As 1983 began, Pierre Trudeau was winging across Southeast Asia on a seven-nation tour, hustling Canadian subway cars, sawmills and Dash-7s. At year end he was on yet another world swing, this time peddling his brave but vaguely worded peace plan.By Peter C. Newman7 min
Benigno Aquino Jr., 50, the former Philippine Liberal Party leader; felled by an assassin’s bullet as he stepped off an airplane in Manila after a three-year exile in the United States. Considered to be the most formidable opponent to Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Aquino was returning home in hopes of uniting the country’s fractured opposition in time for the promised National Assembly elections in May.By SHONA MCKAY6 min
Orwell’s year approaches, full of Newspeak and the Ministry of Truth. Herpes has gone, to be replaced by AIDS. Yasser Arafat has, one hopes, disappeared from our headlines, and we have had quite enough of Brooke Shields, John McEnroe and Jean-Claude Parrot.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
It was the second time in 16 months that Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat sailed out of Lebanon into forced exile. And last week, as he left the port of Tripoli, his goal of establishing a Palestinian homeland in the Middle East seemed more elusive than ever.
On Dec. 20 the Tories executed a Christmas ambush with stealthy tactics more characteristic of a schoolboys’ secret meeting than a parliamentary debate. It began at 12:30 p.m. on the penultimate day before adjournment, when dozens of Conservative MPs crowded into Room 229-N, a little-used committee room a few doors away from the Commons chamber.By Carol Goar4 min
With barely concealed disappointment, Radcliffe Latimer admitted defeat. In a surprisingly brief takeover attempt last week, he emerged as the clear loser. Seated in his grey-toned 55th-floor office in Toronto’s financial district, the president of TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. (TCPL) diplomatically assessed the fact that Bell Canada Enterprises Inc. (BCE) of Montreal had snapped up 42 per cent of his company despite his strong recommendation to shareholders not to respond to Bell’s “unreasonable” $31.50-a-share offer.By James Fleming4 min
The affairs of the nation this past year seemed more and more at odds with the partisan hollerings of Ottawa. Much of the action that mattered—most of the year’s heroes and villains—were businessmen, subarctic versions of J.R. Ewing, or John Forsythe manipulating Dynasty’s cast of sinewy characters.By Peter C. Newman4 min
The apparent serenity that has typified most of the Liberal Democratic Party’s 28-year tenure as the ruler of Japan was conspicuous by its absence. Instead, last week party officials were scrambling to patch together a coalition after voters delivered a sharp rebuke to Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and his colleagues.By JARED MITCHELL4 min
Your cover story on Canadian children’s books (The joys of a bountiful season, Dec. 19) was excellent in every way. One further fact remains to be added, however. If it is true that the publication of Dennis Lee’s Alligator Pie in 1974 heralded the current boom, credit should go to Hugh Kane, the man at Macmillan who took the apparently insane chance of publishing the book at that time.
From the Black Donnellys to Joey Smallwood, social history and politics have dominated Canadian theatre in the past decade. Comedies, musicals and “boulevard plays”— light, sophisticated pieces ranging from thrillers to frothy farce—have been rare.By MARK CZARNECKI2 min
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