February 4, 1980


Wrestling for resources

This Canada

Turn west at the sign of the boom



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Wrestling for resources

The real-life Brian Peckford, 37, buoyant, rested and a mite mischievous, is back from a fling in the bush snaring rabbits and he sees nothing at all fanciful about such a go-for-broke energyprice scenario. Joe Clark has just left town, reiterating his government’s intention to grant Newfoundland ownership of off-shore oil and gas—that is, the right to set the price and regulate the flow.
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This Canada

Turn west at the sign of the boom

The sign at the side of the highway leading into Grande Prairie, Alberta, claims “over 20,000” citizens. Both lanes are bumper-to-bumper with heavy equipment on semitrailers, most heading west toward the 26,000square-mile Elmworth natural gas field which lies beneath the soil less than an hour’s drive toward the British Columbia boundary.
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In the beginning she was named Kathleen Anne Mary McGlynn. “You can’t get much more Irish than that,” says McGlynn, 26, a Montreal-born actress who decided that some of the Irish had to be taken out of her name if she was going to be a success. McGlynn changed her name to Kathy Michael McGlynn because she liked the sound of it, but rumors spread that she was a transsexual.
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To play or not to play

Last week, as Winter Olympic organizers in Lake Placid, New York, prayed for snow and athletes around the world trained for the events of their lives, events in Afghanistan spilled into the gymnasium and weight rooms and onto the tracks and fields of the world.
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Q & A

All the presidents’ man

This is Teddy White's year and he knows it. For the journalist who began chronicling American presidential elections with The Making of the President, 1960, the upcoming campaign is the quadrennial road to glory. He may be short, pudgy, and nearing his 65th birthday, but there 's one thing Theodore H. White wants to make absolutely clear—after more than 40 years in the game, he is still all reporter.
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Another opening, no other show

Lawrence O’Toole, in his article Best, Worst and Others of '79 (Dec. 31), says that The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser by Werner Herzog is an older film that “didn’t open in Canada until 1979.” Of course all we Montrealers know that what he meant to say was that Kaspar Hauser didn’t open in Toronto until 1979, having played in Montreal in 1976.
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An elephant on his chest

David Crombie, the minister of national health and welfare, is relaxed and comfortable. He’s sipping from a small glass of sherry, his feet propped up on a footstool, his legs covered by a green blanket. In the kitchen, his mother, Vera (better known as “Shorty”), is making tea.
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Not all roads lead to Rome

There is a certain irony in the fact that it was this Pope, John Paul II, who finally made his church’s apology to Galileo Galilei for thinking him a heretic. In 1633 the great astronomer was given a choice by the Roman Catholic Church: he could recant his heresy that the sun and not the earth was the centre of the solar system, or he could face imprisonment and torture.
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Getting down to business

There’s an odd contraption in the middle of an outfitting store in the new Edmonton Centre mall. It’s almost shrine-like. Shoppers gravitate to study it. Mounted on a wooden pedestal, and standing on a rack of polar parkas, is a clear plastic cylinder, 15 inches high, filled with a soft, white pillar of infinite intricacy, of spindrift milkweed silk; filled, in fact, with the approximately two million interlocking filaments that make up one ounce of prized, pure goose down.
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If they hit, can they score?

It’s one thing to call your buddies out to a friendly game of scrub in the park on a sunny summer morning. It’s something different calling the shots for a baseball game on Canada’s 3.8-million-square-mile diamond, swept by freezing gales and blasted by a bursted barometer, with smuggery in the dugout, druggery in the bleachers and international muggery outside the ball park.
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Backstage: Ontario

Waiting for the ‘roarback’

Of all the silly stories swirling in the media hypery and partisan pokery of the federal election campaign, surely none was more goofy than the notion that Ontario Premier Bill Davis might not stump his province for Prime Minister Joe Clark.
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