It ended almost 50 years ago, but live or inherited memories of the Great Depression—when swirling storms of dust blew prairie farmers off their homesteads and 39 cents bought a bushel of wheat—hold a permanent place in the minds of many western Canadians.
In the world of sport, it has no equal. Of all the games that men and women play, soccer attracts the most participants, inflames the greatest passion and captivates the largest audience. On May 31 at Aztec Stadium in Mexico City, the game’s quadrennial championship—the month-long World Cup—opens.By HAL QUINN6 min
Premier William Bennett looked pleased as he strode into a hastily convened Vancouver news conference. Carrying a cup of coffee in his left hand, he traded jokes with reporters, then took a seat at the large oak table. Looking back over his shoulder at a wall clock, he noted that it was 9:58 a.m., precisely two minutes before the session was scheduled to begin.
The sharp and sudden downturn in the western economy has affected prairie communities in different ways—economically, politically and socially. Last month Maclean’s correspondents in three provinces visited towns that have been badly damaged by declining prices for grain, oil and other commodities: Fort McMurray, Alta., Val Marie, Sask., and Killarney, Man.By DOUG SMITH6 min
The timing could hardly have been worse—or, it seemed, more deliberate. In Ottawa, Canadian and American envoys had just concluded the opening round of history-making talks on free trade. But on Parliament Hill, just down the street from where the negotiating teams had convened, senior Mulroney government officials were gathered.By MICHAEL POSNER6 min
There were strained smiles, the obligatory handshake for the cameras and a lame joke about whether the walnut negotiating table was made from Canadian lumber. Then, on the morning of May 21, after months of political preparations, Canadian free trade negotiator Simon Reisman curtly ordered journalists out of the 17th-floor boardroom of his Ottawa offices.
It is called the Golden Horseshoe, a 186-km stretch of land that hugs the western tip of Lake Ontario from Oshawa to Niagara Falls. For its residents, the nickname reflects not only the area's shape but also its prosperity and good fortune as the commercial and industrial heart land of Canada's richest province.
The federal government could do us no greater service than to produce and distribute a T-shirt to every citizen with the motto, “We live in a global village.” Marshall McLuhan used the phrase 25 years ago to describe the global transfer of information.By Dian Cohen5 min
Okay kids, since this is a public school class, as opposed to junior high, and since our assignment is to assess Prime Minister Mulroney’s midterm progress, let’s try and keep it simple. And that means ignoring everything written by pundits and political scientists who must keep one confusing step ahead of us with such terms as “prioritizing objectives,” “discernible sense of direction” and “losing control of the agenda.”By Stewart MacLeod5 min
Every afternoon after a rainfall, 40-year-old Bill Walker visits a fenced-off lot behind his Ottawa office and retrieves a plastic bag holding a sample of fresh rainwater. He then tests the water in a laboratory to determine how much nuclear fallout is still in the local atmosphere after the April 26 explosion at a Soviet nuclear reactor in the Ukraine.
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