October 25, 2004

Cover

The cholesterol cure

Art

BRINGING BACK OSCAR

Georgia

THE BURDEN OF THE PAST

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Cover

The cholesterol cure

CHOLESTEROL. It’s a slimy subtance your body makes and also absorbs from fatty foods to toughen cell walls and create essential hormones. It can also kill you. A precursor of heart attacks and strokes, cholesterol buildup is as seductive—and deadly—as a jelly donut.
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Art

BRINGING BACK OSCAR

MICHAEL CAHÉN remembers sitting quietly by his father’s easel, watching as thenprominent Oscar Cahén flawlessly—and rapidly—drew an illustration. “He was incredible,” Michael recalls. “He’d go with a hard pencil and—bingo!—out it came.
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Georgia

THE BURDEN OF THE PAST

A ROAD TRIP AROUND MOSCOW might distract one with new roads, shopping malls and slick housing developments. But a road trip in Georgia will reveal decrepit remnants of a bygone era: immense industrial complexes slowly decaying; massive but increasingly shabby public housing erupting out of neighbourhoods of traditional homes; great roads in great disrepair; streetlights where there is no electricity; gutted state stores in rustic villages.
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THE SUBMARINE FIASCO

They held a funeral for Lieut. Chris Saunders in Halifax last week, eight days after the 32year-old submariner collapsed from smoke inhalation during a fire aboard HMCS Chicoutimi. There were tears at the emotional eulogies, vows that his sons, one of them two years old, the other an infant of two months, would grow up knowing who their father had been.
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THE MAIL

THE MAIL

I read with interest your articles on whether we should allow Fox News to broadcast in Canada (“Is Canada ready for loudmouth TV,” Cover, Oct. 4). I say, why not? Fox is the World Wrestling Entertainment of television news, and I think most people, even in the U.S., see it as such.
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Marketing

BUY AND CELL

IF YOU UNDERSTAND THAT, chances are you’re one of the quarter of Canadian cellphone owners who use the text feature to send and receive messages. (For the rest, it means: “Free for dinner tonight?” “No can do. I have to work. Call me later.”) But even those who don’t “text” regularly will understand this:
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The Maclean’s Excerpt

ON THE ROAD WITH WILL

IT’S RARE to remember exactly where you were when an idea first occurred to you—or at least, it’s rare for me. I usually wander through life gathering notions and hunches the way trouser pockets gather bits of lint; I’m not really sure how they got there, but there they are.
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Column

CHINA’S CENTURY

THE WASHINGTON meeting of G7 finance ministers earlier this month wasn’t a reprise of the 1999 Battle in Seattle. It’s not that anti-globalists have become disciples of Adam Smith, it’s that since 9/11, there’s been no tolerance of mob violence along the Potomac.
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Politics

ARE WE SAFE ENOUGH?

IN THE FEVERED DAYS following Sept. 11, 2001, media reports that some of the hijackers had entered the U.S. from Canada briefly raised fears that a Canadian connection would be a big part of the story of America’s worst terror attacks. Even after those reports turned out to be false, the notion lingered that Canada, with its generous refugee policies, might be an easy staging ground for terrorists targeting the U.S. Partly to fight that nagging perception, Ottawa embraced the role of a partner in the war on terror in North America— a partnership that became even more key to maintaining decent relations with Washington after Canada refused to take part in the American-led invasion of Iraq.
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All Business

ECHOES OF BLACK MONDAY

EVERY OCTOBER, the fear returns. Just as the leaves start turning, traders and brokers everywhere take a deep breath and hold it for a month. Caution rules the day, jittery fund managers seem even jumpier than usual, and in the weeks leading up to Halloween, nobody ever, under any circumstances, utters the word c-r-a-s-h.
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