History doesn’t record whether John McCrae ever saw the Montreal Canadiens play hockey; he might have. The club was founded in 1909, when McCrae was practising medicine in Montreal. A battle surgeon who died of pneumonia in France in 1918, McCrae was a native of Guelph, Ontario, whose name will live forever as the author of In Flanders Fields.By Robert Miller16 min
The man was slightly gassed. The blue eyes in a plump and pleasant face looked a little out of focus. The rumpled seersucker suit teetered gently with its owner on the barstool. Still, he was not so much drunk as puzzled. “What 1 want to know,” he asked anybody in general, “is what the hell does it all mean?” His fellow patrons of the Everglades Hotel in downtown Miami exchanged uneasy glances: he had us there.By Walter Stewart15 min
With one quick, decisive swing, Joseph Zappia sweeps them all away. The complainers, whiners, doubters. The people with small ideas and petty plans. The journalists looking for scandals, chipping away at his reputation. Especially the ones dumping on his baby, the Olympic Village.By Angela Ferrante14 min
We are now in our sixtieth year of marriage and ready for a retirement home. I came across the article we read in a 1934 issue of Maclean’s that has been responsible for our very wonderful life. We had been living in Kapuskasing, Ontario, when we read Why Live In A City? (February 1, 1934) one winter night when it was 60 below. At once we decided we were going to live in wonderful British Columbia.
The principle of distributing the nation’s wealth is as old as Confederation and has long been accepted as a responsibility of the federal government. Through a variety of grants and subsidies, taxes and exemptions, Ottawa takes from the rich and gives to the poor.By IAN URQUHART6 min
It may be rather hard to swallow at one gulp but consider this (and jiggle a bit at the juicy prospect): the Liberals could be finished as a national party. It is hard to imagine, one realizes, this vast nation bereft of the delicate nuances of the parliamentary gavotte as perfected by the Grits (one mincing step forward,twoswiftly side-ways and one gravely back), the sleight-of-hand transfer of portly pork-barrelers into the oblivion of the Senate, the lofty arrogance that is a Liberal’s chief charm.By Allan Fotheringham5 min
Quite apart from its political and legal implications, the so-called judges’ affair has once again demonstrated the importance of an independent press in a free society. Had it not been for newspapers, particularly the Toronto Globe and Mail, which first published details of federal ministers’ improper conversations with members of the judiciary, the issue would still be hidden away in the memories and locked correspondence files of the people directly involved.By Robert Miller4 min
An ominous political storm continues to build over southern Africa, threatening to engulf white-ruled Rhodesia in interracial warfare. While Rhodesian troops skirmish almost daily with Mozambique-based insurgents, the pressures mount on Prime Minister Ian Smith, that steadfast foe of majority rule who has turned a deaf ear to his critics for more than a decade.By JOHN BORRELL5 min
The current round of United Nations Third Law of the Sea Conference, which opened in New York last month, must be the most horrendous labyrinth of law, economics and pure power politics ever confronted by man or journalist. At its simplest, it is the largest multilateral conference in history: 148 nations trying to reorganize the management of the planet’s last frontier.By SUSAN LUMSDEN4 min
It was going to be a ringing warning to the Titans of international finance. The Lima press treated its daily communiqués and press releases with the sombre attention reserved for the end of an old order and the coming of a new one. But the second session of the United Nations Commission on Transnational Corporations never quite worked out that way.By STEPHEN HANDLEMAN4 min
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