Beneath a high-powered microscope, the patient lies motionless on an operating table, a patch of his brain exposed. A piece of his skull lies in a jar on a table nearby. Dr. John S. Peerless, chairman of neurosurgery at the University of Western Ontario, stares through the lenses while he tries to attach two arteries, using a device smaller than a strand of human hair.By Linda McQuaig18 min
The 1976 Montreal Summer Games did have a deficit, a whopping, corrupt $1-billion deficit. And David Leighton, the new president of the organizing committee for the 1988 Calgary Winter Games, is keenly aware of Drapeau’s prediction. Participating in a Banff panel on Olympic TV coverage recently, the camera was on him.By Gordon Legge6 min
For 175 km, the scene on the highway that runs south from Nanning is like a thousand other rural vistas in China’s verdant tropical belt. Processions of peasants work unobtrusively. Some haul bricks and coal on carts drawn by water buffalo or horses.
Canada's premiers launched a balloon last week only to see it shot down almost as soon as it took flight. It was a precarious venture at best, especially because the provincial leaders could see that the economic health of the nation was riding in the basket.By Michael Clugston6 min
For the past several months three robed nuns have left their ramshackle 12-room house on Lusted Avenue in Winnipeg’s low-income Point Douglas area each day to knock on neighborhood doors and beg for money. Left in the house is their superior in the Order of the Mother of God, Mother Aimée.
When you consider that the average half-hour newscast contains about the same number of words as a page and a half of The Globe and Mail, it is clear, as Walter Cronkite has suggested, that the TV anchorman is holding a one-pound sack into which he’s trying to stuff 100 lb. of raw material.By Peter Trueman5 min
When two passing patrolmen found Sydney merchant banker Frank Nugan dead in his Mercedes on a little-travelled highway early on Jan. 27, 1980, it appeared to be a routine suicide. Nugan had returned from London two days earlier to learn of major discrepancies in his Nugan Hand bank’s accounts.
"Exceptional load," read the warning on the three tractor trailers lumbering onto the docks of France’s chief port at Le Havre. That notice proved to be a grave understatement. Last week the truck’s cargo—three 60-tonne French-made compressors bound for the Soviet Union’s 5,600-km natural gas pipeline under construction to Western Europe—became the charged symbols of an alarming new trade battle flaring between Washington and its European allies.By Marci McDonald5 min
Maclean’s: What are the chances of picking up signals from another civilization with radio astronomy? Sagan: Optimistic estimates of how many nearby stars you would have to sift through in order to have a fair chance of detecting a signal from the nearest one that has a civilization is something like one million, perhaps 10 million, stars.
DIED: Agostino (Gus) Caruso, 55, internationally known Toronto hairstylist who revolutionized the haircut in the 1960s, turning it into a high-fashion accessory, of a heart attack, while vacationing at Wasaga Beach, Ont. Caruso’s clientele included Barbra Streisand, Elizabeth Taylor and the late Maria Callas.
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