September 6, 1976

Waiting for Nessie 3839

Waiting for Nessie

The best laid plans of science and the New York Times, like those of mice and men, can also gang aft agley

Interview With Margaret Atwood 45

Interview With Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is an image-maker haunted by her own projected images. Canada's most-gossiped-about writer can list the various and, she would say, distorted images her public mirror gives her back. There’s the goddess, the bitch, the nationalist, the feminist, the Venus, the madwoman—and, now, the earthmother.

Quebec: a report on the state of a nation 2627

Quebec: a report on the state of a nation

In the wake of Ottawa’s ruling in the air traffic dispute, the uneasy coexistence with the rest of Canada has grown markedly uneasier, and the option for self-determination increasingly attractive

Are Canadians getting their $12 billion worth? 5859

Education

Are Canadians getting their $12 billion worth?

Everybody knows at least one horror story: the high-school graduate who can’t read anything more complicated than a snack-bar menu, the PhD with a $50,000-plus education who subsists on unemployment insurance, the months and even years devoted to what amounts to little more than supervised play in some elementary schools, the grade 10 student who has never learned the multiplication tables.

The last angry man 36b36c

The last angry man

In the beginning they were five, including Professor Trudeau. Now there is one, René Lévesque, preparing for that one final battle

The greatest show (and guy) on ice 5455

Sports

The greatest show (and guy) on ice

He had been waiting at ice level for an hour or more, as patiently as it is possible for small boys to wait. Finally, its practice over, Team Canada filed off the ice toward the dressing room and the boy made his approach. “Can I have your hockey stick?” he said to Dave Burrows.

The government pleads not guilty—with an explanation 89

Letters

The government pleads not guilty—with an explanation

I refer to Remember The Old Saying About Life Being Priceless? (May 17) in which reference is made to the example of swine flu vaccine as an indication of the short-sightedness of government. I must take exception to the implications regarding the swine flu vaccine acquisition program and the suggestion that the Institute Armand Frappier predicted the flu outbreak and that its request for an $800,000 grant to prepare vaccines was turned down.

What to do when the controls come off? 1819

Canada

What to do when the controls come off?

Not long after he introduced Canada’s first-ever peacetime wage and price controls last fall, Finance Minister Donald Macdonald observed that he felt like a man who has fallen from a 30-storey building and still has 15 storeys to go. These days, he may find the ground rushing toward him at an alarming rate.

Will the government turn Stelco’s ‘act of faith’into one of contrition? 5859

Will the government turn Stelco’s ‘act of faith’into one of contrition?

“The next six months will be decisive,” says John Allan, president of the Steel Company of Canada. He squints unhappily in the glaring Ontario sunlight at the fields surrounding the vast new plant his company is building at Nanticoke, 40 miles southwest of Hamilton on Lake Erie.

Why does God look after fools, drunkards and the United States? Somebody has to 1415

Why does God look after fools, drunkards and the United States? Somebody has to

A year of residence in Washington has left me with a clutter of items that seem at least as reflective of American life as the high-powered stuff that gets into the magazine. Herewith, then, one year’s leavings from life in the United States:

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