In its milder form, depression is known as “the blues” and it is a normal reaction to the chronic disappointments and low-grade frustrations caused by modern life. In most cases depression lifts and people get on with their lives. But for those deeply snared in its web, depression can be a debilitating disorder which infects body and mind with a lingering, soul-destroying sadness.
One of the most dismal indicators for the future of Argentine democracy in your cover story Inside the new Argentina (Feb. 27) is your correspondent’s observation, “As much as they resented the military’s conduct of the war, most Argentines continue to believe passionately in their claim to the Malvinas.”
John Stoik, who rose from North Battleford, Sask., and became the president of Gulf Canada Ltd. in 1976, has dreamed for years of making the huge petroleum company a Canadian-owned concern. In the past, the closest Stoik came to achieving that goal was four years ago, when Gulf’s multinational parent, Pittsburgh-based Gulf Oil Corp., reduced its holding in the Toronto-based subsidiary by five per cent to 60 per cent.
Ambassadors’ wives do not usually join their husbands in the limelight. But Sondra Gotlieb, the wife of Canada’s ambassador to the United States, Allan Gotlieb, has broken the tradition of anonymity. Last November she began to write a bimonthly humor column for the editorial page of The Washington Post and she has now become a minor Washington celebrity in her own right.
The company’s name seemed auspicious, and its well-known top executive gave the enterprise an aura of glamor and success. So when Infinitum Growth Fund Inc. was launched in Toronto as a venture capital firm in early 1980 with former federal finance minister John Turner as its chairman, it had no problems in attracting about 1,000 small investors who paid $4.5 million for its stock.By Ian Austen, Arthur Johnson7 min
For more than a decade medical scientists investigating the body’s defences against disease have known precisely what they were looking for. Somewhere in the immune system there had to be a tiny chemical mechanism that recognized foreign substances and co-ordinated the attack on them.By Pat Ohlendorf6 min
France’s next presidential elections are not scheduled until 1988, but newspaper polls suggest that the popularity of Socialist President François Mitterrand is flagging and that French conservative opposition leader Jacques Chirac has the best chance at succeeding him in the presidency.
Five years after the Vietnamese army invaded Kampuchea (Cambodia) and took over the government in Phnom Penh, Kampuchean nationalists continue to wage a guerrilla war against the invaders. The rebel forces of the Khmer Rouge, the forces of former Cambodian prime minister Son Sann, and those of Prince Norodom Sihanouk are now intensifying their campaign of jungle warfare in an attempt to regain control of the country.By DANIEL BURSTEIN5 min
There was only one occasion on which I actually came face-to-face with Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Not that I hadn’t tried. In my capacity as editor of the Toronto Sun, I had asked repeatedly for an interview. The requests were never acknowledged.By Barbara Amiel5 min
The first two applicants for the Prime Minister’s job officially entered the Liberal leadership race, grabbing public attention while prospective rivals made last-minute appeals for money and support. Nine days after Pierre Trudeau resigned, Economic Development Minister Donald Johnston promised “a fresh start and a fresh agenda.”By MARY JANIGAN5 min
As he lunges for the Liberal crown, John Turner brings with him into the campaign the advantage of being the only candidate true to the Liberal party’s tradition in renewing its leadership. This has little to do with alternation between Frenchand English-speaking contenders, about which Turner cannot really say much, because he wanted to break that chain when he ran to succeed Lester Pearson in 1968.By Peter C. Newman4 min
It’s always dangerous to bring some facts into a sentimental situation. Newspapers, especially newspaper sports pages, glory in unblemished heroes and poor, put-upon victims of life’s little tragedies. The champions of purity lately have been active in support of the brilliant and brave Steve Podborski, who falls down a mountain at 90 m.p.h., for winning a race sponsored by a cigarette company but then refusing to accept the trophy.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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