February 8, 1982



When Pat Beirne wandered uninvited into the shoebox-size offices of Mitel Corporation six years ago, Kanata was little more than a cow pasture and Michael Cowpland was still plain, ordinary Mike Cowpland. In his faded jeans and long hair, Beirne may not have seemed like one of the most valuable minds in the country, a 21-year-old to whom high technology came as naturally as breathing.


Fifty-six years is a long time to be crying the blues, but the legend of B.B. King has been built on tears. “If I was to sit down and just start talking, it would be very boring,” he claimed last week in Toronto. “Blues is a way of expressing, a way of letting people know how you feel.”
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Reagan shines on

Despite the volley of assassins’ bullets fired at U.S. President Reagan this year by John Hinckley Jr., the Democrats and left-wing media people, he’s come shining through (Reagan's New America, Cover, Jan. 25). I only wish I could be as optimistic about my native Canada and our “president-for-life,” Trudeau.
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A bloody prelude to voting

The reports were unequivocal and shocking. As many as 900 unarmed men, women and children had been slaughtered by the government’s crack Atlacatl regiment in El Salvador’s eastern province of Morazán. Correspondents for The New York Times and The Washington Post described in poignant detail the smashed homes and the churches filled with charred bones.
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Fighting fever in the Maritimes

Art Oldrieve’s fist landed squarely on the nose of Darcy Parsons, and a woman in the crowd winced and covered her face. But the majority of the 150 onlookers urged the fight on as Oldrieve, 13, and Parsons, 12, feinted and flailed under the fluorescent lights in the Sackville, N.S., bingo hall.
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Invasion of the hybrids

Perhaps the most telling sign of what’s happening—or not happening—to television this season is that the CBC, by bureaucratic fiat, has abridged prime time to three hours. With the NABET strike, a writers’ strike in the U.S. and a general tepidness of creativity among programmers, it is plausible that pushing The National an hour forward was a move of desperation.
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No tax please, we’re British!

Unlike the French or the Italians, who regard outwitting the tax man as a national sport, Britons have traditionally enjoyed a reputation as scrupulous taxpayers. This reputation, however, may not last much longer. Late last year Parliament was forced to take notice of the nation’s fastgrowing extramural entrepreneurship by the committee of public accounts, a watchdog body on government spending which issued a report urging stronger action by the tax authorities on the black economy.
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Disputing tours that heal

Twenty-five years ago, when Donald Douglas was in his teens and working as a magician’s assistant, 50 cents was a reasonable price to pay for sideshow sleight-of-hand tricks. But inflation aside, Douglas, now 44, and his wife, Valerie, 43, were outraged at having to pay $4,506 last year for a 17-day junket to a faith-healing centre in the Philippines and getting, they say, little more than the same carny conjuring Donald Douglas had learned as a boy.
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Rubbing salt in Quebec’s wounds

Once more, Pierre Trudeau has “defeated” Quebec separatism—or so we are told by his admirers. He is imposing the new constitution on the Québécois over the heads of their elected government and legislature. He wants English-Canadians to believe that opposition to the constitution in Quebec begins and ends with the separatists, for separatist reasons.
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Into battle with a bodyguard

It was Robbie Burns Day last week, and Allan MacEachen donned his kilt, tucked a skean dhu (dagger) into his sock and hauled his burly new bodyguard off to a parliamentary shindig. The security was clamped on the finance minister after an anonymous caller warned an Ottawa newspaper that he planned to shoot the budget architect.
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Reagan mounts an offensive

The key to Ronald Reagan’s political success in 1981 was his ability to make his own concerns—budget and tax reform—dominant on the agenda in Congress. In tone and in timing, he controlled the debate. Last week, from the august podium of the House of Representatives, the president delivered his first state of the union address.
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