Issue: 19920511

Monday, May 11, 1992
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Merck Frosst Canada Inc.: Frosst's 222 AF
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Merck Frosst Canada Inc.
Frosst's 222 AF
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Maclean's
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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
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White, Black And Blood
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Between 1861 and 1865, America lost more of its sons in the Civil War than in all the other wars that the country fought before or since. The War Between the States began as a struggle by the North to prevent secession by the South. But after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, essentially abolishing slavery, it became in large part a war about race.
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Lands’ End Lane: Lands’ End Mesh Knit Shirt
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Lands’ End Lane
Lands’ End Mesh Knit Shirt
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LETTERS
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I was relieved by Maclean’s breakthrough in revealing the truth that the spread of AIDS in North America is an overwhelmingly gay phenomenon (“A deadly debate,” Health, April 27). Although the medical research community has known this for years, there appeared to be a conspiracy of misinformation.
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Château Lingerie Mfg, Inc.: Calvin Klein
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Château Lingerie Mfg, Inc.
Calvin Klein
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Bell
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Bell
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United Distillers Canada Inc.
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United Distillers Canada Inc.
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OPENING NOTES
Mulroney leads a poll, giants foster unity, and farmers push sexy exports
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When big Borje Salming moved back to Sweden two years ago, he carried home more than the scars from 17 years as an NHL defenceman, his six all-star honors and memories of 16 seasons as a Toronto Maple Leaf, one as a Detroit Red Wing. Salming, now 41, took home a powerful thirst for a Toronto-brewed beer that he had favored during his later years as a Leaf.
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PASSAGES
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DIED: British painter Francis Bacon, 82, of cardiac arrest, in a Madrid clinic while on vacation in Spain. Bacon, hailed by critics and art patrons as one of the 20th century’s greatest artists, painted often-disquieting images of sex and death that he described as springing from “ebullient despair.”
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Advertisement: Maclean’s
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ANOTHER VIEW
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Nineties toys in the comfortable cocoons
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CHARLES GORDON
We watch the dismal electoral season in the United States and prepare unenthusiastically for one of our own. The voters grumble about the politicians, all politicians, the problems worsen and nobody seems to be trying to solve them. There is no agreement on what the problems are; the only real consensus seems to be that they cannot be solved.
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CANADA
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AGAINST THE GRAIN
CRITICS CHARGE THAT BY RAISING TAXES, ONTARIO’S NDP GOVERNMENT WILL PROLONG THE RECESSION
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PAUL KAIHLA
Only a year ago, Ontario Treasurer Floyd Laughren declared that he would not raise personal income tax rates because “such moves would worsen the recession.” Since then, the economic outlook for Canada’s most recession-battered province has scarcely changed—but the NDP treasurer’s views on tax increases clearly have.
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CANADA
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National Notes
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About 700 inmates at Montreal’s Bordeaux prison burned mattresses and ripped plumbing out of the walls during a seven-hour rampage that caused an estimated $1 million in damage to the 80-year-old minimum-security institution. The riot, which prisoners blamed on overcrowding and which resulted in 14 injuries, was finally subdued by 200 police.
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CANADA
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A questionable jackpot
Gambling in Winnipeg produces controversy
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In a room lit by the eerie glow from 219 blinking, clanking slot machines, a plainly dressed 51-year-old woman watches intently as a friend shovels $1 coins into one of their favorite games, a one-armed bandit advertising a jackpot of more than $191,000.
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HAGGER EZ's: Haggar Pants
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HAGGER EZ's
Haggar Pants
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American Airlines, Inc.
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American Airlines, Inc.
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CANADA
Letter from St. Catharines
Living in terror
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PAUL KAIHLA
The stacks of missing-person posters are gone. Before the horrific news, Douglas and Donna French had handed them out from their St. Catharines, Ont., living room, desperately hoping that they would produce clues to the fate of their missing daughter, Kristen.
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MAZDA: MX-6 Mystère
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MAZDA
MX-6 Mystère
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WORLD
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STREETS OF HATE
MURDER AND MAYHEM TURN LOS ANGELES INTO AMERICA'S LATEST RACIAL BATTLEGROUND
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MARCI McDONALD
The scenes were apocalyptic, and hauntingly familiar. Once again, a city was in flames, smoke billowing from the charred wasteland of entire blocks. Once again, rage exploded through the streets in an orgy of smashed shop windows, looting and wanton killing.
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WORLD
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World Notes
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Serbia and Montenegro, the only two of six republics still committed to a Yugoslav federation, unveiled a new constitution that implicitly recognized the independence of the breakaway four. Meanwhile, in the newly independent country of Bosnia-Herzegovina, ethnic Serbs, who are opposed to secession and aided by the federal army, continued fierce battles with Croats and Moslems who support independence.
