The appointment of Brian Dickson as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada last week was one of Prime Minister Trudeau’s last official acts and could prove to be among the most enduring. Dickson takes charge of the court just as it is about to transform itself from a musty and often remote institution known mainly to lawyers into a powerful body that could rival Parliament and the legislatures in the life of the country.
Maclean’s: What makes you think that you can win the Liberal leadership? Johnston: At the moment we are well placed to win it. Certainly we are an underdog, but the issue is going to be how the dynamics of the race evolve. There are two front-runners, and they were front-runners before the gun even sounded.
Just who do you think you are? Is Maclean’s trying to influence or dictate who Canadians should vote for by printing falsehood as fact ( The NDP’s fight for survival, Canada/Cover, April 23)? It is difficult not to conclude that the answer to that question is yes when one compares your statement that Ed Broadbent and the NDP supported killing the Crowsnest Pass freight rate with the facts, all of which show exactly the opposite.
After 25-year-old Elzire Dionne gave birth to quintuplets in a six-room farmhouse 10 km from North Bay, Ont., in 1934, the five identical sisters became most North Americans’ favorite and almost obsessive diversion from the hardships of the Depression.By Patricia Hluchy4 min
The outspoken Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci described her 1980 encounter with Col. Moammar Khadafy as “truly scary.” Said Fallaci: “If I were courageous, I would have killed him when I interviewed him.” Her reaction was not unique. Many world leaders share her opinion of the mercurial and menacing Libyan strongman.By Marci McDonald6 min
For several days last week the future of the controversial 10-month-old royal commission investigating 36 suspicious baby deaths at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children was in doubt. At issue was a ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal which forced the commission chairman, Mr. Justice Samuel Grange, to redefine the purpose of the inquiry.By Shona McKay4 min
There are two kinds of money: the income from life’s labors and, for the lucky few whose earnings exceed their needs, spare dollars for discretionary pursuits. There was a time when such “mad money” was spent entirely on self-indulgent luxuries.By Peter C. Newman4 min
Ottawa is terrible, Calgary’s no hell, and Winnipeg is a wasteland. How do we know? Because writers tell us so. And why do they think that? Because they can't find a good restaurant. People who live quite happily in places like Winnipeg, Calgary and Ottawa are always shocked to pick up a magazine or an out-of-town newspaper and find out how miserable their lives are.By Charles Gordon5 min
They call themselves “river rats.” Tens of thousands of Canadians and Americans work and play along the thinnest, most picturesque passages of the St. Lawrence River. Man and nature, pleasure and business have struck a bargain there: prime recreation and fishing areas sit astride one of the continent’s busiest alleyways of industry, the St. Lawrence Seaway, where 700-foot lakers have plied the shipping lanes since 1959 from April until the ice closes in mid-December.By Paul McGrath4 min
Maclean’s: What do you think of Reagan’s ‘Star Wars’ proposal—his plan to develop antisatellite weapons? Sagan: A magic force field that surrounds the United States and protects it against all enemies is attractive if you are fond of magic.
The history of native and colonial art in the pre-Confederation period in Ontario has, until recently, been a sketchy tale of dispersal and neglect. Often the art and artifacts were carried out of the country as souvenirs by missionaries and military officers or buried in archives and libraries as inferior adjuncts to the great traditions of European art.By GILLIAN MACKAY4 min
He arrived almost an hour late for lunch, sank into his chair and ordered a martini. Richard Anderson is living on lukewarm Chinese takeout food, and he looked pale after too many 20-hour days in an unheated downtown office building filled with computers, telephones and Styrofoam coffee cups.
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