Brain Tobin is one of those rare politicians who has a flair for the dramatic gesture that crystallizes an issue. The Newfoundland premier is one of the best at launching bold action in pursuit of his objectives. He does not always get his way, but he certainly gets the attention tie demands.
The Editorial department has received several hundred letters protesting the publication of a Benetton ad. Typically, readers used words like “shocking, disgusting and crude” in characterizing the scene of one horse mounting another.
There will be many reasons put forth to explain our loss of bragging rights to hockey supremacy (“Hockey night in America," Sports, Sept. 23). The only one worth retaining is that the Americans had a better team. Canada squeezed past the Germans, the Slovak teams, and two others that played well but without the grit and determination we ran up against in the final.
The real ArabIsraeli question is whether Israel can ever get peace and persona security in exchange for land
JERUSALEM—Friday, Sept. 27. I got up at dawn to go and see the tunnel next to the Western Wall that, supposedly, is the spark for all the riots now taking place in Israel and the Palestinian territories. It was too late. The tunnel was closed last night for the Sukkot holidays.
Canadian elementary schools, already the scene of controversies ranging from the contents of Christmas concerts to playground violence, are facing another bone of contention: peanuts. The ubiquitous legume, consumed at the annual rate of seven pounds per Canadian in everything from cooking oil to chocolate bars, is also the leading food cause of anaphylaxis.
1. Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood (1) 2. Executive Orders, Tom Clancy (2) 3. The Englishman’s Boy, Guy Vanderhaeghe (10) 4. The Tenth Insight, James Redfield (5) 5. Fall on Your Knees, Ann-Marie MacDonald (3) 6. The Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield (4)
In 2 Days in the Valley, Danny Aiello stars as a has-been hit man trying to make a comeback. But as he sets off to a job, he soon learns that he is just a pawn, and a target, for his ruthless partner (James Spader). The kaleidoscopic cast also includes Jeff Daniels, Eric Stoltz, Teri Hatcher, Charlize Theron and Paul Mazursky.
ADMITTED: To the Betty Ford Centre for substance abuse, Kelsey Grammer, 41, the award-winning actor of the hit TV comedy series Frasier, after his arrest for suspected drunken driving; in Rancho Mirage, Calif. His voluntary admission to the famed centre for celebrities has forced an indefinite suspension of production of the show, which last month won its third Emmy as best comedy series.
Paul Martin is resisting backbench pressure to put money into job creation
E. KAYE FULTON
Like a grim snapshot from the Great Depression, the sharp flare of fires blazing in garbage cans illuminated thousands of job-seekers huddled against the bone-chilling, pre-dawn cold. It was Jan. 9, 1995, and automotive giant General Motors of Canada Ltd. had called for applicants for lucrative assembly-line work at its plant in Oshawa, Ont.
Canadian workers are paying a high cost for price stability
Pierre Fortin presents his slight, soft-spoken, thoughtful self and ever so humbly submits that he is, simply, a “missionary” spreading a simple gospel. Then, he very pleasantly goes on to describe how the Bank of Canada, in his view, has been so wrongheaded in its monetary policy.
The restless caucus reflects the views of a cranky nation
One of Paul Martin’s favorite stories involves, oddly enough, his mother Eleanor’s final days. In the fall of 1993, after the Liberals won the election, Martin, after much soul-searching, agreed to take the job of finance minister—despite the fact that it traditionally makes its holder one of the most unpopular people in government.
Brian Tobin takes on Quebec over a hotly disputed hydro deal
Joey Smallwood’s clock was always ticking. Never more so than 30 years ago, when it seemed that the Newfoundland premier’s grand scheme to seek economic deliverance by developing the vast hydro power potential of Labrador was dead in the water.
The Alberta Court of Appeal imposed a stiffer sentence on former highschool teacher Jim Keegstra, who was convicted in 1992 of promoting hatred against Jews. The court replaced Keegstra’s widely criticized original sentence—a $3,000 fine— with a one-year suspended jail sentence, a year of probation and 200 hours of community service.
Days of bloodshed between Israelis and Palestinians darken Middle East hopes
It was never supposed to happen. When former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat reached out to shake hands at the White House three years ago, a peaceful future for Arabs and Jews appeared to be in their grasp.
The chain of events that led to last week's first-ever congressional hearing on the future of Canada began last December in an unlikely spot: a restaurant in Palm Beach, Fla. Harry Bloomfield, a Montreal lawyer and businessman, was having dinner with Patrick Henry, a fellow member of the board of the Vermont Telephone Co., and Henry’s wife, Heather.
It comes down to this: the political health of the world’s largest country is now tied to the damaged heart of its recently re-elected president. A team of cardiac specialists met in Moscow last week and finally confirmed that Boris Yeltsin would undergo a triple or even quadruple bypass operation.
For nearly a quarter of a century, their names have been inextricably linked. From Delhi’s opulent salons to the bazaars of Madras, Indians of every political stripe have puzzled over the unswerving devotion of former prime minister P. V. Narasimha Rao to his controversial jet-setting guru, Sri Chandra Swamiji Maharaj—better known as Chandra Swami.
