There are 62,000 dedicated people, both union and management, who work at Canada Post. The fact that they are fighting with each other again is only partly due to the intransigence of the two sides. The real villains in the dispute are successive governments that refuse to make a tough decision.
Reading some of the popular media reports on Roman Catholicism, such as your cover story “John Paul’s restless Catholics” (Sept. 14), makes me wonder if the outcry of certain Christians does not add up to saying, “If we could get rid of the Pope, then we could do whatever we wanted.”
DIED: Pioneer automaker Henry Ford’s grandson Henry Ford II, 70, who rescued the Ford Motor Co. from collapse in the late 1940s and early 1950s; of complications arising from pneumonia in a Detroit hospital. Increasingly autocratic and ruthless, like his grandfather, Ford liked to impose his will by reminding argumentative underlings that “my name is on the building.”
His team is trailing two goals to one when Steve Shutt breaks away from a defender and heads for the opposition’s goal. During his 12 years as a member of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team Shutt became one of the highest scoring left wingers in National Hockey League history.
Last February a Canadian human rights tribunal in Vancouver handed down a decision in the case of four female prison guards who had accused the RCMP of discrimination. The women had been working in RCMP lockups guarding both male and female prisoners, but in January, 1981, the RCMP reactivated its long-standing policy that prisoners must be guarded by persons of the same sex, arguing that the right of male prisoners to privacy in such intimate matters as using the toilet took precedence over the women’s need for absolute equality in employment.
As the deadline for last week’s national postal strike approached, all the signs pointed to a violent confrontation. During the last strike at the post office in June, there were violent clashes on the picket lines when Canada Post brought in temporary workers to replace striking letter carriers.
The man who heads the most militant postal local in Canada is a charismatic teetotaller who works seven days a week and claims no interests outside his union activities. Marcel Perreault, 55, became a union shop steward in 1959, just three years after joining the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), and became the local’s president in 1968.
He is, by all accounts, not an easy man to work for. Throughout his career as an auto industry executive and now as president of the embattled Canada Post Corp., Donald Lander has set high standards—and demanded that others live up to them.
Twice a day, five times a week, a letter carrier in the navy blue uniform of the Royal Mail walks up the path to Sue Hudson’s apartment in London’s Camden borough. Like other Britons, Hudson takes for granted prompt mail service to her home—and speedy delivery of the letters she mails.
The people of the Cape Breton town of Florence, N.S., are known as fighters. When 600 men lost their jobs in a 1961 coal mine closure, the townsfolk protested so strongly that the company found new jobs for them at nearby Sydney Mines. Now, 26 years later, the people of Florence (population 3,000) are fighting once again—this time to make sure that they do not lose their local post office.
The critical telephone call to Camp David reached President Ronald Reagan at 11:40 p.m., 20 minutes before the Saturday midnight deadline. Treasury Secretary James Baker told Reagan that U.S. and Canadian negotiators had agreed on the outline of a historic free trade pact.
In the past 17 years New Brunswick Premier Richard Hatfield has defeated four different Liberal leaders in four successive elections. But according to opinion polls, Hatfield’s winning streak may be coming to an abrupt end. As the campaign for New Brunswick’s Oct. 13 election entered the home stretch last week, the latest survey put Liberal challenger Frank McKenna far in the lead.
He was a shambling, enigmatic figure with what one close friend called “a taste for the clandestine.” And when he collapsed last December on the eve of giving congressional testimony on the Irancontra affair, so powerful was his reputation for manipulation and secrecy that some congressmen privately said that he might be feigning an illness.
At dawn early last week, Mehdi Hashemi, the man who talked too much, was executed by firing squad inside Tehran’s grim Evin prison. It was one of the few times since the 1979 revolution which overthrew Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi that the theocratic regime of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had executed one of its own.
Gov. Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts was exuberant. In a single night last week he had raised $1 million for his 1988 presidential campaign. At the same time, a Washington Post-ABC News poll showed him in second place in the field of Democratic hopefuls, trailing only front-runner Jesse Jackson.
It has become an annual feature in Angola’s 12-year-old civil war. Every August for the past several years the Marxist government in Luanda has taken advantage of the dry season to send its troops—backed by Cuban soldiers and Soviet military advisers— eastward into the rebel stronghold of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).
In Toronto 15,000 people lined the streets for his triumphant Sept. 29 homecoming parade, and in Ottawa the next day politicians lined up for his autograph. The star attraction: Ben Johnson, whose record 9.83-second 100-m dash in Rome last August made him the fastest man in the world.