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WORLD
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Riots of rage
Los Angeles mobs impose their own justice
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It took seven days for a jury of 10 whites, one Hispanic-American and one Asian-American to find four white policemen innocent of using excessive force when they arrested black motorist Rodney King in March, 1991. It took just a few hours for anger at that verdict to spill into the Los Angeles streets last week, shattering America’s always uneasy racial truce.
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ACURA: VIGOR SEDAN
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ACURA
VIGOR SEDAN
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WORLD
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Justice in Courtroom 212
Blacks say that the system works against them
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Christopher Smith, black, 22, and from Harlem, New York City, sat nervously in the small waiting room outside Courtroom No. 212. It was two days after the acquittal of the four Los Angeles policemen in the celebrated Rodney King case, and Smith, accused of assaulting a policeman, was awaiting the verdict on his own encounter with the American justice system.
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ONWARD MULTI-CORP INC.: Broîl King
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ONWARD MULTI-CORP INC.
Broîl King
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ZWILLING J. A. HENCKELS
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ZWILLING J. A. HENCKELS
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WORLD
GERMANY
A one-two punch
Troubles plague Europe’s strongman
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ANDREW BILSKI
Across Europe last week, bewildered spectators were wondering what had suddenly gone wrong with stable, reliable Germany. Public-sector employees launched a crippling strike in the western half of the country, refusing to operate trains and buses, collect garbage or deliver mail.
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McCORD MUSEUM
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McCORD MUSEUM
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PEOPLE
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Portrait artist Cyril Leeper has painted premiers, chief justices and lieutenant-governors. But Leeper says that his greatest challenge is yet to come: the Royal British Legion has commissioned him to paint Queen Elizabeth II in her royal military garb this summer.
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BUSINESS
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SQUEEZE PLAY
THE REICHMAN FACED RENEWED PRESSURE TO SELL OFF ASSETS AND PRODUCE A NEW FINANCING PLAN
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DEIRDRE McMURDY
Swarms of corporate financiers in dark suits jostled with cardigan-clad individual shareholders for seats at the annual meeting of Gulf Canada Resources Ltd. in Toronto last week. And although Gulf's largest investors, the Reichmann brothers, were conspicuously absent, they cast a long shadow over the gathering.
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BUSINESS
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Canada’s economy grew slightly in February for the second month in a row, a sign that the country may be inching out of the recession. The nation’s gross domestic product grew by 0.1 per cent in February, and Statistics Canada revised its estimate for growth in January up to 0.2 per cent from 0.1 per cent.
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COVER
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GENIUS AT WORK
HE IS THE RICHEST MAN IN AMERICA, BUT CAN WILLIAM GATES STAY ON TOP OF THE HEAP?
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BRENDA DALGLISH
William Gates III, at 36 the richest man in the United States, casually tossed two tightly packed travel bags down at the front of Gate 23 in Chicago’s O’Hare airport, turned on his heel and walked back down the long terminal to a taco stand. After finishing his snack, he browsed through a magazine rack while he waited for his boarding call.
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THE WONDER BOYS HIT MIDDLE AGE
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PAUL ALLEN • Age: 38 • Net worth: $3.5 billion • Claim to fame: co-founder of Microsoft Corp. • Now: owner of the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team; president of Asymetrix Corp., a small software company in Bellevue, Wash. Paul Allen and William Gates became friends in grade school in Seattle when they discovered they shared a common passion for computers and science fiction.
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COVER
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BUYING BY THE SPECS
A GUIDE THROUGH THE TECHNOLOGICAL JUNGLE
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JOHN DALY
386-25MHz The first specifications listed in a personal-computer ad usually describe the tiny silicon chip that powers the PC. Small enough to fit on the tip of a finger, the chip is like the engine in a car. Chips for most IBM and IBM-compatible personal computers—including Dell, Compaq and Tandy—are in 286, 386 and 486 models, while chips for Apple computers have model numbers that begin at 6800.
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COVER
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THE MICROCHIP MAGICIANS
RESEARCHERS CHALLENGE THE LIMITS
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BARBARA WICKENS
From the outside, the world headquarters of Microsoft Corp. is deceptively modest. Located in Redmond, Wash., 20 km northeast of Seattle, the headquarters’ 22 grey low-rise buildings nestle in immaculately landscaped grounds. Inside, however, offices are cluttered with everything from empty beer bottles to bicycles, as the complex’s 4,000 employees strive to transform the latest microchip developments into salable products.
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COVER
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A ‘NERD’ IMAGE PROBLEM
CANADA FACES A SHORTAGE OF PROGRAMMERS
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BARBARA WICKENS
At nine years old, Robert Farrell already has a musical composition to his credit, a one-minute score that he has titled Robot. And although the name is predictable, how he wrote the piece is unusual: he did it on an electronic keyboard connected to a Macintosh computer.
