July 5, 1982



The first flash came on the early morning radio news, displacing the latest crisis reports from Argentina and Lebanon. The Princess of Wales had been admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, between 5 and 6 a.m. on June 21 in the first stages of labor.
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Settling in for hard times

In Ottawa last week Allan MacEachen put the finishing touches on a new budget for Monday that he hoped would help the country forget the tatters of last November’s failed attempt at financial planning. For his part, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was preparing to welcome an uneasy assembly of 10 provincial premiers to 24 Sussex Drive in an effort to create the appearance that the nation’s leadership is finally pulling together.
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The trials of the insanity plea

David Larivière was extremely drunk when he used a wine bottle to kill the woman in bed beside him one night 10 years ago in Cochrane, Ont. When he came to his senses, he sank into a depression and wondered if he were crazy. Although psychiatrists found him sane by the time of his trial, they agreed he was psychotic at the time of his offence, and a jury found him not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.
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All the world’s the Cup’s stage

Thousands of jubilant Brazilians went singing and sambaing through the streets of Seville, Spain, after their team’s defeat of Scotland, and the world’s supreme sporting event, the World Cup, was off to a rollicking start. Some 1.5 billion television viewers around the world—something like one in three human beings—are tuned in watching every corner kick and cross.
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After the onslaught, a new hope for peace

The cacophony of thundering bombs and shells rumbled through the battered streets of West Beirut. Fires raged throughout the Moslem section of the capital, and at least one-third of Israel’s armed might—1,600 tanks and 1,200 armored personnel carriers—massed on the southern outskirts of the city, poised for a final assault on the 10-square-mile Palestinian stronghold.
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The general gives up the fight

In 15 minutes, the White House announced on an otherwise lazy Friday afternoon, the president would make a statement in the pressroom. On cue, at 3 p.m., his face a little ashen, Ronald Reagan declared that, “with great regret,” he had accepted the resignation of Secretary of State Alexander Haig—and had nominated George Shultz, treasury and labor secretary under Richard Nixon, to succeed him.


This week is the official publication date of Canada With Love, a collection of 50 photographs culled by Lorraine Monk from among the 50,000 entries in a nationwide contest sponsored by McClelland and Stewart, the book’s publishers. Monk, whose Canada: A Year of the Land set new standards for photojournalism, has put her winning pictures together with appropriate epigrams collected by John Robert Colombo to produce a stunning look at this country’s natural beauty.
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A world in turmoil

The phrase “global recession” punctuates the lexicon of politicians and economists in the 1980s with the same staccato regularity as the more optimistic “global village” did a decade ago. Faced by mounting public discontent over their nations’ economic woes, leaders chant the mantra-like litany, hoping that the repetition alone will absolve them of responsibility in the eyes of their electorates.
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Taking the heat off insulation

As the federal government prepares to spend $110 million of our tax dollars in a urea formal-dehyde foam insulation (UFFI) “relief program” for the 80,000 or so “UFFI-struck households,” I can’t help but feel that the banning of UFFI is turning out to be one of the most costly and ill-conceived blunders to have been perpetrated on a modern and supposedly well-educated society.
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Inside the Kremlin’s corridors of power

For 16 years, until 1980, diplomat-poet Robert Ford observed the comings and goings in the Kremlin as Canada's ambassador to Moscow. Fluent in Russian and three other languages, he became dean of Moscow's diplomatic corps. In that role, he dealt face-to-face with Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev and followed the activities of other party leaders.
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