November 30, 1981



In the humid crush of Winnipeg’s Union Centre, NDP election worker Margaret Peters held her sign high, and the message was clear. Minutes before, the poster had read PAWLEY FOR PREMIER. But she had scratched out the FOR, scrawled in the word IS and jubilantly raised it into the blank white glare of a bank of television lights.
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The lilting voice of l’Acadie

The hot glare of spotlights picks out the caramel in her mane of wavy hair as Edith Butler leans forward on a stool and starts to spin a yarn. This is opening night for Je m’appelle Edith, her new one-woman show. A cosy glow is spreading through Montreal’s Théâtre du Nouveau Monde as the pride of l’Acadie explains her recent six-month sabbatical from show biz.
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Legal crusade of the eternal children

No one told Doreen Befus what sterilization meant when she had a tubal ligation at the age of 18. Nor was Befus or her guardian asked for consent. In Alberta’s institutions for the mentally retarded, sterilization of inmates, regardless of sex, was simply routine—between 1928 and 1972, a provincial board approved 2,822 such operations.


Meat Loaf is back—all 278 lb. of him. The 34-year-old Texan, who came from out of the blue to sell eight million copies of his Bat Out of Hell album four years ago, has had his share of misfortune since. First, he lost dynamic singing partner Karla De Vito to Broadway’s The Pirates of Penzance.


May I suggest a paraphrase to Peter C. Newman’s editorial on the constitution (Nov. 16)? “The accord of Nov. 5, 1981, will be carved in this country’s history as one of those rare moments when our political leaders realized what the people of this country have known all along . . .” that there are two classes of Canadian citizens, the favored: white, male, English-Canadian and then everyone else.
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The good, the bad and the ugly

The trio of vultures circled in the hot, breathless air, high above the border between the Sudan and Uganda. There was a kill below, but was it the work of a lion or something more sinister—poachers? Nobody was taking any chances. Automatic weapons at the ready, four members of the 90-man team of rangers guarding Kidepo National Park in northern Uganda crouched down in the long grass, prepared for any eventuality.
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Co-op radio’s new tune

After a slow start, co-op radio is alive and seeking changes
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Preserving the past in a social vacuum

Gauguin to Moore: Primitivism in Modern Sculpture, a visually stunning collection of 136 modern sculptures, prints and drawings of primitivizing bent that opened this month at the Art Gallery of Ontario, is a heady celebration of a culture that went more than halfway to meet several others.
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The unfinished charter

Pierre Trudeau was uncompre-hending. No, he told reporters last week with a tiny shrug, he really had “no idea” what was concerning Canada’s 1.3 million natives so much that they were protesting across the country. Amid a flood of passionate rhetoric that followed the exclusion of a native rights clause from the constitution, the prime minister met with Indian, Métis and Inuit representatives.
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Invasion of the culture snatchers

After 10 years of debate, television paid for by subscribers will probably be available in Canada by mid1983. Leading up to this, last month applicants for pay-TV licences met in Hull, Que., at the pay-TV hearings of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), where the atmosphere was more like that of a gathering of prospectors looking for a mother lode of dollars than of a group capable of influencing our national creative life for years to come.
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