The warning was distressingly familiar: a droning, tape-recorded admonition that “this call is monitored.” Poland’s 3,439,700 private telephone users did not need a reminder. Nor did they need any recapitulation of the lesson learned since Dec. 13, 1981.
This was the year of the atomic book, when scores of doomsayers prophesied a dark fate for the Earth. Optimists insist, however, that, among threatened flora and fauna, trees will be obliterated not by the mushroom cloud of nuclear holocaust but by the giftbook industry.
Being an accountant who had spent his career stifling his poetic impulses, Auditor General Kenneth Dye wondered if he dared test his creative writing skills in his annual report. He knew he had to do something to liven up the 620-page investigation into government spending.By Carol Goar6 min
Eighty - three - year - old Walter Sangster remembers the year he bought a pair of geese and sowed wild rice in the pond near the railway station at McAdam, N.B. It was 1956, and that year marked the pond’s debut as a bird sanctuary. When the geese returned in subsequent springs, “they would bring their friends with them,” Sangster explains.By David Folster5 min
It might have taken place in any one of those fetid countries ruled by colonels in sunglasses. There on the television screen were the familiar pictures. Citizens pushing and shoving to get close to the elusive ballot box. There was a small, angry woman shouting into the camera, “I’ve got a right to vote.”By Barbara Amiel5 min
MX: now or never Regarding your Dec. 6 cover story, A Doomsday Decision: when existing nuclear weapons have the capacity to kill every man, woman and child on the face of the planet some 32,000 times over, I can only reflect that the world needs the MX missile system as much as a drowning man needs another mouthful of water.
In New York last month Energy Minister Jean Chrétien was exchanging drinks and pleasantries with the United States’ pinstriped financial elite when a bombshell question was casually raised. Why, Chrétien was asked, is Ottawa really going to bail Dome Petroleum out of its $8-billion sea of debt?By Ian Anderson5 min
Twenty-four years ago, in the prepubescent pomposity that always fills university politics like acne, Joe Clark met Brian Mulroney. They were both teenagers and they were both eager and they were both Tiny Tories with much in common. Joe was from High River, Alta., a little town out of W.O.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
Gen. Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, the dapper military ruler of Pakistan, is fond of quoting an old Urdu proverb: “When you are living in the sea, you cannot ignore the sharks.” Five years after seizing power in a coup, the diminutive 58-year-old Zia, who last week made an official visit to Washington, is acutely aware of his neighboring predators.By MICHAEL POSNER4 min
Seldom if ever before has the confrontation between Canada’s public and private sectors been quite so clear-cut. The benignly titled Corporate Shareholding Limitation Act (S-31), introduced by the Trudeau government last month, is a textbook example of Ottawa’s determination to cut provincial investment agencies off at the pass, allowing them to own only meaningless minority holdings in national corporations.By Peter C. Newman4 min
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