From the doorway sanctuary of her midtown Manhattan apartment, Kate Nelligan bolts into the back seat of the limousine. Somehow she enters profile first, a patrician nose, lips full with erotic, ironic promise, a sculpted, oval chin—the same haunting profile that wise directors used to introduce the actress in Masterpiece The-atre’s TV drama Thérèse Raquin and in the movie thriller The Eye of the Needle.By Val Ross17 min
The timing was perfect. As women’s groups across Canada protested that soft-core sex movies on pay TV would inexorably become more explicit, David Cronenberg’s Videodrome opened last week in more than 600 theatres across North America.By Mark Czarnecki8 min
He is a unique Canadian with the potential of starring in a sport that belongs to Americans. Leo Rautins, a 22-year-old native of Toronto and a senior at Syracuse University, could become the first Canadian ever to have a serious chance of becoming one of the top players in the National Basketball Association (NBA).By Ken Becker7 min
For reasons that only a psychologist can explain, Canadians have had an enduring 109-year-old love affair with the telephone. The nation can lay claim to the instrument’s inventor, Ontario’s Alexander Graham Bell, to the first long-distance telephone call in 1876—and to the title of “Champions of Chat.By James Fleming6 min
In your otherwise fine coverage of the Progressive Conservative general meeting in Winnipeg (After Joe, What?, Cover, Feb. 7), you passed along one bit of misinformation. The CBC did not air a straw poll indicating that Clark had the backing of 78 per cent of delegates.
When a wide array of parliamentary rule changes began for a one-year trial period in the House of Commons last month, one man who thought the streamlining procedures were inadequate was Arthur Lower, 93, the dean of Canadian historians. Lower has spent a lifetime studying Canadians and he says that he is generally unimpressed, particularly with the House of Commons.
To the shoving, burdened, halfstarved mob it was at best a bittersweet reception. WELCOME TO GHANA proclaimed the hastily designed bulletin board just inside the Ghanaian-Togo border at Aflao. Refugees from Nigeria’s crumbling economy and internal politics, hundreds of thousands of non-Nigerians were victims of the Lagos government’s Jan. 17 edict: by Jan. 31 all illegal, unemployed and unskilled foreign workers had to leave the country.
The Liberals called it a “Western Transportation Initiative,” but in the language of many Prairie grain farmers it was nothing less than an unspeakable plan to end their historic subsidy. For decades the Crowsnest Pass freight rate has been a verity in a region that copes with variety.
The billboards are all over Toronto. They depict the Crucifixion and bear a single line of prose: DARE TO BE A PRIEST LIKE ME. There is a shortage of priests in the local archdiocese, and this is a recruitment campaign. Once, the priesthood was considered a vocation—a calling from God, not from a billboard.By Barbara Amiel5 min
The leather-padded doors of the Railway Committee Room, where Joe Clark formally resigned as leader of the Opposition last week, are practically soundproof. But before MPs gathered for their weekly caucus meeting, the Progressive Conservatives swept the room for electronic bugs and posted six security guards outside both exits.
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