It takes a full 40 minutes by Internet to receive an electronic copy of War and Peace, probably about the same time required to hop on a bus, visit the local library and sign out Tolstoy’s epic novel of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. It would take far less time simply to go to the living-room and take the book off the shelf.By WARREN CARAGATA4 min
As deputy prime minister in Brian Mulroney’s Conservative government, Erik Nielsen earned the nickname “Velcro lips” for his taciturn style and closemouthed unwillingness to dispense government information. Now comes the new Erik Nielsen, the talkative and very accessible fellow who has been travelling across Canada to spread the gospel about his new passion: electric cars.By MARK NICHOLS7 min
Michael Wilson, who looks like Hollywood oldie Randolph Scott but has the mind of a dessicated accountant, once said that the trouble with Canada was that it “didn’t have enough millionaires.” This is the man, of course, who as finance minister from 1984 to 1991 supervised the accumulation of more public debt than all his peacetime predecessors combined.By Allan Fotheringham4 min
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