CANCELLED: A $1.6-million sponsorship contract with tennis superstar Steffi Graf, 26, by German car maker Opel. Reacting to a lingering tax scandal over her father’s handling of Graf’s estimated fortune of more than $150 million, Opel said that “in the current situation” it would not renew the contract at year’s end.
For Canadians outside Quebec, sitting through the nail-biting final days of that province’s referendum campaign is a bit like living in the apartment next door to a particularly fractious couple. The walls are thin and it is impossible not to hear the commotion on the other side.By ANDREW PHILLIPS
Every country is a mystery composed of the lives of strangers—men and women whose only legal link is a piece of cheap parchment proclaiming their vague allegiance to shared citizenship. Because Canada was born an artificial political union between a handful of colonies, peopled mainly by men and women of French and British stock, the resultant federation has been delicately poised on the edge of perpetual collapse ever since.By PETER C. NEWMAN
Along time ago, when the chances of a Yes victory in Quebec’s referendum seemed far, far away, the idea sounded like an ideal way to celebrate the diverse elements that make up Canada. Shortly before the Oct. 30 vote, some No side strategists decided, they would invite all five surviving former prime ministers—Kim Campbell, Brian Mulroney, John Turner, Joe Clark and Pierre Trudeau— to appear together at a rally in Montreal.By ANTHONY WILSON-SMITH
It is Halloween, scant hours after a majority of Quebecers have voted Yes to sovereignty. And while children put last-minute touches on their trick-or-treat costumes, it is clear that the day’s scariest moments have already occurred as the world’s financial markets and political capitals woke up to the implications of that decision.
She may be only 20, but Joanne Pennock is every bit a musical veteran. Born in Creston, B.C., to a family of musicians, Pennock has been singing since age 5, and as a child performed with her family’s band, Deja Vu, throughout the Pacific region.By BARBARA WICKENS
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