When Maclean's began an active campaign to significantly expand its business coverage nearly six months ago, a main priority was the recruitment of an outstanding national business correspondent. The successful candidate had to be someone who felt comfortable reporting major business and economic trends from Halifax’s Barrington Street, Montreal’s St. James Street, Toronto’s Bay Street, Vancouver’s Howe Street to Wall Street and the City of London.
Your Aug. 20 editorial (“Time For Tough Choices,” From the Editor’s Desk) and your articles about the conflict in the Middle East (“The winds of war,” Cover) smack of government propaganda. Iraq’s Saddam Hussein is a tyrant, but it is also true that there have been many tyrants in other countries that the Canadian government has done nothing about.
DIED: Psychologist B. F. (Burrhus Frederic) Skinner, 86, of leukemia, in a Cambridge, Mass., hospital. Skinner, the author of such influential works as Beyond Freedom and Dignity, was a pioneer of the theory known as behaviorism. He postulated that humans, like all organisms, are shaped by their environment, and through experiments with rats and pigeons he demonstrated that systems of positive and negative reinforcement, similar to reward and punishment, could reshape behavior patterns.
A critic takes aim at Charles Pachter’s moose, Gaetan Boucher’s passion cools, and Dracula returns to Romania
The scent of blood surrounding Nova Scotia Premier John Buchanan's scandal-ridden Conservative administration is attracting possible successors in case the premier decides to resign. And heading most observers' lists of aspirants is Attorney General Thomas Mclnnis.
Politicians figure all the angles. Or at least they think they do. Sometimes the voters figure one more angle than the politicians. When that happens, the politicians are dismayed, not to mention defeated. People think it can’t happen in an age of scientifically drawn opinion polling, but it still can.
AFTER A WEEK OF RENEWED NATIVE PROTEST, OTTAWA WARNS THAT TIME FOR TALKING MAY SOON BE OVER
Week seven of the standoff began in a disarmingly sportsmanlike fashion. Shortly after arriving to replace beleaguered Quebec provincial police officers at a roadblock near the Kahnawake reserve south of Montreal last week, officers from the Canadian army’s Royal 22nd Regiment walked halfway to an opposing barricade manned by armed Mohawks.
British Columbia deputy Attorney General Edward Hughes announced that former attorney general Stuart (Bud) Smith will not be charged with obstruction of justice. Hughes was reporting on the conclusion reached by his Alberta counterpart, Neil McCrank, who examined evidence collected by the RCMP in British Columbia.
Mayor Jean-Bosco Bourcier finally gave the frustrated residents of the Montreal suburb of Châteauguay something to cheer about last week. With the wave of a borrowed hard hat, he sent three bulldozers into action clearing land for the start of construction on an 8.4-km stretch of highway to shorten the commuters’ detour around the blockaded Mercier Bridge across the St. Lawrence River.
Until this year, any group of Canadian natives holding a news conference in Ottawa was fortunate to attract even a handful of journalists. And, although the reporters asked questions and politely took notes, they usually paid little attention to the issues involved and seldom wrote stories.
Robert Rowbotham says that there should be no doubt about where he lives: in a 65-square-foot cell at the medium-security Collins Bay Institution in Kingston, Ont. That is where the 39-year-old Rowbotham is serving a 17-year sentence for conspiring to import and sell marijuana and hashish.
As tension mounted ever higher in the Persian Gulf and exiled Kuwaiti government ministers warned that war seemed inevitable, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein staged a rivetting television spectacular. Wearing a grey business suit and an avuncular smile, he appeared on videotape talking to a group of British “guests,” as he called them, at one of the undisclosed strategic locations where his regime is holding Westerners to discourage attack.
A pro-Iranian group calling itself the Islamic Dawn Organization released Irish hostage Brian Keenan, 39, in Lebanon, 52 months after gunmen seized him as he was walking to the American University in Moslem West Beirut to teach an English class.
The flight to Riyadh was fully booked, mostly with returning Saudis. I asked two Saudi men, dressed in their traditional long, white tunics and headdresses, if they had any qualms about travelling back to a turbulent region that could soon erupt in a devastating war.
It was the first time in nearly half a century that Canadian navy vessels had sailed out of fabled Halifax harbor into a potential war zone. And despite the cloud of controversy swirling around their mission, a mood of resolve and high purpose marked the departure of the destroyers Athabaskan and Terra Nova and the supply ship Protecteur as they left at 2 p.m. local time Friday for the three-week voyage to the Gulf of Oman.
Zulu warriors, red bandanas around their heads and spears and clubs close at hand, sat huddled in the darkness of their workers’ hostel in Thokoza, a township southeast of Johannesburg, waiting for another attack by rival Xhosa tribesmen.
HIGH CANADIAN TAXES AND PRICES ARE KEEPING VALUED VISITORS AWAY AND HURTING A VITAL INDUSTRY
There has been sunshine, ample accommodation and a $30-million federal advertising campaign promoting Canada’s attractions. But in vacation spots across most of the country, from picturesque Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia to Victoria’s historic harbor on Vancouver Island, members of Canada’s tourism industry are worried.
