November 26, 1984

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South Africa’s transition

Naturally wealthy, strategically located and achingly beautiful, sun-splashed South Africa might have been the envy of the world. It is not. Its brutal, self-deluding and, inevitably, self-defeating racial policies have made it instead one of the leastloved of nations, a powder keg at the foot of a teeming and troubled continent.
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A place in the sun

Peter Worthington in no way deserved the shabby treatment he received from those who displayed, in my opinion, a streak of petulance in giving him the pink slip (“Rumors of respectability,” Press, Oct. 22). As a cofounder of that most successful newspaper he warranted much more consideration than that.
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A challenge to social principles

Debbie Hughes, a 33-year-old single parent who lives in Ottawa, is about to participate in a national economic debate. Although she admits to knowing little about government finances, she does know how it feels to support three children on welfare.
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Canada’s ambivalent relationship

It began as a simple improvement on a quiet Ontario campus and it ended in a moral war. With the nearest bank five kilometres away, officials at Peterborough’s Trent University asked the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce to install an Instant Teller in the foyer of the campus library.
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Setting the economic agenda

Prime Minister Brian Mulroney called it a good start. Premier James Lee of Prince Edward Island spoke glowingly of a determination to “mobilize the full efforts of our government to achieve economic renewal.” Outwardly, last week’s meeting between Mulroney and Canada’s 10 provincial premiers was marked by a sense of common purpose that contrasted sharply with the federal-provincial quarrelling of the past.
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South Africa’s agony

Nadine Gordimer is famous for writing fiction that perfectly illuminates what the racism of her native South Africa does to the people—black, white, Indian and colored—who live there. Her 17 novels and books of short stories examine the effects of what she calls “the color bar "—on everyone from the white bigoted businessman at the centre of The Conservationist, which won her The Booker Prize in Britain in 1974, to young Rosa Burger in her most famous novel Burger’s Daughter, the daughter of a jailed white dissident who must decide how to live up to his heroism.


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A superpower race to the red planet

In their quest for life in space, scientists have few clear signposts to guide them. One thing they do know, however, is that there will soon be intelligent life on Mars—human life. According to participants at a symposium held by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Washington late last month, the only important unanswered question about the first Martians is what language they will speak—English or Russian.
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The folly of policing language

In the late 1960s the black American comedian Bill Cosby had a routine in which he illustrated, with an amusing selection of “black words,” how racial prejudice was so deeply ingrained in society that our very language reflected bigotry.
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Deciding Gulf Canada’s fate

The rumors began buzzing in Canadian investment circles almost before the ink was dry. The $13.2billion (U.S.) takeover of Pittsburghbased Gulf Oil Corp. by the Standard Oil Co. of California in March, 1984, immediately sparked speculation that the new San Francisco-based owner would soon put Gulfs Canadian subsidiary, Gulf Canada Ltd., on the auction block. Some of the country’s most dynamic businessmen were among the likely suitors for Standard Oil’s newly acquired 60-per-cent stake in one of Canada’s largest integrated oil producers and its $2.3 billion in assets.


No sooner had former Saskatchewan cabinet minister Colin Thatcher begun serving a life sentence for murdering his ex-wife than he embarked on a hunger strike to protest against his confinement in a maximum-security wing of the Saskatoon Correctional Centre.
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