October 7, 1985



On the most brutal day of a raucous political week, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney faced a critical challenge. As his year-old government tried to shake off a growing sense of crisis, he stood before a withering fusillade of questions in the Commons about the resignation of Fisheries Minister John Fraser, the British Columbian who left the cabinet earlier in the week following a storm of protest over his handling of the tainted tuna fish affair.
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The Northland Bank’s final battle

After a summer of poor business, Calaway Park, a small amusement centre located nine kilometres west of Calgary along the TransCanada Highway, was shut down for the winter and deserted last week. Three years ago the park went into receivership when two of its lenders, the Royal Bank of Canada and Bank of America Canada, decided that cost overruns were too high and the prospects for a profitable operation too unlikely.
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The taming of a once-certain killer

Last winter Susan McKellar, a 30year-old psychiatric nurse at the Clarke Institute in Toronto, had a baby. That fact understandably escaped wide attention. But in medical circles it represented a small landmark. The reason: McKellar suffers from cystic fibrosis (CF).
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Wilson's rites of passage

For months the proud and powerful mandarins of the federal finance department watched their minister lose a series of cabinet battles. Michael Wilson failed to stop expensive government spending projects like the $15-million rescue package for the Montreal petrochemical company Petromont last October.
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The eclipse of a Tory star

Thetford Mines, in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, is often cloaked in a cloud of asbestos dust—and often despair. Once a prosperous mining town, it has been in a steady decline since health and environmental concerns led to a downturn in demand for asbestos in the 1970s.
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Planning the dollar’s fall

For more than three months the plan was formulated in the utmost secrecy, and when it was revealed the suprise was almost total. On Sunday, Sept. 22, top central bank and economic officials from the Group of Five—the United States, Japan, Germany, France and Great Britain—held a press conference in New York City’s Plaza Hotel.
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Quebec’s capital of rock’n’roll

It looks like a typical small-town tavern. But The Commons bar in Morin Heights, Que., 70 km northwest of Montreal, with its old pool table, warped wooden floors and cheap, $500-a-night bar bands, has hosted many of the top stars of the rock’n’roll music industry.
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A history lesson

I cannot help wondering why your article “A historic debate begins” (“Free trade,” Cover, Sept. 16) chose not to mention Canada’s long-standing inner struggle with the free trade question. Surely it is significant that the federal elections of 1891 and 1911 were lost by advocates of what was then called “reciprocity” and that the Trudeau-Mulroney years have witnessed a revolutionary reversal of the traditional Liberal “pro-” and Conservative “anti-” free trade positions.
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Filming the Scots soul

In his four acclaimed feature films—That Sinking Feeling, Gregory’s Girl, Local Hero and the darkest comedy of the four, Comfort and Joy—director Bill Forsyth, 38, conveys a humorous and sensitive view of his native Scotland. Indeed, his success has shown his Canadian colleagues that films with a strong sense of regional flavor, made independently of the big studios, can still be successful.
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History's painful political lessons

It happened to Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, just 112 days after he formed the first government. His minister of finance, Alexander Tilloch Galt, resigned on Oct. 22, 1867, rocking the young government and delighting the opposition, which naturally insisted on knowing precisely why.
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Swallowing a Yankee faux pas

The vast majority of Canadians—87 per cent—believes in God, according to a recent Gallup poll. I wonder if, pressed, they would admit to believing in a mischief-making God who makes life embarrassing and difficult for Canadian policymakers.
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