The six-room apartment in a workingclass district of Hamburg is bare. But for the Voigt family, formerly of the Baltic port city of Rostock in East Germany, it is home—the cherished result of a 3½-year struggle to emigrate to the West. Former musician Christian Voigt and his wife, Magdalene, both 34, and their children, Marcus, 14, and Alexandra, 12, crossed the frontier—legally—in April, beneficiaries of a remarkable improvement in relations between East and West Germany.
Even among senior Liberals, Red Leaf Communications is a mysterious organization that appears whenever an election is called, then slips from sight when the campaign is over. For the past 10 years the party’s advertising company has wielded unquestioned control over the Liberals’ English-language advertising strategy.By Carol Goar, Mary Janigan9 min
It made for less than rivetting television, and Doris Anderson, the former Chatelaine editor and author, thought that Prime Minister John Turner came across like “a jock at a tea party.” Even so, Turner’s performance in last week’s televised debate on women’s issues may have given the Liberal leader a badly needed boost in his uphill battle with Conservative Leader Brian Mulroney in the campaign for the Sept. 4 federal election.
Doug Murfin knows that his crops are not the only casualties of this summer’s ruinous drought in the southern part of Canada’s prairie grain belt. Murfin’s dreams and his family’s future are also withering beneath the unrelenting sun and parched conditions that recall the disastrous “dust bowl” of the 1930s.
For Michael Hebert, 22, of Surrey, B.C., Sept. 4 will be a personal milestone, marking the first time that he has voted in a federal election. One year ago Hebert lost a job paying about $350 a week as a chef at the Sh-qu-ala Inn resort on Pender Island, between Vancouver Island and the mainland.
Three years ago the Canada Southern was the railway nobody wanted. There were more weeds than traffic along its deteriorating 375-km main line, which runs between Niagara Falls and Windsor, Ont. And the faltering operation’s owner was preparing to abandon it.By Ann Finlayson5 min
In U.S. media circles, Penthouse is not generally considered an exemplary diary of current events, nor is publisher Bob Guccione often ranked among the industry’s foremost news hounds—those resolute types who will pursue, and nab, a good story at all costs.By Fred Bruning5 min
The problem with John Turner is that he really is yesterday’s man, which means he retains yesterday’s virtues. He was brought up in a very formal manner by a strong mother who insisted on some things that seem rather outmoded in today’s politics: a strict sense of manners, a sense that one does not unbend in public, that there is a private way of behaving and then there is a public way.By Allan Fotheringham5 min
Faithful to the establishment values that have sustained him while he was climbing through its ranks, John Napier Turner may be on the verge of becoming the shortest-term Prime Minister in Canadian history. It need not be so. He soon has a chance to hit his stride—but he missed his natural opening.By Peter C. Newman4 min
In the annals of real-life espionage, no spy has even approached the reputation of Soviet agent Kim Philby, the cultured Cambridge graduate who climbed to the top of the British intelligence establishment and passed crucial Allied secrets to the Soviets for 28 years.
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