In a winter of cutbacks and discontent, many frustrated Canadians who work in the arts are struggling to cope with Canada’s frosty cultural climate. In Toronto CBC TV’s Don Cumming, who produced last week’s profile of Nobel Peace Prize winner Bishop Desmond Tutu, is looking for a new job—as are 750 other CBC employees recently laid off.
Outside, the air in Fredericton was clear last Thursday —but it was -30°C, and a bitter wind gusted down the Saint John River valley, past the Victorian granite-and-lime-stone Legislative Assembly where Premier Richard Hatfield has held power since Oct. 26, 1970.
He is more comfortable in discos than the provincial legislature, prefers all-night impromptu parties at his home to all-day caucus sessions, would rather converse with artists and musicians than politicians, chooses bachelorhood over marriage and vacations alone in places like Zimbabwe, not with the throngs at holiday resorts.By Hal Quinn6 min
In other circumstances the date would have been an occasion for a gala celebration. But last week, as Sri Lanka marked the 37th anniversary of its independence from Britain, the nation was in no mood to celebrate. In fact, while thousands of schoolchildren gathered in the capital of Colombo before a heavily guarded President Junius Jayawardene and his cabinet, the annual pageant was a deliberately modest affair.
In the hotbed of Ottawa’s parliamentary politics, reputations may flourish on the turn of a persuasive phrase—or wilt with a stylistic blunder. But even by those testing traditions the experience of Suzanne Blais-Grenier is exceptional.By Michael Clugston, BRUCE WALLACE6 min
The scandal broke with the suddenness of a freak storm. During a visit to Canada in 1977 Zimbabwean guerrilla leader Joshua Nkomo told an Ottawa news conference that more than 900 tons of armaments had been shipped from Canada to Capetown, South Africa, in contravention of a United Nations embargo on arms sales to the white-minority-ruled nation.
Canadian Broadcasting Corp. president Pierre Juneau must be laughing. He has saved top management jobs, cushioned the nonprogramming areas of the CBC and ruthlessly cut the areas that management has traditionally found difficult to control-staff creative talent.By Barbara Amiel5 min
The dolls looked and felt authentic: many even bore labels identifying them as Cabbage Kids or Patch Kids. But the thousands of inexpensive bogus copies of Coleco Canada Ltd.’s phenomenally successful Cabbage Patch dolls that appeared on Canadian store shelves last December soon came to the attention of investigators at the product safety branch of the federal consumer affairs department.
Perhaps more than any other U.S. campus, the University of California at Berkeley was synonymous with student radicalism in the 1960s. The first student protest, for the freedom to engage in political activity on campus, occurred there in 1964, resulting in hundreds of arrests and sparking youth rebellions across the nation.By Gillian MacKay5 min
Five years ago the long-dormant Ku Klux Klan suddenly became active again. As local “klaverns” sprang up around the United States, white-robed Klansmen burned crosses, spouted racist rhetoric and clashed violently with black demonstrators.By BOB LEVIN5 min
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