The slowing Canadian economy continues to buffet the retail sector. Statistics Canada reported that retail sales in June— worth approximately $17.3 billion—were down 0.3 per cent from the same month a year earlier. For the first six months combined, retail trade was up only 2.5 per cent from the same period in 1989, making it the most sluggish opening half since the 3.1-per-cent growth of 1982.
Despite strong signals that Canada's economy is faltering, its dollar is soaring to its highest level since July, 1978. The dollar's dramatic ascent—it closed last week at 88.07 cents (U.S.)—was an unexpected result of Iraq’s Aug. 2 invasion of neighboring Kuwait.
It didn’t rank at the top of his mad agenda, but President Saddam Hussein may have saved Canada’s navy. As the tiny flotilla of two destroyers and a supply vessel slipped out of Halifax harbor last week, they carried with them the best wishes of the country and a sigh of relief from admirals, happy that their ships had found an honorable task to occupy their time.
MORE WOMEN ARE SUCCESSFULLY BALANCING FAMILY AND CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITIES
When Sherry Cooper arrived at Baltimore’s Goucher College in 1968, she was a soft-spoken freshman with no particular career plans. But after taking an economics class, she developed a keen interest in the intricacies of monetary policy.
Royal Trust Corp. of Canada promotes its employment-equity program, which is designed to enlighten its staff about the need to not overlook women and minorities, by pointing to demographic projections that say, by the year 2000, white males will represent only one in five people entering the workforce.
In the mid-1940s, Anne Dubin spent one day at secretarial school—long enough, she says, for her to know that being a secretary was not the career for her. “They talked about how important it was to wear a clean white blouse and taught us how to put the cover on a typewriter,” she recalls.
Michèle White says that the angry personal backlash came as a shock. One of only two women in the 11-member full-time fine arts faculty at the Ontario College of Art, the 36-year-old painter is also a member of the Toronto-based school’s task force on the status of women.
Although her days as an angel are far behind her, actress Jaclyn Smith says that she has found earthly contentment. The former star of the popular 1970s television series Charlie's Angels has enjoyed leading roles in a succession of made-for-TV movies and mini-series.
For members of the RCMP drug squad, the script was almost perfect. In the early morning hours of July 31 off the coast of Cape Breton, the Canadian destroyer Nipigon and the coast guard cutter Mary Hichens manoeuvred towards a 65-foot fishing trawler.
Floyd Wandler’s father was completely bald at 27, and his own hair started falling out when he was 25. Because baldness is a hereditary trait, Wandler, now a 40-year-old Vancouver businessman, says that he realized he would likely lose all his hair.
Eveiybody is talking about Izvestia, not so much because of his Triple Crown win as because of the manner in which he achieved it
Being here from the bluegrass hills of Kentucky, Susan Rhodemyre says she does not want to be disrespectful of the great Canadian thoroughbred Northern Dancer, but that when she watches her husband David’s horse run, she thinks her husband David’s horse looks a lot like Northern Dancer.
Family and friends gathered at Morley Callaghan’s Toronto home last Feb. 22 on the renowned writer’s 87th birthday. As the guest of honor descended the staircase, the well-wishers sang For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow. Writer and editor Barry Callaghan, who was present, later recalled that his father loudly asserted, “I have never been a jolly good fellow.”
Artist Mike Svob, 35, recalls that when he was a small child in Welland, Ont., his home town was “a bustling little place.” Massive Great Lakes freighters passed through the heart of the industrial city along the Welland Canal, 20 km southwest of Niagara Falls, and the downtown stores did a brisk business.
An extreme close-up of a match head bursting into flames engulfs the screen—and scorches the retina. The image, which opens Wild at Heart, is a Zorro-like signature from America’s hottest director. With his new movie, David Lynch reaffirms his reputation as American cinema’s arsonist-in-residence.
In 1911, the song Alexander’s Ragtime Band catapulted a 23-year-old composer named Irving Berlin to international stardom. Over the next five decades, he wrote a succession of hits, both romantic and rousing, that included Blue Skies, God Bless America, White Christmas and There’s No Business Like Show Business.
In the summer of 1985, American author William Styron began a descent into a personal hell. His affliction was depression—not the garden-variety blues that afflict everyone from time to time, but a deep, soul-paralysing melancholy that eventually drove him to the brink of suicide.
1 The Burden of Proof, Turow (1) 2 Memories of Midnight, Sheldon (3) 3 The Women in His Life, Bradford (4) 4 Friend of My Youth, Munro (2) 5 Titmuss Regained, Mortimer (7) 6 September, Pilcher 7 Get Shorty, Leonard (6) 8 An Inconvenient Woman, Dunne (8)
One afternoon in the 18th century, I believe it was a Sunday, there was an accident to the Count of Areos in a bull ring. It is suspected that a bull was involved. Ever since, thanks to a ruling by the Marquis of Pombal, there has never been a bull killed in the ring in Portugal.