February 17, 1986

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Casting Hollywood North

For the American tourists strolling down the main street of Banff, Alta., the scene looked strangely familiar. The Stars and Stripes hung prominently outside the bank at the corner of Banff and Buffalo Avenues. On the sidewalk, a dark-blue mailbox bore the insignia “U.S. MAIL.”
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A Canadian star returns

With little more than $500 in her pocket and what she now calls “a strangely self-confident but ignorant ambition” to become a movie star, Margot Kidder left Canada 18 years ago for the bright lights of Hollywood. She knew that she would succeed.
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Selling Canadian power in the States

The two men who lunched together in the Hotel Plaza Athenee on New York’s East Side last week were old friends. But the meeting between Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa and former U.S. energy secretary James Schlesinger, now a private consultant, was strictly business.
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A ballot etched in blood

The contest concluded the way the election campaign had begun—in violence and uncertainty. Disputes over the result persisted as the Philippine government’s Commission on Elections (COMELEC) slowly tallied ballots from the 86,000 polling stations scattered across the strategic Pacific nation’s 7,100 islands.
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Defending the dollar

It was a high-stakes showdown. When the Canadian dollar tumbled below 70 cents U.S. early last week, Finance Minister Michael Wilson predicted that speculators betting on its decline would suffer. Then, less than 24 hours later Wilson launched a lightning counterattack to support the dollar.
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The legacy of the house that art built

It began in the German city of Weimar in 1919 and closed in Berlin just 14 years later. But although the Bauhaus school of art and design lasted only a short time, it revolutionized the look of the 20th century. Its faculty included such towering figures as architects Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as well as pioneering abstract painters Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky.
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The free trade in information

While our government and the arts community haggle over cultural free trade, thrashing out whether culture is sacred or merely non-negotiable, Canadians live cultural free trade every time they turn their television sets on. Much of the cultural free trade argument is a debate over when to lock the barn door—whether to do it after the horse has reached the next county or whether to wait until it is in the next province.
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Flying high on Newfoundland’s promise

Twenty-five years ago Craig Dobbin was building one house at a time, living in it briefly and then selling it at a profit. By 1966 the Newfoundland entrepreneur, in partnership with a Montreal builder, had constructed St. John’s first apartment buildings.
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‘You just had to watch them burn’

Eastbound for Winnipeg, the sleek silver Skeena, a Via Rail Super-continental, whistled through the snow-covered Alberta foothills at almost 115 km an hour. It was shortly after 8:30 a.m. last Saturday and most of the train’s passengers were either sitting down to breakfast in the glass-domed dining car or still sleeping.


For 15 years inshore fishermen from communities near Conception Bay, Nfld., have been asking the federal government to finance an extension of the main Ochre Pit Cove wharf. Last week, in a tongue-in-cheek effort to attract attention, the fishermen wrote to U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz applying for $1 million in foreign aid.
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