It was the latest in a series of major moves by big Canadian banks into the newly deregulated investment sector. The Bank of Nova Scotia announced last week that it was purchasing the Toronto-based brokerage firm McLeod Young Weir Ltd. for an undisclosed amount estimated at up to $600 million.
The idea had been debated and discarded several times over the past three years. But on Sept. 23, when the Maclean Hunter Ltd. (MH) board met on the day of the company's 100th anniversary, the directors approved a bold plan to make their 80-year-old weekly business newspaper, The Financial Post, a daily.
Many Mexicans call it “the Year of Hidalgo” after Miguel Hidalgo, a hero of the Mexican independence movement whose picture adorns the nation’s currency. It happens every six years when, in the runup to presidential elections, the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) tries to attract votes by spending lavishly on public works projects.
The chairmen of Canada’s banks tend to be so circumspect that even their body language is seldom in the public domain. Yet every once in a while they leave little doubt about where they stand. When I recently asked Richard Thomson, the head of the Toronto-Dominion Bank, about the federal New Democratic Party’s pledge to nationalize one of the Big Five banks, he chose not to prevaricate.
Like crusaders of the Middle Ages, they ultimately failed in their quest and soiled the banner under which they set out to conquer a continent. But between 1783 and 1820 the Nor’Westers braved the wilderness and won. Operating out of their counting houses in Montreal and a hundred or so outposts connected by an inland navy of 2,000 canoeists, they challenged the power and majesty—the very existence—of the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) and fought the Royal Adventurers to a standstill.
Dishes rattled, books tumbled off their shelves, and dogs and cats scurried for cover as the strongest earthquake to hit California since 1971 struck the Los Angeles area on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:42 a.m. The impact knocked out power lines, toppled buildings and led at least one on-air TV newsman to take refuge under his desk.
For many French television viewers, the highlight of last year’s schedule was a program that was provocatively entitled Sexy Follies. Aired on the first Wednesday of each month at 10 p.m., the 90-minute show featured topless dancers, male strippers and interviews with such personalities as a butcher in central France who, alongside cuts of pork and beef, sells pornographic videotapes.
Ten years ago on a sunny August afternoon an abandoned gravel pit in Brampton, Ont., 60 km northwest of Toronto, echoed to the whine of engines as a dozen teenagers raced about on trail bikes. Suddenly, at a blind curve on one of the pit’s dirt roads, two of the bikes collided.
It arrived without fanfare. When Bruce Springsteen’s new album, Tunnel of Love, began appearing in record stores this week, it seemed calculated to avoid the industry-generated fireworks that accompanied last year’s five-record boxed set of live recordings.
The 16-year-old heroine of Wish You Were Here, Lynda (Emily Lloyd), is a 12 o’clock girl in an eight o’clock town—a stiff and dreary English seaside community. The time is 1951, and shocking people and sex are the rebellious Lynda’s hobbies.
For most Americans, the handsome Canada goose is an impressive unofficial national bird. Many of them add that those geese that actually remain in the United States are an admirable addition to the U.S. bird population. Indeed, some U.S. zoos even went so far as to import the decorative birds.
Clive Shepherd, a Miami firearms instructor, calls it “the talisman syndrome”—the feeling of security that he says some of his students experience when they carry a concealed weapon. The students, said Shepherd, regard a gun as a good-luck charm— similar to the bags of charmed bones that primitive people wear around their necks to ward off evil.
Along with satirizing paper-shufflers and skewering bureaucratic bunglers, the CBC’s new comedy series, Not My Department! (Fri., 8 p.m.), offers an allegory about those who make Canadian television programs. The show’s feckless hero, Gerald Angstrum (Harry Ditson), is deputy minister for the department of regional incentive targets (DRIT)—and a man suffering an identity crisis.
For those who regard Canadian history as a grey affair, two major publishing projects—offering colorful portraits of the country’s past—may change that perception. Edited by University of Toronto professor Craig Brown, The Illustrated History of Canada (Lester & Orpen Dennys, $39.95), is a comprehensive chronicle studded with photos, drawings and historical art.
TASS IS AUTHORIZED TO ANNOUNCE____ By Julian Semyonov
The scenario and characters are as familiar as the literary form itself. In Julian Semyonov’s TASS is Authorized to Announce..., the hero is a balding spy with a bent for philosophy; the villain is an oily mercenary with Nazi connections; and the plot concerns a superpower’s clandestine efforts to take over Nagonia, an obscure—but geopolitically important—African country.
The sea change took place at Watergate, a plush hotel-office-building-condominium complex that sits on the edge of the Potomac looking across to the Virginia shore. Since Watergate and the Woodstein Twins, every kid entering journalism school sees a Pulitzer Prize in the future.