The federal health department says it’s dangerous, but Agriculture Canada controls pesticides and hasn’t told farmers that captan may not be the safe, efficient fungicide they think it is.By David Thomas9 min
Canadian business is the most concentrated of any Western industrialized nation. Meanwhile, the country’s merger and monopoly laws are the weakest. From that unsavory premise, the federal government is about to launch its third attempt in eight years to stiffen competition laws that have become, according to the government discussion paper obtained by Maclean's, “unenforceable.By IAN ANDERSON4 min
Gordon Pinsent’s mind is on a dozen things—acting, writing, directing, casting, business meetings, interviews, his Mercedes that’s on the fritz. His eyes, usually described as twinkling, are not today, frequently darting back and forth over his warm, mildly cluttered study, as if checking for fast exits. The tele phone rings occasionally, and each time it does, even though an answering service cuts in after two rings, he tenses, ready to answer.By Warren Gerard7 min
The hint of a happy ending to the story of Henry Kowalski (Maclean’s, Nov. 3, 1980) was premature, it seems. Nothing has changed in the six months since officials of the Ontario ministry of health agreed to review his case, and there is no end in sight to his confinement at Penetang.By VAL ROSS4 min
Every few months, Claude Brunet, a 40-year-old invalid who has spent his life lying chest down on a rolling stretcher, is wheeled into a Montreal courtroom where he watches his lawyers argue the $12-million lawsuit he has launched under Quebec’s unique class action legislation.By Larry Black4 min
A joint committee of the U.S. Congress last week sat down to what is certain to be a long, arduous and unenviable task: reformation of the nation’s immigration laws. The existing statutes, it is unanimously agreed, are a kind of charade. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), which bears the impossible burden of enforcement, lacks the manpower needed to restrict the annual flow of illegal aliens— now said to number about one million.By Michael Posner4 min
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