Jujubes are his passion and balance sheets his calling, and in both cases Canada’s new finance minister prefers the color black. Michael Wilson, the 46-year-old former Toronto investment dealer who will lead the Mulroney government’s assault on Canada’s economic problems, is an inveterate chewer of the gummy candies as well as a politician determined to halt the nation’s steady slide into debt.
In revealing ways, the leaders of Parliament’s two opposition parties last week fired the opening salvos in a battle to see which will be the most effective opponent of Brian Mulroney’s new Conservative government. The New Democrat’s Ed Broadbent wanted to appear restrained, dignified—and fair.By Mary Janigan7 min
Chris Haney and Scott Abbott were playing Scrabble in Haney’s Montreal kitchen five years ago when they hit upon an idea: why not invent their own board game? During the next half-hour, Haney, then a photo editor at the Montreal Gazette, and Abbott, a sports writer for The Canadian Press, sketched out what would become Trivial Pursuit, the enormously successful quiz game that has made its two inventors and their two partners multimillionaires while they are still in their 30s.By Patricia Hluchy7 min
Is Allan Fotheringham still around? We hope we are not too late with this letter because we want to avert a disaster of national proportions. Having singlehandedly installed Brian Mulroney as Canada’s new Prime Minister, Fotheringham concluded his Sept. 17 column, “The Rt. Hon. PM from Whimsy,” by saying, “My job done, I think I’ll move to another country.”
Argentine author and newspaper editor Jacobo Timerman returned to Argentina last December after almost five years of exile to attend the inauguration of Raid Alfonsin, the country's first elected civilian president since 1976. Timerman, 61, says that he went home to testify against Gen. Ramon Camps, who ordered his arrest in 1977 on unspecified charges, and to identify the secret prisons where his military jailers tortured him for more than two years.
For Canadians of many religious faiths or none at all, the historic first papal visit that ended last week was a beginning. In the dozen days of his travels across Canada, Pope John Paul II scattered seeds of thought and action that are certain to germinate as the tumult of his visit dies.
Ever since Isaac Newton formulated his laws of motion in the 17th century, scientists have studied the orderly, predictable universe he had described. And they have largely ignored the chaotic elements: the apparently random nature of leaves in the wind or the toss of a coin.By David Lees5 min
Within just a few days of taking office as Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney had conveyed to a lot of Canadians the feeling that there was someone in charge again in Ottawa. No one thing did it. In part, it was the exceptional degree of confidentiality he was able to maintain over his negotiations with fellow Tories as he went about the job of constructing a cabinet.By W.A. Wilson5 min
Depending on your sense of humor, the high or low point of the preelection debate on “women’s issues” came when Vancouver journalist Eleanor Wachtel asked what became her famous non sequitur question. “In view of the fact that once every 20 minutes women in Canada are being raped or beaten,” said Wachtel accusingly, “and that the Canadian military is getting untold millions of dollars to buy uniforms, is the Prime Minister going to see that more money for women is made available?”By Barbara Amiel5 min
Throughout his 12-day papal tour, John Paul’s presence was clearly a stirring event in the lives of Canada’s 11.2 million Roman Catholics. But many non-Catholic church leaders also studied the papal odyssey for indications of its impact on ecumenism, the movement that encourages co-operation and unity among all Christian churches.By Shona McKay5 min
Almost a year before the Pope’s Canadian tour, concerns about pictures of the pontiff being used to decorate everything from beer mugs to bikini bottoms led church bishops to form a committee charged with weeding out the tacky and the tasteless from proposed tour souvenirs.
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