A fraternal air pervades the dimly lit interior of the Cork Room, a small bar only a few steps from the Toronto Stock Exchange building. Frequented by brokers and floor traders, the lounge has been the venue for a great deal of commiseration in recent months over the dismal performance of the markets.By James Fleming16 min
Not any more. The party is over in Calgary, Canada’s bustling boomtown. The long, red-inked line of eastern Canadians who have been trekking down the road to Alberta for a decade, confident that they would find jobs and prosperity there, is making an abrupt U-turn.By Suzanne Zwarun10 min
As in all major leadership contests, a wisp of history pervaded the theatrics inside the massive ballroom of the Capri Centre, a modern motel complex on the southern outskirts of the small Prairie city of Red Deer, Alta. There, several hundred members of Alberta’s separatist Western Canada Concept (WCC) party met last weekend knowing that their decision may either open up a new chapter in the history of Canadian politics or relegate the party to a footnote.
Etched in Margaret Cameron’s mind was the belief that union leaders, like judges and popes, rarely make mistakes. But that notion was dashed when the 64-year-old dairy worker from Salmon Arm, B.C., learned that the Teamsters Union had discriminated against her because of her age and sex.By Carol Bruman6 min
After-hours speakeasies have glimmered and faded over the past few years. Remnants of a prohibition era, the illicit “booze cans,” as they are known, are the most profound evidence of a continued distaste for alcohol controls in Canada.By Ann Kerr5 min
Inside Beirut’s battered municipal sports stadium, the scene of so many Palestinian military rallies, there were tears, songs and Hawaiian-style leis of gardenias. Along the shell-scarred streets there was a thunderous salute as thousands of Palestinian guerrillas fired their fusillades of automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and antiaircraft missiles.
Perhaps the most stubborn photographic vision of Canada is that of a large, unpeopled land composed of nothing more than fields, trees, more fields, rocks and water. However, currently on tour (and now in Toronto) are two exhibitions that contravene that fixed and rather inhospitable notion.By David Livingstone5 min
Regarding your cover of Aug. 16: are you sure you did not mean to entitle it The New Pain of Politics rather than The New Politics of Paint? Let me enlarge on that. Perhaps it should read The New Pain of Liberal Politics. —VERNA SINCLAIR, Brighton, Ont.
Like a fine piece of silk stretched too taut, the social fabric of this country is beginning to rend. In Alberta a lady by the name of Iris Youngren gathers 60,000 names on a petition to oust the prime minister. In Ontario a separate group calling itself GON (Get Out Now) aims for a million signatures.By Barbara Amiel5 min
The standard wisdom is that politics is all smoke and mirrors. The theory is that it is all subterfuge, flimflam and camouflage. Press releases take the place of policy. Rhetoric is the game and too often goes into overtime, the tube becoming overheated with the eloquence of the cliché.By Allan Fotheringham5 min
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