A community of communities? A union of 10 equal provinces? A pact between two—or, with the natives, among three—founding peoples? A sea-to-sea-sea notion that be came a nation despite its vastness and cultural differences? Throughout the country's 128-year history, it has always been easier to be Canadian than to define the qualities that make one.By ANTHONY WILSON-SMITH
A system derailed. That, in fact, is the expectation of many Canadians as the country lurches from one crisis to another. This year's Maclean's/CBC News year-end poll asked respondents to look ahead, to the dawning of a new millennium. They did, and concluded that what they glimpsed of Canada in the year 2000 was not a pretty picture.By PEETER KOPVILLEM, JOHN HOWSE, JENNIFER PRITCHETT
The old order is dying and the new is struggling to be born. Borders are crumbling as a handful of the newly rich and powerful forge private fiefdoms, controlling the fates of the increasingly impoverished masses with a brutish disregard for all but their economic output.By MARCI McDONALD
For its 12th annual sounding of the nation's mood, Maclean's worked with the same pollster as in all previous editions, Allan Gregg, now chairman of the new Toronto-based firm The Strategic Counsel Inc. And, for the first time, the magazine entered into a partnership this year with the CBC’s The National, which is presenting programs based on these results on the evenings of Dec. 18, 19 and 20.
Briefly, their paths crossed in the CBC'S fourth-floor Toronto waiting room for guests on Newsworld's Pamela Wallin Live. Tension bristled in the air. Breezing out of the studio in a rumpled blazer and his only tie was Christopher Hitchens, the cheeky Washington-based columnist for The Nation and Vanity Fair, who had just fired off the latest salvos in an unlikely cause—his one-man crusade against a wizened 85-year-old Albanian nun named Agnes Bojaxhiu, better known as Mother Teresa.By MARCI McDONALD
The unalterable conclusion to be drawn from this poll is that Canadians and their country today bear little resemblance to the people we grew up with and the place where we grew up. The responses also point to a high likelihood that Canada, as we have come to know it, will never be the same again.By ALLAN R. GREGG
Derrick Cumby says that 1995 was his worst year ever. The 31-year-old carpenter from Hopeall, Nfld., 100 km west of St. John's, managed to find work for only eight weeks in the past 12 months—not enough to qualify for unemployment insurance.By SCOTT STEELE, JENNIFER PRITCHETT
As it greets the holiday season, Hollywood seems fixated on the remembrance of things past. Camelot returns to the White House in The American President; vintage gangsters play a Vegas version of Paradise Lost in Casino; and James Bond renews his licence to kill in GoldenEye.By BRIAN D. JOHNSON
Newt Gingrich was holding out. He was "somewhat testy," said aides to the Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Bill Clinton was adamant. Penny-pinching elements of a Gingrich budget plan were “unacceptable” to his Democratic administration, said the President.By CARL MOLLINS
So the weather was lousy. That can't excuse all of what happened at Creative Craft Fairs in Victoria in mid-November. Creative Craft is one of the major Christmas crafts buying events on Vancouver Island, held annually for 18 years. Judy Moody was there as usual, selling her clay jewelry, which she markets under her company name, The Driven Woman.By JENNIFER WELLS
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