Cracker’s got a problem, a heavy one for him. The late-aftenoon heat is becoming intolerable and for two days his CB200 motorcycle, Cracker’s only escape from the fetid slums of West Kingston’s Trench Town up into the cool Jamaican hills, has been broken.By Kevin Doyle18 min
Ivan Illich was born in Vienna in 1926; his father was Dalmatian, his mother a Spanish Jew. He grew up in Europe, and at the end of World War II attended the universities of Florence, Rome and Salzburg, obtaining degrees in history, philosophy and theology.
The dollar was falling, René Lévesque was assuming power in Quebec, and the postal workers were threatening to strike again. But throughout late November and early December, the country’s attention was focused not on these domestic issues but on a series of bizarre payments to questionable characters in far-off places by a Crown corporation, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL).By IAN URQUHART8 min
Doug Fetherling’s review of Barbara Frum’s As It Happened (November 15) compounds the book’s shortcomings as a record of what really happened. The idea of As It Happens was not, as they both suggest, borrowed from a West German radio show.
Sophia Loren may be the wealthiest film actress in the world. She lives, splendidly, in luxurious pieds-à-terre in Paris, New York and Rome; her possessions include Picassos and Rembrandts to look at, Balmains and Diors to wear. Her friends are the rich and famous of the world—actors, directors, politicians, presidents and kings.By HARTLEY STEWARD6 min
For more than three decades, Shaul Eisenberg was little, more than a faceless name, amassing afortune behind multiple veils of secrecy and known only to the powerful few who dominate world finance. But suddenly, in late November, the heavy jowled, German-born Eisenberg found himself at the centre of a national controversy swirling around Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., his carefully groomed anonymity in danger of being stripped away.By KEVINDOYLE5 min
Over the well-trimmed hedges of English suburbia this month, middle-class conversations are buzzing with unwonted approval of Labor Prime Minister Jim Callaghan. The reason: Callaghan has finally voiced a concern that has troubled many parents privately for years—that “progressive” classroom innovations of the Sixties may have led to a decline in Britain’s educational standards.By CAROL KENNEDY5 min
Within 10 years, Quebec and the rest of Canada, the Frenchand the Englishspeaking peoples living in this half of North America, will have worked out a new relationship. They will deal with each other on a basis of equality, there will be real respect for each other’s being here, and clear and specific rules will govern their dealings with each other.By John Harney5 min
For children every Christmas there are plots, fables, dreams and allegories, the best of them imaginatively conceived and presented. But this year there is a detectable, if subtle, change in children’s books. The narrative lines are tougher than in years past, the artwork is less sentimental.By MARILYN POWELL5 min
There are, at appropriate intervals, paeans of praise heaped upon certain individuals in Ottawa who are deemed the epitome of all that parliamentary tradition stands for. Whether it is Ged Baldwin or Gordon Fairweather or perhaps Stanley Knowles, the encyclopedias are hauled out to amass all the sterling qualities encompassed in an MP who is an adornment to the calling.By Allan Fotheringham5 min
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