This week senior executives from 25 of the largest corporations in the United States—Bechtel, Standard Oil of California, Mobil, Procter & Gamble and others meet in Ottawa. Their main objective: a 1½-hour conversation with the prime minister of Canada.
Your article on Princess Grace (Saying Goodbye to a Magic Legend, World, Sept.27) was exceptional. In this world of character defamation—even after the person is dead—it is so refreshing to learn that not all writers are vultures. Thank you, Marci McDonald, for showing respect for the dead.
There is a new convenience this year in the village of Masset, the largest settlement on the Queen Charlotte Islands. Many of the 2,000 villagers accept its presence grudgingly, because they do not really need a sani-station. There are actually two of them on the islands now, places where increasing numbers of tourists in vans and campers can dump their effluent.By Malcolm Gray7 min
The three specks in the Caribbean that make up the Cayman Islands have little to boast about. Their rocky, alkaline soil supports little more than coconut trees and iguanas; the traditional turtle fishing industry has all but died out, and most imports have to be hauled at least 650 km by sea or air from the tip of Florida.By Ian Austen5 min
His French was halting, his natty blue blazer and red tie were strangely out of place amidst the table-stomping Acadians. But when New Brunswick’s Conservative Premier Richard Hatfield ended his election campaign with an exhausting, two-day, 1,564-km bus tour, finishing in the traditional Liberal stronghold of francophone ridings, the winds of political change were at gale force.By Michael Clugston5 min
The prime minister's principal secretary, Tom Axworthy, was in a surprisingly cheerful mood the morning after the government lost three Ontario byelections last week. He had to be. He was putting the final flourishes on the speech Pierre Trudeau will use to stave off a leadership challenge at the Liberal party's national convention next month and he could not afford to let the gloom of the night's events seep into the prime minister's inspirational message to the 2,500 delegates.By CAROL GOAR5 min
The statistics and the pictures and stories of the dead and injured are numbingly familiar—part of an appalling highway tax that is paid in blood and money because Canadians continue to drink and drive. Last year 5,370 people died in highway accidents, and 50 per cent of the drivers killed had blood alcohol levels above the legal limit.
Alfred Bloomingdale, in case anyone missed the past few months’ extensive coverage of his activities, was the American department store heir, founder of Diners Club and a member of Ronald Reagan’s kitchen cabinet. Together with his impeccably groomed wife, Betsy, he was a bona fide member of U.S. high society.By Barbara Amiel5 min
In December 5 or 6, 1943, we were about double the quota of Jews to be burned. Rauca was up in a lorry with four Jews .... There was a 12-year-old boy, a bespectacled man, a woman and an old woman. Rauca drew his gun with two others and shot them in the back of the head from 30 or 40 metres.By GILLIAN MACKAY5 min
Since the mid-1960s city planners have suspected that housing the urban poor in concrete towers creates magnets for muggers and vandals. Yet high-rise buildings continue to crowd North American skylines. British geographer Alice Coleman offers new insights into the link between faulty design and a high crime rate.By ALICE COLEMAN5 min
On Nov. 10, 1980, the board of governors of the Stratford Festival fired the four-person artistic directorate that it had chosen to run the 1981 season and offered the festival’s top job to English director John Dexter. In the ensuing furore over the board’s betrayal and callous treatment of eminently qualified Canadian professionals, Actors’ Equity boycotted the festival and Employment and Immigration Minister Lloyd Axworthy denied Dexter a work permit, contending that the board had not looked hard enough for a Canadian director.By Mark Czarnecki4 min
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