March 8, 1982

The challenge of Japan 3637

The challenge of Japan

They arrive at Tokyo's Narita Airport holding briefcases filled with plans and projections that will change the lives and raise the living standards of Canadians in the next 10 years. The briefcase carriers—Japanese field representatives returning to head office, Canadian businessmen and increasing numbers of federal and provincial trade delegates—already know something that is starting to seep into the Canadian consciousness.
The odd man out in Canadian theatre 1617

The odd man out in Canadian theatre

On the morning of the Dora Mayor Moore Awards for Canadian drama two months ago, Toronto playwright George F. Walker—whose play Theatre of the Film Noir had been nominated for five prizes—stood in his living room trying to pick out a suitable tie for the event.
The blinding lights of Broadway 5657

The blinding lights of Broadway

Broadway may well be the last bastion of free enterprise in North America. Faced with possible extinction a decade ago, it went big business in the ’70s just to survive: new audiences were wooed, Times Square was cleaned up and higher ticket prices were justified by persuading the public that shows were more desirable than ever.
Airing the dirty linen in London 22h23

Airing the dirty linen in London

Dozing British members of Parliament jerked into consciousness when Margaret Thatcher firmly assured the Commons last week that she was “not in favor of the decriminalization of Canada.” At least that is what it sounded like. The purifying official record will show the British prime minister referred to cannabis, but a Freudian slip could have been expected.
Trade winds from Washington 2829

Trade winds from Washington

One year ago-to the week-table talk in Washington swirled around the mounting Communist menace in Latin America. The newly installed Reagan administration, exercising its hard-line rhetoric, declared its willingness to “go to the source”— Cuba—of its growing problems in the region.
Alsands faces the future—uncertainly 4445

Alsands faces the future—uncertainly

I was the ill economic winds of the 1980s, fanned by political delay, that seemed to be grinding down the multibillion-dollar Alsands mega-project last week. In a series of brutal, if not unexpected, blows the $13.5-billion scheme lost three major participants.
The myth of perpetual revolution 1213

The myth of perpetual revolution

He steps down from his campaign bus blinking in the sudden burst of sunlight, a pale and somewhat pudgy man in a beige leisure suit. Through an excited crowd he makes his way forward along a dirt street, banners blowing over him. Mariachi bands blare and confetti thrown by shouting schoolchildren sticks to his hot forehead.


I am getting a little sick and tired of seeing, hearing and reading about Wayne Gretzky at every turn (The Glory of Gretzky, Cover, Feb. 22). Granted that he is a terrific hockey player and a genuinely nice Canadian guy, but we are constantly reminded of these facts by the media—including your magazine.
Extra lining for the low-energy nest 46d47

Extra lining for the low-energy nest

No peculiarities of design distinguish the house that Toronto engineer Greg Allen built in the village of Rankin Inlet, N.W.T., from its neighbors. No expensive solar gizmos protrude from the roof; no mysterious black boxes click away in the cupboards.
A vote of confidence for the free world 2222a

A vote of confidence for the free world

Maclean’s: Because Canadians are somewhere in the middle, we're interested in the very different views of the world situation from the European and American perspectives. Can you make any sense of what's happening? Lord Robbins: I'm always prepared to believe the worst of the Soviet Union, but as between the two hypotheses, that this Polish general is trying to save his country from interference by the Russians, and the alternative view that he was hand in glove with the U.S.S.R. from the beginning—I don’t know how to choose.
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