The elegant two-storey building on a discreet downtown side street houses much more than just another business empire. Behind the neoclassical facade at 10 Toronto St., Conrad Black has become almost a mythical figure at the pinnacle of the Canadian corporate establishment.By Linda McQuaig27 min
The worst, it seems, is over. At last, after months of agonizing and false hopes, the longest and deepest world recession since the Great Depression appears to be ending. The signs of recovery are still modest, hidden in the arcane graphs of leading economic indicators.
Ariel Sharon’s bulky frame, defiant wave and politician’s smile dominated the world’s television screens last week. For some observers, the fate of Israel’s hawkish, belligerent defence minister would reflect either the best or the worst of the Israeli state itself: its sensitive conscience or its defiant militarism.
The move was scarcely noticed by patients and staff in the corridors of the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital. But when a troubleshooting new administrator representing a private U.S.-based management corporation set up shop in the hospital last month, the effects spread far beyond the 116-bed institution near Ottawa.By Ann Kerr5 min
The bold, blue Prairie sky is clear. The air is still and quiet, except for the occasional scream of metal scraping against metal from an oil rig planted on a frozen piece of farmland near Big Valley, Alta., the scene of a rumored oil find about 200 km northeast of Calgary.By Gordon Legge5 min
That Canada’s economy is in an appalling state is one thing that most of us would agree about. Finance Minister Marc Lalonde has an opportunity to right many of the economic wrongs created by the previous two budgets of his predecessor, Allan MacEachen.By Dian Cohen5 min
Until the Progressive Conservatives plunged into their divisive leadership crisis last month, the New Democrats constituted only a dispirited, sometimes ineffective band of 32 MPs in the House of Commons. Popular support for the party had plummetted from a heady 26 per cent of decided voters in February, 1982, to a dismal 20 per cent last month, according to the Gallup poll.By Mary Janigan, MARY JANIGAN5 min
There is nothing wrong with hockey’s annual all-star game that an all-stations blackout—or 39 more Wayne Gretzkys, provided at least two of them are goaltenders— won’t cure. The 35th all-star game came up groping for oxygen in the Nassau Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum on Long Island the other night, and, honestly folks, talk about confusion.By Trent Frayne5 min
In an open letter addressed to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (Lead Us or Leave, Prime Minister, Column, Jan. 24), Dian Cohen makes certain accusations that do not bear up under scrutiny. She points out that the prime minister remarked that the unemployed are in the “front ranks of a new leisure class.”
Everything in the world is interconnected. McLuhan’s global village shrinks with each year. Klaus Barbie intrudes on our personal lives 30 years after he disappeared. Tom Ardies was a good and manic reporter for The Vancouver Sun in its golden years in the 1950s when it was run in lavish, eccentric style by the millionaire Cromie brothers.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
There is a tinge of bitterness in the voice of Larry Chamberlin, the 40-year-old president of the Morgan Bank of Canada. Discussing the institution’s performance since it opened for business as a Canadian chartered bank in October, 1981, his prognosis is gloomy.By ROBERT COLLISON4 min
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