May 11, 1998

COVER

The Curse of CASINOS

SPECIAL REPORT

THE SHAME

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COVER

The Curse of CASINOS

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.
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COVER

All night, every night

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.
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SPECIAL REPORT

THE SHAME

Accusations fly as the comensation package for hepatitihaunts the Liberal government
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World

Star for the masses

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.
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LETTERS

The Mail

Viewing democracy
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Columns

A blustery, combative and shameless titan

The Nation s Brisiness
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World

Jean and Fidel

How a pragmatist tried to sway an ideologue
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Columns

The unalloyed joy of being John Bassett

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.
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CANADA

Passionate populist

New Brunswick Liberals pick a new premier
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COVER

‘The devil’s television’

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.
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SPECIAL REPORT

'We have nothing to lose’

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.
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Business

THE PCSQUEEZE

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.
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SPECIAL REPORT

Rock stands his ground

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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