October 31, 1983

A promising attack on cancer 3031

A promising attack on cancer

An estimated 40,000 Canadians die of cancer every year, and at least 100,000 others learn that they have one of the hundred or more forms of the disease. Although 50 per cent of all patients now recover completely, no other disease evokes the dread that cancer does.


Your cover article British Columbia boils over (Oct. 17) suggests that William Bennett is to Canada what Margaret Thatcher is to Britain. Not quite right. Bennett is to British Columbia what Francisco Franco was to Spain or, perhaps, what Ferdinand Marcos is to the Philippines.
Saving banks from themselves 8d9

Saving banks from themselves

Finance Minister Marc Lalonde was a lead speaker last month at the Commonwealth finance ministers’ meeting that was held just before the International Monetary Fund meeting in Washington. His topic was how to get the world out of the financial mess it is in without destroying the way the world now does business.
Reagan’s close call 1617

Reagan’s close call

It was the second threat to the safety of Ronald Reagan since he took office less than three years ago. Late on Saturday, Reagan decided to enjoy a casual round of golf in Augusta, Ga., with Secretary of State George Shultz, Treasury Secretary Donald Regan and other administration insiders.
Alberta’s shrinking future 1415

Alberta’s shrinking future

Premier Peter Lougheed tried to take the sting out of a 13-per-cent increase in personal income tax for Albertans last week by offering them a scaled-down yet rosy vision of future prosperity for the province. The message that small is beautiful was implicit in the premier’s annual stateof-the-province address.
A resignation shakes the CBC 4041

A resignation shakes the CBC

While the CBC drama department successfully develops expertise in Dallas-style soap operas for the international market (Empire, Inc., Vanderberg), its real-life unfolding of blood and tears in high places has an all-Canadian tag.
Oh, Canada: they stand on guard 6465

Oh, Canada: they stand on guard

You can tell this is Canada because Mila Mulroney, the hottest thing to hit Ottawa since Charlotte Whitton punched an alderman, is spending $79,000 to renovate Stornoway. I don’t know why, since in six months or so she’s going to have to renovate 24 Sussex Drive.
A bell-ringing birthday 1011

A bell-ringing birthday

Pierre Trudeau turned 64 last week on a crisp Ottawa fall day that seemed to promise new hope for a Liberal government sagging badly at the polls. And when he arrived at Parliament Hill for a regular Tuesday morning meeting of his inner cabinet, Trudeau found an office filled with flowers from well-wishers and talk of the inflation rate falling to an 11-year low of five per cent. As the cabinet meeting began, Transport Minister Lloyd Axworthy contributed to the feeling of well-being by announcing that he was going to impose a three-day time limit on the contentious Crow Rate debate, which has tied up Parliament for almost a month.
Hunting for a master plan 28b29

Hunting for a master plan

That ever-elusive genie—a viable industrial strategy to guide us into the turbulent world of the late 1980s—is loose again among federal politicians of all stripes. No one is opposed. Everyone praises its virtues. But nothing happens. Debate on the issue has been heating up as the result of Robert Reich’s impressive new U.S. best seller, The Next American Frontier, which documents the position that nothing any democratic government does in the next few years will be more important than formulating appropriate industrial initiatives.
An agonizing debate over sponsorship 3839

An agonizing debate over sponsorship

The Canadian Ski Association is caught in an embarrassing dilemma over a multimillion-dollar sponsorship offer from a large tobacco company. Some of its members— including world downhill champion Steve Podborski—are opposed to the idea of linking smoking with their squeaky-clean sport.
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