Few official documents have been leaked so profusely, or stirred so much controversy, in recent Ottawa history. The so-called “Applebert” report on Canadian cultural policy achieved instant notoriety last month when its startling suggestion that the CBC should divest itself of all television production except news was released prematurely.By Mark Czarnecki12 min
For the past 16 years federal and provincial investigators— whether working on inquiries called Mackenzie, Laycraft, McDonald or Keable—have delved into the affairs of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It has been more than a year since the last exhaustive royal commission, headed by Alberta Supreme Court Justice David McDonald, delivered its 1,800-page report which sought solutions to problems facing the force.By Linda Diebel7 min
From its infancy in the late 1800s, psychiatry has always walked the fine line between science and art. Sigmund Freud gradually placed the fledgling specialization on a solid footing and carved a prestigious niche for it in the hierarchy of professions.By June Rogers5 min
The setting was the graceful salons of Washington’s Mayflower Hotel, a coy sanctuary from the turmoil of the modern world. But the subject that 300 Roman Catholic bishops convened last week to debate was anything but serene: the morality of nuclear war.
The enthusiasm beaming from federal Energy Minister Jean Chrétien was almost palpable. Seated with Northern Development Minister John Munro and executives of Panarctic Oils Ltd. at an Ottawa press conference last week, Chrétien clearly relished the subject at hand.By James Fleming5 min
One night when I was watching Real People on TV, Skip Stephenson kept talking hilariously about little old ladies. Every time he said “little old lady” he nearly fell off his chair laughing: not because he said something funny about little old ladies but because he said “little old lady,” which, apparently for him, evoked a funny image.By Robert Thomas Allen5 min
Elderly residents still remember Athens as a charming city, full of redroofed, neoclassical houses and blossoming gardens and dominated by the gleaming white marble of the Parthenon on the Acropolis. Modern visitors, however, find it hard to believe that Athens was once known as the City of the Gods.By Michael Skapinker5 min
William Kurelek, who died of cancer in 1977 at the age of 50, stood outside the mainstream of his times and yet was one of the best-loved artists in Canadian history. From his first exhibition at Toronto’s Isaacs Gallery in 1960, he was phenomenally popular.By Gillian MacKay5 min
The commissioner of football, Jake Gaudaur, feels the Grey Cup game brings a certain unity to the Great White North. It would be nice to think something cements this vast tundra, even on one measly hungover Sunday in November. Still, one wonders.By Trent Frayne5 min
Seldom, if ever before, has a real estate deal attracted more controversy than the recent sale of 11,000 Toronto apartment units by the Bronfman-owned Cadillac Fairview Corp. to a series of mysterious buyers whose public reputations may not match their private sources of funds.By Peter C. Newman4 min
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