In June, 1975, when he was conducting a public inquiry in Montreal into financial dealings involving Air Canada, Mr. Justice Willard Zebedee Estey of the Ontario Court of Appeal had to adjourn the hearings to fly to Toronto to be sworn in as chief justice of the Ontario Supreme Court’s trial division.By RAE CORELLI13 min
Maclean’s: You have had a lot of ups and downs over the past year. Are you a different leader than you were a year ago? Turner: We learn and try to improve. Meech Lake was the most difficult event of the year in the sense that it divided the Liberal party in a very legitimate way.
Sipping a coffee in the La Tovière hotel in Val d’Isère, France, Canadian men’s downhill ski team coach Heinz Stohl was in a reflective mood. It was Dec. 6,1987, the eve of the first race of the World Cup downhill season. Looking out the hotel restaurant’s picture window at the race course across the road, the 40-year-old Austrian recalled the team’s years of preparation for February’s Calgary Winter Olympic Games. Said Stohl: “We have done everything possible.By RANDY STARKMAN7 min
In the photograph, a young Oriental man is walking along a Vancouver street. Beside him, holding on to a girlfriend in shorts and a halter, is another young man whose denim vest and greasy hair proclaim him to be from the wrong side of the tracks.
She has been prime minister of Britain for more than eight years, but in all that time Margaret Thatcher has only twice lost a vote in the British House of Commons. By contrast, the unelected and often fiercely independent members of the upper chamber of Parliament, the House of Lords, have defeated her on 107 occasions, on issues ranging from the future of local government to the preservation of a rare species of wild flower.By ROSS LAVER6 min
The justices of the United States Supreme Court, sometimes known as the “The Brethren,” have a collective reputation for intensity on the bench. As a result, when the judges broke into laughter on Dec. 2 they established a precedent—in behavior.By WILLIAM LOWTHER6 min
For Alfredo Mbulo, the nightmare began last September in a tiny village in eastern Mozambique. In the early-morning darkness, guerrillas of the right-wing Mozambique National Resistance, or Renamo in its Portuguese acronym, broke into his house, herded his family into one room—and hacked his parents and two brothers to death with machetes.
Yvan Vaillancourt vs. the Queen: Vaillancourt was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment following an attempted robbery at a Montreal pool hall. At his trial, Vaillancourt testified that he and an accomplice had agreed to commit the robbery with knives.By RAE CORELLI6 min
Is it good for the Jews?” my parents used to ask wryly whenever the world around us lurched into some new political stance. We don’t bother asking the question anymore. These days most news is bad news for the Jews as every newspaper features photos of tough-looking Israeli soldiers confronting cowering Palestinian women and children.By Barbara Amiel5 min
I am writing about Diane Francis’s Nov. 30 column “Taking the tobacco war too far.” I take strong exception to Francis mentioning the fact that Health Minister Jake Epp belongs to the Mennonite faith, as if it is significant to this issue. Epp’s religious orientation has no bearing on the type or intent of legislation that his health department brings forth.
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