It was not always pretty, but Jean Chrétien got the job done. He gambled by calling an early election, overruling apprehensive advisers and a downright panicky Liberal caucus. He plunged, or perhaps was dragged, into the most acrimonious federal campaign in memory.
Margaret Visser’s uncanny ability to illuminate the assumptions behind everyday, taken-for-granted objects has never been better displayed than in The Geometry of Love (HarperFlamingo, $35). In it, the author conducts a detailed tour of a single church, Rome's St. Agnes Outside the Walls, a building both ordinary in purpose—a place of Christian worship like any other—and extraordinary in fact, a 1,350-year-old structure erected over the burial place of a 12-year-old girl martyred in 305.
“Wanna see one?” Camilla Moore asks conspiratorially. She glances around, then beckons a visitor into the shade of a palm tree outside the cavernous Emergency Operations Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Inside, weary volunteers are hard at work, eyeballing precisely 462,644 punch-card ballots, trying to figure out nothing less than who has the right to claim the White House.By Andrew Phillips7 min
The U.S. electorate: Yogi Berra used to say, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Sooooo ... is it over? The Canadian electorate: It’s ooooverrrrrr!! The Montreal Canadiens: Hockey’s most storied franchise? It’s over. Les Canadiens sont blaaaah.By Brenda Branswell7 min
To borrow from Charles Dickens, these would seem to be both the best and worst of times. On the one hand, much of the world is enjoying an economic expansion that makes past booms look like busts. Scientifically, we’ve begun to unravel the finicky mysteries of the human genetic code, while advances in communications have made near neighbours of Whitehorse and Bombay.By John Bemrose7 min
So much for the election about the future. When the campaign began, it was touted as a collision of Big Visions. On one side would be Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, espousing Liberal values that adroitly balance individual self-interest in the form of tax cuts with the larger community’s needs for a social safety net.By Julian Beltrame6 min
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