Suddenly, if belatedly, the nuclear menace had become everybody’s nightmare, and millions of ordinary people prayed and hoped that the few peacemakers of the earth would succeed. In a fast-moving series of related developments in Europe, Asia and North America, the human race seemed to lurch another step closer to oblivion last week as the menacing East-West confrontation grew worse.
November seemed bleaker than usual in 1956. British and French troops had just invaded the Suez Canal zone, and diplomats around the world feared that the Soviet Union and the United States would soon be drawn into the conflict. No one was more acutely aware of the danger in Egypt than Canada’s external affairs minister, Lester Pearson.
On Nov. 2, 1982, Brian Mulroney, then president of the Iron Ore Co. of Canada (IOCC), told the 2,500 residents of the remote northern Quebec town of Schefferville that his company was closing its open-pit mining operation there. The announcement was an especially severe blow to the townspeople because Iron Ore was Schefferville’s only industry.By LINDA MCQUAIG7 min
The small October rebellion within Tory ranks ended quickly and quietly—and without attracting the attention of outsiders. On one side, a few members of the Conservative party’s national executive committee wanted to keep their hard-won power to amend the party’s $6-million operating budget.By Mary Janigan6 min
When French President François Mitterrand announced an antisexist law on International Women’s Day last March 8, he set out to win over the 52 per cent of French voters who are female. But when Women’s Rights Minister Yvette Roudy unveiled the details the next day, she faced outrage from an unexpected quarter—the country’s potent advertising industry.By MARCI MCDONALD6 min
As a registered nurse working in a critical care/trauma unit, may I commend you on the Nov. 21 cover, The ‘mercy' killers. I am all too familiar with the serious and troubling problems facing the medical profession today and I can attest that the decision to resuscitate or not is not a simple one.
Since his retirement from the department of external affairs in 1971, Halifax-born Charles Ritchie, 77, has found a new career as a published author of witty and richly textured diaries. The Siren Years, chronicling his early diplomatic career between 1937 and 1945, appeared in 1974 and won the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction.
This week’s scheduled launch of the space shuttle Columbia, carrying the European-designed research capsule Spacelab, represents a symbolic boost to the space programs of both major partners. For the National Aeronautics and Space Administration it signals a return to pure scientific research, and it is the first step toward constructing and maintaining a manned orbiting space station since NASA abandoned the project in 1972.By PETER MARSH5 min
After the first few days of it, those Canadians who are paid to know began to say the strangest things about Prime Minister Trudeau’s peace mission. Seizing microphone or typewriter, they would look figuratively over the shoulder and whisper, “I think he’s sincere.”By Charles Gordon5 min
Gérard Pelletier, 64, first achieved major national recognition as one of the “three wise men ”whom Prime Minister Lester Pearson recruited to bolster Liberal support in Quebec during the 1965 election. (Lawyer and commentator Pierre Elliott Trudeau and trade unionist Jean Marchand were the other two.) At the time, Pelletier was a wellknown journalist who had been editor of the Montreal daily La Presse.
An epic battle between a Montreal stockbroker and a Calgary oilman is being resolved this month in a precedent-shattering settlement that promises a better deal for minority shareholders in future takeover fights. Dominik Dlouhy, the head of Maison Placements Canada Inc., has won his battle with Bob Brawn’s Turbo Resources Ltd.,which involved an offer of as much as $56 million to the minority shareholders of Merland Explorations Ltd., taken over by Turbo in 1981.By Peter C. Newman4 min
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