On the front lawn of the national assembly in Quebec City last week, 1,500 angry teachers irreverently splashed paint on the largerthan-life statue of former premier Maurice Duplessis, a likeness that conjures up images of the Asbestos strike and other dark memories of passionate confrontations in Quebec’s turbulent labor history.
Javier Pérez de Cuéllar of Peru emerged as a compromise candidate for the post of United Nations secretary-general in December, 1981, when Kurt Waldheim failed to win a third five-year term. But, since taking over the job in January last year, the 63-year-old career diplomat has hardly compromised.
When The Mary Tyler Moore Show went off the air after seven years in 1978, The New Yorker ran a cartoon of a man hurling his TV set over a cliff. The cutline read: THE DAY THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW ENDED. Next week, when the 11-yearold M*A*S*H calls a ceasefire in a special 2½-hour farewell, many viewers may be tempted to toss their sets into the abyss.By Lawrence O’Toole6 min
Canada and the United States live side by side in what could be called an uneasy relationship. It could be called that if the Americans were uneasy. They’re not, so call it a partly uneasy relationship. It is partly uneasy and it is complex. Nothing illustrates this better than the two things that are most on Canadians’ minds as we enter the last week in February—the cruise missile and spring training.By Charles Gordon5 min
It was a meeting that marked a dangerous low in transatlantic goodwill. Eschewing any pretence of diplomatic nicety, the European Community’s negotiator stormed out muttering: “We’re fastening our seat belts. We’re not going to sit by and let others pluck our market like dried fruit.”By Marci McDonald5 min
I was pleased to see Kate Nelligan get some well-deserved recognition on Maclean's cover, Nelligan's Broadway Triumph (Feb. 14). She has a wonderful talent and is a joy to work with, even under stressful conditions. I was a lot less pleased to read about “the Canadian clunker, Mr. Patman,” in which Nelligan starred.
The Perils of Pauline, aka Joe Clark in Search of Happiness, is playing at your local neighborhood theatre, accompanied by the screams of delight as patrons watch the Tory party bear down upon the thin lad pinned to the tracks. It is the best-running show in town and will continue at its current location for the next four months, breaking box office records, selling lots of popcorn and proving to be the funniest hit since Laurel and Hardy stopped hitting each other with wet pillows.
The Crown Trust Affair, which will eventually win a place alongside the South Sea Bubble as one of history’s great business capers, had a happy ending this month as Central Trust of Halifax began the daunting salvage job involved. In the process a financier almost as mysterious as the departed and unlamented Lenny Rosenberg has emerged on the national business scene.By Peter C. Newman4 min
Last fall an angry customer confronted Vancouver camera retailer John Dickenson and demanded to know why he had just paid $899 for a Nikon F-3 camera body when the same camera, along with a $240 lens, was listed at only $700 at another camera store down the street.
When students from the Class of 1983 entered university, engineering and commerce degrees were regarded as virtual meal tickets. Employment after graduation seemed certain. “I have news clippings from four years ago saying that was the route to go,” says University of Toronto commerce graduate Thomas Smith.By Lesley Krueger4 min
Like many other Canadians, Neil Leighton watched the debut of pay TV on Feb. 1. But, unlike 18,000 other QCTV cable subscribers in Edmonton, Leighton was not paying $15.95 for the pleasure. The 24-year-old electronics student from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology had built a “filter” in 22 minutes using $4 worth of parts which “cleaned” the picture-scrambling pulse that cable companies use to prevent nonpaying customers from receiving a pay TV signal.
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