Every year, Sports Illustrated magazine publishes an entire issue devoted to color photographs of gorgeous women in tropical settings wearing scanty strips of flimsy fabric. The editors at SI coyly call it their “Annual Swimsuit Issue,” but their armchair sports fans know, as do seething feminists, that it is not concocted for swimmers or seamstresses.
We will make the argument first that the Mulroney government is not really as bad as it is painted. For all the talk of all the “scandals,” there really isn’t much that is all that serious. Tuna was a scandal? A trip to a nightclub was a scandal?By Allan Fotheringham4 min
In the middle of the tumultuous week, with currency, credit and commercial markets in disarray, stock broker Bob Christopherson assessed the potential damage but looked on the bright side. During a buzz of telephone calls in his highrise office in downtown Toronto, the Wood Gundy Inc. account executive said that the decline of the American dollar could cut into the profit margins of Canadian exporters.
As well as housing their money operations, bank buildings perform an essential symbolic function. When Canada’s Big Five were trying to demonstrate their concern for the aspirations of Western Canada, they stabbed the Vancouver and Calgary skies with concrete and glass towers.By Peter C. Newman4 min
For the eight million people who inhabit the Soviet capital, city life in Moscow is often monotonous and predictable. As a result, the residents of Krylatskoye, a drab apartment complex on the western edge of the city, responded enthusiastically last week when a Soviet official announced that a high-level foreign delegation was about to visit the five-year-old suburb.
In a current TV commercial, an off-camera announcer quizzes a blond yuppie (Driver A) and a middleaged businessman (Driver B) about their car accident. Says Driver A: “It wasn’t my fault.” Says Driver B: “It wasn’t my fault.” That exchange occurs in one of a series of ads in a recent campaign by the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), and it underscores a controversial issue: the IBC is pressing to gain support for nofault automobile insurance in Ontario, which the organization says would almost eliminate costly lawsuits and lower insurance premiums by as much as 15 per cent.
The tone was decidedly fatherly. Last Oct. 26, Liberal Leader John Turner appeared on the CBC television show The Nation's Business, telling voters that he knows what it is like to raise four children. Explained Turner: “I know that morning can come awfully early when you have a three-year-old who thinks 6 a.m. is the perfect time to start a very active day.”
The ruling, like the case itself, was bound to be controversial. At the centre was the life and custody of a pudgy-cheeked 12-month-old child called Baby M. Her mother, Mary Beth Whitehead, a 29-year-old Brick, N.J., housewife with two other children, had contracted to bear her for a childless couple for the price of $13,500.
The pigeons seemed unimpressed by the ceremony. They fidgeted, nodded off in their cages or stared dreamily through a window as Belgium’s agriculture minister, Paul De Keersmaeker, awarded trophies to their proud owners. The Sunday bird show in the town of Asse, 20 km northwest of Brussels, was one of dozens that Belgian racing-pigeon lovers attend in the fall and winter to keep their hobby alive outside of the May-to-September racing season.By PETER LEWIS4 min
The yellow rococo building that houses the U.S. Embassy on Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Street was until recently a highly protected and sensitive listening and communications post at the heart of the Communist world. But last week, with two U.S. marines in prison on spying charges and another accused of having an unauthorized sexual relationship with a Soviet woman, it became evident that the embassy’s vaunted security had been severely breached.
Amid the forest of polished hair, the enormous eyes stare out from magazine covers and television screens. They belong to the Supermodels, and those eyes have seen glamor, romance, adulation—and wealth. But among the millions of men, women, boys and girls who stare back, there are thousands, most of them young women, who imagine that they see themselves on those magazines and TV screens.
His plays have amused and enraged a generation of Quebecers. Produced in five languages on four continents, they have placed Michel Tremblay at centre stage in the world’s image of Canadian theatre. But Tremblay himself says that only last year did he fully grasp his success.
I remember when Mikhail Gorbachev first began to attract attention as the new Soviet leader. I was on the telephone in those early months of glasnost to Arnold Beichman, a fellow of the Hoover Institute and author of a number of books including a biography of Yuri Andropov.By Barbara Amiel5 min
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