The Railway Committee Room of Parliament’s Centre Block is an austere meeting place. But when the Conservative caucus convened there on Sunday, Jan. 18, its members were in jovial spirits. Despite the government’s standing in public opinion polls—at a historic low point— the Tories were anticipating a return to the parliamentary fray.
The contract brought a breath of Switzerland and a hint of prosperity to an old railway town along the banks of Quebec’s Richelieu River. Last January, when Swiss-owned Oerlikon Aerospace Inc. officially selected St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, 40 km southeast of Montreal, as the production site for its sophisticated low-level air defence system (LLAD), the town’s 38,800 residents hailed the decision as a major step toward economic revival.By BRUCE WALLACE9 min
Gordon Pinsent was having trouble getting to sleep. During the first week of filming John and the Missus in Newfoundland last summer, Pinsent said, he stayed up for three days straight. His mind roiled with unsettled details: bits of dialogue, camera angles, stray ideas that nagged at his imagination.By Brian D. Johnson7 min
Dr. Bernard Leibel, a senior diabetes researcher at the University of Toronto, finished an interview with one of the university’s public relations officers last October by saying, “Please don’t overplay this.” The university had arranged the interview to generate publicity about an experiment Leibel had conducted with Drs. Walter Zingg and Julio Martin, one which had succeeded in reversing diabetes in seven rats.By JOHN BARBER6 min
The bridge and tunnel linking Windsor and Detroit are jammed with trucks carrying furniture, steel car parts and other items of cross-border trade. On weekends American consumers flood into the Ontario city to hunt for deals on clothes, jewelry and even cars.
Most of them travel on foot, using remote mountain passes to avoid detection by security police and border guards. Only a few are fortunate enough to possess passports, which enable them to board regularly scheduled flights to Istanbul from Tehran’s Mehrabad airport.By ROSS LAVER6 min
The signals of discontent flared across Canada last week. In Manitoba, Conservative MLA James Ernst declared that the federal Tory party faced “a long road back” in its bid to regain Western trust. On a trip to Toronto, B.C. Premier William Vander Zalm complained that his province received only 5.3 per cent of major federal contracts last year—even though it has 11 per cent of the population.By MARY JANIGAN6 min
Like figures from another time, they marched down the twolane highway winding through the snow-coated fields of Georgia’s Forsyth County. They sang “We Shall Overcome” and “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around.” There were about 20,000 of them on Saturday, blacks and whites, flanked by scores of out-of-town reporters and 2,200 National Guardsmen and police.By BOB LEVIN6 min
In the field of the fine arts, Paris and Los Angeles are more than just half a world apart. The City of Light has long been a pre-eminent centre for sculpture and painting. That reputation has been enhanced by the opening of the massive Musée d’Orsay, a glass and cast-iron shrine for 19th-century art, housed in the abandoned Gare d’Orsay railway station.
We Canadians, perhaps more than any other people on earth, live in a society where everything, if you wait long enough, inevitably turns full circle. What’s down will come up; what’s up will come down. Look at our fishing industry, that’s on roughly a five-year cycle of boom or bust.By Stuart MacLeod5 min
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