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BUSINESS WATCH
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Why Conrad Black feels at home at last
As owner of the world’s fastest-growing media empire, he has attained a state of grace that lets him capitalize on his own aura
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Peter C. Newman
It’s a typical week for Conrad Black. On this continent, he’s bidding for New York City’s Daily News, while in London he’s preparing to launch himself into television by capturing the franchise for Channel 5, a new network capable of reaching three-quarters of the United Kingdom’s population.
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BACARDI & COMPANY LIMITED: BACARDI DARK RUM
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BACARDI & COMPANY LIMITED
BACARDI DARK RUM
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ENVIRONMENT
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Countdown to Rio
The Earth Summit faces numerous disputes
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MARK NICHOLS
When plans emerged three years ago for next month’s Earth Summit meeting in Rio de Janeiro, United Nations officials said that they hoped that the delegates would agree on measures to slow, and eventually halt, damage to the global environment.
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Natural Gas
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Natural Gas
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EDUCATION
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The three Rs—again
A report says that the system needs reform
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TOM FENNELL
Next month, thousands of students will graduate from Canadian high schools and, for some, the summer will be only a brief interlude before they enter university. But according to an exhaustive study released last week by the Ottawa-based Economic Council of Canada, 70 per cent of Canada’s 2.3 million high-school students will either drop out or not continue their education beyond Grade 12.
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The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
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The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.
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SPACE
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A new life
A successful mission restores troubled NASA
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MARCI McDONALD
In the fall of 1990, a bearded astrophysicist named George Smoot received an urgent telephone message in his Tokyo hotel warning that the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration soon would be “pulling the plug” on one of his projects.
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SPORTS WATCH
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'The lovable Old Perfesser’
Casey Stengel’s early prejudice reflected the times in baseball, but the attitude really hasn’t altered all that much in 45 years
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TRENT FRAYNE
No one anywhere is remembered more fondly than Casey Stengel, not in the half-world of sports anyway, for he was funny and a master of long-winded non sequiturs and adroit malapropisms that enchanted baseball scribes and baseball fans alike.
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CHRYSLER
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SHOW BUSINESS
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All the right moves
Montreal’s circus school is world renowned
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BARRY CAME
André Simard’s class begins promptly on weekday mornings at 9, as in any normal school. By almost every other measure, however, the instruction is extraordinary. The classroom is a huge cavern inside a converted railway station in downtown Montreal, and Simard’s teaching method appears to consist largely of hauling furiously on ropes and pulleys while barking advice through his long, shaggy beard.
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SHOW BUSINESS
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THE CIRCUS OF DREAMS
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B. C.
Saltimbanco is the title of the Cirque du Soleil’s new show, which opened on April 23 in Montreal. And like the travelling player in the Italian theatrical tradition who inspired the name, the most recent creation of the renowned Quebec troupe is part tumbling acrobat, part enigmatic wizard.
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MUSIC
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Melancholy baby
Annie Lennox sings of loss and rebirth
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Brian D. Johnson
Her features looking long and sad, Annie Lennox sits before a mirror and trails a makeup brush across her eyebrows. She sweeps it slowly around her face in a disconsolate caress, flirting with narcissism. Then she gets serious, painting on mascara and coral eyeshadow in generous strokes.
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rye whisky: Alberta Premium
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Alberta Premium
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GM: Cadillac
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Cadillac
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L’actualité
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FILMS
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Flight to freedom
LEAVING NORMAL Directed by Edward Zwick
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Brian D. Johnson
Superficially, Leaving Normal bears a striking resemblance to Thelma and Louise, last summer’s groundbreaking feminist road movie that earned Oscar nominations for Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis. It, too, is a comic drama about a weathered waitress and an ingenuous young wife who go looking for freedom in a convertible.
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FILMS
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Macleans BEST-SELLER LIST
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1 "I" Is for Innocent, Grafton (1) 2 The Pelican Brief, Grisham (4) 3 All Around the Town, Clark (3) 4 Kissing the Gunner's Daughter, Rendell 5 Burden of Desire, MacNeil (2) 6 Griffin & Sabine, Bantock (5) 7 Jazz, Morrison (9) 8 The Elf Queen of Shannara, Brooks (8)
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VIA Rail Canada Inc.
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VIA Rail Canada Inc.
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COLUMN
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The confidence men missed the car lot
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Allan Fotheringham
The one thing that makes people nervous is the suspicion that the government is doing something (that’s all the time) that we are not aware of. The one thing that makes governments nervous is that we are suspicious because we think we know what they’re up to.
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Volvo Canada Limited: Volvo sedan
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Volvo Canada Limited
Volvo sedan
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CHIVAS REGAL
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