June 24, 1996



In his blue smoking jacket, white sneakers and sandy-grey muttonchop whiskers, Clive Smith bears an eerie resemblance to one of his company's own creations. Settled in an oversized green armchair to discuss the international popularity of Canadian-made cartoons, he has the air of a portly Beetlejuice, the manic-demonic star of one of the many animated series that Nelvana Ltd.
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A long climb back

Mario Esquier, a tall, handsome Mexican whose taste in clothing mirrors the cowboy dress of his Texas-size home state of Sonora, is one of a minority in Mexico City: he agrees with the government’s assertion that the economy is crawling out of the depths of its 18-month-old recession.
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A hot time in the old town

With his seemingly casual—and often disdainful— approach to Canada's enduring constitutional woes, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien likes to boast that he reflects the mood of the nation. In a display of considerable grumpiness last Thursday, for instance, Chrétien waved off advisers who hovered impatiently outside his office with briefing books that detailed the bickering and bartering expected at his two-day meeting with Canada’s premiers in Ottawa this week.
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The Mail

welfare recipient Patricia Gardner is quoted as saying that the workfare program will force her to do some jobs that “will probably be demeaning” (“The Harris revolution,” Special Report, June 10). Evidently, collecting welfare for six years while holding out for a job at the auto-parts plant is not demeaning.
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Borrowing to learn

The coffee and doughnuts were free, the staff was friendly and the balloons gave a festive look to the recent open house at the Canada Employment Centre for Students in Toronto’s east end. But they did little to lift the spirits of York University students Peter Dolphin and Jeremy Coombs.
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Staking a claim

Nicolas Gutierrez knows that his day in court may not arrive for two years or more. But the 32-year-Old Miami lawyer is prepared to be patient. His clients, about 85 CubanAmericans, including members of his own family, say that the Cuban government confiscated their property after the 1959 Communist revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power.
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Flames of racial tension

Thirty-five springs ago in the U.S. South, fire was a favored weapon and churches a prime target of white supremacists opposing civil rights for black Americans. On May 14, 1961, a firebomb hurled from a white mob burned out a Greyhound bus bound for the Alabama capital of Montgomery with “Freedom Riders”— blacks and whites challenging racial segregation.
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The Nation’s Business

Has Major caught mad cow disease?

A quick visit to Britain suggests that Canada's once proud Mother Country is becoming the Quebec of Europe. Not quite sure whether it wants to be a full-fledged member of the European Union, or bask in the splendid isolation of an island-nation seeking its independent destiny, the Brits are having a nervous breakdown.
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Media Watch

Conrad Black and the benefit of the doubt

I don't know Conrad Black, have never met him, have never spoken to him by phone. I have read some, not a lot, of what he has written, and have agreed with some and disagreed with some, which is about par for the course. I know he has said some unflattering things about Canadian journalists, but, then, so have a lot of people, including this one.
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Opening Notes

Opening Notes

Esther Greaves is the first to admit the house she recently purchased in downtown Quebec City for almost $250,000 is in bad shape. But with financial and technical assistance from the Quebec government—and a desire to prove that Frenchand English-speaking Canadians can live and work together—Greaves is restoring the 150-year-old landmark, once the home of the renowned 19th-century painter Cornelius Krieghoff.
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