Rock ’n’ roll fans almost gave up the search for new musical heroes during the past decade. Most of the older ones had died or were locked into the slow senility of affluence. And most of the new bands were too preoccupied with attacking the status quo to contemplate heroism.By Brian D. Johnson15 min
The images and slogans have passed from advertising jingles into the national folklore. Like the railways and the banks, the names of Canada’s breweries stand out as national icons. From long before Confederation, Canada’s brewers have served as economic building blocks of the nation.
In the places where people go for the summer, there used to be oldtimers who knew everything. Whether Canadians went to Camp, to The Cottage, or to The Lake, the oldtimers were always there, dispensing lore, product information and practical advice.By Charles Gordon5 min
When the District Telegraph Co. of Hamilton, Ont., opened Canada’s first telephone exchange by stringing wires on trees and fire alarm poles in 1878, it started a communications revolution that would profoundly influence the nation. Two years later Parliament provided for the creation of the Bell Telephone Co., now known as Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., and generations of Canadians since then have grown accustomed to an inexpensive flat-rate telephone system.By David Hayes5 min
The land around Avonlea, Sask., 80 km south of Regina, is as flat as Ronnie Reagan’s intellect. On any day you can see forever. The faint blimps of clouds bump against the horizon a thousand miles away. There is, however, one anomaly. Hidden beneath this flat deck—invisible until you come upon it—is a leafy cellar, a meandering ravine that contains a small lake and comforting acres of trees that hide camper trucks and picnics and tents and nostalgic relatives who grasp each other around the memories and remember all the funny times and neglect to recall the bad times.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
In the ripeness of the Canadian summer the agony of Brazil seems far removed. Yet that troubled nation’s astronomical debt is a time bomb that could shatter our fragile recovery and send the world economy into a tailspin. At the core of the emergency rescue effort being mounted by 1,400 creditor banks is a quiet Canadian who is gaining an international reputation as the Scarlet Pimpernel of high finance.By Peter C. Newman4 min
The outburst came with little warning. In international monetary circles financiers speculated that Washington will likely have to raise interest rates in order to tighten its money supply. The reaction was swift as the rumor flashed through the computer and telephone network that forms the 23-hour-a-day world currency market.By Ian Austen4 min
At the giant IKEA furnishing store in Mississauga, Ont., business, at first glance, is a secondary concern. Five-year-olds squeal ecstatically in the “ball room,” while older children gaze at the latest video cartoons. At the same time, adult shoppers can stop wandering through showrooms filled with reasonably priced Scandinaviandesigned bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms to drink a cup of coffee and sample Swedish baked goods.By SHONA MCKAY4 min
What Paris is to haute couture, Freeport, Me., is to the Lacoste shirt and Top Sider moccasin set. The tiny New England town (population 6,000) is the home of L.L. Bean, the famed mail-order outfitter whose Maine Hunting Shoes and Baxter State Parkas could make even a motorcycle gangster look like a pillar of the eastern seaboard establishment.By RITA CHRISTOPHER4 min
When Alberta Wheat Pool President Allan Macpherson emerged from almost 2½ hours of intensive questioning by the Commons Transport Committee in an oppressively hot Edmonton hotel ballroom last week, he clearly showed the strain. His organization, along with the wheat pools in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, is at the centre of a continuing controversy over the abolition of the Crowsnest Pass freight rate, which has kept grain freight costs artificially low for more than half a century.By Gordon Legge4 min
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