Divorce. When the end of a marriage finally comes, it can be remarkably swift, mechanical and bloodless. At 10 a.m. on a typical weekday, a county court judge takes her place on the dais below a royal coat of arms. Before her, black-gowned lawyers perch on long benches while their clients behind them eye each other nervously.
On the eve of this week’s historic First Ministers’ Conference on aboriginal rights, the federal government released a desolate report about the condition of native peoples —the kind of report to which nonnative Canadians have become numbed.
The smiling face of Lebanon's President Amin Gemayel, painted on giant murals, pasted on walls and taped on windows, looks down reassuringly from hundreds of buildings in East and West Beirut. The portraits survey a scene that is stunningly different from one that existed only six months ago, when Beirut was deserted shell, ravaged by war and terrorism.
Folk art is the country cousin of the visual arts, as fresh-faced and endearing as its sophisticated relatives can be forbidding. In an age when mainstream modern art has grown demanding and is too often obscure and joyless, folk art has no loftier aim than the age-old one of delighting the eye.By Gillian MacKay7 min
The current economic squeeze is forcing North American cities to cut back on municipal budgets, and civic officials are increasingly looking at new ways to generate wealth. One method is to marry modern technology and political authority, according to David Morris, the director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a U.S. organization that advises cities to take more direct control over the resources they produce and consume.
DIED: Donald Maclean, 69, one of the infamous group of British intellectuals who spied for the Soviet Union and whose activities caused a furore in the British Secret Service when they were discovered in 1951; in Moscow, of cancer. The son of a Liberal party cabinet minister, Maclean met fellow spies Guy Burgess and Harold (Kim) Philby during their Cambridge University days in the 1930s.
Bursting through the doors of a Shoppers Drug Mart in North Toronto, Murray Koffler, the 59year-old founder and chairman of the 439-store drug-retailing empire, is characteristicly enthusiastic.“Our competitors just don’t match this for excitement,” he croons, waving at a flashy cosmetics counter.By James Fleming6 min
There are, when you get right down to it, only two candidates for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party (and the next prime minister of Canada). When you really think about it, there are only two men who have a serious chance—and only two who deserve a serious chance—to come out on top in the Ottawa ice rink on June 12.By Allan Fotheringham6 min
The day-to-day life of the West German Bundestag is like that of most parliamentary institutions; respect for the established order reigns supreme. So when the Green party, environmentalists turned deputies, decided to invite the press into their first official caucus session, they discovered the room was far too small.By PETER LEWIS6 min
In these days of panic over whether collapsing oil prices will spell disaster for us all, we should appreciate the fact that lower energy prices will do more for the world’s long-term economic health than any other single factor since the drop in interest rates last fall.By Dian Cohen5 min
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