It was the night before Christmas, and all through Melonville not a creature was stirring—not even fat Johnny LaRue. LaRue had passed out in the snow after sucking down a gallon of Canadian Club while searching for Santa. Back at Melonville’s television studio, even Libby Wolfson, the host of the You're So Beautiful show, had left for home with her guest Sue Bop(stein)-Simpson, with whom she had been discussing “what Hanukkah means to us.”By Ian Brown, Linda Diebel, Shona McKay13 min
The president of First Boston Corporation, PedroPablo Kuczynski, starkly calls it “the end of the music.” Former French prime minister Raymond Barre detects a “general mood of uncertainty and pessimism.” Willy Brandt, head of the commission on North-South issues, warned in Ottawa that economic and financial catastrophes loom unless emergency measures are taken.By Michael Posner9 min
Until last week, staff cutbacks sweeping through the nation’s newspaper editorial offices have, for the most part, been a quiet affair. The dismissals, slimmed-down editions and vanishing freelance contributors have not sparked the same sort of outcry that followed the dramatic 1980 closings of the Ottawa Journal and The Winnipeg Tribune.By Ian Austen7 min
Hugh Hambleton is a traitor to his country and a repulsive human being. He should spend the rest of his miserable life in prison doing hard labor! But instead he gets a big color portrait on the cover of Maclean's, as if he were some kind of national hero (The Hambleton Spy Web, Cover, Dec. 13).
In startling contrast to the usual hurly-burly of federal-provincial relations, the meeting last week ended on a surprising note: Canada’s 11 ministers of finance agreed to co-operate. The rare show of unity was itself a grim acknowledgment that the nation has plunged into an economic crisis rivalling the Great Depression.By Ian Anderson5 min
The operation was carried out with ruthless military precision. Truckloads of the grey-uniformed, stick-wielding ZOMO riot police blocked approaches to the gaunt Three Crosses monument commemorating the scores of martyrs in the 1970 Gdansk shipyard uprising.By Peter Lewis5 min
"The notion that it is boring mainly reflects simple ignorance about the world's second-largest country.” —The Economist The revered British weekly produced that assessment back in March. Canada, in 1982, has shown just how right it was.By Charles Gordon5 min
In a winter when surging unemployment and plunging production have given painful new meaning to the phrase “record-breaking,” Parliament has quietly broken a record of its own. The current session had chalked up an unprecedented 434 days as MPs prepared to flee the capital this week for their 25-day Christmas recess.By CAROL GOAR5 min
There are only tiny pockets of evidence that word of an economic decline in the real world has seeped through to the golden pond of sports. The Pittsburgh Penguins, a not irresistible hockey team, played to a 4-4 tie with Detroit the other night before 7,015 dozing patrons, less than half the rink’s capacity.By Trent Frayne5 min
The statement was tantalizingly vague. After two days of talks last week, two key parties in the search for a Middle East settlement, Jordan and the Palestine Liberation Organization, agreed in a communiqué “to recover Arab and Palestinian rights in the light of a joint conception of a special and distinctive relationship between Jordan and a liberated Palestine.”By ROBIN WRIGHT4 min
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