At the start of a typical 12-hour shift, Mauree Stratton dons a hard hat and steel-toed work boots and climbs 18 steps to the cab of a 380-ton dump truck that is as big as a two-storey house. Seated behind the wheel, the 55-year-old driver and soon-to-be-grandmother begins her daily runs between the open-pit mines and the processing facilities at Syncrude Canada's huge oilsands operation north of Fort McMurray, Alta.
On Sept. 7, Jack Welch, one of the world's most admired—if controversial—business leaders, stepped down as chief executive of General Electric Co. The son of a railroad conductor, Welch was hired by GE in 1960 as an engineer. During his 20-year tenure in GE's top job, he transformed the sleeping giant into a dynamic global force— an industrial and financial services conglomerate that created more shareholder value than any other company in North America.
Bernardo Bertolucci tries to bridge cultural divides Of all the living directors who emerged from the European New Wave in the 1960s, none has had the sustained impact of Italy’s Bernardo Bertolucci. Now 60, he is one of cinema’s grand navigators.
I travel regularly on the Eurostar from London to Paris. Since Sept. 11, there’s been a 50-50 chance the train will be cancelled or delayed for “security reasons.” My last return from Paris started with a 90-minute delay at the Gare du Nord station while small men with closed faces rushed by me carrying very slim briefcases to check out a suspicious package.By Barbara Amiel4 min
Forgotten stories of the Great War "Nobody’s a little interested in the First World War,” Norm Christie asserts. “Either it bites you or it doesn’t.” The host of the six-hour Great War series For King & Empire (History Television, Nov. 4 to 8; repeated on Nov. 11) was bitten when he came upon a little-known war cemetery while travelling in France in 1985.
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