wall, ready to be delivered to what company president Rahul Sood says is a record number of customers.By JOE CHIDLEY6 min
Federal Health Minister Allan Rock has been on the firing line over the compensation package for those who contracted hepatitis C through tainted blood between 1986 and 1990. Late last week, Rock, who also endured controversy over the Airbus affair during his earlier tenure as justice minister, spoke to Maclean’s Ottawa Correspondent John DeMont about the federal-provincial offer.
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