Fergie Jenkins is one of my heroes. He was among the greatest pitchers in the history of major-league baseball—a rare Canadian star in this all-American game. In August, 1980, Jenkins had more than 240 victories under his belt. He was on his way to having a genuine shot at winning 300 games—which would effectively guarantee his admission to baseball’s Hall of Fame among the likes of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb.By Edward L. Greenspan, George Jonas14 min
As most of Ottawa’s federal civil servants arrived for work on Monday, Oct. 5, a weary band of External Affairs staffers had just ended a marathon 24-hour shift. In all, the 20 writers, editors, translators and word processors had been asked to produce Canada’s summary of the free trade agreement.
Peter Nygard, a Torontobased manufacturer of women's sportswear, was angry and bitterly disappointed. From the beginning, he had enthusiastically supported the Mulroney government ’s free trade negotiations with the United States.
With his thick snow-white beard and mane of white hair, Robertson Davies is an immediately recognizable figure. One of North America ’s most prominent literary figures, Davies, 74, is also a playwright and until 1981 taught drama at the University of Toronto, where he is still master emeritus of Massey College.
Last week business leaders, politicians, artists and other opinion leaders were assessing Ottawa's free trade agreement with the United States. Excerpts of random interviews by Maclean’s Assistant Editor Cindy Barrett and Staff Writer Sherri Aikenhead:
As the editor of the Daily Telegraph, Britain’s most widely read serious newspaper, Max Hastings has reason to be wary of new competition. When a rival daily, The Independent, appeared on the newsstands last year Hastings conveyed his congratulations to the staff of the new paper with a bottle of champagne, along with a wreath and the message:
Women have seen the enemy— and it is men, according to the authors of several recently published books about romantic relationships. Indeed, many of the titles reflect that theme: Men Who Hate Women & the Women Who Love Them, Haw to Love a Difficult Man; No Good Men.
The big Liberal victory in Ontario may turn out to be David Peterson’s worst nightmare (“The big red wave,” Cover, Sept. 21). With that many seats, people are going to expect him to walk on water. The economic expansion is going into its sixth year, and auto sales are already slowing.
Back in the 1950s Samuel Reichmann sent his sons out from the family home in Tangier to live in several countries. Ralph Reichmann went to Canada and Paul Reichmann landed in the United States. After a few years the whole family reunited in Toronto and the rest is history.By Diane Francis5 min
Among the misconceived enterprises I have been involved with, a notable one was the writing in 1972 of Canada's Parliament, a layman’s guide to parliamentary procedure. If Information Canada (R.I.P.), which commissioned the booklet, thought I was a master of the subject, it did not get the idea from me.By George Bain5 min
The warning signals had little effect. Almost from the outset of the rotating strikes by postal workers on Sept. 29, Labor Minister Pierre Cadieux had warned that the government would not tolerate a protracted disruption of the postal service.By MARC CLARK4 min
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