AWARDED: The 1998 Gemini Awards for excellence in Canadian television; in Toronto. Actor Patrick McKenna, 37, took home the best actor award in both comedy (The Red Green Show) and drama (Traders). Undercurrents, hosted by Wendy Mesley, won best information series, This Hour Has 22 Minutes was voted best comedy program and Traders won best dramatic series.
If Canadians sometimes forget that they are entangled in the global economy, the past year has provided plenty of hard reminders. The Japanese housing market slumps, and B.C. sawmills stop buzzing. Devalued local currencies drive up the price of imported meat in the markets of Thailand and Indonesia, and the price Manitoba farmers get for their hogs is sliced in half.
Fraudulent telemarketing, especially the targeting of Americans by people hiding behind the security of the Canadian border, has been the subject of major exposés in The New York Times, The Washington Post and U.S. television news programs.
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