The Saudi Arabian monarchy and its powerful oil minister, Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani, have declared economic war on most of the Western world. Following a classic monopoly strategy, the Saudis have flooded world markets with oil, forcing prices down dramatically in an attempt to compel other major producers, especially those who are members of OPEC, either to shut down many of their operations or return to fixed pricing and quotas.
For years I have listened to Canadians complain about U.S. cultural domination of Canada. Letters published in your Feb. 10 edition harp again about the lack of recognition of “some rising Canadian star” (“Moore’s the pity,” Letters).
DIED: Democrat James Eastland, 81, a staunchly conservative U.S. senator from Mississippi for 36 years; of pneumonia, in Greenwood, Miss. DIED : Joseph Duell, 29, a principal dancer for 11 years with the New York City Ballet company; after he jumped from the window of the fifth floor of his Manhattan apartment building.
Ever since his landmark opera Louis Riel was first produced in 1967, composer Harry Somers has been a commanding figure in the Canadian music scene. His prodigious output of hundreds of classical compositions ranges from orchestral works to choral adaptations of folksongs.
In the three years she had worked as a part-time clerk in a Mississauga, Ont., convenience store, it was the first time that Barbara Turnbull, then 18, had agreed to work late into the evening. Alone in the store shortly after 11 p.m. on Sept. 23, 1983, she turned to serve several customers who had just come in.
In a street crowded with nearly 2,000 sidewalk entrepreneurs, Yui Jiao Er has proven her worth as a businesswoman. She runs a modest stall on a thoroughfare in the central Chinese city of Wuhan known as Han Zhen Ji (The Street of Little Things).
The recent events in the Philippines create an agonizing dilemma for people who support democracy. The election held by President Ferdinand Marcos may not have been the most fraudulent election in the world, but it was nonetheless a rigged affair.
For months Federal Finance Minister Michael Wilson looked despondent. Sitting in the Commons, frequently frowning, he answered opposition questions with a mixture of boredom and disdain. But in January, when the dollar began falling, interest rates started rising and the business community began complaining, the 48-year-old former Toronto stockbroker rallied.
It was a private evening designed to mend fences. On Feb. 4, Liberal Leader John Turner invited Jean Chrétien to dine at Stornoway, his official Ottawa residence. Over a three-hour meal the two rivals in the 1984 party leadership contest resolved to unite behind Chrétien campaigner Jacques Corriveau for the vice-presidency of the federal Liberal party’s Quebec wing.
Since Joseph Jean Drapeau was first elected mayor of Montreal at age 38 in 1954, Canada has had seven Prime Ministers, Quebec nine premiers and Toronto nine different mayors. Except for an interregnum from 1957 to 1960, when the late Liberal Senator Sarto Fournier served a single three-year mayoral term after an election marked by violence, Drapeau has ruled Montreal over the years with a shrewd combination of the common touch and the politics of grandeur.
Last September an ashen-faced Marcel Masse stunned the House of Commons when he quietly announced his resignation as communications minister pending the outcome of an RCMP investigation into alleged spending violations during his 1984 electoral campaign for the Quebec riding of Frontenac.
The batallion of 1,000 marines, the tanks and the armored cars of the ruler had pulled to within 2.5 km of the national police headquarters in Manila on Sunday, with orders to smash a popular uprising. But thousands of Filipinos loyal to opposition leader Corazon (Cory) Aquino blocked the way.
They are longtime friends and allies, and tried veterans of the unsavory political manoeuvring that has shaken President Ferdinand Marcos’s government in the 2½ years since the assassination of popular opposition candidate Benigno Aquino.
The images are inseparable. He is the frail, sick, stumbling president of a nation of 54 million people. She is his steel-willed, powerful wife and support, a woman of fading beauty and legendary temper. But last weekend, as Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, faced a ground swell of military and political opposition, the veneer of presidential invincibility was in danger of shattering.
Bathed in light streaming through the lofty skylight of the marble Salle des Congrés in the Château Versailles, the leaders or representatives of 41 governments who gathered for a historic Paris summit last week were a study in diversity.
Ever since Charles de Gaulle, then the president of France, shouted his “Vive le Québec libre" separatist rallying call from the balcony of Montreal’s city hall in 1967, relations between Canada and France have been coolly formal at best.
Some of his admirers affectionately call him Caballo Loco, or Crazy Horse, and they cannot get enough of him. Chanting “Alan, Alan,” they mass in Plaza de Armas, the main square of Lima, Peru’s capital city, as 36-year-old President Alan Garcìa Perez appears on the balcony of the government palace.
For several days they painted buildings and cleaned the streets. Prime Minister Herbert Blaize proclaimed the occasion a national holiday. And when President Ronald Reagan finally touched down last week at the scene of what many Americans consider his greatest foreign policy triumph, residents of the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada greeted him with initial enthusiasm.
Many West Germans criticize him for lacking charisma. But Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who until recently seemed assured of re-election when the country goes to the polls in January, 1987, now faces a more serious crisis than complaints about his personality.
Late last summer the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, frustrated with fighting a losing battle, resolved to start a war. For several years the oil-rich Middle Eastern power broker had tried to persuade members of the 13-nation Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to hold down production and prevent declining international oil prices from falling further.
The warning was contained in a letter from a king and it was read by the world’s most powerful oil minister—Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Saudi Arabia’s veteran minister of petroleum and mineral resources. Angered by price discounting and overproduction by members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the Saudis had summoned nine of OPEC’s 13 oil ministers to a two-day meeting at the Saudi summer capital of Taif last June.
