May 11, 1981

A novel suggestion 89
PODIUM

A novel suggestion

Better put a fox in a hen house than ask an author to judge his peers’
THE PRESS BARONS 2425
COVER

THE PRESS BARONS

They are powerful, shy of public scrutiny and have a lot in common
A Liberal dose of secrecy 6465
GUEST COLUMN

A Liberal dose of secrecy

'With its passage, C-43 will enshrine a citizen’s right not to know’
Those A’s are flying again 3232a
SPORTS

Those A’s are flying again

With “Billyball” and a new owner the Oakland’s A’s are setting records
A battle over a manner of speaking 44d45
EDUCATION

A battle over a manner of speaking

The inventor of Blissymbolics is suing the institute that made his picture language famous
Dreams of a mad housewife 1011
PROFILE: JOY FIELDING

Dreams of a mad housewife

Joy Fielding achieves long-awaited commercial success with her latest novel
Dead days at the dog track 2223
CANADA

Dead days at the dog track

The bus emblazoned with the racing dog had been hauling Canadians across the West for half a century without ever being lamed by labor trouble. It had been almost that long—Second World War army days— since Daisy Procure caught a long-distance bus.
Final justice, seen to be done 20d21
CANADA

Final justice, seen to be done

Anyone shut in the same room for a week with 50 lawyers—especially in the walnut-walled Supreme Court of Canada—learns that the ways to skin a cat are numberless. No surprise, then, that the historic test of the Trudeau resolution in the high court evoked arguments infinitely subtle and varied; to lawyers as to politicians, no cat is so worth skinning right now as the Canadian constitution.
Counting pennies in the millions 2627

Counting pennies in the millions

For more than six months the memos flew between the Ottawa news bureau and the Toronto headquarters of Thomson Newspapers Ltd. Throughout the summer, grown men debated the hot issue—a $50 stamp fund to cover the cost of mailing stories not urgent enough to be telephoned to the chain’s 37 Canadian dailies.
DIED: Jim Davis 45
PASSAGES

DIED: Jim Davis

DIED: Jim Davis 72, at his ranch home in Northridge, Calif., while recuperating from surgery for a perforated ulcer. As Jock Ewing, the craggy-faced,steelyeyed “Daddy” of television’s Dallas clan, Davis had become a household name after a lifetime of less memorable roles in hundreds of TV shows and films including Eldorado and Rio Lobo.
Boll weevils of a political breed 4041
U.S.A.

Boll weevils of a political breed

Southern Democrats wield renewed political clout
Programmed to influence 1819
DATELINE: MUNICH

Programmed to influence

Radio Free Europe beams its message behind the Iron Curtain
Schemers and redeemers 5859
BOOKS

Schemers and redeemers

The image of the Indian in North American literature is often the projection of the white man’s ambivalent feelings about the continent he conquered. A century ago, the last of the Mohicans had the status of black flies; this century, with whitey on the run, literary Indians are more likely to be potential redeemers of misguided western man.
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