A former Christian missionary became the first person to use a new law in Australia’s Northern Territory permitting assisted suicide. Bob Dent, 66, who was suffering from prostate cancer, died by computer-delivered lethal injection.
Are the big oil companies driving out competition?
For a man whose business has just taken a serious beating, David Mercer seems remarkably free of anger and bitterness. Or perhaps it is his accent—a mellifluous Maritime drawl—that makes him sound upbeat. Mercer, 41, is president of Northern Petroleum Ltd. in Sydney, N.S., a family-owned firm that supplies oil products to commercial clients.
While wages remain stagnant, corporate profits and executive incomes are rising rapidly
When they are glued together, small fragments often make a big picture. So it is with two recent—and apparently unrelated—events. One is the flap over the Federal Reserve Board’s decision to leave U.S. interest rates untouched. The other is a new report from KPMG management consultants revealing that Canadian executives haul home an average of $776,000 annually—32 per cent more than three years ago.
Three drug companies received the go-ahead to sell cheaper look-alike versions of Prozac, dealing a blow to its manufacturer, Eli Lilly Canada Inc. The court ruling allows Novopharm, Apotex and Nu-Pharm to immediately start selling the drug, used by 20 million people worldwide to treat depression.
The young man who telephoned Doris Link at her home in Toronto last April had good news to report: she and her husband, Jack, both in their 80s, had won $10,000 in a lottery. Although neither could remember entering the contest, the caller was emphatic.
Instead of fearing work, people need to be liberated from the ‘tyranny of jobs’—and be ‘dancing in the streets’
Peter C. Newman
As more and more jobs disappear along with the companies that once provided them, the idea of being employed by a large organization suddenly seems risky, if not obsolete. The alternative—working at home for yourself—is an attractive choice for those who can master the prevailing technologies.
Overhead, the full moon shone in a cold, clear sky, fully restored from the eclipse that had drawn observers out into backyards all across North America earlier in the evening. But in a nondescript industrial mall in the Vancouver suburb of Coquitlam, no one was looking up.
Matthew Vaudreuil lived a short and tragic life. Surrounded by unimaginable filth and squalor for most of his five years, the B.C. boy was subjected to prolonged neglect, abuse and torture. But it was not until an inquiry well after his mentally and emotionally scarred mother, Verna, smothered him to death to stop his yelling on July 8, 1992, in Vancouver, that the true nature of his plight became apparent.
Ten-year-old Rachel Stout was writhing in agony when her aunt, Jane Gainey, visited her home in Fort Worth, Tex., in July. Gainey pleaded with Rachel’s father, Steve Stout, to take Rachel to a hospital. When he relented several days later, doctors in a Dallas hospital quickly determined that drastic measures were in order: Rachel needed an immediate operation to remove her severely ulcerated colon before it could rupture and possibly kill her.
It is just an hour-long work involving only two performers, but Pôles is being hailed as the brave next wave in dance. Through the magic of holography, Montreal dancers Pierre-Paul Savoie and Jeff Hall are able to enter a virtual realm in which they appear to dance with doubles of themselves.
The electric router screeches and whines as Paterson Ewen, wearing knee pads and ear protectors, crouches on top of his plywood “canvas”—four large sheets mounted together on wooden sawhorses—ready to start a new painting. “Like an athlete, you need to be keyed up,” explains the London, Ont., artist, in a video demonstrating his distinctive technique.
No Canadian movie has ever generated so much controversy. At the Cannes International Film Festival last May, it shocked the world’s most jaded filmgoers and generated a raging debate in a jury that awarded it a special prize for “audacity, originality and daring.”
Even at 66, Christopher Plummer still has a touch of raffishness. It is there in the wide, mobile mouth, with its flicker of irony—and in the glancing mischief of the eyes in the leonine face. Visiting Toronto to promote his appearance in Barrymore, a drama by American playwright William Luce that received its world première at Ontario’s Stratford Festival on Sept. 20 (it runs until Oct 20), Plummer is sipping coffee in the deserted bar of his hotel—and reminiscing about the good old days when he was known as the bad boy of Canadian theatre.
Beneath the rage, Marlene Moore was a lonely child
The film opens with a portrait of unbridled rage, as Marlene Moore (Brooke Johnson) waves a steak knife at a policeman, her face twisted into a threatening scowl. But as Dangerous Offender traces the life of the first Canadian woman to earn that legal designation (whereby a repeat offender can be incarcerated indefinitely), a different image of Moore emerges, one that flies in the face of oversimplistic, gettough notions about crime and punishment.
By the mid-1980s, the 600 native residents of Hollow Water, Man., on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg, recognized that they were in crisis. Fully 80 per cent of the population of the Ojibwa village, male and female alike, had been victims of sexual abuse, most often at the hands of family members.
There is a vacuum at the top. There’s a hole in the ozone layer. The public senses it, but doesn’t know what to do about it. It’s called leadership. There ain’t none. There is a most strange situation in the United States, the only superpower left in the universe.