It began as a bizarre footnote in the parliamentary chronicles, a procedural war of the wills between the Liberals and the Conservatives over the timing of a routine vote. But when the Commons division bells clanged their forlorn and futile summons to that vote through a ninth consecutive sitting day last week, the footnote swelled into a grim new chapter in the history of Canada’s democratic traditions.By Mary Janigan9 min
There used to be a story told as to which was Britain’s second greatest city. “Some say it’s Glasgow,” the man from Liverpool announced, “some think it’s Birmingham, and some would even say it’s Manchester. But here in Liverpool we have no doubts at all: London is the second greatest city in the land.”By Mark Abley7 min
On the afternoon of Dec. 18, 1981, Stuart Smith rose from his seat in the Ontario legislature to deliver his farewell address to provincial politics. Rumors that the 43-year-old Montreal-born psychiatrist had accepted the chair of the Science Council of Canada were considered fact by most of his colleagues, but they were rumors that Smith would neither confirm nor deny.By David Macfarlane7 min
The hard knocks of Montreal-born singer Cécile Frenette’s childhood gave her the strength to open the door to the riches of Canadian music. The bilingual 28-year-old, who brightened the night when she sang at the Genie Awards show earlier this month, grew up in an orphanage and five foster homes.By BARBARA RIGHTON7 min
Your March 8 cover story, The Challenge of Japan, illustrates Japan’s economic success through practising modern management techniques. Fortunately, we Canadians have equal chance to achieve similar results. The formula consists of only two ingredients: treat the employee like a human being and involve the employee in joint decisionmaking as much as you can.
The raging arctic winds made an unholy din as they rattled the oil rig and pummelled the thin layer of nylon separating a handful of grease-spattered roughnecks from the -35 C temperatures outside. Two giant heaters blasting hot air across the floor of the dungeon-like derrick were not enough to protect the men from the icy blast of the storm.By Gordon Legge6 min
As the most bizarre murder trial in Canadian history slouched to its conclusion in the vaulted confines of Winnipeg’s Edwardian Law Courts Building last week, there were many who felt that justice had not been seen to be done. Paramount among them was Katie Harper, 49, convicted of the first-degree murder of her husband, John Down, whose naked and broken body was found sprawled facedown in the flower bed beneath the secondstorey bedroom window of their home almost 23 years ago.By Gordon Legge6 min
The vision is nothing short of revolutionary: a fleet of giant white-and-red winged airships wafting up the B.C. coast to harvest virgin stands of timber. Yet for Brent Sauder at MacMillan Bloedel Ltd., it may swiftly become a reality.
When Pat and David Coe bought a three-bedroom house in Toronto five years ago, they thought they had the perfect nest. Replete with ’20s charm, it was set on a treelined street a short subway ride to midtown. But when their son, Jonathan, started toddling last spring, the rooms seemed to get smaller.By Jennifer Fisher5 min
Newfoundland MP Jim McGrath, the former Conservative minister of fisheries and oceans, paces his elegantly refurbished East Block office, reflecting aloud on the perks of Opposition. There is the controversial $64,900 salary and tax-free expense allowance, a staff of four, a free Air Canada pass, the latest electronic word processor, no postage or telephone bills and free trips abroad.By ROBERT LEWIS5 min
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