December 29, 1986

A wounded President 1213

A wounded President

For veteran White House watchers there were telltale signals of another approaching crisis. At an official Christmas function last week, journalists noted that Nancy Reagan appeared misty-eyed and more emotional than usual. Then, officials suddenly prevented reporters from attending routine photo sessions with the President in the Oval Office.
Backbenchers speak up 67

Backbenchers speak up

When Conservatives stand up in the House of Commons, they are usually about to lambaste the opposition or hail their government’s achievements. But when Alex Kindy, the rookie MP from Alberta’s Calgary East riding, rose in his seat last week, it was government ministers, not the Liberals or New Democrats, who braced for the attack.
‘Being The Best With What We Have’ 5051

‘Being The Best With What We Have’

Born on August 26, 1957, in Port Alberni, B.C. Resident in Vancouver. Lost the use of his legs in a traffic accident at age 15. Spent 1986 on a round-the-world trip in a wheelchair gathering recognition and donations for the disabled, and aims to complete the cross-Canada journey to British Columbia in 1987.
All the news, printed to fit 5253

All the news, printed to fit

The crystal ball is slightly more fuzzy than is the usual case at year-end. It is clouded with debris from the laundered money that went to Israel to supply arms to Iran in its war with Iraq, and instead was forwarded to Nicaragua but never got there because it ended up in the expensive advertising campaigns of the Republicans trying to defeat Democratic candidates, who felt the United States has no business trying to overthrow a foreign government.
The sweet smell of success 2223

The sweet smell of success

It has always been one of the more puzzling aspects of the Christmas gift-giving ritual that practical items seldom carry the same emotional weight as the sheerly fanciful. In that context, Canada’s $2-billion cosmetics industry seems unswayed in its forward momentum by what the rest of the economy is doing, and one of the fastest-growing sectors of that glamor business has been the sale of—of all things—Canadian perfume.
Costly labor decisions 89

Costly labor decisions

Union leaders declared the settlement a victory. But their followers, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), were not celebrating wage increases or better working conditions. Indeed, the contract offer that 60.8 per cent of the 846 employees of the Gainers Inc. meat-packing plant in Edmonton voted to accept last week included a wage freeze for the next two years.
Finance’s change of heart 1819

Finance’s change of heart

The road leading to the sweeping package of proposals for banks, trust companies, securities dealers and insurance firms had been difficult. But last week Thomas Hockin, the 48-year-old minister of state for finance, unveiled wide-ranging plans for the most ambitious reform ever of laws governing Canada’s multibilliondollar financial industry.
Never on a Sunday 2223

Never on a Sunday

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled against unrestricted shopping, but the decision did not end a bitter dispute in many parts of Canada. Indeed, Toronto furrier Paul Magder vowed last week to remain open for business on Sundays—as he has since he began defying Ontario’s Sunday closing law eight years ago.
Life and death on the street in winter 2425

Life and death on the street in winter

Kurtis Neumann, a 48-year-old alcoholic, was one of the first casualties of winter. The former truck driver froze to death in an abandoned Edmonton warehouse last month, his fate a grim reminder of the risks that thousands of homeless people in Canada face each year.
The Sakharovs go home 1415

The Sakharovs go home

Since Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev launched his campaign to liberalize Soviet society last February, Western analysts have been waiting to see if the reforms would benefit the country’s most famous dissident, Andrei Sakharov. For the past seven years pleas by Western governments and human rights groups for Sakharov’s release from internal exile in the closed city of Gorky, 400 km east of Moscow, have gone unanswered.
Bouey’s groomed successor 1617

Bouey’s groomed successor

In calmer times Bank of Canada Governor Gerald Bouey’s profile was limited to his signature on Canadian paper currency. But in recent years, as one economic storm after another washed over the country, his anonymity evaporated and a grim-faced Bouey emerged publicly to defend his tight-money policy and his role in the death of two Alberta banks.
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