May 20, 1985

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Mulroney’s grand design

Brian Mulroney’s secret political agenda—becoming more visible as the implications of the recent Western Accord begin to unfold—is to forge an alliance between Quebec and the West designed to keep him in power for at least the next dozen years.


The halls of the Vancouver Academy of Music overflow with the sounds of students practising their scales. But in one classroom the music j blends with the laughter of small children: there, some of the academy’s 200 pupils who are three to five years of age are learning to play miniature violins, cellos—and full-scale pianos.
The commemoration of Louis Riel 1213

The commemoration of Louis Riel

It was a short and shameful little war that lasted only 51 days. It was fought in coulees and on the open prairie at Cutknife Hill, Fish Creek, Frenchman’s Butte and Batoche. It pitted a poorly trained army of 8,000 Canadian soldiers—made up largely of office clerks and university students from Toronto and Winnipeg—against a guerrilla force of 600 Métis and Plains Indians.


The treatment of imprisoned black leaders in South Africa has been an explosive issue ever since activist Steven Biko died in police custody in 1977. As a result, there was outrage across the nation last week when black trade unionist Andries Raditsela, 29, died of head injuries after being held briefly by police in a Johannesburg suburb.
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A people in search of salvation

Inside Adelard Belhumeur’s red-andwhite trailer home, which sits amid a cluster of wooden houses on the swampy west shore of Lake Winnipegosis, there is a curiously contradictory air of good cheer mixed with sadness. The sweet smell of wood smoke and a welcoming call, “Walk in,” greet a visitor.
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A boom in the baby business

Their parents dress them in designer diapers and tailored overalls, feed them expensive cereal and goat’s milk and promenade them in gleaming Italian strollers. Those fortunate infants, the children of the affluent middle class, own toys, furniture and clothing that are as carefully chosen for them as day care and early childhood education.
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Rajiv’s troubled agenda

Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi took office last year determined to give his country a new direction. Declared Gandhi: “I can tell you that if today we do not take hard decisions, then it is going to be a long time before anybody is going to get the chance.”
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A quest for blood ties

James Blackman says that he was dissatisfied with the limited information his adoptive parents were able to provide on the identity of his natural mother. As a result, last November the 34-year-old dispatcher with a medical supply and service firm in Malton, Ont., asked the Children’s Aid Society of Metropolitan Toronto (CASMT) for information on the unknown 28-year-old woman who gave him up for adoption when he was six months old.
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The school board takeover

British Columbia government couriers fought against Vancouver’s Monday-morning rush hour to deliver the personal letters directly to the homes of the nine Vancouver School Board trustees. Kenneth Denike, one of the trustees, had already left his Point Grey home before his letter arrived.
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A continent in disarray

For a few hours last week much of the world seemed suspended on a voyage back in time. From the little Dutch village of Groesbeek to the Yugoslav city of Belgrade, and from Moscow’s Red Square to the Champs Elysées in Paris, war medals glittered with new polish as wreaths and speeches—and tears—paid homage to the heroes and the fallen of the Second World War.


The strike by Ontario Hydro’s 15,000-member Local 1000 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees began with mass picketing. But the legal walkout, following a standoff in contract talks over employing outsiders, caused barely a flicker elsewhere in the province last week—in the lull between the peak winter and summer demand periods for electricity.
The world’s first global newspaper 4445

The world’s first global newspaper

In the offices of the International Herald Tribune in northwest Paris, there is a picture of the late actress Jean Seberg wearing a yellow sweatshirt with the newspaper’s old logo emblazoned across the bosom. The picture, a blowup of a publicity still for a film she made, is in black and white, but I know better.
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The loving angel of addicted infants

In the sparkling glass-and-chrome communal dining room of a brownstone house in the centre of New York City’s Harlem district, an alert, friendly woman recovering from heroin addiction hugged her three-year-old son. As she did so she spoke of the woman who has helped them both begin a new life.
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