AFTER FIVE MISCARRIAGES, and with the odds of ever having children stacked against her, Lee Dix was glad to get a second opinion. It was the summer of 2000, and the Toronto woman had been referred to a gynecologist based at Scarborough Hospital, Dr. Richard Austin, whom she hoped would eventually deliver her first baby.By CHARLIE GILLIS, JULIA BELLUZ, JOSH DEHAAS
AT FIRST GLANCE, Robert Deluce seems an unlikely giant killer. The founder and chief executive of Toronto-based Porter Airlines stands shorter than many of the retro-uniformed flight attendants working his airplanes, and his small-town Ontario mannerisms— unfailingly polite with a tendency to rambleare about as far away from Bay Street big shot as you can get.By CHRIS SORENSEN
A 15-YEAR VETERAN of Tennis Canada, Stacey Allaster—who got her start cleaning courts in Welland, Ont.—is now chairman and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association. She joined the WTA in 2006 as president, and was instrumental in achieving pay equity in prize money for female players at all four Grand Slam events.
THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S health care reform survived hostile town halls, Tea Party protests, and a year of bitter political combat in the U.S. Congress before it was signed into law in March. But now it faces yet another hurdle: a constitutional challenge to what the administration calls its “linchpin” provision.By LUIZA CH. SAVAGE
After six tumultuous years at the head of the CBC’s English Services division, Richard Stursberg was shown the door late last week. Stursberg was closely associated with the broadcaster’s turn toward more commercial fare, most notably helping bring to air ratings hits such as Little Mosque on the Prairie and Dragons’ Den.
THE 17-YEAR-OLD GIRL from Sarnia, Ont., asked him if he had any advice for young Canadians who are “charting paths for themselves toward a productive future.” Behind him, the local candidate and a few Liberal MPs were positioned to fill the screen.By AARON WHERRY
TEN YEARS AGO, on a day in early April, a dozen coaches were gathered inside the Glen Abbey academy in Oakville, Ont., for a golf instructors’ seminar. Situated near the 10th tee of the famed course, the room offered a panorama of the sloping fairway beyond.By M.J. STONE
WYCLEF JEAN, THE hip-hop singer who last week announced he is running to become president of Haiti, is not the first musician to seek elected office. Nor is he the first aspiring leader to return to his homeland after spending the better part of three decades somewhere else and expect to be welcomed back as its political saviour.By MICHAEL PETROU
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