The spinal column. It is the body’s main communications channel, a marvel of natural engineering— and one of the major sources of human pain and discomfort. A complex network of fat, muscle, nerve and bone, it stretches from the skull to the pelvis.
The stakes amounted to billions of dollars as two takeover dramas with high-profile casts played out across the nation last week. In Toronto, besieged executives at Hiram Walker Resources Ltd. rallied to fend off a determined takeover bid from Gulf Canada Corp. of Calgary.
At 6 p.m. on a Tuesday night, the lineup outside a blank former music hall marquee already stretched for a block in either direction along New York’s raffish, seedy East 14th Street. Young stockbrokers in muted grey flannel waited patiently in the cold behind young upwardly mobile female corporate lawyers, also in grey flannel, clutching their attaché cases and business cards.By MARCI McDONALD7 min
Country music is a state of mind and a tug at the heart. It is trucks and trains, work and whisky, pride and patriotism. It is true love, hard luck, lonesome nights, faithful dogs, God and family, steel guitars and honky-tonk bars, Mama on the back porch and cheatin’ on the mind.
The soothing sounds of baseball have filled the spring air on both of Florida’s sun-caressed coasts. Sounds of balls meeting bats and gloves, mixed with the shouts of the men who wield the lucrative tools of summer and the sunburned tourists who watch the springtime contests, have a rejuvenating effect.
When Moammar Khadafy first claimed sovereignty over the Gulf of Sidra off the Libyan coast and described its outer limit as the “line of death,” most statesmen regarded the action as simple bombast from a flamboyant man. But last week Khadafy’s line of death became just that.
Winnifred Salter, a 57-yearold draftsman, says that she used to think that she was in good health—apart from periodic attacks of neck, back and shoulder pain which she dismissed as the inevitable discomforts of aging. But 18 months ago Salter volunteered for a Toronto hospital research program that needed healthy subjects in order to study the effects of exercise on bone structure.
What do the premiers of British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec have in common? One would think very little. They span the political spectrum, from Bill Bennett’s right-wing Social Credit philosophy to Robert Bourassa’s Liberal sentiments, to Howard Pawley’s New Democratic brand of socialism.By Dian Cohen5 min
When he first became Quebec premier in 1970 at 36, Robert Bourassa says that he entered office with a long list of priorities that included job creation and expansion of government services. In its first years in office, Bourassa’s government instituted a series of measures that included expansion of the province’s medicare program, the creation of a network of social service centres across Quebec and free legal services to the poor.By Anthony Wilson-Smith4 min
This back page functions, as you know, as a democratic enclave— unlike Libya, Poland, Maple Leaf Gardens and the nether reaches of the U.S. defence department. It is open to all segments of society that disagree with the proprietor—no matter how wrong they are.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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