There was no outpouring of grief from the musical capitals of Europe when Johann Sebastian Bach died on July 28,1750, in Leipzig, Germany, at the age of 65. At the church where Bach had worked for the last 27 years of his life, teaching music, composing and conducting services, there was a brief announcement from the pulpit to mark his passing.
Perrin Beatty could not possibly have known what was on the mind of Daniel Avis on a cold day in Halifax last month. According to his wife, Julie, Beatty, 34, had never even contemplated cheating on his income tax. Indeed, she said, the first time he filled out an income tax form he wanted to give back his automatic personal deduction because he said he did not deserve it.By Roy MacGregor9 min
Alight, powdery snow had fallen overnight, laying a fresh veneer on the streets of Moscow. The funeral cortege, from the ornate Hall of Columns, where the leader lay in state, to Red Square, where he would be buried, had been carefully rehearsed.By Hal Quinn6 min
He wears impeccably tailored suits, delights inimpromptu ideological debates and indulges in crisp repartee with Western industrialists. She wears chic dresses, works tirelessly to buttress her husband’s career and buys diamond earrings when she shops in London.
He might be called Ivan Ivanovich—the John Q. Public of scientific socialism. Generations removed from the small cadre of revolutionaries that overthrew Russia’s imperial court and established the world’s first Communist party state in 1917, Ivan Ivanovich, like most of his friends and neighbors, does not even belong to the Communist party.
Early every weekday morning Pierre Péladeau, businessman, publisher and socialite, climbs into the back seat of a chauffeur-driven Mercedes outside his home in the Laurentian Mountains community of Ste. Adèle. During the 80-km trip to his Montreal office, the maverick founder and chief executive of Quebecor Inc., a $140-million printing and publishing giant, pores over his company’s flagship publication—the Journal de Montreal Currently Canada’s second-largest daily with 330,000 readers, the Journal was known in the past for its steady diet of sex, sin and scandal.By Bruce Wallace7 min
In the style of the bomber pilot that he once was, Defence Minister Erik Nielsen has moved rapidly to assert his presence, and a new sense of direction, in the portfolio he took over just three weeks ago. Last week Nielsen caught the opposition off guard by announcing two major decisions to strengthen Canada’s defence posture —by designating an additional 1,200 troops for service in Europe and by tabling in Parliament an outline of the $7-billion joint U.S.-Canadian plan to overhaul Arctic radar defences.
The final dawn of Claude Brunelle’s life broke grey but with the promise of spring: a heavy rain, but not snow, fell on his guard post at the Turkish Embassy in Ottawa. The Pinkerton guard, near the end of a solitary 12-hour shift, may have waved to the RCMP cruiser that passed the embassy’s front gate shortly before 7 a.m. during a routine patrol.
On March 22 and 23, Ottawa is to host two concurrent performances. One is a concert by the pianist and humorist Victor Borge, a local favorite, who will be performing his special brand of whimsy at the National Arts Centre. The other will be an economic conference.By Dian Cohen5 min
When Defence Minister Erik Nielsen unveiled a $1.5-billion cost-sharing agreement with the United States—part of a $7-billion upgrading of the entire DEW (Distant Early Warning) Line Arctic radar network—he praised it in the Commons last week as a tribute to the two countries’ relationship as “sovereign allies, independent neighbors and close friends.”By Marci McDonald, Ian Austen6 min
It has been 20 years since U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry declared that smoking was hazardous to health —and launched the first salvo in what Garfield Mahood, director of the Toronto-based Non-Smokers’ Rights Association (NSRA), calls “a war against tobacco use.”
A letter to the editor of The Globe and Mail last December began, “I have a series of misprints or worse to call to your attention.” It went on to say, among other things, that the plural of offspring is offspring, and not offsprings; that we do not have forbearers, but forbears; and that if we speak of duty, we speak not of our bonded duty but our bounden duty.By George Bain5 min
It was one of the bloodiest events in Canadian political history, and only the icy calm of a decorated 63-year-old war veteran prevented it from becoming worse. On May 8, 1984, shortly before 10 a.m., Canadian Armed Forces Cpl. Denis Lortie pulled up to the Quebec national assembly in a 1984 Buick Skyhawk, took out a 9-mm Browning revolver, two 9-mm submachine-guns and opened fire.By Anthony Wilson-Smith4 min
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