October 14, 1996

Where have all the buyers gone? 7071
The Maclean's Excerpt

Where have all the buyers gone?

In the fall of 1995, I had dinner with several Canadian CEOs whose companies manufacture or sell consumer products. All were eager to boast of the bold steps they had taken to improve the efficiency of their companies. In each case, they told upbeat stories about the benefits of new technology, muted somewhat by more sombre asides about loyal employees who had been let go—the price of maintaining profits in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
The outer space detectives 6667

The outer space detectives

For mankind, the adventure began at 9:07 a.m. Moscow time on April 12, 1961. A Soviet air force major named Yuri Gagarin blasted into the Siberian sky aboard a five-ton spacecraft and the world marvelled at the astounding news that he had landed safely after circling the Earth in just 108 minutes.
Raw punk, cooked pop 8889

Raw punk, cooked pop

Rolling the camera for two kinds of rock
Showdown at GM 5253

Showdown at GM

General Motors and Linda Landry go back a long way. In 1949, her father, Maurice, landed a job with the world’s largest automaker as a laborer in GM’s sprawling Oshawa, Ont., assembly plant. Linda, who vividly recalls her father walking a picket line during a strike in 1955, followed Maurice into the factory 12 years ago.
Changing channels 5455

Changing channels

High-tech TV threatens cable's traditional dominance
Talks and tension 4647

Talks and tension

In the hotly contested West Bank town of Hebron last week, the empty streets felt as ominous as they were quiet. Orthodox Jewish children played in a few roads, but a 20-hour curfew confined 150,000 Palestinians to their homes. Only between 5 and 9 a.m. were they allowed to go out for supplies.
How much to cut? 4849

How much to cut?

A tight election may have lessons for Canadians
Condition critical 3435

Condition critical

It is a day that Deborah Parker will always remember, though it is one she would prefer to forget. On Aug. 14, Parker’s five-year-old daughter, Samantha, was struck by a half-ton truck while crossing a street in the Northern Ontario community of Sudbury.
The Mail 44a
The Mail

The Mail

About the only thing that I and, I suspect, many other retired and serving soldiers will agree with in Maj.-Gen. Brian Vernon’s egotistical interview is his call for Gen. Jean Boyle to resign (“‘A sense of distrust,”’ Canada, Sept. 30). His defence of Col. Serge Labbé [who has been accused of offering a case of champagne to the first Airborne soldier to kill a Somali] is being eroded rapidly as more soldiers testify in the Somalia inquiry; certainly, claiming that Labbé is arguably the best officer in the army is preposterous.


Hard times and the PM'S style have changed the way influence works in Ottawa
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