Whether we like it or not, one of the realities of globalization is that Canada now has far too many high-productioncost farmers (“Winter of discontent,” Cover, Feb. 28). This is not the fault of farmers, who find themselves the victims of Canadian costs and geography, as well as the treasuries of other major agricultural countries.
The ritual is, by now, well-established. At least once a day, sometimes twice, Wiebo Ludwig emerges from Edmonton’s Law Courts building to face a phalanx of television cameras and microphones. In calm, even tones, the former Christian Reformed minister comments on the latest evidence in his trial on 18 counts of mischief and conspiracy related to vandalism and bombings at oil well sites—as well as one count of alleged extortion against an Alberta oil company.By Brian Bergman, B.B.
By any standard it was a meaty budget. On taxes, Finance Minister Paul Martins first fiscal plan for the new century laid the table for five years of gradual cuts to corporate and personal rates. On spending, he injected money into long overlooked basics, like the cash-starved armed forces, and perennial priorities, like health.By John Geddes
What was arguably the most striking moment of the American presidential campaign came last week when Republican John McCain got up and attacked leaders of the religious right as “agents of intolerance,” a move akin to a Quebec politician trying to drum up votes by denouncing tourtière and the Montreal Canadiens.By Andrew Phillips
♦The Other Team Canada: Rock-’em, soccer-em team wins international Gold Cup. The Maple Leaf ForeverW Paul Martin: Popular budget eliminates tax-bracket creep, then he’s rumoured for top IMF job. ... Be nice, Jean Chrétien, you need him.
Practising Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s system of transcendental meditation may reduce atherosclerosis, a condition that can lead to heart attacks and strokes. In a study of about 60 AfricanAmericans—who are twice as likely as whites to suffer from cardiovascular disease—patients practising TM had an estimated 11-per-cent decrease in heart attack risk and a 15-per-cent reduction in the risk of stroke, compared with those who did not use TM.
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