It was Marjorie Nichols, the celebrated Ottawa columnist, who first milked her snake in Victoria, who pointed out about a year ago that she was tired of people making fun of Bill Vander Slap, the intellect who masquerades as leader of British California.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
Natural disasters took a grievous toll in lives and livelihoods during 1988. Before the cruel earthquake in Soviet Armenia last week, Hurricane Gilbert, the most potent ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, lashed Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean in September, causing more than 250 deaths and an estimated $12 billion in damage.
There were important matters on the year's national agenda: abortion and the high price of housing, pollution and native land claims, immigration and tax-funded day care, a constitution to shift federal power to the provinces. And all of those issues spill over into 1989.
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