Twelve days after Hungary rose in bloody rebellion on Oct. 23, 1956, Soviet tanks rolled into the country to put down the revolution. At the small city of Sopron, housewife Maria Sziklai, her comfortable world collapsing around her, clambered aboard a Swiss Red Cross relief truck with her three young sons and was driven the eight kilometres to Austria.
The speech, following four days of sometimes startlingly frank discussions, was uncharacteristically brief and unabashedly jubilant. Shortly after General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev stood up at the podium of the Kremlin’s Palace of Congresses last week, he looked up from his prepared text and gestured around the cavernous, three-tiered hall.By Anthony Wilson-Smith10 min
When the British Columbia legislature convened at 2:05 p.m. last Tuesday, Attorney General Brian Smith took his regular seat to the immediate right of Social Credit Premier William Vander Zalm. In his hand he carried a five-page document that he had written the previous weekend.
At first glance, the brightly colored butterfly shapes look like pieces of an artist’s mobile: they hang from the ceiling on nylon threads, creating a frozen, midair cascade down a stairwell. But in fact they are practical plastic hinges: unlike metal hinges, they will not rust.By PAMELA YOUNG5 min
On the first day of July 121 years ago, in an ugly, half-built capital beside the Ottawa River, the new nation that the Fathers of Confederation introduced to the world was an uneasy union of British and French settlers. Bonfires were lit in the towns and villages of four shabby little colonies from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic.By Bruce Hutchison5 min
Thomas Hockin, minister of state for finance, former professor, businessman and consultant, enjoys the limelight. Amiable and articulate, Hockin, 50, seems to relish the publicity generated by the project that has consumed most of his two years as the junior finance minister—the deregulation of Canada’s financial sector.By PATRICIA CHISHOLM5 min
Devotion to fair play is among the most charming of America’s character traits. Having slipped the noose of superpower domination a mere two centuries ago, we remain populists at heart—ever-swayed by the struggle of the meek against the mighty, the humble against the overstuffed, the individual against the autocrat.By Fred Bruning5 min
Since scientists discovered a hole in the Antarctic ozone layer four years ago, that rip in the stratospheric fabric has become a dramatic symbol of growing concern about the Earth’s atmosphere. Last week, when scientists and government officials from around the world met in Toronto for a conference on the atmosphere, they had alarming new evidence to consider.By MARK NICHOLS5 min
Survival, according to Charles Darwin, was meant to be the prerogative of the fittest. In retailing these days, it is often that of the fastest. Flash response to consumers’ fickle tastes can make or break the leader of the pack: flexibility in management decisions, the creative application of modern technology and an unerring sense of where one’s clientele wants to gallop next—that is the winning combination.By Peter C. Newman4 min
For a chap who is the most intelligent man in the Mulroney cabinet, John Crosbie says some awfully silly things at periodic intervals. The only man in the House of Commons who doesn’t speak either of the two official languages ended his quest for the Conservative leadership (he would have been prime minister today) with his celebrated remark that equated his failure to speak French with his inability to speak Chinese or German either.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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