Fierce headwinds buffeted Prime Minister John Turner’s small Challenger jet as he flew home from his Windsor Castle rendezvous with Queen Elizabeth. Turner was exhausted, his aides were irritable and the flight was behind schedule. But nothing dampened Turner’s spirits.By Carol Goar15 min
A warm, velvety darkness descended upon the heart of the U.S. Midwest as 45,000 fans in Kansas City, Mo., sat waiting for the greatest show on earth. It was almost 10 o’clock when a deep voice proclaimed over the loudspeakers, “Rise all the world and behold.”By Gillian MacKay14 min
The decision was one that will redraw forever the political contours of the U.S. political landscape. And it dramatically knocked away some of the last predictable prejudices inherent in the U.S. presidential selection process. Facing a packed chamber in the legislature of his home state of Minnesota last week, Walter Mondale said that he had looked long and hard for the best candidate to be his vice-presidential running mate for the November elections.By Lenny Glynn12 min
For entrepreneur Tarrnie Williams, president of Vancouver’s Sydney Development Corp., it was a rude shock. Visiting Hong Kong last May, Williams was surprised to see one of his company’s computer products—a computer game called Evolution—on sale in a local electronics shop.By Ross Laver5 min
See if this strikes you as a typically Canadian story: The National Capital Commission, which runs the parks around Ottawa/ Hull, has posted signs in areas frequented by nudists warning that “You may encounter nudists in this area.” Likewise, the NCC has put up signs in nonnudist areas warning would-be skinny-dippers that “No person shall use this part of Gatineau Park unless he or she uses a bathing suit as minimum attire.”By Charles Gordon5 min
Ten years ago, before Jean Chrétien perfected his pea soup act, the affable Jean-Luc Pepin was the most popular Quebec cabinet minister in British Columbia. The smiling academic, who always looked like the comic in a French farce, made much of the fact that his wife was born in Vancouver.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
Even in its initial phase the election has taken on the aspect of an early Shakespeare play, with its two main actors revealing more and more about themselves and each other as the drama unfolds. It’s one of those rare elections in which the campaign itself, instead of merely confirming a dominant trend, will determine the outcome.By Peter C. Newman4 min
John Turner, Brian Mulroney—and, to a lesser extent, Ed Broadbent— will gaze from innumerable billboards, lawn signs, party flyers and television commercials this summer as the three party leaders struggle to win over voters before the Sept. 4 election.
Thirteen months after it began, a royal commission into the suspicious deaths of 36 babies at a Toronto hospital has still not determined who killed at least eight infants between June 30, 1980, and March 22, 1981. And last week Judge Samuel Grange, the commission chairman, heard evidence that suggested police had acted too hastily when they laid four murder charges against nurse Susan Nelles, 27.
The surging U.S. dollar continued to hammer down other currencies last week. It drove the Canadian dollar to a historic low of 74.86 cents (U.S.), forced the British pound to $1.3065, the French franc to 11.46 cents and the German mark to 35.17 cents, its lowest point in 10 years.
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