The pianist hunched over the keyboard, culling the essence from Bach’s Goldberg Variations. His body never stopped its ecstatic dance as he faithfully executed the composer’s will. When one hand had no part to play, it conducted the other with rococo flourishes.
It is not the image most people have of Sudbury: bottomless bottles of Cognac, champagne and French liqueur served up to 200 holders of $100-a-seat theatre tickets. But the grand opening of the city’s $2.2-million theatre centre last month was not without a certain irony.By Ian Austen9 min
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators around the world have taken to the streets in the past year to oppose the world nuclear arms buildup. Still, according to economist and author John Kenneth Galbraith, who has held a series of senior posts in the U.S. government, there are powerful forces within governments that want to see the proliferation of nuclear weapons continue.
Your Oct. 4 cover story, Israel on Trial, made Israel out to be a criminal for a crime it did not commit. The massacres were by Arabs against Arabs. Yet where else but in Israel would the citizens of a country be outraged by an attack against its enemies?
By the late 1970s it seemed as if King Midas was at work again. In 1979 a 100-year-old toy, a German battleship 90 cm long and powered by the insides of a clock, sold for an astonishing $21,000 in New York City. Across the United States Ansel Adams’ photographs, which had fetched a modest $150 in 1971, commanded upward of $40,000 by 1980.By Shona McKay7 min
Proclaiming that “the sun is shining and we are in the mood,” Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed put an end to months of speculation and last week called an election for Nov. 2.But,even before the election writ was issued,there was virtual unanimity that the most durable of all western premiers would, once again, sweep back into office with an overwhelming majority.By Gordon Legge6 min
They called him Goldfinger because it seemed that almost everything he touched turned to money. His average earnings of about $1 million a year made him the thirdhighest-paid man in Britain, and his flamboyant, risk-taking style earned him a mixture of dislike, awe and admiration from the pinstriped denizens of Lloyd’s of London, the world’s best-known insurance market.By CAROL KENNEDY5 min
My career of commenting on economic matters began the same year Pierre Elliott Trudeau became prime minister. Almost since those early days I have been accused —mostly by Liberals—of being intemperate in my criticisms of Liberal economic policy.By Dian Cohen5 min
The beleaguered Canadian Home Insulation Program (CHIP), which first came under attack in 1980 when it was charged that government officials had ignored reports about the dangers of urea-formaldehyde foam, is in trouble again. Evidence that the government has failed to correct abuse of CHIP’S subsidy formula has now come to light with claims that unscrupulous contractors and landlords are jointly defrauding the program.By PETER CARLYLE-GORDGE5 min
British Columbia has always been thought of as the last refuge of an increasingly threatened population of large game animals. When the provincial government established wilderness parks in the province’s immense remote regions, it seemed as though the safety and survival of the wildlife was assured.By George Woodcock5 min
Readers might not have noticed, but the bitterness of Toronto’s newspaper fashion-page wars came close to the surface in an incident last year. Jane Hess at the Toronto Star was so eager to scoop The Globe and Mail on an interview with Oscar de la Renta that she cornered him over the telephone and printed her interview a week before the designer set foot on Canadian soil.By Bonnie Hurowitz5 min
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