Like pallbearers at their own funeral, many Canadians both observed and buried their dreams in 1982. They were shovelled under by the unceasing reportage of gloomy economic news which tested the resilience of the cheeriest capitalist and bent the big shoulders of the working man.By Jane O’Hara8 min
Douglas Bader, 72, the Second World War flying ace who downed at least 22 German planes despite the loss of both legs in a prewar crash. While leading the No. 1 Royal Air Force Canadian Fighter Squadron, Bader crashed behind enemy lines in 1941 and was captured.
The sale of water by Canada to the United States must not be allowed to happen under any conditions or combination of conditions (Running Out of Water, Environment, Dec. 13). Once started, we could never stop, no matter what needs arose in the future.
Corporate Canada is on the ropes. In the second most severe recession that any industrialized country has experienced since the Great Depression of the 1930s, Canadian business has not only suffered devastating sales and profits but, worse still, a shattering of self-confidence that will take years to rebuild.By Peter C. Newman4 min
In 1983 the universe will unfold the way it wasn’t supposed to, contempt for our Liberal masters will grow, another adenoidal rock singer with a vocabulary of 250 words will become a millionaire, and people will talk about the weather. There will be another scandal on Wall Street, television will get even worse, and Mort Sahl will make a comeback.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
When Ontario provincial court Judge Reid Scott strode abruptly out of his Toronto courtroom last week, he left behind a room full of puzzled lawyers—and relieved prisoners. In a highly unusual move, Scott declined to hear any new criminal cases on the grounds that, as a provincial court judge whose salary is determined by the Ontario cabinet, he was not independent of the provincial government.
There were no flags flying around the White House when Jordan's King Hussein came to Washington last week. There were no state dinners, no parades of fife and drum. The visit had been billed as a working interlude and it was all of that. (It occurred, coincidentally, amid reports that Nancy Reagan had undergone surgery for the removal of a cancerous growth on her upper lip.)By Michael Posner4 min
The bloom is off Wild Rose Country. After a decade of heady times in which growth expenditures seemed unlimited, cities across Alberta are reeling under the impact of the recession. In Calgary and Edmonton, two of the hardest-hit cities, revenues have fallen off dramatically: industrial land sales, building permits and municipal assessments have plummeted, while salary increases for municipal employees in 1983 remain in the double-digit range.By GORDON LEGGE3 min
When his ruling Democratic Alliance coalition suffered a five-point decline in local elections in mid-December, Portuguese Prime Minister Francisco Pinto Balsemão put on a show of defiance. “The erosion suffered after two years of particularly difficult conditions is minimal,” he said in reply to opposition calls for his resignation.By DAVID BAIRD3 min
In the spring of 1981 Marie Marthe Larose, 68, described by her doctor, John Keyserlingk, as "a super, jovial lady," died of cancer of the esophagus in Montreal’s St. Mary’s Hospital. After three major operations, Larose spent most of her last days breathing with the help of a respirator, unable to speak but surrounded by her husband and eight children.By ANNE BEIRNE3 min
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