It's a touchy subject. So touchy that after an hour-long interview, one Calgary orthopaedic surgeon decides he wants to remain anonymous. From New Brunswick, where a surgeon recently cancelled an operation on a crippled man's leg, a Moncton Hospital spokesperson calls asking Maclean's to stop trying to contact the doctor.By NICHOLAS KöHLER, BARBARA RIGHTON
His ideas were forged in the fires of May ’68. He found his vocation as a filmmaker in Quebec at the height of the independence movement. And now, as husband of Governor General Michaëlle Jean, this former French philosophy professor is Rideau Hall’s new intellectual-in-residence.By BRIAN D. JOHNSON
books What the Queen thinks P.56 Jstage IsLOTRa punchline? P.58 music Quebec's kin! conductor p.59 tv Rabbi Shmuley fixes families taste The joys of bear loin P.62 The high-priced end of Canadian shoe heaven lives on the mezzanine floor of Toronto’s Holt Renfrew store on Bloor Street. Which is as good a place as any to illustrate the problems most women will face when shoe-shopping this season. There sit the $795-plus Manolo Blahnik high-heeled sandals heel to toe with the $598 slingback Pradas.By BARBARA AMIEL
When former prime minister Paul Martin appointed broadcaster Michaëlle Jean Governor General last summer, she had to fight accusations that her filmmaker husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, was sympathetic to the cause of Quebec separatism and friendly with FLQ terrorists.By LUIZA CH. SAVAGE
More than any of his modern peers in mass slaughter—Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot—Adolf Hitler has always inspired dreams of assassination, powerful what-if fantasies that add up to: if only someone had shot him in time. It’s the inescapable adjunct to the fact that Hitler was the single most influential individual of the 20th century.By BRIAN BETHUNE
I APPLAUD Steve Maich’s cover story on George W. Bush (“The worst president in 100 years?”, April 17). From our travels it has been apparent to my wife and me that Bush has seriously damaged the hard-earned goodwill that the U.S. had in almost all corners of the world.
Q Caitlin, two weeks ago I interviewed Bonnie Fuller. And it’s interesting because your approaches to life are 180 degrees apart. She argues that women’s lives are most fulfilling when domestic life is blended with a career. That’s clearly not your vision.
Confident, colourful and bizarre, Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi watched his political career sink last week. Despite his charges that the April 9-10 vote was “rigged,” his own allies disavowed the notion, easing the country toward rival Romano Prodi, who campaigned on a slogan of antipodal character:
When it comes to royal books, a picture is worth a hundred thousand words. Especially the picture on the back of Happy & Glorious. It shows the Queen in Cairns, Australia, with an Aborigine in native dress—i.e. naked except for some war paint and a few strands of twine dangling over his naughty bits.By MARK STEYN
Tim Deegan (inset) needed two big victories to clinch the MuchMusic VJ Search. First, after judges banished the Kitchener, Ont., resident to the “loser loft,” Canadians voted him back on as a wild card. And then, last week, fans awarded him again—this time with the crown.
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