In a modern tale of two cities, there are economic losers and winners. In the bleak Cape Breton community of Port Hawkesbury (population 3,850), the unemployment rate is a staggering 40 per cent. Two weeks ago the Breton Marine Industries shipyard went into receivership—with the loss of 110 jobs—because the company could not compete with subsidized foreign ship builders.
It was an unexpected move from a businessman given to surprises. Toronto financier Conrad Black announced late last week that he had sold his control of Norcen Energy Resources Ltd.—a major oil and gas producer that he recently described as “the jewel” of his Canadian holdings.
Fifteen-dollar oil could very well be worse for the industry than the deep, dark days of the NEP.” So laments Arden Haynes, chairman of Imperial Oil Ltd., Canada’s biggest multinational oil company. Since Haynes had just the week before I talked to him described the National Energy Program as “an unmitigated disaster that brought the oil industry to its knees,” his current mood clearly reflects the despondence sweeping the industry these days.
Last week Britain’s Prince Charles, 37, was the guest of honor at a celebration in Austin, Tex., which marked the 150th anniversary of the state’s independence from Mexico. At Bergstrom Airforce Base he was presented with a cowboy hat by Mayor Frank Cooksey.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were among the more visible victims of freakish midwinter weather conditions across the continent last week. After fog shrouding most of southern Ontario delayed the National Hockey League team’s departure from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport for almost two days, the players arrived in Edmonton only two hours before the start of a Wednesday-night game with the home-town Oilers.
They had no motive, no suspect and few solid clues. But government chemists and police investigating the Feb. 8 death of 23-year-old Yonkers, N.Y., stenographer Diane Elsroth continued their frustrating search last week for a saboteur who slipped cyanide poison into Extra-Strength Tylenol pain-relief capsules.
It has been one of the blackest periods in the long and illustrious history of the country’s railways. It started on Feb. 8 with the head-on collision of a Canadian National freight train and a Via Rail passenger train in Alberta that left at least 23 people dead and 82 injured.
They were promised “Beaujolais television.” But when millions of French citizens tuned in last week to the debut of France 5, the country’s first commercial network, the fare was closer to what some critics called “Coca-Cola and spaghetti television”—mostly American soap operas and Italian quiz shows.
It was a case of artists seeking revenge against television. Eleven years ago in a San Francisco parking lot, a souped-up 1959 Cadillac smashed through a wall of burning television sets at high speed. While TV cameras turned the spectacle into a colorful item on the evening news, the organizers, a local artists’ collective named Ant Farm, used their own cameras to create a now-classic videotape titled Media Burn.
Fishermen working the waters of Africa’s Lake Victoria often find their fragile plastic nets breaking apart under the weight of Nile perchan unusually large species of fish that can grow to six feet long and weigh up to 300 lb. But instead of deriving prosperity from such catches, the residents of Kenyan, Ugandan and Tanzanian villages around the lake are suffering from the economic consequences of a plan that was meant to provide a reliable source of protein.
The latest dispute between U.S.and Japan-based corporate giants centres on an unlikely object: the blimp. The Ohio-based Good-year Tire & Rubber Co.—whose airship fleet has sailed through U.S. skies for 61 years—has launched two court challenges against Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc. over the film company’s two-yearold dirigible promotion.
MC: THE ADVENTURES OF A MAVERICK PRINCESS By Barry Everingham
Last year British newspapers reported that Princess Michael of Kent’s father had been a Nazi. That connection serves only as a curtain-raiser for the flagrant love affairs and arrogant behavior featured in Australian journalist Barry Everingham’s fast-paced, unauthorized biography, MC: The Adventures of a Maverick Princess.
Portly, organ-voiced Peter Ustinov appears most frequently to Canadian television audiences as a slightly bewildered tourist in American Express ads. But in the six-part, one-hour series Peter Ustinov’s Russia, the talented writer and actor takes a real journey, guiding viewers through the history and cities of a country he clearly cherishes.
It was the most trying moment in the filming last winter of the television series Peter Ustinov's Russia. The temperature hovered at -40°C inside the unheated 16th-century Moscow convent Novo Dyevichi, and Ustinov’s lips were so numb that he repeatedly bungled the word “Moscow.”
Michael Williams, the 29-year-old cohost of Canada’s pay TV music channel, MuchMusic, once tried to regulate his chaotic schedule with a hodgepodge of diaries, notebooks, wallets, index cards and dogeared scraps of paper. With homes and offices in Montreal and Toronto, he depended on his wife, high school teacher Theresa Kralik, to ensure that he was in the right place at the right time.
Canadians are justifiably proud of their performance in two world wars. But as journalist Gwynne Dyer (War) points out in his provocative new three-part CBC TV series, Defence of Canada, the country’s involvement in global struggles has had less to do with defending Canadian borders than with fulfilling obligations to its overseas allies.
National Ballet of Canada dancers took a fanciful but rewarding journey last week—down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass. The occasion was a glittering world première at Toronto’s O’Keefe Centre of Alice, a complex and colorful work created for the company by the internationally acclaimed American choreographer Glen Tetley.
The male of the species is magnificent in his ignorance. Rampant stupidity issues forth from his ample brain cells. Blindness clouds his forehead. Obtuseness covers his grey matter like a thick pouf. He rules the world and builds empires, collects conglomerates and arranges Bay Street and Wall Street takeovers, but he remains dumb, blind and emotionally crippled.